Speakers

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Anja Declercq

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    Professor Anja Declercq

    Anja Declercq has a master in applied economics and in sociology and a PhD in social sciences. She is head of the Eldery Research Unit at LUCAS, Center for Care Research and Consultancy, and a professor at the Center for Sociological Research, both at KU Leuven.  Anja Declercq specializes in research on care and care innovation, especially for older people. She is an interRAI fellow (www.interRAI.org), a member of the Board of interRAI, a member of ISD and the chair of the interRAI Network of Integrated Care and Aging (iNICA). A publication list is available here: https://lirias.kuleuven.be/cv?u=U0003876&allItems=true&layout=APA-style&link=true.

  • Assistant Professor Andrew Costa

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    Assistant Professor Andrew Costa

    Dr. Costa is an Assistant Professor and Schlegel Research Chair in Clinical Epidemiology & Aging in the Departments of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Medicine at McMaster University. He also serves as the Research Lead at the DeGroote School of Medicine, Waterloo Regional Campus. Dr. Costa’s research program promotes evidence-based care and policy in seniors and geriatric care. His program of research makes use of health information and technology to develop better models of care and decision support systems in home and community care, emergency departments, and acute care.

  • Dr Nigel Millar

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    Dr Nigel Millar

    Current Role: Chief Medical Officer, Southern District Health Board.

    Previously, Nigel was CMO for the Canterbury District Health Board for just over ten years. During this time he participated in a transformational change to an integrated and connected health system. A Geriatrician and Internal Medicine Physician by training – Newcastle UK – he moved to Christchurch in 1992 and Dunedin in 2016.

    During ten years as Clinical Director of the Older Persons Health Service he participated in the Elder Care Canterbury initiative which created a unified and coordinated aged care community plus a series of successful improvement initiatives.

    Nigel has led from the front in championing the implementation of clinical information systems – most lately a common shared record across the health service.  The need for which was highlighted after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

    As part of his work in aged care, Nigel has promoted the implementation of a standardised comprehensive assessment.  Consequently the InterRAI assessment protocol is standard across the country in the community and currently being rolled out in residential care.

    Nigel is a member of the National Health IT Board, an advisor to the Health Quality and Safety Commission.  He is also the InterRAI Fellow for New Zealand and a director of the Health Round Table.

    He continues clinical practice in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He is a committed lifelong cyclist and an advocate for active transport.

  • John P. Hirdes

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    John P. Hirdes

    Dr. Hirdes is a Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo. He is the senior Canadian Fellow and a Board Member of interRAI, an international consortium of researchers from over 35 countries. He chairs interRAI's Network for Mental Health and the interRAI Network of Canada.  He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. 

    Dr. Hirdes has over 200 publications in peer reviewed journals and academic book chapters. His primary areas of interest include assessment, mental health, aging, health care and service delivery, case mix systems, quality measurement, health information management, and quantitative research methods.

    In 2012, Dr. Hirdes received the University of Waterloo Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision. In addition, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal through the Canadian Home Care Association and the Canadian Association on Gerontology.

  • Dr. Samir K. Sinha

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    Dr. Samir K. Sinha

    Dr. Sinha is the Director of Geriatrics of the Sinai Health System and University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

    A Rhodes Scholar, Samir is a highly regarded clinician and international expert in the care of older adults. His research focuses on how to build better models of care for older adults across the continuum of care that achieve both better patient and system outcomes.  In 2014, Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine proclaimed him to be one of Canada’s 50 most influential people and its most compelling voice for the elderly.

    He has consulted and advised governments and health care organizations around the world and is the Architect of the Government of Ontario’s Seniors Strategy.  

  • Associate Professor Ruth E. Hubbard

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    Associate Professor Ruth E. Hubbard

    Ruth E. Hubbard is an Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland, Consultant Geriatrician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Head of School for PA-Southside Clinical School. As a clinical academic, she has always combined hospital practice with research and teaching. While training as a physician and geriatrician in Cardiff, Wales, she completed an MSc in Medical Education and an MD on pathophysiological changes in frail older people. She then undertook a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship in Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia with Professor Ken Rockwood. Here, she was able to test hypotheses regarding the determinants and manifestations of frailty through the interrogation of large datasets. She has published widely on the inflammatory aetiology of frailty, the difficulties of measuring frailty in clinical practice and the relationships between frailty and obesity, smoking, socioeconomic status and exercise and is currently ranked number 3 in a list of the world’s leading experts in frail elderly research. 

