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Executive Management Team

Leon Flicker

Professor Leon Flicker AO

Professor Leon Flicker is director of the WA Centre for Health and Ageing. He leads a productive research centre aimed at cutting edge translational issues focusing on the health needs of older people. Prof Flicker is the inaugural Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia, since 1998. He remains a practicing geriatrician in Perth, Western Australia and is lifetime AAG Fellow. Read more.

osvaldo almeida

Professor Osvaldo Almeida
Director of Research

Osvaldo P. Almeida completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, and his research postgraduate training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, UK, being awarded his PhD in 1993. He has been the Chair of Geriatric Psychiatry of the University of Western Australia since 2001, and Director of Research of the Western Australian Centre for Health & Ageing since 2008. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the beyondblue Inspiration Award, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Senior Research Award, and the GESB Award for Improved Outcomes in Seniors’ Mental Health. 

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Dr Andrew Ford
Mental Health Lead Investigator, NHMRC Dementia Fellow

Dr Ford is an Older Adult Consultant Psychiatrist at Royal Perth Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Western Australia. Dr Ford completed his medical degree in 1996 and his Fellowship in psychiatry with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry in early 2008. He also completed a certificate in Old Age Psychiatry with the College. Dr Ford's research interests include; mental health of older Australians, dementia, mood disorders and late-onset psychotic disorders.


Associate Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer
Medications and Aged Care Lead Investigator

Christopher Etherton-Beer is an Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia, and a Geriatrician and Clinical Pharmacologist at Royal Perth Hospital. Christopher serves on the Federal Council of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, and the Board of Juniper. Christopher is the immediate past Chair of the RACP Advanced Training Committee in Geriatric Medicine, and Chairs the Western Australian Therapeutics Advisory Group. Christopher has research interests in pharmaco-geriatrics, stroke, aged care and medical education.

Support Team

 Ms Marie Lamb - Administrative Assistant

Research Fellows

Dr Zoe Hyde
Research interests: biostatistics, epidemiology, healthy ageing, hormones, Indigenous ageing, dementia

Dr Kate Smith NHMRC-ARC Dementia Fellow
Research interests: Indigenous health and ageing, remote Indigenous health, dementia, Quality of Life, Well being

Research Officers

Dr John Acres
Ms Shiralee Birnbacher
Ms Lianne Gilchrist
Ms Jill George
Ms Kate Fulford
Ms Varsha Hirani
Ms Rachael Kelly
Ms Lindsey Kneale
Ms Roslyn Malay
Ms Hema Patel
Ms Lorraine Sholson
Ms Jenny Tasker
Ms Kelly Reynolds
Ms Savannah Warren
Ms Christianne White
Ms Bronwen Wright


Professor  David Atkinson - Head of The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (Indigenous health and ageing)
Professor Dawn Bessarab - Director, Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, UWA (Indigenous health and ageing)
Associate Professor Caroline Bulsara - School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Notre Dame, Australia                                       
Professor Jon Golledge - Faculty of Medicine, Health & Molecular Sciences, James Cook University Queensland (Men's health and ageing)
Associate Professor Dina LoGiducie - NARI, Melbourne Health Victoria (Indigenous health and ageing)
Professor Graeme Hankey - Department of Neurology, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Australia (Men's Health and Stroke)
Associate Professor Melissa Lindeman - Centre for Remote Health, Alice Spring Flinders University (Indigenous health and ageing)
Professor Paul Norman - UWA Professor Vascular Surgery, Fiona Stanley Hospital (Men's Health)
Professor Edward Strivens - Clinical Director, Older Persons Health Services Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service , Queensland (Indigenous health and ageing)

Professor Bu Beng Yeap - Head of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Fiona Stanley Hospital (Men's Health and Ageing)

Dr. Kristen Jacklin - University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Department of Biohavioral Health and Population Sciences (Indigenous health and ageing)                                                

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