The Geriatric Medicine CAG brings together multidisciplinary clinical and research expertise in complex care of older people across Northern Sydney LHD, Sydney LHD, Western Sydney LHD and Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, in collaboration with University of Sydney academics, and the Kolling, ANZAC and George Institutes.

The Geriatric Medicine CAG combines skills of the partners to create a strong, new network that can facilitate multi-site clinical research to build capacity across Sydney Health Partners. It provides a much-needed structure to support multidisciplinary research and capacity building in areas relevant to geriatric medicine across the partners.

Each Local Health District (LHD) has strong multidisciplinary geriatric medicine services.  Excellent relevant translational research occurs in specific areas in the LHDs and by the academic partners. The Geriatric Medicine CAG provides a focus and framework to build research expertise in management of complex older patients in all local health district partners and across the wider health system.


The Geriatric Medicine CAG aims to build capacity to provide research informed care for older people in hospital, at transitions of care and in the community (including residential aged care).

We support early career researchers’ applications for scholarships, fellowships and translational research grants. The CAG will announce details of a new "EMCR Buddy" program for clinicians and researchers in the near future.

In 2022, the CAG collaborated with colleagues nationally to obtain funding from the Medical Research Future Fund Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission call for a national network of ageing researchers ( the Australian Frailty Network), and a National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in frailty.

Leadership Team

Chairs: Professor Sarah Hilmer 

  • A/Prof Melissa Baysari
  • Prof Fiona Blyth
  • A/Prof Danijela Gnjidic
  • Prof Susan Kurrle
  • Prof Richard Lindley
  • Prof Vasi Naganathan
  • Dr Lisa Kouladjian O’Donnell
  • Dr Janani Thillainadesan

Disciplines represented in leadership team
Geriatric Medicine, Pharmacology, Public Health, Digital Health, Allied Health

SHP Organisations
Kolling Institute, Norther Sydney LHD, Sydney LHD, Western Sydney LHD, The University of Sydney

Get Involved

To become a member of the Sydney Health Partners Geriatric Medicine Clinical Academic Group, please complete the brief survey HERE

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