• Support multidisciplinary research and capacity building in areas relevant to geriatric medicine across the partners
  • Provide 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
  • Combine skills of the partners to create a strong, new network that can facilitate multi-site clinical research to build capacity across SHP
  • Support early career researchers’ applications for scholarships, fellowships and translational research grants


Flagship Project
Measurement of frailty among older people in hospital

2022 Early Career Award Recipients
Investigating the prevalence of frailty in older inpatients from NSLHD using the electronic frailty index based on the comprehensive care assessment
Dr Tu Nguyen - Geriatrician, Research Fellow, Westmead Applied Research Centre, University of Sydney

What matters? The experience and expectations of older hospitalized patients and carers regarding the medical assessment
Dr George Wells - Geriatrics Advanced Trainee, SLHD

Systematic review of the association of Drug Burden Index (DBI) exposure with clinical outcomes, effect of DBI as a clinical risk assessment tool, and effect of DBI exposure in pre-clinical models
Dr Bonnie Liu - Geriatrician RNSH, PhD Candidate, University of Sydney

Prevention of falls in Hospital inpatients with frailty. A systematic review
Dr Veethika Nayak - General Physician, Research Manager University of Sydney


  • EMCR Buddy program for clinicians and researchers (coming soon)
  • Outcomes of 2022 Strategic Planning Meeting (more information available soon)

Leadership Team

  • Prof. Sarah Hilmer


  • Prof. Melissa Baysari

  • Prof. Fiona Blyth

  • A/Prof. Danijela Gnjidic

  • Dr Lisa Kouladjian O’Donnell

  • Prof. Susan Kurrle

  • Prof. Richard Lindley

  • Prof. Vasi Naganathan

  • Dr Mitchell Sarkies

  • Dr Anita Sharma

  • Dr Janani Thillainadesan

  • Diana Trickett

Disciplines represented in the leadership team

Geriatric Medicine, Pharmacology, Public Health, Digital Health, Allied Health