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Rachel Winterton

Senior Research Fellow, John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research, La Trobe University

Dr Rachel Winterton is a senior research fellow with the John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research at La Trobe University. Her research is located primarily in the field of health geography, and focuses on how rural communities, governments and organisations are managing and responding to challenges posed by population ageing through systems of governance, health and social infrastructure. She is internationally recognised for her work on rural ageing and voluntarism, and is currently completing a series of projects with international collaborators exploring critical perspectives on volunteering in ageing rural communities. Other research interests include the implications of rural retirement migration for rural service provision, rural organisational capacity to facilitate age-friendly communities and the role of rural systems and structures in facilitating wellness for rural ageing populations.


  • –present
    Research Fellow, John Richards Initiative, La Trobe University