Governing Council



prof robin daly

Professor and Chair of Exercise and Ageing, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria

Professor Robin Daly (PhD, FSMA) holds the position of Chair in Exercise and Ageing in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on the integration of exercise and nutrition to prevent and manage diseases such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia, falls and fractures, as well as type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and cognitive related disorders. 


Immediate Past President

Prof Gustavo Duque

Professor and Chair of Medicine – Western Health , Director – Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne, Sunshine Hospital, St Albans, Victoria.

Professor Gustavo Duque is a world leader in ageing and musculoskeletal research. He is a geriatrician and a clinical and biomedical researcher with special interest in the mechanisms and treatment of osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty in older persons. Prof Duque's major research interests include the elucidation of the mechanisms of age-related bone loss, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty. 



a/prof debra waters | new zealand

Director of Gerontology Research | Director, Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence Theme | CARE Deputy-director | Ageing Well National Science Challenge | AWNSC, University of Otago | Dept of Medicine |School of Physiotherapy, Dunedin New Zealand.

Associate Professor Waters is the Director of Gerontology Research at the University of Otago in Dunedin New Zealand. She is also the Director of the University of Otago Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE) research theme; Deputy-Director of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge and Vice President of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Since 2005 she has been involved with testing safe and effective life-style interventions for frail obese elders, effective community-based interventions for pre-frail older adults, and peer-led models of community falls prevention.



a/pROF Sharon Brennan-Olsen

Senior Research Fellow & NHMRC Career Development Fellow, Department of Medicine-Western Health, University of Melbourne | Program Director, Social Epigenomics and Population Health, Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS)

Dr Sharon Brennan-Olsen’s research interests are the social determinants of musculoskeletal diseases and health service utilisation, and the biological mechanisms that may underpin the social gradient of musculoskeletal diseases. Her work encompasses a key focus on community engagement and knowledge translation.


Council Member

a/prof solomon yu | South australia

Clinical Deputy Director l Deputy Director of Training l Senior Consultant Geriatrician, Aged and Extended Care Services, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Clinical Associate Professor, Adelaide Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care (GTRAC) Centre, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide.

Associate Professor Yu is currently a senior consultant geriatrician and Deputy Director of Aged and Extended Care Services (AECS) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network. He is also a clinician researcher and completed his PhD study with Dean’s commendation, University of Adelaide, in 2014 on the topic of “Sarcopenia in Older People” under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan. The focus of his study looks at developing a tool for detecting sarcopenia at an early stage, so that preventive intervention can be introduced before detrimental effects set in.


Council Member

clin/prof charles inderjeeth | Western australia

Clinical Professor (University of Western Australia), Consultant Physician (Geriatrician & Rheumatologist), NHMRC-NICS DVA Fellow, Clinical Epidemiologist, Director of Clinical Training, Research and Programs (Osborne Park Hospital Program), Linear Clinical Research, QE 2 Medical Centre, Nedlands, WA.

Clinical Professor Charles Inderjeeth is a Clinical Epidemiologist and Consultant Physician in Rheumatology and Geriatric Medicine. He is currently Director of Clinical Training (DCT), Research and Programs in the Area Rehabilitation and Aged Care and DCT for Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park Hospital Group in Perth. He is a Clinician in Rheumatology, Geriatric Medicine and Osteoporosis. He is a Clinical Professor (School of Medicine and Pharmacology University of Western Australia) and has been an honorary associate in the School of Medicine of the University of Tasmania. He is a Senior Board Examiner for the College of Physicians and an accredited Trainee supervisor. He is a member for the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors and AMSEC Framework Working Group.


Council Member

prof andrea maier | victoria & tasmania

Professor of General Medicine and Aged Care | @AgeMelbourne | The University of Melbourne, Australia Divisional Director of Medicine and Community Care | The Royal Melbourne Hospital Professor of Ageing | @AgeAmsterdam | Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Prof Andrea Maier graduated in Medicine at the Medical University Lübeck (Germany) in 2003. She then registered as a specialist Internal Medicine-Geriatrician at the Leiden University Medical Centre, the Netherlands in 2009. Her research is driven by her passion to unravel ageing mechanisms and the interaction of ageing and age-related diseases, with a particular focus on sarcopenia.  


Council Member

prof susan kurrLe | new south wales

Curran Professor in Health Care of Older People, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney | Director, NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, Clinical Director, Northern Sydney LHD Aged Care and Rehabilitation Network, Senior Staff Specialist Geriatrician, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service, Hornsby NSW.

Prof Susan Kurrle is a geriatrician practising at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in northern Sydney and at Batemans Bay Hospital in southern NSW, and she holds the Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. She has had a long interest in the diagnosis and management of people with dementia, and her research is particularly in the area of physical conditions occurring in people with dementia, including falls and fall related injuries, delirium, and physical frailty. 


Council Member

A/prof ruth hubbard | queensland

Head PA-Southside Clinical Unit, Faculty of Medicine
, Translational Research Institute and Consultant Geriatrician, Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Centre for Health Services Research (Ageing and Geriatric Medicine Research Program), Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland.

A/Prof Ruth E. Hubbard is a Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland, Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine (CRGM) and Consultant Geriatrician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. She has an international reputation for her work on frailty in older people. Based on the number and nature of her publications, she is currently ranked number 5 in a list of the world’s leading experts in this field. 


Council Member

A/prof philip sheard | new zealand

Head of Teaching and Deputy Head of the Department of Physiology, University of Otago

A/Prof Philip Sheard completed his PhD at the University of Western Australia before his post-doctoral training at UWA, University of Utah, and University of Otago. He has been a member of staff at Otago since 1990, and he was a Fulbright Scholar to Harvard University in 2007. His primary research interest has been development, organisation, and ageing of neuromuscular systems, and has investigated development and degeneration of nerves and muscles in frogs, mice, rats, guinea pigs, sheep, and humans. Current work is directed at elucidation of the cellular processes that lead to reduction in muscle mass and strength amongst the elderly, with a primary interest in determining the role that motor nerve degeneration plays as a driver of age-related loss of muscle mass and function.