2017 Conference Scientific Committee
Professor Leon Flicker AO (Scientific Committee Chair)
Leon has trained clinically in research in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne and was appointed inaugural Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia in 1998. He established a productive research unit aimed at translational issues focusing on the health needs of older people culminating in 2006 at the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing at the University of Western Australia. Leon remains a practicing geriatrician and is Head of Inner City Geriatric Services at Royal Perth Hospital. Leon has served on numerous government committees addressing the health needs of older people. He is a Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles addressing a wide variety of health issues in older people..
Professor Keith Hill (Conference Planning Committee Chair)
Professor Keith Hill is a physiotherapist and Head of School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University.
Professor Hill has 35 years’ experience in clinical practice and more recently research, with a main focus on ageing well, falls prevention, and exercise, across community, residential care and hospital settings. He has over 200 research publications, and more than $16 million in research grants.
He is currently President of the Asia Oceania Regional Council of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and has been a past President of the AAG (Victorian Division).
Dr Helen Barrie (nee Feist) (AAG President)
Dr Barrie is President of AAG and Deputy Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide. Helen has been an active committee member of AAG at both state and national level since 2004, and is also an active member of the Institute of Australian Geographers and the Australian Population Association. Helen’s particular research and professional interests include place and ageing, rural issues and their influence on older people, community connectedness and the social networks of older people, and the demography of ageing. Much of this work has an emphasis on spatial analysis. Helen’s background is in community development, working in not-for-profit community based organisations for over 20 years, both in Australia and overseas.
Cath is a PhD candidate in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. During her candidature she was part of a team named in the 10 of the best NHMRC research projects for 2014. She has a background in remote area nursing, child health, midwifery and management. Cath was first introduced to CBPAR when she worked on a strengthening families project in Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. Cath is currently a Senior Project Officer with the WA Centre for Health and Ageing, UWA, Strong Carers, Strong Communities project.
2017 Abstract Reviewers
Kristen De San Miguel: