Karmel Foundation Research Fellow
National Institute of Labour Studies
Linda Isherwood joined NILS as the Karmel Foundation Research Fellow in October 2012. Her research centres on the aged care, disability and healthcare sectors with a particular focus on workforce issues and services. Linda has expertise in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research (including the use of multivariate and longitudinal methodologies). She is currently a chief investigator on an ARC Linkage Project exploring recruitment, retention and skills in the aged care workforce. Linda is a member of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Evaluation team with particular responsibility for the Older People Study and qualitative interviews with key stakeholder organisations. She is also recently led the qualitative component of the 2016 National Aged Care Workforce Census and Survey.
Linda has led or contributed to commissioned research projects for the Department of Health, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the SA Department of Health, the SA Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. She has also worked on ARC Linkage and Discovery projects examining productive ageing in later life and occupational health and safety in home care work.
Linda was previously employed as a Research Associate with the Discipline of General Practice at Flinders University (2008-2012), conducting primary health care research with a focus on chronic disease management and the interface with hospital services. Prior to this Linda was a mental health social worker in community and hospital settings in Australia and the United Kingdom.
PhD - Flinders University
MA/Diploma Social Work - University of Leicester
PGDip Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy - University of Manchester
BA (Hon) Economics and Politics - University of Durham
2016: Australian Association of Gerontology Fellowship Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of gerontology
2014: Australian Association of Gerontology SA Division Early Career Research Award
2014: Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, Flinders University
2012: Flinders University Best Student Paper Award for Isherwood. L., King, D., & Luszcz, M. (2012). A longitudinal analysis of social engagement in late-life widowhood. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 74, 3, 211-229.
Linda's research centres on the aged care, disability and health care sectors with a particular focus on workforce issues and services. She is also interested in research which promotes successful ageing and her PhD examined the role of social resources during the transition to late-life widowhood.
: Aged care workforce
Linda has been an active member of the Australian Association of Geronotology (AAG) since 2011. She is currently an Executive Member and Treasurer of the SA Division of the AAG. Linda is also co-convenor of the AAG Ageing, Workforce and Education Special Interest Group.
Previously she has held the roles of SA Division Secretary, SA Student/Early Career Representative, and Honorary Secretary of the AAG National Student and Early Career Group.
Since 2012, Linda has assisted in the organisation of the national AAG, SAGe (South Australian Geronotology) and Emerging Researchers in Ageing conferences.
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