QLD Division

The Queensland Division of the AAG brings together a broad range of people with an interest in ageing and provides opportunities to network and discuss the latest news in gerontology through regular seminars and events.

The Queensland Division also collaborates with other organisations across the State to support networking and knowledge building. The Division has an active student and early career group which holds its own events as well as participating in broader State activities.

Division Chair

Professor Evonne Miller 

Evonne is a passionate advocate for design and creative arts-based participatory research methods. Her research focuses on how to design environments – built, technical, socio-cultural and natural – that better engage and support all users, especially older people in residential aged care. Evonne has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of urban design, population ageing, health and wellbeing, climate change and sustainability,  disaster and resilience. Evonne is the author of several books:   “Creating Great Places: Evidence-based urban design for health and wellbeing (Routledge, 2020, with A/Prof Deb Cushing) which outlines how designers can create great places that are inclusive, sustainable, and salutogenic (health-promoting), “Creative Arts-Based Research in Aged Care: Photovoice, Photography and Poetry in Action” (Routledge, 2021), exploring entering, living and dying in aged care.

Evonne is a Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology. She has been awarded over $3.9 Million in competitive research grant funding, including a current $1.15M National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grant (2020-2025) exploring how to develop an intergenerational model of  senior living/aged care on high school campuses and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant (2021-2023) using creative-arts methods (poetic inquiry, participatory photography, citizen storytelling, interactive art) to amplify the voices of aged care residents and engage policy makers, providers, and the public in a reflexive, inclusive conversation about the past, present and future of aged care.

Vice Chair

Dr Xanthe Golenko 

A diverse research portfolio spanning multiple areas including health services management, health workforce education, and health economics.

With a business background and a PhD in Organisational Behaviour, Xanthe has a strong interest in aged care policy and organisational culture and is passionate about social connection. She has expertise in intergenerational programs having worked for two years on a research project involving the development, implementation and evaluation of an intergenerational learning program across four research sites in Australia.

As a researcher, she is dedicated to exploring innovative approaches to service delivery that are evidence-based, sustainable and effective in improving the quality of life for older people accessing aged care services.


Asmita Manchha (BCom/BBusMan(Hons) 

Is an PhD candidate in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. Her research examines the stigma of working in aged care, attitudes towards aged care, and employee well-being, with a focus on individuals’ conceptualizations and lived experiences of stigmatized occupations.


Associate Professor Danny Hills 

A Registered Nurse who has worked as a clinician, manager and educator in mental health and clinical governance, both in rural and metropolitan community and hospital settings. His academic interests lie in quantitative, mixed methods and qualitative research, focussing on health and aged services and workforce, workplace aggression, mental health and well-being, and ageing research. Danny has been an office bearer in three AAG Divisions since 2015 - the ACT, Victoria and now Queensland.

Student & Early Career Group Representative

Danielle Cave 

An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and PhD Candidate. She completed a Master of Dietetics Studies at The University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Nutrition Science at Queensland University of Technology. Her research interests are nutrition for older adults, particularly those living in aged care homes. Her doctorate research focuses on exploring the sustainability of food fortification within the foodservice systems of aged care homes.

Board Nominee

Dr Katrina Radford

(BPsych (hons), MHRM, PhD, GradCertHighEdu) is a lecturer at Griffith University

My research program focuses on managing an ageing population in three key areas: 1) How can we better support an ageing workforce? 2) How can we better retain and support employees within the aged care sector?, and  3) How can we build better systems or programs that provide quality care for the ageing population? 

Committee Members

Dr Andrea Petriwskyj 

Dr Andrea Petriwskyj is Program Coordinator – Research and Community Education at COTA Queensland, and is also Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. She comes from a research background focusing on engagement and participation, with a particular interest in how older people’s diverse voices influence decision making, across the contexts of local government, disability services, aged care, and membership organisations. She has served on the Queensland Division Committee since 2007

Cherylee Treloar 

Has been the CEO of Footprints in Brisbane Inc. (Footprints) since 2010, a highly respected not for profit community based organization that delivers community based support and clinical services; funded by government (Commonwealth, State and Local) and charitable donation to older people, disabled, mentally ill, homeless and at risk of homeless persons.
She has previously held management positions with global companies such as Australian Red Cross (Queensland) and State-wide Blue Care as well as Local Government (economic development & corporate services).  She has continually been involved in a variety of groups and boards including contributing to various government consultations. She has extensive expertise in government and community engagement.

Cherylee has led reform and has a proven record in growth within organisations. Over the past three years, Government initiatives have included Aged Care Reforms (Consumer Directed Care) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme; facilitating workforce and program restructuring, effective funding utilisation and strengthening governance.

Cherylee is a motivated and passionate individual who is skilled at leading organisations to grow and prosper while adding value to the sector on ageing issues, strongly promoting equity of access.

Dr Theresa Scott 

Is a Psychologist whose research focuses on older adults and Geropsychology. She holds an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship and has experience in research on functional outcomes for persons with dementia in communities and residential aged care. Theresa's NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship focuses on the complex issues around dementia and driving.

Mikaela Wheeler 

Completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences, followed by a Masters of Dietetic Studies at the University of Queensland. Her research interests focus on nutrition for the elderly, particularly for those who live in residential aged care homes. Specifically, her research aims to better understand how static menus can be used to increase the choice and flexibility provided to residents in the meal service.

Dr Sam Fien 

A driven Early Career Researcher at CQUniversity who lectures in Exercise and Sport Sciences. Samantha is passionate about her research in ageing and exercise as you are never too old to start. She knows that research must be translated to the greater community and is also a LASA NextGen Ambassador for Queensland in aged care services.  In addition, Samantha is also a surf lifesaver volunteering her time to patrolling the beaches whilst also developing the younger generation via leadership programs at a Queensland State and Australian National level.  Samantha holds a PhD in 'Gait performance and the benefits of exercise in older adults living in residential aged care' and Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Bond University.


Thanks to the following previous Committee members

Linda Rosenman (Board Nominee), Barbara Dennis (Treasurer), Suzanne Hodgkin, Ruth Wagstaff, Ashlyn Sahay.

SECG Representative - Gillian Stockwell-Smith, General Committee members - Anthea Bott, Rachel Brimelow, Michele Smith, Jeni Warburton, Melinda Martin Khan.

Past Chairs: Dr Katrina Radford (2020-2021), A/Prof Lynne Parkinson (2018-2019), Dr James Cook (2016-2017), Prof Nancy Low Choy (2014-2016)

Page last updated 4th Feb 2022

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