I am a founding member of the Healthy Ageing Research Team (HART), a group of clinician-based researchers in FNQ whose research agenda is driven by community identified priorities and clinical need. The focus of my research agenda is both integrated care and healthy ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

My MPhil, nearing completion, investigated how carers of older adults with complex needs navigate through health and aged care systems.

Chief investigator on x2 NHMRC co-authored grants totalling $2.6M

  1.  2019-2023. NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Grant: Reducing dementia risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities $1.5m
  2. 2019-2023. NHMRC Targeted Call: A Framework for Healthy Ageing in the Torres Strait. $1.1m.

Other HART projects I co-manage include:

  • 2018-2020. NHMRC Boosting Dementia Grant: University of Melbourne:  Improving Detection and management of dementia in older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders attending Primary Care [IDEA-PC]) $ 2,172,421A national NHMRC funded collaboration investigating identification of cognitive impairment and dementia within Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations. Aims to improve detection and management of dementia and cognitive impairment among older Aboriginal and Torres Srait Islander people and improve their and their carers’ quality of life
  • 2019-2021: NHMRC Targeted call.  University of Melbourne: Let's CHAT (Community Health Approaches To) Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities $2,032,776
  • 2019-2023. NHMRC Targeted call: University of Western Australia: Defining and predicting Healthy Ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Populations (HATS). $931,000
  • Older Persons Enablement and Rehabilitation for Complex Conditions (OPEN ARCH)This $1.2M program has operated for 18 months with funding from Queensland Health Clinical Excellence Division and the North Queensland Primary Health Network. OPEN ARCH is being evaluated to determine sustainability, acceptability, accessibility, safety and fidelity. Furthering my interest in service innovation to improve health outcomes, I am an investigator on the OPEN ARCH randomised controlled trial and a chief investigator and manager of the qualitative component exploring patient and carer experience of the program.
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  • 2018 - • 2018 Awarded Highly Commended in the Emerald Literati Awards for the publication: doi: 10.1108/JICA-11-2016-0044.
  • 2015 - • 2015 CHHHS Patsy Bjerregaard Award for Excellence in Patient Care for outstanding performance in the field of research
  • 2018 - International Indigenous Dementia Research Network
  • 2018 - NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR)
  • 2017 - Australian Association of Gerontology
  • 2017 - Emerging Researchers in Ageing
  • 2016 - Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health
  • 2010 - Older Persons Health Clinical Network
  • 2010 - State-wide Dementia Clinical Network
  • 2003 - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • 2014 to 2015 - FNQ Clinical Advisory Group to Medicare Local
  • 2017 - Scholarship: $3,000 FNQ Hospital Foundation
  • 2016 to 2019 - Scholarship: $30,000 Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme. SARRAH. Postgraduate scholarship for Master of Philosophy - An exploration of ‘burden of treatment' among carers of community dwelling older people with complex care needs

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