Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, University of New England; Senior Research Officer, School of Social Sciences & Psychology, Western Sydney University

Alison is Senior Research Officer in the Caring at End of Life Team in the School of Sociology at Western Sydney University investigating social solutions to end-of-life care. She is also Adjunct Fellow at La Trobe University and the University of New England, working on projects related to older age sexuality in clinical and aged care settings.

Alison won the Chancellor's Doctoral Research Medal in 2018 for her PhD thesis, "Behind closed doors: Exploring ways to support partnered baby boomers’ coupledom in residential aged care settings". Also in 2018, she was recipient of the Australian Association of Gerontology's Strategic Research Grant for her project "Permission to speak: Giving older adults a voice in teaching health and aged care providers how to communicate about intimate matters".

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Senior Research Officer, School of Social Sciences & Psychology, Western Sydney University
  • 2018–present
    Adjunct Research Fellow, The Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, School of Nursing and Midwifery , La Trobe University
  • 2018–present
    Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, University of New England

Education

  •  
    University of New England, Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology)
  •  
    University of Sydney, Master of Health Science (Sexual Health)
  •  
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Architecture
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    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Science (Architecture)

Publications

  • 2017
    Couples’ privacy in residential aged care, Digging for gold: Building success in ageing research: 16th national conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing program & proceedings (pp. 49-51). Perth, Australia: Curtin University,
  • 2016
    Conflicting agendas: The politics of sex in aged care, Elder Law Review,
  • 2015
    Opening a can of worms: Consenting adults in aged care, Bringing research to life: 14th national conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing program & proceedings (pp.56-59). Melbourne, Australia: Natinal Ageing Research Institute.,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Permission to Speak: Giving older adults a voice in teaching health and aged care providers how to communicate about intimate matters
    Role:
    Lead investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Association of Gerontology

Professional Memberships

  • International Sociological Association
  • Society of Australian Sexologists
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Australian Association of Gerontology

Research Areas

  • Gender, Sexuality And Education (130308)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)
  • Law And Society (180119)
  • Australian Government And Politics (160601)

Honours

Chancelllor's Doctoral Research Medal, University of New England