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Dr Angela Herd Academic, Palliative Care Unit

Prior to joining the Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing (AIPCA), Angela worked for ten years at St Vincent's Health, with 8.5 years as the manager of the Nutrition Department. She was then involved in a collaborative research project in aged care for Deakin University and Barwon Health.

Both her Masters and PhD were completed through the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne. During her PhD, Angela designed several questionnaires dealing with students' personal states and their perceptions of clinical training in placement settings. Through the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods, she demonstrated that the two approaches are complementary and can be used together successfully. She has submitted her modifications of the Situational Leadership Model- adapting this framework for use in searching for optimal outcomes for students and supervisors involved in placement training.

In 2006, Angela completed a course on 'Public Health Perspectives on Ageing' and undertook postgraduate study in 'Public Policy and Management' at Monash University. At the same time, she accepted a part-time position with the AIPCA and has been involved in successfully managing a range of projects, undertaking diverse research and evaluations, as well as writing tenders and submissions. Currently, she is the research fellow and project manager for the Australian Research Council (ARC) linkages study 'My Place for Life: A comparison of models of care and housing for older people'. This project investigates the impacts of an innovative housing and care model on older people's quality of life, social inclusion and entry into residential aged care. Angela has presented on My Place for Life at international, national and state conferences. Most recently her paper to the International Federation on Ageing was cited in AAG's 2016 submission to the Victorian Parliament's 'Inquiry into the retirement housing sector'.

Angela provides research supervision to postgraduate students in areas of ageing and aged care. She also co-ordinates the Master of Health Sciences (Gerontology) course at La Trobe and the core subjects 'Foundation Studies in Gerontology', 'Policy, Planning and Practice in Aged Care' and the gerontology minor thesis. Angela is a member of the La Trobe University SHE Human Ethics Sub-Committee and recently completed a course on ethics through the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society, Monash University. She is the co-developer of the Master of Nursing Science online subject 'Ethics in Research and Practice' and the audiovisual teaching resource 'Quantitative and qualitative research methods'for health sciences students at La Trobe.

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