    Along with colleagues at the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, she is promoting academic geriatrics among Advanced Trainees, students and Allied Health colleagues. She is currently supervising 3 PhDs, 4 MPhils and numerous medical student projects. She has also generated more than $4.6 million in grant income in the last 4 years, including an NHMRC Project Grant to derive a measure of frailty from the interRAI assessment instrument.

  • Professor Len Gray

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    Professor Len Gray

    Len Gray is Director of the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine and the Centre for Online Health at the University of Queensland.  He leads international development of the interRAI Hospital Systems that are being launched at this conference.  His research focuses on improving the care of older people through clinical decision support and telehealth systems. 

  • Professor Alison Kitson

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    Professor Alison Kitson

    Alison Kitson is the Dean of Nursing and Head of School for the School of Nursing at the University of Adelaide.  

    Before coming to Australia, Alison had a long and successful career in executive leadership, education and research in the United Kingdom.
    Alison holds many honorary positions internationally and has published extensively on the subject of implementing evidence into practice.

    Her contribution to nursing is recognised through having been awarded many prestigious accolades including the Florence Nightingale Leadership Award in 2004; Distinguished Graduate of the Year from the University of Ulster in 2002, a Florence Nightingale Travel Award in 1999 and a Fellowship of the RCN in 1991. 

    2009 was the year Alison became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for her work on standards of nursing care and getting evidence into practice. In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Malmo in Sweden for her contribution to nursing scholarship and leadership. In 2015 Alison was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Australia for her work in Knowledge Translation.

  • Adjunct Professor Alison Mudge

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    Adjunct Professor Alison Mudge

    Adjunct Professor Alison Mudge is a general physician and a Queensland Health and Medical Research Fellow. She is Clinical Director of Research and Education in the Internal Medicine and Aged Care Department, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Alison leads a collaborative multidisciplinary research group committed to improving hospital and post-hospital care for complex older patients, with research interests in geriatric syndromes, malnutrition, exercise rehabilitation, depression, multi-morbidity and hospital readmissions. She leads the Eat Walk Engage program, an evidence-based inpatient model to reduce delirium and enhance functional recovery in older inpatients, and is CI-A on the CHERISH trial investigating its implementation at scale. 

  • Associate Professor Amanda Walker

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    Associate Professor Amanda Walker

    A/Prof Amanda Walker is a Senior Clinical Advisor at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. She is also a Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Medicine working in South Western Sydney, having been Area Medical Director of Palliative Care and a Director of Medical Services before moving to the Clinical Excellence Commission of NSW. As a Clinical Director at the CEC, she developed programs to improve patient care including End of Life Care and Diagnostic Error. She is a Conjoint Associate Professor at the Western Sydney University School of Medicine.

  • Dr. Brant E. Fries

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    Dr. Brant E. Fries

    Dr. Brant E. Fries is a Professor of Health Management and Policy and Research Professor at the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan.  He authored the Resource Utilization Groups (RUG-IV) system for classifying nursing home residents, used nationwide in the US and elsewhere to pay nursing homes and co-authored the US Nursing Home Resident Assessment Instrument.  A founder and President of interRAI, a 35-nation consortium of 100+ researchers interested in assessment and cross-national comparisons, he has co-authored assessment systems for aging persons, those with intellectual disability, and inpatient mental hospitals.  He has authored 32 books and 150 articles on long-term care and quantitative modeling of health care systems.

Oral Presenters

  • Adrian Dalloo

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    Adrian Dalloo
    Canadian Institute for Health Information

    Adrian Dalloo is the Manager of Home and Continuing Care team at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (or CIHI).  He holds a Masters in Epidemiology and Community Medicine from the University of Ottawa, and has been working in the Canadian health system for more than 15 years turning data into actionable information.

    Since joining CIHI, he has progressed through several leadership roles, and is now responsible for CIHI’s Home and Continuing Care reporting systems, supporting provinces and territories with the implementation, sustainability and use of the interRAI clinical assessment instruments. Adrian is currently involved in several new initiatives to address data gaps in community care and home care in First Nations communities.

