Sue brings over 20 years of physiotherapy clinical experience and more than 10 years of academic experience to the role of the Chair of Restorative Care in Ageing. She joined Flinders University in late 2015 from James Cook University where she was the Deputy Dean of the College of Health Care Science. Her position is joint funded by Aged Care and Housing Group who she works closely with to promote a healthy ageing agenda. Her research involves collaboration with local councils (Holdfast Bay, Marion and Salisbury), health service providers including Common Ground, SAHealth and Queensland Health, and colleagues from other universities. She is investigating healthy ageing and functional decline to better understand the opportunities to identify, measure, limit and reverse early changes that are often covert.
As well buidling on her previous workforce development experience a successful Augusta Zadow award is being used to investigate the effectiveness of a simulation and coaching training model to decrease aggressive incidents in the aged care setting.
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
Best Oral presentation, 2016 Asia Pacific Lymphology Conference
James Cook University award for outstanding status (top 10% of University subjects) in student satisfaction for PS5103 Physiotherapy rehabilitation research and evidence, Study Period 1 2015.
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Gordon S, Bonassi M, Jones A and Gray M. (2010). For the development, implementation and review of Individual Learning Plans in allied health which successfully respect and support first year students as individuals.
College research section lead 'Health across the life course'.
Endeavour research fellowship 2011 -
Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue 2012-2014 -
Lymphoedema Consultant Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNTD) Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - FEB 2018
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