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Associate Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Centre Director & Academic Lead

Professor Renuka Visvanathan

Centre Director

Professor Renuka Visvanathan is an academic geriatrician with the University of Adelaide, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is the Clinical Director of the Aged & Extended Care Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

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Dr Neha Mahajan, Senior Lecturer

Dr Neha Mahajan

Senior Lecturer

Dr Mahajan has held various senior academic and research position both in Australia and abroad. She is a practicing clinical psychologist as well as an academic health psychologist with primary clinical and research interest in the provision of culturally and spiritually sensitive care for older adults.

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Dr Tsung Woo

Dr Tsung Woo

Senior Lecturer

Dr Tsung Woo is a specialist geriatrician and has joined the G-TRAC team as a senior lecturer in 2017. He undertook his advanced training in geriatric medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, including rotations in the older person’s mental health service and palliative care. His area of interest is in older people with frailty and sarcopenia, with a particular focus on effective strategies to improve their dignity as well as quality of life.


Dr Kareeann Khow

Dr Kareeann Khow

Senior Lecturer

Dr Kareeann Khow is a consultant geriatrician and newly joined the team as a senior lecturer. She is currently undertaking her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) study on “Fractures and Outcomes in Older People” under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan and Associate Professor Solomon Yu. The focus of her research is to identify effective ways of improving the outcomes of fragility fractures in older people.


Aged & Extended Care Services, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Consultants


Dr Solomon Yu

Dr Solomon Yu

Deputy Director

Associate Professor Yu is currently a senior consultant geriatrician and Deputy Director of Aged and Extended Care Services (AECS) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

He is also a clinician researcher and completed his PhD study with Dean’s commendation, University of Adelaide, in 2014 on the topic of “Sarcopenia in Older People” under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan. The focus of his study looks at developing a tool for detecting sarcopenia at an early stage, so that preventive intervention can be introduced before detrimental effects set in. He has presented his study both nationally and internationally and is continuing to refine his work in this area.

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  • J Ng FRACP MBBS (Head of General Medicine)
  • P Shibu FRACP MD CCT UK MRCP MBBS
  • F Ibrahim FRACP CCT UK MRCP MBBCh LRCPSI
  • S Nair MPhil FRACP MBBS MRCP Fellowship Geriatric Medicine (Malaysia)
  • K Tham Dip PalMed FRACP MBBS
  • F Cai FRACP MBBS

Advanced Trainees in Geriatric Medicine

Dr David Yu

Dr David Yu

Dr David Yu  recently moved to Adelaide from the United States of America. Dr. Yu has completed his post-graduate year training in internal medicine and geriatric medicine in Philadelphia. After this he began practicing academic hospital medicine with an interest in geriatric medicine for the last several years in Chicago and Denver. Dr Yu’s clinical and academic interest is primarily in inpatient geriatric medicine.


Dr Haresh Arunasalam

Dr Haresh Arunasalam


Dr Siti Nawi

Dr Bavand Bikdeli


Dr Michelle Kee

Dr Michelle Kee


Dr Thanuja DeSilva

Dr Thanuja De Silva


Primary and Aged Care Clinicians

  • Grant Edwards, Manager Aged Care Alternatives Regional Assessment Service at Resthaven
  • Donna Preston, Nurse Practitioner, Primary Health / Gerontology
  • Dr Rajan Anand, General Practitioner
  • Dr Barbara Allan, General Practitioner
  • Dr Sorayya Martin, General Practitioner

Completed

Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours - 1st Class

  • (Nuclear Medicine) Ms Zoe Kopsaftis "Postprandial hypotension and falls in the elderly", Gentilcore D, Visvanathan R

PhD - With Deans Commendation

  • (Geriatrician) Dr Solomon Yu FRACP MBBS "Sarcopenia In Older People" Adams R, Visvanathan R (Exercise Physiologist) Dr Elsa Dent BApplSc (Hon) "An Investigation into Under-nutrition and Frailty in Hospitalised Older Persons" Chapman I, Visvanathan R
  • (Computer Engineer) Mr WMASB Wickramasinghe BSc (Hon) "Highly Accurate Human Activity Classifier to Mitigate the Risk of Falls in Elderly Based on Wearable RFID Technology" Ranasinghe D, Visvanathan R

MPhil

(Geriatrician) Dr Shailaja Nair FRACP MRCP (UK) MBBS "Post-prandial Hypotension, Gait and Exercise In The Elderly" Visvanathan R, Gentilcore D


Current Postgraduate Candidates

PhD Candidates

Agathe Daria Jadczak

(Exercise Physiologist) Ms Agathe Daria Jadczak Dip Sports Science "Exercise in Older People" Visvanathan R, Luscombe N.