     

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    Aparna Arjunan

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    Aparna Arjunan
    Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine

    Aparna is currently in their third year of advanced training in Geriatric Medicine (RACP).Aparna is also undertaking a research higher degree in Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, University of Queensland. Their current research focuses on frailty status measurement in hospital subacute inpatients, analysing correlation between gait speed and frailty index and their ability to predict adverse outcomes.

  • Audrey-Anne Brousseau

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    Audrey-Anne Brousseau
    Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

    Audrey-Anne graduated as an Emergency Physician from Université Laval in 2016. She is currently doing a Fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Her specific interests are in teaching, research and macro-management of the ED with one objective: Providing the best care for older adults in the Emergency Department.

  • Bernice Redley

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    Bernice Redley
    Deakin University

    Bernice Redley is Associate Professor of Nursing at the Centre for Nursing Research – Deakin University and Monash Health Partnership, and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, Melbourne. She is also a member of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Leadership Group on Care of Older People in Hospital. Her current research focus is supporting healthcare quality and patient safety for older people in complex and acute health care settings.

  • Brigette Meehan

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    Brigette Meehan
    TAS

    Brigette Meehan manages the interRAI Education and Support Service for interRAI Services at TAS in New Zealand. She has a Masters in Education from the University of Canterbury and a PhD in Speech-language Pathology from the University of Queensland. She has an adjunct Associate Professor role with Massey university. Brigette has been an interRAI fellow since 2012.

  • Catherine Travers

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    Catherine Travers
    Queensland University of Technology

    Dr Catherine Travers works as a Project Manager with the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.  She has over 15 years research experience and her research interests include ageing, dementia and interventions to improve older people’s quality of life including those with dementia.  Dr Travers has published widely in national and international peer-reviewed journals and her work has been presented at numerous conferences.

  • Clara Girardi

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    Clara Girardi
    Ente osepdaliero Cantonale

    Degree in Medicine at the University of Milan Specialized in geriatrics medicine at the University of Florence For many years I worked in geriatric wards and emergency departments in Italy (Milan) and North Italy. From 2012 I work in Lugano Switzerland in geriatrics medicine; in 2015 I started to work at the Lugano Regional Hospital (EOC) at the servizio sottocenerino di geriatria.

  • Elfa Þöll Grétarsdóttir

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    Elfa Þöll Grétarsdóttir
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Landspitali

    EDUCATION

    2011-2013    University Hospital of Iceland, Internship for advance practice nursing    
    2004 - 2006  University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS Nursing - Geriatric and palliative care
    1998 - 2002  University of Iceland, BSc Nursing 
        
    1996 - 1997  Leiðsöguskóli Íslands, Diploma as a Tour Guide

    1991 - 1996  Junior College of Akureyri - Exchange student in Germany for one year


    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    2014-current  Clinical Nurse Specialist, Landspitali
    2014-current   Adjunct in Geriatric nursing, University of Iceland        
    2013                Temp Supervising course in geriatric nursing
    2010-2012      Research assistant 
    2010-2014      Landspítali –Staff Nurse on various geriatric units (rehab, ACE, PC) pallitave Unit
    2006 - 2010    Homemaker in Boston, had my two sons
    2004 - 2006    Project assistant, University of Wisconsin - During Graduate School I worked for Professor Karin Kirchhof in end of life researches 
    2001 - 2003    Landspítali -ED
        
            
    CERTIFICATION

    2013    Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatrics and Palliative Care 
    2006    Registered Nurse Massachusetts 
    2003    Registered Nurse Wisconsin 
    2002    Registered Nurse Iceland


    AFFILIATIONS

    2005    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 
    2002    Icelandic Nurse Society

    PUBLICATIONS

    1.    Zoëga S, Ward, SE, Serlin, RC., Sveinsdottir, H., Gretarsdottir, E., Fridriksdottir, N, Hafsteinsdottir, E., Gunnarsdóttir S. (2015). The effectiveness of a nursing staff development Intervention to improve pain management – A randomized controlled trial. Scandinavian Journal of Pain 8,54
    2.    Gunnarsdottir, S. Gretarsdottir, E.Th. (2011). Systematic Review of Interventions Aimed at Nurses to Improve Pain Management. Review. Vård I Norden, 31(4), 16-21. 
    3.    Grétarsdóttir EÞ, Zoëga S, Tómasson G, Gunnarsdóttir S.(2011) Forprófun á mælitæki til að meta þekkingu og viðhorf hjúkrunarfræðinga til verkja og verkjameðferðar. Tímarit hjúkrunarfræðinga, 87 (4), 41-53.
    4.    Kirchhoff KT, Palzkill J, Kowalkowski J, Mork A, Gretarsdottir E. Preparing families of intensive care patients for withdrawal of life support: a pilot study. American Journal of Critical Care. Mar 2008;17(2):113-121; quiz 122.
    5.    Kwekkeboom KL, Gretarsdottir E. Systematic review of relaxation interventions for pain. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 2006;38(3):269-277.

