Leon Flicker is the inaugural Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia since 1998. He has established a productive research unit aimed at translational issues focusing on the health needs of older people culminating in 2006, the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing at the University of Western Australia. He has published over 230 peer reviewed articles in a wide variety of health issues affecting older people. As well as these research activities, he has led the reorganization of undergraduate and postgraduate education in geriatric medicine in Western Australia. He remains a practicing geriatrician and is Head of Inner City Geriatric Services.