Dr Sam Davis

Academic Status

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

+61 4 37811618
place Health Sciences Building (212)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Sam Davis is a Social Gerontologist and experienced researcher. Fellowships at the University of Aberdeen and the Trafford Centre for Medical Research, Sussex University preceded a position with the Centre for Gerontology, Keele University. In Australia, Sam has held positions with the Centre for Ageing Studies, Flinders University, the Centre for Applied Gerontology, Northern Health (Melbourne) and Monash University. Since 2010, she has been the course coordinator for the Applied Gerontology Postgraduate Program, Flinders University. Dr Davis has received more than four million dollars in funding over the past six years in the areas of rural ageing, enabling environments and improving dementia care. Her last project was the rollout of the Dementia Dynamics Toolkit to all Australian residential aged care homes, funded by the Department of Social Services, Encouraging Better Practice Initiative. In early 2019 she spent three months at the University of Worcester, UK, hosted by the Association of Dementia Studies, consulting on their development of online postgraduate degrees in Dementia Studies. Although now retired from a full time academic position, Dr Davis has full academic status with Flinders University and continues to be involved in research supervision, casual online teaching and developing topics in the Bachelor of Healthy Ageing as part of her ongoing contribution to the university .

Key responsibilities

Full academic status - Associate Professor

Research interests

Key areas of research interest:

  • Physical and social environments for people with dementia
  • Person centred health care delivery
  • Residential Aged Care
  • Dementia Care
  • Rural Older People
  • Education for health professionals working with older people

Recently funded research:

  • National Implementation of Personalising Practice in Dementia Care resource kit _ additional activities (Department of Social Services, Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants, under the Encouraging Better Practice Initiative) 2014-2015 ($131,800)
  • National Implementation of Personalising Practice in Dementia Care resource kit (Dementia Dynamics Toolkit), (Department of Social Services, Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants, under the Encouraging Better Practice Initiative) 2013 -2016 ($1,456,652.00)
  • Implementing Dementia Friendly Environments in Public Sector Residential Aged Care Homes in Rural Victoria (Victorian Department of Health) 2011-2011 ($149,632.67)
  • Palliative Care for People with Dementia: Building Capacity in Rural Residential Aged Care Facilities (Department of Health and Ageing, Local Palliative Care Grants, Round 5) 2010-2011 ($544,843.23)
  • Addressing Behaviours of Concern in the Bush: Sustainable evidence-based practice in rural and regional residential aged care. (Department of Health and Ageing, Encouraging Best Practice in Aged Care, Round 2) 2009-2011 ($1,274,176.67)
  • Being Involved in the Country: Productive ageing in different types of rural communities (National Seniors Production Ageing Research Centre) 2008-2009 ($48,734.30)
  • Creating Dementia Friendly Physical and Social Environments: a guide (Victorian Department of Human Services) 2006-2007 ($98,670)
  • Guide for Assessing Older People in Hospitals. (Department of Health and Ageing) $176,882.72
Teaching interests

Dementia care

Residential aged care

Culture change

Enabling environments

Topic lecturer
AGES1010 Experience of dementia: people perspectives
AGES2010 Age as an asset: Production Ageing
AGES8020 Introduction to Social Gerontology
AGES2002 Enabling Environments for Older People
AGES2001 Health Status in Later Life
AGES1014 Contemporary Approaches in Aged Care
AGES2013 Roles, Relationships and Social Networks
Supervisory interests
Ageing studies
Dementia care
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Social Networks and Health in Rural Older People (1), Dementia (2)
Associate supervisor: Pyschology of Ageing (1)
Expert for media contact
Available for contact via
+61 4 37811618
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Ageing
  • Dementia
Further information

Please note that the link to the Dementia Dynamics training no longer active but the manual introduction and sections are available as PDFs below:


SECTION_1 (pdf)

SECTION_2 (pdf)

SECTION_3 (pdf)

SECTION_4 (pdf)

SECTION_5 (pdf)

SECTION_6 (pdf)

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