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    Elizabeth Beattie

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    Elizabeth Beattie
    Professor of Aged and Dementia Care, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology

    Elizabeth Beattie, Professor of Aged and Dementia Care, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, is a psychgeriatric nurse educated in Australia, the UK and the US who has been involved in dementia-focused clinical practice, education and research for 30 years.  She directs the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre Carers and Consumers and Dementia Training Australia in Queensland. Elizabeth has an international nursing leadership profile and a sustained record of competitive research funding and publication. Her research is focused on improving the quality of care and quality of life of people living with dementia and those who support them.

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    Ellen Burkett

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    Ellen Burkett
    Princess Alexandra Hospital Emergency Department

    Ellen is a senior staff specialist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Emergency Department  in Metro South Brisbane.  In addition to her ED role Ellen is the clinical lead for CARE-PACT, a quality improvement and demand management model of care for the acute care needs of residents of aged care facilities, and is a PhD candidate with the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine.  Her research interests include health systems approaches to quality improvement, sepsis management and ED care of older persons. 

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    Eva Topinkova

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    Eva Topinkova
    1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University

    Eva Topinkova, MD, PhD professor of internal medicine and geriatrics, Head of Department of Geriatrics, 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague. She is a member of EUGMS, UEMS, past-president of Clinical Section, IAGG Europe, full member of interRAI. She serves as InterRAI representative for Czech Republic and national co-ordinator of several European research projects.

  • Fred Graham

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    Fred Graham
    Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) for Dementia & Delirium at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH)

    Fred Graham is Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) for Dementia & Delirium at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), Brisbane, Queensland. In his role, Fred has been involved in developing and implementing a range of quality initiatives for people with cognitive impairment. These include the implementation of specialised model of care, development of assessment tools and resources plus a focus on preparing nursing staff to care for people with cognitive impairment through the development of education and training programs.  

    Fred is currently undertaking his PhD at the Queensland University of Technology under the supervision of Professor Elizabeth Beattie and focusing on how acute-care nurses make decisions about care for people with dementia.

     

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    George Heckman

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    George Heckman
    specialist geriatrician and Schlegel Research Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging

    George Heckman is a specialist geriatrician and Schlegel Research Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging. He is an interRAI fellow, and primary panelist for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Heart Failure guidelines and Quality Indicators working group. Clinical and research interests related to chronic disease management and care process redesign, with a specific focus on frail older persons with cardiovascular disease.

  • Gerald Koh Choon Huat

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    Gerald Koh Choon Huat
    National University of Singapore

    Dr Gerald Koh is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Medical Undergraduate Education, and Leader of Health Systems and Behavioural Sciences (HSBS) Domain and Tele-Health InnOvations Research (THOR) Programme, at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health; and Joint Associate Professor at Dean’s Office, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine; National University of Singapore, National University Health System. A medical doctor by training, he obtained his Masters in Family Medicine in 2000 and Fellowship in Family Medicine in 2003. He developed an interest in community geriatrics and geriatric rehabilitation, and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine from NUS in 2002, a Masters in Gerontology and Geriatrics from the European Institute of Gerontology at the University of Malta in 2009, and his PhD in Family Medicine from Western Unversity, Canada in 2012. His current research interests include stroke and geriatric rehabilitation, tele-rehabilitation and medical education. To date, he has published 82 original research articles and 24 shorter articles in journals, including Journal of American Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Stroke, BMJ Open, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation and Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. He also has obtained research grants amounting to over S$3 million as Principal Investigator and over S$8 million as Co-Investigator. He is currently Senior Consultant for Agency for Integrated Care, Consultant for Ministry of Health’s Policy Research and Economics Office and Visiting Consultant for Ang Mo Kio Thye Hua Kwan Hospital.

