Role

The panel has been appointed to provide the Minister for Health with advice on the strategic priorities for research investment through this mission. Its role is to define evidence and knowledge gaps that should be addressed through mission research funding to assist in transforming health care and health outcomes for individuals and communities. This role includes the definition of key research questions that, if answered, will deliver meaningful change to patients through the translation of research.

Panel members will consult and engage with other researchers, industry and consumer/patient groups and participate in media and public activities to build awareness of and facilitate interaction with the mission and with other MRFF-funded research.

Further information on the roles and responsibilities of MRFF Expert Advisory Panels can be found in the MRFF Mission Governance resource.

Members

The Australian Government appoints the Expert Advisory Panel, which is co-chaired by independent Chairs. The panel includes members appointed for their expertise in various aspects of dementia, ageing and aged care:

  • research
  • clinical
  • commercial
  • community.

Member

Background and experience

Professor Elizabeth Beattie

(Co-Chair)

Professor Elizabeth Beattie is a Professor of Aged and Dementia Care within the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Len Gray

(Co-Chair)

Professor Gray is the Director of the Centre for Health Services Research within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland.

Professor Kaarin Anstey

Professor Anstey is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor at University of New South Wales, a Senior Principal Research Scientist at NeuRA and the Director of the University of New South Wales Ageing Futures Institute.

Ms Megan Corlis

Ms Corlis is the Director of Research and Development at Helping Hand Aged Care.

Mr Craig Gear

Mr Gear is the Chief Executive Officer of the Older Persons Advocacy Network.

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO

Professor Kristjanson is the Vice Chancellor and President of Swinburne University.

Ms Rhonda Parker

Former CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia WA Ltd (2012-2019).

Professor Susan Kurrle

Professor Kurrle is the Director of the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and Curran Professor in Health Care of Older People at the University of Sydney.

Ms Jennifer Lawrence

Ms Lawrence is the Chief Executive Officer of the Brightwater Care Group.

Mr Ian Yates

Mr Yates is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council On The Ageing Australia.

Term of Reference

Purpose of the Panel

The Mission Expert Advisory Panel will provide the Minister for Health with advice on the strategic priorities for research investment through this Mission.

The role of the Expert Advisory Panel is to define evidence and knowledge gaps that should be addressed through Mission research funding to assist in transforming health care and health outcomes for individuals and communities.

Expert Advisory Panel Members will consult and engage with other researchers, industry and consumer/patient groups and participate in media and public activities to build awareness of and facilitate interaction with the Mission and with other MRFF funded research.

Membership

The Expert Advisory Panel will be co-chaired by Professor Elizabeth Beattie and Professor Len Gray.

Key deliverables

The Expert Advisory Panel will provide advice on priorities for research investment through the Mission by developing a Roadmap and Implementation Plan, including 2–3 questions/goals that investment through the Mission will support and be evaluated against.

Roadmap

A two-page high level strategic document for the Mission which will include:

  • the aim, vision and goals for the Mission
  • possible themes and priorities for investment.

Implementation plan

To support implementation of the Roadmap, the Expert Advisory Panel will develop an Implementation Plan to outline:

  • 2–3 questions/goals that will outline specifically how the Mission will benefit Australian patients, guide the investment priorities that will achieve this objective, and be used to evaluate the ongoing progress of the Mission
  • priorities for investment, particularly defining research questions and outcomes for short, medium and long term investment
  • opportunities for leveraging additional investment through philanthropy and other sectors, to support achievement of the Mission’s outcomes
  • activities required to support the Mission’s outcomes, and facilitate their longer term implementation, including community and industry engagement.

Public consultation

  • A public consultation will be undertaken on the Roadmap and Implementation Plan to enable broad engagement on the priority setting process. The themes of feedback provided on the Roadmap and Implementation Plan, and how the feedback has been incorporated will be published on the Mission website.

Meetings

The Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Expert Advisory Panel meets up to two times a year, with additional meetings held as required.

Related committees and groups

The Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Expert Advisory Panel reports to the Minister for Health.

The Health and Medical Research Office provides secretariat support to the panel.

Contact

Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Expert Advisory Panel contact

Contact for further information on the Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Expert Advisory Panel. The mission is funded by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

MRFF [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
4 January 2021