Meet AAG’S 2018 Conference Scientific Committee

Associate Professor Danny Hills
Associate Professor Danny Hills (2018 AAG Scientific Committee Chair)
Federation University

Associate Professor 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 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.

Professor Keith Hill
Professor Keith Hill
Curtin University

Professor Keith Hill is Head of the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University (since Jan 2012). He is a physiotherapist and senior researcher, with 36 years clinical experience in rehabilitation and aged care, and an extensive recent track record in implementing and completing range of falls prevention, rehabilitation and physical activity research programs for older people in the community, hospital and residential aged care settings. Professor Hill has 230 peer reviewed publications, and has received over $17 million of research funding as a Chief Investigator. He has supervised 16 PHD students; 2 Professional Doctorate Students; 5 Masters Students; and 7 Honours students to successful completion. He has been President of the Victorian Division of AAG (2006-2009). He was Chair of the IAGG Asia Oceana Council (2013-2017), and has a strong interest in supporting collaborative research within the Asia Oceana Region.

Professor Alison Hutchinson
Professor Alison Hutchinson
Deakin University

Professor Alison Hutchinson is Chair in Nursing, Centre for Nursing Research, Deakin University and Monash Health Partnership, and Deputy Director of the Quality and Patient Safety Research Centre at Deakin University. Her research interests centre on translation of research evidence into practice and care of the older person. Alison has worked in clinical, management, education and research roles across a range of public, private and tertiary settings. She has attracted competitive research funding in Australia and Canada, has authored several book chapters, and has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals. She is Associate Editor for open-access journal, Implementation Science, an international editorial board member for Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, and serves on the board of an aged care organisation.

Dr Rosanne Freak-Poli
Dr Rosanne Freak-Poli
Monash University

Dr Freak-Poli’s focus is to utilise epidemiological theory, statistical methodology and knowledge of human psychology to give a more comprehensive picture of health issues. Dr. Freak-Poli’s topic focus is upon the investigation of the relationship between happiness and physical health. The first stage of this research was undertaken at Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Rotterdam Study allows investigation of the relationship between happiness and risk-factors for chronic disease and morbidity in a database for 10,000 people over 15 years. On her return to Australia, Rosanne continues to use her longitudinal statistical analytical skills to assess the relationship between happiness and health in the Australian population.