  • Hamish Jamieson

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    Hamish Jamieson
    Canterbury District Health Board

    Dr Hamish Jamieson has two roles. He is a Medical Specialist looking after older people in Christchurch, New Zealand. He also is a Senior Lecturer in Medicine with the University of Otago. His research area focuses on utilising a big data approach with interRAI data to identify trajectories of ageing and to identify risk factors for poor outcomes and potential areas for early intervention.

  • Harriet Finne-Soveri

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    Harriet Finne-Soveri
    interRAI

    Harriet Finne-Soveri, M.D. Ph.D is vice president of interRAI and leader for the interRAI committee for strategic planning and operations. She acts as visiting professor at the Institute for Health and Welfare, right under the Ministry of Social Welfare and Health. In addition, she is chief medical officer for the elderly care services, in Helsinki city, Finland, covering a clientele of approximately 9 000 home care clients and 6500 long-term care residents. She has acted as principal investigator for Finland in several European Commission funded research programs, Such as Ad-HOC (Quality of home-care, in Europe), SHELTER (Quality of long-term care facilities, in Europe), IBENC (Quality and cost efficiency of home-care, in Europe), And PACE (Quality of dying in long-term care facilities, in Europe). She has also acted as an expert reviewer for European commission, in several EU-funded projects.  

    Harriet Finne-Soveri graduated from the University of Helsinki in 1980. She became board-certified in geriatric medicine in 1994. She has been involved in research in the geriatric field since 1982 and in 1995 began research with the interRAI instruments (Minimum Data Set, MDS). She defended her doctoral thesis concerning pain among older residents in institutions (2001), became Ph.D in 2003 and adjunct professor in geriatric medicine (University of Helsinki) in 2009. Her research areas cover clinical fields such as nutrition, pain, rehabilitation, and appropriate use of medications in the old age. The research areas also cover elderly care services, particularly issues such as quality of care, work-load and skill-mix of the staff, payment systems, job satisfaction, and different fields of leadership and management. Her main occupation and research interests have, since 2005, focused on how to organize elderly care services with highest possible quality and cost efficiency, and on the impact of different policies on those issues. She is member of EAMA (European Academy for Medicine of Ageing).

     

  • Hui-Shan Stella Lin

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    Hui-Shan Stella Lin
    The University of Queensland

    Dr Stella Lin is in her final year for completing dual training in Geriatric Medicine and Acute and General Medicine and is undertaking a Research Higher Degree on Frailty in Older Surgical Patients.

  • Jennifer Jordan

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    Jennifer Jordan
    University of Otago, Christchurch

    Dr Jenny Jordan is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand, working at the Centre of Postgraduate Nursing Studies as well as in clinical research at the Department of Psychological Medicine, and for the Canterbury District Health Board. She has mostly worked as a therapist and investigator in a series of randomised clinical trials comparing different psychological treatments for adults with mood, anxiety and eating disorders. She is involved with several current research projects related to the health of older persons, including with this team analysing New Zealand interRAI- Home Care data.

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    John Morris

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    John Morris
    Hebrew Senior Life (HSL), United States of America

    Doctor Morris is a health-service researcher whose research career has focused on a broad-spectrum of issues relative to older adults. He has looked at diverse populations:  impaired elders in nursing homes and home care; elders near the end of life; adults receiving in-patient and community rehabilitative services; and adults receiving in-patient mental health care. The scope of the topics he has addressed include the creation of patient assessment systems, the specification of models related to care and service access, the creation of measurement systems to characterize the needs and status of elders, the creation of care planning guidelines, and the creation of quality indicators to assess program effectiveness. This work has been supported through multiple funding streams and program venues. His studies in long-term services and supports have focused first on specifying who should receive care, the specification of the type of care to receive, and the assessment of the effectiveness of that Care. In this work Dr. Morris has gained a unique understanding of the factors that impinge on issues of rehabilitation potential and decline – starting with the independent elder and modeling what occurs as the person experiences acute events (as would be common for those in post-acute care and home care), and then moving forward as functional, cognitive, and clinical insults challenge the person.

