Meet AAG’S 2018 Conference Planning Committee

Associate Professor Briony Dow
National Ageing Research Institute

Associate Professor Briony Dow is Director of the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) and Associate Professor of Ageing at the University of Melbourne. She is co-chair of the University’s Hallmark Ageing research Initiative and teaches a core subject in the Master of Ageing. At NARI, A/Prof Dow manages a program of research encompassing improving care for older people in Victorian health services, falls and balance, healthy ageing, diversity in ageing, ageing and mental health. Associate Professor Dow served a term as National President of the Australian Association of Gerontology until November 2016.

Dr Danny Hills
Dr Danny Hills (2018 AAG Scientific Committee Chair)
Monash University

Dr Danny Hills is a Registered Nurse who has worked as a clinician, manager and educator in mental health and clinical governance, both in rural and metropolitan community and hospital settings. His academic teaching and research roles have focused on mental health and aged care workforce development, health sciences and nursing. His primary research interests are in health services and workforce research, workplace aggression, mental health and well-being, ageing and aged care. Danny was the Chair of the 2016 Conference Planning Committee and a member of the 2017 Conference Planning Committee.

Associate Professor Christine Stirling
Associate Professor Christine Stirling
AAG President

Associate Professor Christine Stirling is the President of AAG, and a nursing academic at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Christine has a career long interest in improving health care through workforce innovation and consumer research. She has a particular interest in supporting older persons to remain living in the community, in dementia studies, and in the future workforce innovations that can support improved health care. Christine’s published work covers volunteers, informal carers, decision aids, and memory clinics and how these can help to improve health services. Christine joined the AAG in 2009 as a member of the Tasmanian Division, serving as Treasurer 2010-2011, then State President 2011-2013. She was an inaugural co-convenor of the Gerontological Nursing Special Interest Group in 2014. She has served on the National Board (previously Council) since 2011 and was Vice President 2013 – 2017.

Dr Claudia Meyer
Dr Claudia Meyer
Bolton Clarke Research Institute

Dr Claudia Meyer is a Research Fellow at the Bolton Clarke Research Institute in Melbourne. Bolton Clarke is a large not-for-profit organisation providing services across the spectrum for at-home support, retirement village living and residential care across Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia. Claudia combines her skills as an experienced physiotherapist with her research expertise, moving research into action for community-dwelling older people and their carers, specifically in the areas of equity in healthcare, falls prevention and dementia care. She draws upon her expanding network in the community care, hospital and academic sectors to drive her belief in reducing the gap between research and clinical practice. Dr Meyer is the immediate Past President of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Council of Student Organizations, continuing as the Asia-Oceania representative. She has been an AAG Victorian Executive committee member since 2008 and has served as the National President of the Student and Early Career Group.

Associate Professor Irene Blackberry
Associate Professor Irene Blackberry
La Trobe University

Associate Prof Irene Blackberry is the John Richards Chair of Rural Ageing and Aged Care Research and Director of the John Richards Initiative at La Trobe University, in Wodonga. She has a medical background and health services researcher with significant expertise in designing and conducting complex multifactorial health services intervention. She is the President of Australian Association of Gerontology Victoria and an honorary Principal Research Fellow at the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne. There are two major research streams to her work on chronic diseases and ageing, united by a focus on implementation studies of complex multi-factorial intervention across the community, primary and secondary care setting drawing on both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Her current research focuses on improving care delivery for older people with complex chronic conditions in general practice and rural areas.