Dr Miia Rahja

Research Fellow

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (Rehab, FMC 4W330)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Miia is a registered occupational therapist and a post-doctoral research fellow with Flinders Health & Medical Research Institute. She is also the state coordinator for the Australian Dementia Network’s (ADNeT) “Registry” and “Screening and Trials” programs.

Miia completed her PhD in 2019 evaluating the implementation of an evidence-based care program for people with dementia in Australia. She has published several peer reviewed articles, contributed to health policy evidence checks, and Productivity Commission reports. She has developed and taught a dementia specific topic for postgraduate students at Flinders University, and is an invited member and contributor of the global ReAble network for implementing reablement principles within the health and social care systems.

Miia currently co-supervises one Masters by Research.

Prior to working in aged care, Miia held a clinician role in youth mental health and conducted research with young people.

Full list of publications on Google Scholar


PhD, BAppSc (OT) Hons, BIntBus

Honours, awards and grants

2021 Robert Penhall Early Career Research Award (Australian Association of Gerontology - South Australia)

Key responsibilities

Conducts research with a focus on rehabilitation, aged and dementia care.

Consults clinician staff in research practices.

Teaching interests

Experience in teaching general rehabilitation related topics at undergraduate level

Experince in the development and teaching of a rehabilitation for dementia topic at postgradute level

Topic coordinator
REHB8036 Improving the wellbeing of people with dementia and their caregivers
Topic lecturer
REHB8036 Improving the wellbeing of people with dementia and their caregivers
Supervisory interests
Aged care
Dementia care
Occupational therapy
Rehabilitation and aged care
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Rehabilitation with people with dementia (1)