  • Katherine Berg

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    Katherine Berg
    University of Toronto

    Dr. Berg is a fellow with interRAI, a member of the interRAI Instrument and System Development (ISD) Committee and leads the post acute care working group within INAC.  Her research interests include disability and fall prevention as well as health services research examining quality of care and outcomes.  She is the developer of the Balance Scale, a functional balance measure widely used in rehabilitation and geriatrics.   While completing this study, she was a Visiting Scientist at Brown University for CoHSTAR, Center for Health Services Training and Research funded by APTA. 

  • Leon Geffen

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    Leon Geffen

    Leon Geffen is a General Practitioner in Cape Town, South Africa. He has recently established SIFAR,  a new institute for ageing research. He is an interRAI Fellow. His particular field of interest is primary care geriatrics. His current research interest is to develop an interRAI instrument for use in primary care geriatrics.

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    Linda Schnitker

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    Linda Schnitker
    Queensland University of Technology

    Linda completed her Doctor of Philosophy Program in 2015 at The University of Queensland. She developed quality indicators for the care of older people with cognitive impairment in emergency department. Since completing the program, she is dedicated to improve care for this vulnerable ED population. Linda works at Queensland University of Technology as a researcher and her research interests include geriatric emergency nursing, dementia, delirium, and quality improvement. 

  • Lynn Martin

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    Lynn Martin
    Lakehead University

    Dr. Lynn Martin is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University (Ontario, Canada). She is a fellow with interRAI, and leads work related to the interRAI Intellectual Disability assessment system. Her program of research focuses on aging, health, service utilization, and outcomes of vulnerable populations across health and social service settings. Dr. Martin’s work also looks at the conceptualization and measurement of social inclusion and person-directed planning. 

  • Maja Susanto

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    Maja Susanto
    St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane

    Graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2010. Current: First year Geriatric Medicine Advanced trainee at St Vincent's Private Hospital in Brisbane.

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    Melinda Martin-Khan

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    Melinda Martin-Khan
    The University of Queensland

    Dr. Melinda Martin-Khan is a health scientist whose academic studies include education, management, gerontology and biostatistics. Employed full time in a co-joint appointment as research fellow at University of Queensland’s Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine and Centre for Online Health. Research areas include dementia, telehealth and quality of care.

  • Michele McCreadie

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    Michele McCreadie
    Central Region's Technical Advisory Services, New Zealand

    Michele McCreadie has extensive senior management experience, primarily across the health sector. In the UK, Michele held a number of senior management positions in the National Health Service and was also Director Older Peoples Services in Social Care. In New Zealand, her roles have included leading the National Breast and Cervical Screening Programmes for the Ministry of Health. More recently as General Manager, Legal Aid Services, Michele led a programme of work to successfully reform the legal aid system.

  • Mieke Deschodt

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    Mieke Deschodt
    University of Leuven, KU Leuven

    Dr. Mieke Deschodt, RN, PhD is a postdoc fellow at the Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Leuven in Belgium and the Institute of Nursing Sciencie at the University of Basel in Switzerland. Her research focuses on the evaluation and implementation of new models of care of older patients, both in acute care and long-term care.

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    Nancye Peel

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    Nancye Peel
    The University of Queensland

    Dr Nancye Peel is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. She has a Doctorate in Population Health and Master of Public Health (Epidemiology and Statistics), with clinical background in Physiotherapy. Her research focuses on improving health outcomes and quality of aged care across settings including home care, acute care and post-acute care through integrated geriatric assessment based on interRAI assessment systems.

  • Nathalie Wellens

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    Nathalie Wellens
    Canton Vaud, Switzerland

    Nathalie IH Wellens Phd, SLP Dr Nathalie Wellens (interRAI Fellow, Belgium) holds a PhD in Public Health. She researched case-mix allocation systems for home care in the USA, and large scale adoption of interRAI-instruments in Belgium. Currently, she coordinates implementation strategies in Switzerland. Publications focus mainly on validation and feasibility of (interRAI-)assessments for emergency and acute hospital departments.

  • Nicole Pollack

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    Nicole Pollack
    Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

    Nicole Pollack is an Improvement Lead at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, particularly supporting the ACE Quality Improvement Collaborative. Since 2007, Nicole has worked in public engagement and research, primarily in healthcare policy. A few projects of note include: a financial information needs assessment with the Canadian Institute for Health Information; the revision of a physician competency framework with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; Mental Health Strategy Workshops with the Mental Health Commission of Canada; a province-wide dialogue on health reform with the New Brunswick Health Council.

