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Dr Rachel Winterton Senior Research Fellow, Rural Ageing Research-JRC

Dr Rachel Winterton is a research fellow at the John Richards Initiative, La Trobe University, Wodonga. Her research is located primarily in the field of health geography, and focuses on how rural communities, governments and organisations are managing and responding to challenges posed by population ageing through systems of governance, health and social infrastructure. She is internationally recognised for her work on rural ageing and voluntarism, and is currently completing a series of projects with international collaborators exploring critical perspectives on volunteering in ageing rural communities. Other research interests include the implications of rural retirement migration for rural service provision, rural organisational capacity to facilitate age-friendly communities and the role of rural systems and structures in facilitating wellness for rural ageing populations.

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