Dr Ruth Walker

Senior Lecturer in Disability and Community Inclusion

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt South Wing (S259)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Ruth is a social gerontologist with a background in Public Health, Psychology and Rehabilitation Counselling. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Disability and Community Inclusion and Head of Teaching Section for Applied Gerontology within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Her research focuses on life transitions associated with ageing as well as later life caregiving and the intersection between disability and ageing. She conducs qualitative research which gives voice to underserved groups of older people and which helps to shape practice and policy.

Qualifications

PhD in Public Health (Women's Health) - University of Adelaide, 2002

Master of Rehabilitation Counselling - Griffith University, 2018

BA Hons, 1st Class (Psychology)- University of Otago, NZ 1997

Research expertise
Ageing policy
Disability
Public health and health services
Research interests
  • Older parent caregivers
  • People with disabilities who are ageing
  • Age-related life transitions
  • Care in the community and ageing in place
  • Older people's experiences of dementia care
  • The role of family and social relationships on experiences of ageing
  • Gendered, life-course dimensions of ageing
  • Migrant ageing

Current Research Projects:

  • "What will happen after I die?": The support needs of ageing parents of adult children with intellectual disability
  • The support needs and future care plans of culturally and linguistically diverse ageing parents of adult children with intellectual disability
  • End-of-life care needs for older adults with long-standing physical disability
Topic coordinator
DSRS9065 Perspectives on Ageing and Disability
DSRS1202 Lifespan Development
DSRS3234 Case Management
DSRS4033 Workers' and Accident Compensation: Injury Management & Occupational Rehabilitation
DSRS4100 Rehabilitation and Mental Health
DSRS3222 Counselling
Topic lecturer
DSRS9065 Perspectives on Ageing and Disability
DSRS3234 Case Management
DSRS1202 Lifespan Development
Supervisory interests
Ageing in a foreign land
Ageing policy
Care in the community
Disability
Gendered, life-course dimensions of ageing
Migrant ageing
Models of dementia care
Older parent caregivers
Public health and health services
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: DISABILITY, ACCOMMODATION (1)
Associate supervisor: AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION (AAC), COMPLEX COMMUNICATION NEEDS (CCN), SEXUALITY (1), OLDER PEOPLE, SUB-ACUTE CARE (1), OLDER PEOPLE, STROKE, DRIVING (1), OLDER PEOPLE, MIGRANTS, WIDOWHOOD (1), ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY, COMMUNITY REHABILITATION (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Georgia Panagiotopoulos

PhD - APR 2017

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