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Professor Irene Blackberry John Richards Chair Rural Aged Care Res, Rural Aged Care-JRI

Professor Irene Blackberry is the John Richards Chair of Rural Ageing and Aged Care Research and Director of the John Richards Centre at La Trobe University, Wodonga since 2016. She has a medical background and is a health services researcher with significant expertise in designing and conducting pragmatic complex multifactorial health services trials.

There are two major research streams to her work on chronic diseases and ageing, united by a focus on implementation studies of complex multi-factorial intervention across the community, primary and secondary care setting drawing on both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has attracted over $12M research funding and published over 80 articles including as a first author in the British Medical Journal and Medical Journal of Australia.

Her research focuses on improving access to care delivery for older people with complex chronic conditions in general practice and rural areas. Her research interests include dementia, diabetes, chronic disease, primary care, digital health, geriatric medicine, and rural health.


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