  • Pálmi V. Jónsson

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    Pálmi V. Jónsson
    Professor of Geriatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland

    Pálmi is a graduate of the Harvard Fellowship in Geriatric´s and currently Professor and Chief of Geriatrics at Landspítali University Hospital, Iceland.  He sits on the executive committee of the AGES study, collaboration between Icelandic Heart Association and National Institute of Aging, has collaborated on genetics with the DeCode Company and is secretary on the Board of interRAI. He has promoted implementation of multiple interRAI tools to Iceland and been active on Nordic and European InterRAI Research projects.

  • Paul Beere

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    Paul Beere
    University of Canterbury

    Dr Paul Beere is a postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Canterbury's GeoHealth Laboratory. His research interests primarily relate to health GIS, and the equity of health services provision.

  • Paul Gardiner

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    Paul Gardiner
    The University of Queensland

    Dr Paul Gardiner is an epidemiologist and behaviour change scientist. He has over 15 years of experience in biomedical, clinical and public health research. He is currently an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow and his research focuses on the relationship between prolonged sitting and cognitive function. Other research interests include health expectancies of conditions associated with ageing including frailty, dementia and sarcopenia. He is also involved in the impact of these conditions on health behaviours through trajectory modelling.

  • Philip Schluter

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    Philip Schluter
    University of Canterbury - Te Whare W?nanga o Waitaha

    Professor Philip Schluter received a BSc (Hons I) in 1988, MSc (Distinction) in 1992 and PhD in 1996 all in the field of Bayesian statistics from the University of Canterbury. Philip was the first professorial appointment in Biostatistics in New Zealand. Philip also holds professorial positions with both the University of Queensland and AUT University.

  • Philippa Greco

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    Philippa Greco
    Southern District Health Board

    Philippa Greco is an Occupational Therapist. She has worked for 16 years in the health sector. For the past four years, a key task of Philippa’s role as Lead Practitioner and System Clinician has been to generate, analyse and report on data obtained from interRAI with a focus on quality improvement.

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    Robyn Berry

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    Robyn Berry
    Older Person's Oncology Clinical Nurse Consultant at Princess Alexandra Hospital

    Robyn  joined the Cancer services team at  PAH to embark on a research project investigating the assessment of older patients with cancer. She has been involved in setting up the first geriatric oncology nurse led model of care within Queensland. The current model involves a nurse led assessment of older cancer patients referred to PAH. 

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    Roger Butler
    Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

    Dr. Roger Butler CCFP FCFP Associate Professor of Family Medicine Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador is the chair of the Enhanced Skills Training Program in Care of the Elderly ,a post graduate training program for family physicians in geriatric care.He research interests include the remote home monitoring of patients with dementia using Skype via iPad technology. He is the physician consultant for the Community Rapid Response team (CRRT) which helps transition frail usually elderly patients from hospital to home . This program operates within the two largest hospital emergency rooms in St. John's , the provinces' capital city.

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    Rohit Bansal
    Queensland Health

    Dr Rohit Bansal completed his medical degree in 2003 and post graduate qualifications in medicine in 2007 in India. He is currently completing advanced training in geriatric medicine at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

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    Sally Heppenstall
    interRAI Services, Central TAS

    Sally has a clinical background in social work and ,more recently, counselling and has worked in a number of health settings including with older people, women’s health, oncology and hospice. She has over 10 years experience with interRAI and has worked as an assessor, trainer and system clinician, using the data to inform service development and quality initiatives. Sally has also worked for a large residential care provider and with interRAI Services where she developed a framework for the interRAI Governance Board. She completed a Masters in Health Sciences at the University of Otago in 2015 with a thesis exploring the applicability of the interRAI case mix.

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    Sharon Adler
    Southern District Health Board

    Sharon Adler has been the Portfolio Manager for Older People at Southern DHB since 2013 coming on board just in time to implement a Restorative Model of Care with a new Alliance of Home and Community Support providers. Sharon has a passion for quality improvement. Sharon has a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Duke University in the USA.

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    Veronica Casey
    Queensland Health

    Veronica has held executive leadership roles within Queensland Health since 2006, currently serving as the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services for the Metro South Hospital and Health Service. Veronica’s experience and expertise in the nursing profession extends to national and international platforms, holding membership on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, serving as an International Magnet Commissioner for the American Nurses Credentialing Centre since 2010, and past contribution to the Australian Quality and Safety Commission.

