MACH Care of the Ageing consists of multidisciplinary experts covering the translation of the health research spectrum. It aims to increase capacity in high-quality research to address the ageing and aged care challenges faced by end-users including patients, carers, health care providers and members of the broader community.

Care of the Ageing is overseen by a committee with the role of developing translational solutions linking basic science to clinical research and implementation science, to deliver a more personalised approach to the care of the ageing which will have a significant local, national and global impact and stimulate collaboration.

Consumer representatives are active members of the committee, ensuring that the voices of ageing and older adults are heard and contribute to how ageing and aged care research is handled in Australia.

The committee aims to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for clinicians and non-clinicians to work together, as well as supporting early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs).


Associate Professor Frances Batchelor

National Ageing Research Institute


Nick Walsh

Nick Walsh

The Committee’s priorities include:

  • Mapping and identifying strengths and gaps to increase multidisciplinary collaboration in ageing and aged care research and service delivery across the MACH
  • Facilitating high-level translational research by providing clinicians with the most up-to-date results in a useable format for implementation into clinical practice
  • Supporting future and early career researchers and clinicians in the aged care field by providing leadership and mentorship opportunities
  • Increasing engagement with consumers, reflecting on consumers, carers and community members’ needs
  • Supporting care of the ageing in a variety of settings including the community, residential aged care facilities and hospitals
  • Focusing on healthy ageing and support consumers across the trajectory of ageing as well as assisting in navigating health care services for ageing and aged care
  • Focusing on reducing disability and maintaining function and participation as people age
  • Addressing issues of inclusion, social isolation and elder abuse
  • Continuing its commitment to engaging with new partners across the ageing and aged care discipline, building contacts across the MACH network
  • Providing strategic advice across MACH related activities to the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission.


Name: Affiliations: Bio:
Professor Felicity Baker The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Frances Batchelor NARI, University of Melbourne
Professor Ashley Bush The Florey Institute, University of Melbourne
Professor Amy Brodtmann Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne
Dr Samantha Clune La Trobe University
Professor Briony Dow NARI, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Kathryn Ellis University of Melbourne
Dr Barbara Hayes Northern Health, University of Melbourne
Dr Suzanne Kapp University of Melbourne
Professor Nicola Lautenschlager Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne
Professor Kwang Lim Royal Melbourne Hospital
Ms Judy McCahon Consumer representative
Professor Meg Morris La Trobe University
Associate Professor Lucio Naccarella University of Melbourne
Professor Cathy Said Austin Health, Western Health, University of Melbourne
Professor Julia Sarant University of Melbourne
Professor Cassandra Szoeke Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne
Professor Peter van Wijngaarden CERA, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital University of Melbourne
Dr Tanara Vieira Sousa University of Melbourne
Dr Paul Yates Austin Health, University of Melbourne

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