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Associate Professor of Ageing, University of Melbourne, Director, National Ageing Research Institute, The University of Melbourne

Briony Dow has been with NARI since 2003. As a social worker, she has worked in a range of clinical settings, including local government, mental health, disability and rehabilitation.
In 1996, she established the home-based rehabilitation program at Ballarat Health Services and in 1999 she was awarded a MA based on an evaluation of that program. In 2003, she successfully completed her PhD, which investigated carer participation in home-based rehabilitation in Victoria.
At NARI she has managed a range of projects including, an evaluation of home-based rehabilitation, a review of carer literature and practice, an evaluation of the Southern Grampians Glenelg Rehabilitation Program, a pilot study investigating an information technology intervention amongst older rural carers, an evaluation of Alzheimer's Australia Vic's Memory Lane Caf?s, and the first phase of a study in best practice in person-centred care in Victorian health services. In 2006/07 Briony completed a 12-month secondment to the Department of Human Services in the sub-acute services area.

Research Areas

Health and community care policy and service development


Health and community service evaluation

Person-centred care

Healthy ageing

Depression in older people

Current Research Projects

IMPACCT - Improving Mood through Physical Activity for Carers and Care Recipients Trial.

Subacute Projects.

Council of Australian Governments Long Stay Older Patients (COAG -LSOP) Resource Implementation Toolkit Development.

Consumer information for community aged care services.

What is elder abuse?

Best Practice in Person Centred Health Care for Older Victorians 2008 - 2010.

Evaluation of Transition Care Cognitive Assessment and Management Program (TC CAMP) at Eastern Health.

Sleeping and falling in older people.

Development of a Healthy Ageing Quiz.

Development of Falls Strategy for Launceston General Hospital.

Depression scoping study.

Teaching Areas

Person-centred care

Service evaluation

Recent Publications

CYARTO, E., B. DOW, F. VRANTSIDIS, AND C. MEYER (in press). Promoting healthy ageing: Development of the Healthy Ageing Quiz. Australasian Journal on Ageing.

DE MORTON N, HILL K, MEYER C, MOORE K, DOW B, JONES C, KEATING J. (2011) Validation of the de Morton Mobility Index (DEMMI) with older community care recipients. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 30(4), 200-225.

DOW, B. & MCDONALD, J. (2003) Social support or structural change? Social work theory and research on care-giving. Australian Social Work, 56(3), 197-208.

DOW, B. (2004) The shifting cost of care: Early discharge for rehabilitation. Australian Health Review, 28(3), 260-265.

DOW, B. & MCDONALD, J. (2007) The invisible contract: shifting care from the hospital to the home. Australian Health Review 31(2), 193-202.

DOW, B., BLACK, K., BREMNER, F. & FEARN M. (2007) A comparison of a hospital-based and two home-based rehabilitation programmes. Disability and Rehabilitation . 29(8), 635-41.

DOW B, MOORE K, SCOTT P, RATNAYEKE A, WISE K, SIMS J, HILL K. (2008) Rural carers on line: A feasibility study Australian Journal of Rural Health. 16: 221-5.

DOW B, MOORE K, DUNBAR J, NANKERVIS J & HUNT S. (2010) A description and evaluation of an innovative rural rehabilitation programme in South Eastern Australia Disability and Rehabilitation, 32, 781-9.

DOW B, MEYER C. (2010) Caring and retirement crossroads and consequences. International Journal of Health Services, 40 (4)

DOW B, HARALAMBOUS B, HEMPTON C, HUNT S & CALLEJA D. (2011) Evaluation of Alzheimer's Australia Vic Memory Lane Caf?s International Psychogeriatrics, 23(2), 246-255.

DOW B, DOYLE C. (Guest Editorial) Opening the door to older consumers: Pandora's box or the way ahead? International Psychogeriatrics. 23(1): 1-3.

DOW B, LIN X, TINNEY J, HARALAMBOUS B AND AMES D (Guest Editorial) Depression in residential care homes for older people. International Psychogeriatrics. 23(5): 681-699.

DOW B, JOOSTEN M (2012) Understanding elder abuse: a social rights perspective. International Psychogeriatrics. January epub ahead of print: 1-3

HEMPTON C, DOW B, CORTES-SIMONET EN, ELLIS K, KOCH S, LOGIUDICE D, MASTWYK M, LIVINGSTON G, COOPER C, AMES D. (2011) Perceptions of elder abuse in Australia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 23(5): 466-472.

LEE, S.M., X. LIN, B. HARALAMBOUS, B. DOW, F. VRANTSIDIS, J. TINNEY, I. BLACKBERRY, N. LAUTENSCHLAGER, AND D. LOGIUDICE. A review of factors impacting on early detection of dementia in older people of Asian background in primary healthcare. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry Journal, In press, accepted May 2011.

MEYER C, DOW B, BILNEY B, MOORE K, BINGHAM A, HILL K. Falls in older people receiving in-home informal care across Victoria: influence on care recipients and caregivers. Australasian Journal on Ageing (in press - accepted August 2010)

TROPEA, J., B. AMATYA, C.A. BRAND, AND E.A. Group, Use of consensus methods to select clinical indicators to assess activities to minimise functional decline among older hospitalised patients. Australian Health Review, 2011. 35(4): p. 404-11.


  • –present
    Director - Health Promotion Division, Clinical Associate Professor at National Ageing Research Institute, University of Melbourne