Plenary Speakers

Katrina Anne Potiki Bryant

(Waitaha, Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu, BPhty, MPhty)

Ms Bryant has been a practising physiotherapist since 1995. She has been teaching at the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy for 14 years supporting the university’s Maori Strategic Framework and Kaupapa Maori Research. She is currently employed by Te Runanga o Otakou to conduct research addressing equity for aging Maori accessing ACC rehabilitative and preventative services, specifically community-based strength and balance exercise and wellness classes for Maori. She has a special interest for integrating indigenous movement practices into rehabilitation and falls prevention community exercise classes.

Jacqui Close

Jacqui Close is a Geriatrician at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and Clinical Director of the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia.

Her primary research area is falls and injury prevention and management with interests extending from risk factors and interventions to prevent falls to the impact of falls and injury to health service use and the way in which health services are designed to prevent and manage falls in older people. She has published over 200 articles in this area.

She is active in the area of translation and implementation research and sits on a number of state and national committees responsible for policy and practice.

She is Co-Chair of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry, housed at Neura and a Past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine.

Anne-Marie Hill

Professor Anne-Marie Hill is a senior principal research fellow at The University of Western Australia, School of Allied Health. She obtained her PhD in 2011 (The University of Queensland). She holds an NHMRC EL2 Investigator (2020-25) grant focusing on Fall Prevention and was previously awarded an NHMRC early career fellowship (2012-15). She is an APA titled Gerontological physiotherapist. Anne-Marie has over 30 years clinical experience working with older people and has obtained over $11M in research funding. Anne-Marie’s interests are in fall prevention, promotion of physical activity among older populations and translation of evidence into practice in health communities. She has conducted large clinical trials in hospital, community and residential care populations. She is leading a NHMRC clinical trial focusing on post discharge support for carers of older people and working collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and communities focusing on sustainable physical activity programs for older Aboriginal people in WA

Andrea Maier


Professor Maier graduated in Medicine (MD) 2003 from the University of Lübeck (Germany), was registered 2009 in The Netherlands as Specialist in Internal Medicine-Geriatrics and was appointed Full Professor of Gerontology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 2013. From 2016 to early 2021 Professor Maier has served as Divisional Director of Medicine and Community Care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia, and as Professor of Medicine and Aged Care at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She continued her career at the National University of Singapore as Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Longevity. Professor Maier’s research focuses on unraveling the mechanisms of ageing and age-related diseases. During the last 10 years she has conducted multiple international observational studies and intervention trials and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, achieving an H index of 54, spearheading the significant contributions of her highly acclaimed innovative, global, multidisciplinary @Age research group. She is a frequent guest on radio and television programs to disseminate aging research and an invited member of several international academic and health policy committees. She is the President of The Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research.

Yoshiro Okubo

Dr Yoshi Okubo completed his PhD (Sports Medicine) at the University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2015. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and a Conjoint Lecturer at UNSW Medicine. He has developed an innovative Trip and Slip Walkway which enables training of reactive stepping. It is a fundamental advance on other perturbation systems in that it can generate unpredictable trips and slips at any point on the walkway and thus replicate real life trips and slips. In contrast to traditional balance training, reactive stepping training directly trains stepping skills required to avoid falls in daily life. His study demonstrated reactive stepping critical at the moment of a trip or slip can be regained in older age. His recent research focuses on helping people with an advanced age and neurological disease reduce falls using the reactive stepping paradigm.

Dr. Courtney Ryder

PhD CF BScBEng(Biomed)(Hons)

Courtney Ryder is a Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health at Flinders University and Nunga woman from Southern South Australia. Ryder’s research is focussed on understanding the nuanced ways in which health inequity manifestations impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. In this work, Ryder employs a weaving process for Knowledge Interface Methodology, which engages with Indigenous knowledges (knowing, being and doing), Indigenous research methods, public health knowledge and quantitative research methods, work which is published. She is also a world leader in the area of Aboriginal health education and has spent over a decade revolutionising Aboriginal health education at Flinders University. Ryder has designed and coordinated large and complex topics, both internal and online, pertaining to Aboriginal health and social health sciences in the Doctor of Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Health Science and Public Health programs at Flinders. Work which has transformed student learning in this space, and been recognised nationally and internationally, through keynote addresses, congress papers, best practice case studies and a Churchill Fellowship.

Cathie Sherrington

Professor Cathie Sherrington FAHMS, FACP, PhD, MPH, BAppSc (Physio) is a Professorial Research Fellow and National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship holder at the School of Public Health and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health University of Sydney/ Sydney Local Health District where she leads the Physical Activity, Ageing and Disability Research Stream. Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of falls prevention and exercise interventions for older people and those with disabilities. She has authored 248 refereed journal articles, including reports of 33 clinical trials and 17 systematic reviews, and has been a Chief Investigator on National Health and Medical Research Council grants totaling over $19 million. She was also one of the founders of PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database Prior to completing a PhD and Masters of Public Heath, Cathie was a physiotherapist in aged care and rehabilitation settings.

Daina Sturnieks

Dr Sturnieks has a PhD in human biomechanics. She holds an academic position at UNSW Medicine and is Conjoint Senior Research Scientist in the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at Neuroscience Research Australis (NeuRA). Her research focuses on understanding biomechanical, sensorimotor and neurocognitive contributions to balance and falls in older people and clinical groups, and randomised controlled trials of novel interventions to prevent falls involving balance, stepping and cognitive training. Dr Sturnieks is active in translating research findings into community, aged care and hospital settings.

Ruth Teh

Ruth has a background in human nutrition and completed a PhD in cardiovascular health in octogenarians. Her current research focuses on strategies to intervene in the frailty trajectory with older adults. Ruth leads a multi-site randomised controlled trial to examine the impact of a complex intervention in a group of pre-frail older adults. She also leads a participatory action research with a group of Māori elders to address the issue of physical function, strength and balance from their perspective. She is a lead co-investigator of a cohort study of octogenarians. Ruth’s other role is directing an undergraduate course and co-leading a postgraduate course for Research Methods in Health.

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