Agathe Daria Jadczak studied Sport Sciences in Germany and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with the Adelaide G-TRAC Centre, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide. Her research includes various strategies to treat and prevent frailty in community-dwelling older people. She is examining medical education programs, exercise advice provided by general practitioners and the impact of exercise programs combined with nutritional approach.


Dr Kareeann Khow Sok Fun

Dr Kareeann Khow Sok Fun Link to external website

Geriatrician and PhD Candidate

Dr Khow has completed a MBBS and is undertaking a PhD under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Dr Solomon Yu and Dr Pazhvoor Shibu. She is investigating frailty, hip fractures and health outcomes in older people.


Dr Beatriz Martins

Dr Beatriz Martins Link to external website

Geriatrician and PhD Candidate

Dr Beatriz Martins is a geriatrician pursuing research in the relationships of frailty and the built environment in elderly people from Adelaide, Australia and Nagoya, Japan. Beatriz completed a Bachelor of Medicine, Residency in Internal Medicine and Residency in Geriatrics Medicine at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is the recipient of the Beacon of Enlightenment PhD Scholarship, Nagoya University Joint Award (University of Adelaide) and began her PhD on Physical Activity and Frailty: Exploring Cross- cultural and Neighbourhood Influences in 2016 under supervisors Professor Renuka Visvanathan and Dr Helen Ruth Barrie (Acting Director, Australian Population and Migration Research Centre, University of Adelaide).


Dr Anupam Gupta

Dr Anupam Gupta Link to external website

Senior Consultant, Senior Clinical Lecturer and PhD Candidate

Dr Anupam Gupta is a Senior Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and has been a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Adelaide for the past 8 years. He is currently undertaking a PhD on 'Lower limb spasticity and dystonia' under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Professor Simon Koblar and Professor Ian Cameron.


Rachel Ambagtsheer

Rachel Ambagtsheer Link to external website

Research Fellow - Frailty, Healthy Ageing, Primary Health Care

Rachel is an Early Career Researcher currently working with Professor Justin Beilby at Torrens University on the issue of frailty screening within general practice, a project of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence: Frailty Trans-Disciplinary Research To Achieve Healthy Ageing, led by Professor Renuka Visvanathan.


  • (Dental Hygienist) Ms Clare McNally MPhil (Dent) GCHP Assoc DDH "Oral Health, General Health and Operative Risk in Hospitalised Older Patients" Adams R, Visvanathan R, Liberali S

Masters Candidates

Master of Philosophy – Clinical Medicine


Mark Thomspon

Mark Thompson Link to external website

Occupational therapist and PhD Candidate

Mark Thompson is an occupational therapist with extensive experience in ageing and rehabilitation. He is an allied health manager with Domiciliary Care, a community-based ageing and rehabilitation service, and is a managing director of Inspire Therapy, a private allied health and therapy service. Mark has a strong focus on the development and implementation of evidence informed practice. He holds a Master of Public Health, and is currently working towards a Master of Philosophy in Medical Science on the 'influence of frailty on mortality, disability and quality of life in community dwelling older South Australians' with supervisors  Professor Renuka Visvanathan and Dr Solomon Yu.


Dr Sally Suriani Ahip

Dr Sally Suriani Ahip

Family Physician and M.Phil Candidate

Sally Suriani Ahip is a family physician with extensive experience in primary and preventive care medicine. She is a clinical head and manager of public-primary health care centres in Sarawak, Borneo. Sally has a deep passion for preventive care in the older persons and has a strong focus on the development and implementation of primary healthcare policies in the older persons in Sarawak, Borneo. She holds a Master in Medicine and is currently working towards a Master of Philosophy in Medical Science on “The Malaysian Pictorial Fit Frail Scale (M-PFFS): Development and Testing of Feasibility, Validity and Reliability” with supervisors Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Dr Olga Theou and Assc. Professor Solomon Yu.


  • (Doctor) Dr Ruth Teh, BPharm (Hon) MBBS "A Health Information Tool To Prevent Falls" Visvanathan R, Wilson A, Mahajan N

Nina Wiltshire

Nina Wiltshire

G-TRAC Administration Support Officer

Nina has a background in recruitment, quality assurance and administration and has previously worked for a large community health organisation working as an EA to the CEO and the Executive Director of Primary Health. She provides administrative support to the centre.



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