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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. Irene is the President of Australian Association of Gerontology Victoria and Associate Editor of Elsevier Primary Care Diabetes journal. She has a medical background and is a health services researcher with significant expertise in designing and conducting pragmatic trials of complex multifactorial health services.

There are two major research streams to her work on chronic diseases and ageing, united by a focus on implementation science 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 $17M in research funding and published over 80 articles including as a first author in the British Medical Journal and Medical Journal of Australia.

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

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