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    Veronique Boscart
    CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Senior Care

    Dr. Veronique Boscart holds the CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Senior Care, in Ontario, Canada. She has extensive nursing experience as a clinician, educator, manager and researcher. Her research interests include evidence-based care in gerontology, best practices in research methods with seniors, the development of gerontological education for health care professionals and care delivery models in residential care. She has published over forty peer reviewed manuscripts and is the author on the first Canadian edition of Gerontological Nursing and Healthy Aging (2011).

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    Ebony Lewis
    University of New South Wales

    Has a background in Emergency Nursing and Practice Nursing and in 2014 completed a Master of International Public Health at the University of New South Wales. Is currently working as a research assistant with the Simpson Centre for Health Service Research and is involved in projects concerning quality end-of-life care for the frail elderly.

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    Hamish Jamieson
    Canterbury District Health Board

    Dr Hamish Jamieson has two roles. He is a Medical Specialist looking after older people in Christchurch, New Zealand. He also is a Senior Lecturer in Medicine with the University of Otago. His research area focuses on utilising a big data approach with interRAI data to identify trajectories of ageing and to identify risk factors for poor outcomes and potential areas for early intervention.

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    Lynn Martin
    Lakehead University

    Dr. Lynn Martin is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University (Ontario, Canada). She is a fellow with interRAI, and leads work related to the interRAI Intellectual Disability assessment system. Her program of research focuses on aging, health, service utilization, and outcomes of vulnerable populations across health and social service settings. Dr. Martin’s work also looks at the conceptualization and measurement of social inclusion and person-directed planning. 

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    Marie-Jeanne Kergoat
    Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Université de Montréal

    Dr Kergoat is Geriatrician, full Professor in medicine at Université de Montréal, and Head of Geriatric Medicine Department at Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM). Dr Kergoat is the Director of the IUGM Memory clinic and member of the research Centre in IUGM. Dr Kergoat's longstanding research interests include clinical, evaluative and epidemiological aspects of frailty, geriatric syndromes (mobility and falls, dementia and undernutrition) and improvement of quality of care and organisation of services for vulnerable older adults. In 2012, she was awarded the National Leader Physician award by the Quebec Association of Health and Social Services Facilities and the Persillier-Lachapelle award by the Ministry of Health and Social Services .

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    Nancye Peel
    The University of Queensland

    Dr Nancye Peel is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. She has a Doctorate in Population Health and Master of Public Health (Epidemiology and Statistics), with clinical background in Physiotherapy. Her research focuses on improving health outcomes and quality of aged care across settings including home care, acute care and post-acute care through integrated geriatric assessment based on interRAI assessment systems.

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    Philippa Greco
    Southern District Health Board

    Philippa Greco is an Occupational Therapist. She has worked for 16 years in the health sector. For the past four years, a key task of Philippa’s role as Lead Practitioner and System Clinician has been to generate, analyse and report on data obtained from interRAI with a focus on quality improvement.

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    Roger Butler
    Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

    Dr. Roger Butler CCFP FCFP Associate Professor of Family Medicine Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador is the chair of the Enhanced Skills Training Program in Care of the Elderly ,a post graduate training program for family physicians in geriatric care.He research interests include the remote home monitoring of patients with dementia using Skype via iPad technology. He is the physician consultant for the Community Rapid Response team (CRRT) which helps transition frail usually elderly patients from hospital to home . This program operates within the two largest hospital emergency rooms in St. John's , the provinces' capital city.

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    Sharon Adler
    Southern District Health Board

    Sharon Adler has been the Portfolio Manager for Older People at Southern DHB since 2013 coming on board just in time to implement a Restorative Model of Care with a new Alliance of Home and Community Support providers. Sharon has a passion for quality improvement. Sharon has a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Duke University in the USA.

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    Yvonne Hornby-Turner
    The University of Queensland

    Dr Yvonne Hornby-Turner is an early career researcher who graduated with a PhD from Durham University in the UK in 2013 in the field of children’s health behaviours. Since 2014 Dr Hornby-Turner has worked in the field of geriatric medicine. This research has covered the testing and validating clinical assessment instruments, and investigations into determinants of health in older age.