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Ms Dodds is a public health practitioner with a background working on the frontline of both aged care and disability sectors. She has previously worked with a team of allied health professionals to deliver a range of programs to older adults living in residential aged care. These involved implementing effective pain management activities and encouraging the maintenance of physical health and wellbeing in high care, low care and dementia specific settings.

She is currently a Research Assistant working with the Aged Care Evaluation and Research team (ACER) in the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research (CHSSR) at AIHI. She is involved with several projects that aim to improve the quality of aged care services as well as assess and evaluate the impact of social networks, quality of life, cognition and wellbeing in older adults accessing residential and community care. She is also assisting with the facilitation of a community event to maximise the brain health of older adults.

Miss Dodds is also undertaking a PhD in the areas of public health, disease prevention, intervention and health promotion. Her research focuses on implementing a behaviour change program that aims to increase dementia awareness and risk reduction amongst older adults in rural and regional communities.

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, MPH, Macquarie University

Award Date: 25 Apr 2019

Psychology and Health, BA-Psych BHlth, Macquarie University

Award Date: 27 Apr 2017

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