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Completed a PhD thesis by publication with the University of Sydney in September 2018. Five published papers make up this thesis. Thesis titled  'Exploring the whole family experience living with younger onset dementia from a social model perspective.'

Is a Physiotherapist, qualified in 1986 with extensive clinical experience working with people living with acute onset and degenerative neurological conditions in the community both in the UK and Australia. She is very interested in the lived experiences of people living with neurological impairments and their families.



Research engagement

Currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Implementation Science Stream.

Current mixed methods research projects conducting an implementation evaluation of two integrated models of care:

Rural Kids Guided Personalised Service (RuralKidsGPS), providing care coordination to children living with medical complexity in four rural local health districts in New South Wales, Australia

Motor Neurone Disease multidiciplinary clinic in a regional area of New South Wales, Australia 

Research interests

Lived experiences and social impact of living with neurological impairments in the community from a personal, family member and whole family perspective. Understanding the needs of the whole family living with parental and childhood illness.

Exploring ways to use the social model of disability (SMOD) framework to improve societal, health care and social care understanding of living with impairments.  Using principles of SMOD to create socially focused services and health interventions. Raising awareness of socially constructed disablement and what needs to be changed to support enablement.

Implementation science provides the strategies to promote co-created and co-produced crucial change within health care and improved well being. Translation of evidence, uptake of evidence, acquisition and dissemination.  

Integrated models of care living with complex and chronic conditions. Developing ways to improve integrated care for everyone to ensure no one is disadvantaged by fragmented care and non cross sector collaborations and practices. 

Developing pathways of care and support for people living with MND across the current service landscape

Education/Academic qualification

Younger onset dementia , PhD in Philosophy, Exploring the lived experiences of children and young people having parents living with younger onset dementia , University of Sydney

1 Jul 201524 Sept 2018

Award Date: 29 Sept 2018

Physiotherapy, Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy

External positions

Honorary Conjoint Scholar , Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD)

2022 → …

Central Coast Research Institute

2022 → …


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