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Jo has a background in psychology and her research experience has mostly been around health service issues or health related issues particularly for older people, using qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Positions held

  • July 2015 – present: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide

  • 2014 – present: Research Associate, School of Nursing, University of Adelaide

  • 2013-2014: Research Associate, Discipline of General Practice, School of Population Health, University of Adelaide

  • 2009: Research Fellow, Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development Program, Discipline of General Practice, School of Population Health and Clinical Practice, University of Adelaide

  • 1999-2005: Research Associate, Spencer Gulf Rural Health School, University of South Australia, Whyalla Campus


Dr Joanne Dollard is coordinating a clinical trial called Ambient Intelligent Geriatric Management system (AmbIGeM), a NHMRC funded project led by Professor Renuka Visvanathan. The AmbIGeM has the potential to prevent falls in hospitalised older people, by using technology. By patients wearing a lightweight sensor in their gown, nurses will be alerted to patients who, on their own, are moving in a way that might result in a fall (such as walking unaided). The system will alert the nurse and the nurse will check on the patient, and potentially prevent a fall. If wearing the sensor reduces the number of patients falling, then this has the potential to have a large impact on the health of older people. The trial will be conducted at TQEH and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. The trial will assess the effectiveness, cost effectiveness, acceptability (to patients and staff) and safety of the technology.


PhD, Bachelor of Arts (Honours in psychology)

Graduate Certificate in Public Health (2003).

Professional Associations

Australian Association of Gerontology, Australian Association of Psychology