Professor Sue Gordon

Professor, Research and Workstream Director (ARIIA)

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Tonsley (2.12)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

As the Research Director of Aged Care Research & Industry Innovation Australia (ARIIA), Sue works with aged care providers and the community to optimise ageing, aged care, and the effective use of technology through research translation. She brings over 20 years of physiotherapy experience and more than 15 years of academic experience to this role. Her research has involved collaboration with local government, aged care and health service providers, and colleagues from other universities.


Doctor of Philosophy (Health Science) University of South Australia                                             

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) South Australian Institute of Technology

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration Australian Institute of Business  

Graduate Certificate Tertiary Teaching James Cook University                                         

Honours, awards and grants

Authored over 120 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Lead investigator in grants worth over $51 million.

Key responsibilities

Research Director Workforce Capability Lead for ARIIA.

Supervisory interests
Healthy Ageing
Interprofessional practice
Musculoskeletal studies
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Fatigue and injury in runners (1), Hip Fracture, Hand Grip Strength, and Frailty (1), Interprofessional communication (1), Dermal Composition in Lymphoedema (1), Translation of IPP skills from under to post-graduate medicine (1), Services for Lymphoedema in WA (1), Digital solutions to support healthy ageing (2)
Principal supervisor: Chronic low back pain (James Cook Uni) (1), Lymphatic filariasis (James Cook Uni) (1), Subacromial impingment (James Cook Uni)
Associate supervisor: Lymphatic filariasis (James Cook Univ.) (1), Physical activity and the built environment (James Cook Univ.) (1), Neurogenic heterotopic ossification (James Cook Uni) (1), Goal setting (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Lynne Zeldenryk

Endeavour research fellowship 2011 -

Lynne Zeldenryk

Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue 2012-2014 -

Jan Douglass

Lymphoedema Consultant Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNTD) Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - FEB 2018

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