Position

Karmel Foundation Research Fellow
National Institute of Labour Studies

Biography

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.

Qualifications

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

Honours, awards and grants

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.

Research interests

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.

Supervisory interests

  • Aged and community care
  • Aged care workforce
  • Disability
  • Widowhood

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Aged care workforce (1) ;

Publications

  • Moskos, M. and Isherwood, L.M. (2017). Anticipating and addressing the impending shortages of disability support workers: Insights from the sector. NCVER. 26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ Hobart.
  • Isherwood, L.M. and King, D.S. (2015). Targeting workforce strategies: Asian migrants in the Australian aged care workforce. The 10th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics - Asia/Oceania 2015 Congress. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Isherwood, L. (2014). Support exchange in parent-child relationships in later-life widowhood. In 12th Global Conference on Ageing. 12th Global Conference on Ageing. Hydrabad. Jun 2014.
  • Isherwood, L.M. (2014). Reciprocity in social support exchange in parent-child relationships during late-life widowhood. 47th Australian Assoication of Gerontology National Conference. Adelaide.
  • Osborne, K., Patel, K., Walker, R., King, D., Moskos, M. and Isherwood, L. (2013). Reducing intergenerational disadvantage through a life-first employment program: Individual and systems approaches. Public Health Association of Australia: Social Inclusion and Complex needs conference. Canberra.
  • Isherwood, L.M. and King, D. (2013). The experience of Asian migrants in the aged care workforce. Australian Association of Gerontology conference. Sydney, Australia.
  • Isherwood, L., Moskos, M., King, D., Osborne, K. and Walker, R. (2013). The impact of complex disadvantage in a strengths-based employment program. Australian Social Policy Conference. Sydney, pp. 16/09/2013.
  • Isherwood, L. and Luszcz, M. (2013). I'm still here, I'm still living, I've got a life to live: The transition to widowhood in later life. In The 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. KoreaThe 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Seoul, Korea. Jun 2013.
  • Isherwood, L. (2013). The experiences of Asian migrants in the aged care workforce. In Australian Association of Gerontology conference. Australian Association of Gerontology. Australian Association of Gerontology conference. Sydney. Nov 2013.
  • Isherwood, L., King, D. and Luszcz, M. (2012). Social engagement in late-life widowhood: a longitudinal analysis. In Presented at the Australian Association of Gerontology Emerging Researchers Seminar, Adelaide. Australian Association of Gerontology Emerging Researchers Seminar. Adelaide.
  • Isherwood, L., King, D. and Luszcz, M. (2012). Widowhood in the fourth age: Loss, ageing and resilience. In 45th Australian Asociation of Gerontology Conference, Brisbane, Australia. 45 Australian Association of Gerontology Conference. Nov 2012.
  • Isherwood, L., King, D. and Luszcz, M. (2012). Proximity to adult children in late-life widowhood. In South Australian Gerontology Conference, Adelaide. South Australian Gerontology Conference. Adelaide. Sep 2012.
  • Isherwood, L., King, D. and Luszcz, M. (2011). A longitudinal analysis of social activity in late-life widowhood. In Presented at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Asia/Oceania Regional Congress, Melbourne. International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Asia/Oceania Regional Congress. Melbourne.
  • Isherwood, L., King, D. and Luszcz, M. (2011). Social activity in late-life widowhood. In Presented at the South Australian Gerontology Conference, Adelaide. South Australian Gerontology Conference. Adelaide.
  • Reed, R. and Isherwood, L. (2010). Preventing Admissions to the Hospital of People with Complex Chronic Conditions: A Root Cause Analysis. North American Primary Care Research Group. 38th NAPCRG Annual Meeting. Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • Isherwood, L. (2010). The role of social networks, support and activities in late-life widowhood. In Presented at the National Institute of Labour Studies Seminar Series, Flinders University. National Institute of Labour Studies, Seminar Series. Adelaide.
  • Reed, R. and Isherwood, L. (2010). Preventing admissions to the hospital of people with complex chronic conditions: a root cause analysis. In Presented at the Primary Health Care Research Conference, Darwin. Primary Health Care Research Conference. Darwin.
  • Reed, R. and Isherwood, L. (2009). Preventing Admissions to the Hospital of People with Complex Chronic Conditions: A Root Cause Analysis. Primary Health Care Research and Development Conference.
  • Isherwood, L. and Reed, R. (2009). A root cause analysis of emergency admissions at Flinders Medical Centre: a pilot study. In Presented at the Australasian Redesigning Health Care Summit, Brisbane. Australasian Redesigning Health Care Summit. Brisbane.
  • Moskos, M., Isherwood, L., Walker, R. and Brown, L. (2014). Building Family Opportunities: Program Evaluation Final Report. A report prepared for the South Australian Department of Communities and Social Inclusion.
  • Reed, R. and Isherwood, L. (2012). Analysis of Emergency Admissions of Older Adults to Flinders Medical Centre. Final Report, prepared for South Australian Department of Health, Adelaide.
  • Isherwood, L., Kalucy, E., Katterl, R. and Reinfeld-Kirkman, N. (2009). Health promotion of physical activity. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service: Research Roundup. Issue 8.
    [Web Link]
  • Isherwood, L. and Kalucy, E. (2009). Evaluation of chronic diseas management in primary health care. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service: Research Roundup, Issue 9.
