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We would like to thank all of the people who participated in this research for generously sharing their stories. We acknowledge the assistance of individuals and organisations who helped recruit participants in different States and Territories and are grateful to COTA (WA and NT), Calvary Care and EACH Social and Community Health. The Advisory Panel provided valuable direction and feedback throughout the project. For research on Elcho Island we are grateful for permission from the Mala Elders Reference Group and our translator, Glenda Gondjalk. Aboriginal knowledge and cultural heritage shared on this website is retained by the participant.

Research Team

Kath Ryan portrait

Kath Ryan is Associate Professor and Director of Research in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University. She is a qualitative health researcher and has a PhD in Pharmacy Practice. Her research interests are personal experiences of health and illness and women’s health, including infant feeding, medicines use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. She was the Chief Investigator and oversaw the conduct of the project.

Kayli Wild portrait

Kayli Wild is a Research Fellow at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University. She has a PhD in medical anthropology and has worked primarily in Timor-Leste and with remote Aboriginal communities. Her research interests include maternal and reproductive health and the use of film in research. She coordinated the project, conducted interviews, analysed the data and wrote talking points.

Victoria Team portrait

Victoria Team is a Research Officer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University. Her DrPH focused on the health of immigrant Australians. Her research interests are in the area of women’s health. For this project she conducted interviews with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and managed administrative aspects of the project.

Elaine Lawurrpa Maypilama portrait

Elaine Lawurrpa Maypilama is a senior Warramiri woman from Mata Mata, in Northeast Arnhem Land. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from Charles Darwin University for her contribution and leadership in Aboriginal health research. For this module she coordinated the research and conducted interviews on Elcho Island.

Jacqueline Tudball was Research Fellow on the project, her second using DIPEx methods. She conducted interviews, analysed the data and wrote talking points. She is a medical sociologist and has a PhD in public health from the University of New South Wales.

Lorraine Smith portrait

Lorraine Smith is a research and teaching psychologist in the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney. She has a PhD in motivation and self-regulation. Lorraine’s research interests centre around patient self-management of chronic conditions, patient experiences of health and illness, and the development and testing of models of patient-centred care. Lorraine was research supervisor on the project.

Advisory panel

Lorraine Smith (Chair)
Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney

Andrew McLachlan
Professor of Pharmacy (Aged Care), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney and Centre for Education and Research on Ageing, Concord Hospital; Director, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence: Medicines and Ageing

Helen Rawson
Research Fellow, Centre for Nursing Research, Deakin University and Monash Health Partnership, Deakin University

Ian Yates
CEO, Council on the Ageing

Janice Biggs
Policy Analyst Clinical Governance, Healthdirect Australia

Joseph E Ibrahim
Professor and Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine, Monash University

Kieran Le Plastrier
Clinical Lead Digital Services, Healthdirect Australia

Libby Saunders
Former National Director, Community Care, Little Company of Mary Health Care

Maree Cameron
Manager, Quality Improvement, Ageing and Aged Care Branch, Department of Health

Maree McCabe
CEO, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

Marion Lau
Deputy Chair, Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria

Rhonda Nay
Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University

Sally Beath
GP Representative, Medical Practitioner

Sophie Hill
Head, Centre for Health Communication and Participation, La Trobe University

Stephanie Bell
Aboriginal Link Co-ordinator, Frontier Services

Tony Coles
CEO, Australian Association of Gerontology

Supported by

This project was funded by Healthdirect Australia. It was conducted at La Trobe University in collaboration with the University of Sydney.