Ageing Well Research Group

The Charles Sturt Ageing Well Research Group encompasses researchers from the Faculties of Science and Health (FOSH), Business, Justice and Behavioural Services (FOBJBS) and Faculty of Arts and Education (FOAE).  In executing our research our vision is to shape the ageing agenda through collaboration with health providers and health service professionals, local bodies and government agencies.

Our research

Our researchers are working on a number of projects in the following three areas:

Social, health and community engagement

  • Development of age friendly communities

    Ageing Well: A study of a strategy-based training program that simultaneously targets mobility and cognitive changes in older people.

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  • Rural focused occupations such as farmers, first responders (police, ambulance), military


    Wang, S. and Crockett, J. (2018) Assessing and Predicting Farmer Workforce Capacity in NSW Central West.  WHRN 2018 Research Conference - Celebrating research partnerships in the bush.” 16-17 August 2018 Orange, NSW

  • Diverse groups including Indigenous populations, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups, migrants and seniors in correctional facilities

    Ageing in Corrective Services

    • Shaw, R., Stevens, B., Paget, J., & Snoyman, P. (2018). Ageing in corrective services: from the perspective of prison chaplains. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2018.1483275
    • Shaw, R. (accepted). Religion and spirituality: Older inmates. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Ageing. Springer.
    • Stevens, B., Shaw, R., Bewert, P., Salt, M., Alexander, R., & Loo Gee, B. (2018). A Systematic Review of Aged Care Interventions for Older Prisoners. Australasian Journal of Ageing, 37, 34 – 42. DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12484

    Quality of life and end of life care needs for Salvation Army Officers

    • Shaw, R., Stevens, B., Bewert, P., & Salt, M. (2018). Differential influences of the facets of the WHOQOL-SRPB on Salvation Army Officers quality of life. Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 8(1), 65 – 76. DOI: 10.1080/20440243.2018.1431174
    • Shaw, R., & Stevens, B. (accepted). Religion and spirituality in end of life are. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Ageing. Springer.
    • Stevens, B., Shaw, R., Bewert, P., Salt, M., & Ma, J. (2017). Unique needs: Salvation Army Officers in retirement and end-of-life care. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 30(1), 63 – 77. DOI: 10.1080/15528030.2017.1344178

Building Workforce Capability

  • Dementia and Parkinson’s disease services

    Building Evidence to Support Parkinson’s NSW Advocacy for Neurological Nurses in Rural and Remote NSW.

    Project Title: Building Evidence to Support Parkinson’s NSW Advocacy for Neurological Nurses in Rural and Remote NSW.

    Stages of Project

    Project Stage


    Funding Body


    Building evidence to support best practice specialist nursing services for people with Parkinson's disease in regional communities

    Stage 1: Literature Review

    October 2017 to June 2019

    Parkinson’s NSW

    M Bramble

    R Rossiter
    V Carroll

    Evaluating the impact of two specialist Parkinson’s disease nurse positions in regional NSW:

    Stage 2A: Two-site Qualitative Descriptive Study

    June 2018 to April 2019

    Parkinson’s NSW

    R Rossiter
    M Bramble
    V Carroll
    A Matheson

    Exploring the cost effectiveness of the Parkinson’s nurse specialist position in the Mid North Coast Local Health District of NSW: A pilot retrospective analysis

    Stage 2B: One-site Cost-Benefit Evaluation

    October 2018 to June 2019

    Parkinson’s NSW; Mid North Coast Local Health District

    M Bramble

    A Wong

    R Rossiter

    V Carroll

    D Schwebel

    Examining the role of rural and regional community support groups in supporting people living with Parkinson’s disease: Benefits and Challenges

    Stage 3: Master’s Research Study

    June 2018 to December 2020

    Parkinson’s NSW

    V Carroll

    R Rossiter
    M Bramble

    Parkinson’s Project Publications:

    • Bramble, M., Carroll, V. & Rossiter, R. (2018). Evidence based models that support best practice nursing services for people with Parkinson’s disease in regional NSW: An integrative literature review. Charles Sturt University. ISBN 978-186-467317-3
    • Rossiter, R., Bramble, M., Matheson, A., Carroll, V., & Phillips, R., (2019).  Evaluating the impact of two specialist Parkinson’s disease nurse positions in regional New South Wales, Australia: A qualitative descriptive study. Charles Sturt University.  ISBN 978-1-86-467337-1
  • Palliative and end of life care


    • Wardle, Sabine (2018). Palliative Care: Exploring cultural perceptions of Punjabi Indians and availability of culturally appropriate services in Residential Aged Care Facilities in regional NSW. PhD thesis
    • Wardle, Sabine (2018). Palliative and end of life care needs of CALD communities in regional NSW. PhD thesis
  • Rural and regional specific capability, including telehealth and rural student placements

    We will be providing more information on this topic as research is completed.

Health Technologies

  • Innovations to assist in the prevention and treatment of dementia and Parkinson’s disease


    Poulsen, A., Burmeister, O. (2019) Overcoming carer shortages with care robots: Dynamic value trade-offs in run-time.  Australasian Journal of Information Systems 23. DOI: 10.3127/ajis.v23i0.1688

  • Use of technology in student education driven by older people

    View Opteach website to find out more about our work with this organisation.

  • Co-creation and co-design with older people link to PhD Project - “The Investigation of a New Care Robot Design Approach for Alleviating LGBT Elderly Loneliness”

    Find out more about this project from the Port Macquarie News website.

Group leaders

As well as our group leaders, you can also see the full list of our group members.

See our members

Marguerite Bramble

Marguerite Bramble

Research Area Leader and Stream Leader Health Technologies

Phone: +61 2 6338 4596

Melissa Nott

Melissa Nott

Stream Leader - Social, Health and Community Outcomes

Phone: +61 2 6051 9246

Belinda Cash

Belinda Cash

Stream Leader – Building Workforce Capability

Phone: +61 2 6051 9270