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Our Team

Led by Professor Sue Gordon, our ARIIA team is made up of highly-skilled, aged care specialists, with practical experience, knowledge, and expertise in translational research, good practice, and evidence-based innovation. We also have access to extensive resources and networks across industry, government, business, and academia.

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Prof Sue Gordon
Research Director Workforce Capability Lead
Prof Sue Gordon
Research Director Workforce Capability Lead

PhD, BaAppSc(Physio), GCEd, GDMngt

As the Research Director of ARIIA, Sue works with aged care providers and the community to optimise ageing, aged care, and the effective use of technology through research translation. She brings over 20 years of physiotherapy experience and more than 15 years of academic experience to this role. Her research has involved collaboration with local government, aged care and health service providers, and colleagues from other universities.

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Prof Gill Harvey
Co-Director of the Aged Care Partnering Program
Prof Gill Harvey
Co-Director of the Aged Care Partnering Program

PhD Nursing, B Nursing

Gill works with innovators and partners on projects that have broad and scalable relevance to the sector. She has a clinical background in nursing and her research interests are in knowledge translation, implementing evidence-based practice and quality improvement in health and aged care. Gill also leads the 'Better Systems' research theme in the Caring Futures Institute, , a role that involves working closely with stakeholders representing consumers, community, health and aged care.

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Prof Karen Reynolds
Co-Director of the Aged Care Partnering Program
Prof Karen Reynolds
Co-Director of the Aged Care Partnering Program

FTSE, FAHMS, HonFIEAust, PhD, MSc, MA, BA(Hons)

Karen works with innovators, partners and industry experts on projects that provide solutions for the aged care sector. She is one of Australia’s leading researchers in biomedical engineering and Director of the Medical Device Partnering Program in South Australia and collaborates with researchers, end-users and industry to develop cutting-edge medical devices that solve real end-user problems.

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Prof Jennifer Tieman
Director of the Knowledge and Implementation Hub
Prof Jennifer Tieman
Director of the Knowledge and Implementation Hub

BSc(Hons) MBA PhD FAIDH

Jennifer leads a talented team of researchers who have developed and amassed evidence-based knowledge as a resource for the sector. She brings her extensive experience and knowledge of palliative care and end-of-life care for older Australians. She is the inaugural Director of the Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying and research lead of the CareSearch and palliAGED projects. Her research interests are in Palliative Care, Geriatrics, Primary Care and Health Informatics.

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Reuben Jacob
Chief Executive Officer
Reuben Jacob
Chief Executive Officer

Reuben works closely with the ARIIA staff, Board, partners and stakeholders to deliver on our mission to grow the capability of the aged care sector in order to improve care through innovation. He brings expertise and experience in strategy, executive management, business development, stakeholder engagement, commercialisation, operations and research working in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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ARIIA Team

Dr Rebecca Bilton
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Rebecca Bilton
Senior Research Fellow

PhD

Dr Rebecca Bilton, a Senior Research Fellow, leads the Workforce Capacity and Capability to deliver ARIIA’s Innovator Training Program and Innovator Network. She brings expertise in developing collaborative research partnerships and the management of large local, state-wide and national research translation projects in the aged care sector to improve care.

Chris Crago
Senior Marketing & Communications Manager
Chris Crago
Senior Marketing & Communications Manager

AsscDip (Marketing)

As a successful creative professional with 30+ years’ experience directing high-impact PR, media, marketing, and communications initiatives, Chris leads the development and implementation of innovative marketing and communication strategies and activities to build brand awareness of ARIIA and its role in shaping the future of aged care.

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Dr Carol Davy
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Carol Davy
Senior Research Fellow

PhD

Dr Carol Davy is an accomplished senior level director with a track record of successful strategic and tactical leadership. Carol has extensive experience in research, designing and implementing innovative solutions to challenges faced by the aged and health care sectors.

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Liana Donleavy
Innovation Manager
Liana Donleavy
Innovation Manager

Liana is an Innovation Manager with over 16 years’ experience across home care, community and residential services as a manager and Physiotherapist, leading teams within not for profit, government and private organisations across a range of government-funded and private services. Her aim is to improve the lives of older people and ensure the sustainability of the sector.

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Robyn Garrick
Administration Officer
Robyn Garrick
Administration Officer

As the Knowledge and Implementation Hub Administration Officer, Robyn brings extensive experience from many years working within the health industry with roles with SA Health, home healthcare providers and the pharmaceutical industry.  She is a skilled office co-ordinator with a particular interest in project management, collaboration and engagement.

Dr Claire Gough
Research Fellow
Dr Claire Gough
Research Fellow

PhD

Claire is an experienced physiotherapist with a background in musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation. She has a passion for working with older people and combining progressive technologies to promote independence and community participation. Claire is driven to improve the care and quality of life of older people and has a Postdoctoral research fellowship with ARIIA’s Knowledge and Implementation Hub.

Nick Heng
Innovation Manager
Nick Heng
Innovation Manager

Nick is an Innovation Manager in the Aged Care Partnering Program. He has a background in project management within the Primary and Tertiary healthcare sector, leading digital health systems implementation. He also draws on experience as a Board Director of Moree Care and a researcher to ensure older persons live better, improved lives.

Layla Plummer
Administration Co-ordinator
Layla Plummer
Administration Co-ordinator

Layla Plummer is the Administration Officer for the Aged Care Partnering Program. She brings extensive administration experience from working in a range of industries, with a particular interest in project management and business improvement.    

Paul Ross
Librarian
Paul Ross
Librarian

Paul is an Information Specialist within the Knowledge and Implementation Hub (KIH) and has professional skills in research, information and aged care, both in Australian and the UK. He is driven by the desire to enable individuals a voice in service delivery and has co-designed numerous programmes with older people. 

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Holly Sparrow
Manager, Strategic Projects
Holly Sparrow
Manager, Strategic Projects

In her role as Innovator Network Coordinator, Holly supports the Workforce Capability and Capacity workstream to deliver ARIIA’s Innovator Training Program and Innovator Network. Holly brings to her role extensive experience in administration, operations and human resource management, with a particular interest in optimising efficiencies, organisational engagement, and inclusivity.

Eric Yang
Digital Content Officer
Eric Yang
Digital Content Officer

BSCS, MSIT

As the digital content officer for ARIIA, Eric works closely with researchers and the marketing team to bring the best user online experience through web technologies and systems. His expertise includes project management, website design, search engine optimisation, web accessibility, interactive content creation and data reporting. He likes to use his data analysis skills to find answers and solve issues. Eric has worked in Information technology, finance and education sectors.

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