    [Web Link]
  • Brown, L.J., Osborne, K.A., Walker, R.B., Moskos, M., Isherwood, L.M., Patel, K.R., et al. (2017). The benefits of a life-first employment program for Indigenous Australian families: Implications for ‘Closing the Gap’ Journal of Social Inclusion, 8(1) pp. 78-95.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Isherwood, L.M. and King, D.S. (2017). Targeting workforce strategies: understanding intra-group differences between Asian migrants in the Australian aged care workforce. International Journal of Care and Caring, 1(2) pp. 191-207.
    [10.1332/239788217X14937990731721]
  • Walker, R.B., Brown, L.J., Moskos, M., Isherwood, L.M., Osborne, K.A., Patel, K.R., et al. (2016). ‘They really get you motivated’: Experiences of a life-first employment programme from the perspective of long-term unemployed Australians. Journal of Social Policy, 45(3) pp. 507-526.
    [10.1017/S0047279416000027] [Scopus]
  • Isherwood, L.M., Luszcz, M.A. and King, D.S. (2016). Reciprocity in material and time support within parent–child relationships during late-life widowhood. Ageing and Society, 36(8) pp. 1668-1689.
    [10.1017/S0144686X15000537] [Scopus]
  • Isherwood, L.M., King, D.S. and Luszcz, M.A. (2015). Widowhood in the fourth age: support exchange, relationships and social participation. Ageing and Society,
    [10.1017/S0144686X15001166] [Scopus]
  • Reed, R.L., Isherwood, L.M. and Ben-Tovim, D.I. (2015). Why do older people with multi-morbidity require emergency admissions to hospital from the community: a root cause analysis. BMC Health Services Research, 15(525)
    [10.1186/s12913-015-1170-z] [Scopus]
  • Allison, R., Roeger, S., Smith, B. and Isherwood, L.M. (2014). Family histories of school bullying: implications for parent-child psychotherapy. Australasian Psychiatry, 22(2) pp. 149-153.
    [10.1177/1039856214520791] [Scopus]
  • Walker, R.B., Isherwood, L., Burton, C.A., Kitwe-Magambo, K.P. and Luszcz, M. (2013). Marital satisfaction among older couples: the role of satisfaction with social networks and psychological well-being. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 76(2) pp. 123-139.
    [10.2190/AG.76.2.b] [Scopus]
  • Reed, R., Barton, C., Isherwood, L., Oliver-Baxter, J. and Roeger, S. (2013). Recruitment for a Clinical Trial of Chronic Disease Self-management for Older Adults with Multimorbidity: A Successful Approach within General Practice. BMC Family Practice, 14(125) pp. 1-7.
    [10.1186/1471-2296-14-125] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Isherwood, L., King, D. and Luszcz, M. (2012). A longitudinal analysis of social engagement in late-life widowhood. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 74(3) pp. 211-229.
    [10.2190/AG.74.3.c] [Scopus]
  • Mavromaras, K., Knight, G.M., Isherwood, L.M., Crettenden, A.D., Flavel, J.M., Karmel, T., et al. (2017). The 2016 National Aged Care Census and Survey - The Aged Care Workforce, 2016. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health.
    [Web Link]
  • Isherwood, L.M. and King, D.S. (2017). Targeting workforce strategies: understanding intra-group differences between Asian migrants in the Australian aged care workforce. International Journal of Care and Caring, 1(2) pp. 191-207.
    [10.1332/239788217X14937990731721]
  • Brown, L.J., Osborne, K.A., Walker, R.B., Moskos, M., Isherwood, L.M., Patel, K.R., et al. (2017). The benefits of a life-first employment program for Indigenous Australian families: Implications for ‘Closing the Gap’ Journal of Social Inclusion, 8(1) pp. 78-95.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Walker, R.B., Brown, L.J., Moskos, M., Isherwood, L.M., Osborne, K.A., Patel, K.R., et al. (2016). ‘They really get you motivated’: Experiences of a life-first employment programme from the perspective of long-term unemployed Australians. Journal of Social Policy, 45(3) pp. 507-526.
    [10.1017/S0047279416000027] [Scopus]
  • Isherwood, L.M., Luszcz, M.A. and King, D.S. (2016). Reciprocity in material and time support within parent–child relationships during late-life widowhood. Ageing and Society, 36(8) pp. 1668-1689.
    [10.1017/S0144686X15000537] [Scopus]
  • Isherwood, L.M., King, D.S. and Luszcz, M.A. (2015). Widowhood in the fourth age: support exchange, relationships and social participation. Ageing and Society,
    [10.1017/S0144686X15001166] [Scopus]
  • Reed, R.L., Isherwood, L.M. and Ben-Tovim, D.I. (2015). Why do older people with multi-morbidity require emergency admissions to hospital from the community: a root cause analysis. BMC Health Services Research, 15(525)
    [10.1186/s12913-015-1170-z] [Scopus]
  • Allison, R., Roeger, S., Smith, B. and Isherwood, L.M. (2014). Family histories of school bullying: implications for parent-child psychotherapy. Australasian Psychiatry, 22(2) pp. 149-153.
    [10.1177/1039856214520791] [Scopus]
  • Walker, R.B., Isherwood, L., Burton, C.A., Kitwe-Magambo, K.P. and Luszcz, M. (2013). Marital satisfaction among older couples: the role of satisfaction with social networks and psychological well-being. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 76(2) pp. 123-139.
    [10.2190/AG.76.2.b] [Scopus]
  • Reed, R., Barton, C., Isherwood, L., Oliver-Baxter, J. and Roeger, S. (2013). Recruitment for a Clinical Trial of Chronic Disease Self-management for Older Adults with Multimorbidity: A Successful Approach within General Practice. BMC Family Practice, 14(125) pp. 1-7.
    [10.1186/1471-2296-14-125] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Mavromaras, K., Knight, G.M., Isherwood, L.M., Crettenden, A.D., Flavel, J.M., Karmel, T., et al. (2017). The 2016 National Aged Care Census and Survey - The Aged Care Workforce, 2016. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health.
    [Web Link]

Professional and community engagement

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.

Contact

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