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Leonie is the CRE Manager for the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence Frailty Trans-Disciplinary Research To Achieve Healthy Ageing, led by Professor Renuka Visvanathan (Aged & Extended Care Services, TQEH; G-TRAC, University of Adelaide). The CRE is focused on frailty, healthy ageing and helping older people live longer with quality.

Leonie previously worked at the BHI from 2007 to 2011 as a research assistant with the Department of Surgery, ENT. Following her role with the BHI she transitioned into research management and most recently worked at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) as the research and laboratory manager for the Mind & Brain Theme. During her time at SAHMRI she was involved in the fit out and development of the laboratories, assisted in the establishment of the research team and later provided administrative supported in grants, ethics and higher degree research student candidatures.


Leonie assists Prof Renuka Visvanathan and a multidisciplinary team of researchers, staff and students of the NHMRC funded centre. The CRE aims to establish a global frailty research network. The team includes staff and specialists from across Australia and internationally in the fields of geriatrics, general practice, orthopaedic surgery, rehabilitation medicine, nursing, geriatric pharmacotherapy, gero-kinesiology, health economics, knowledge translation and geography.

Leonie provides management support to the CRE. The CRE team is leading research to:

  • define and map the extent of frailty
  • develop and test a new health economics model for frailty
  • test the implementation of a screening pathway for general practice
  • pilot novel interventions to treat frailty, and
  • build both clinical and research capacity in frailty.

The CRE works closely with Geriatrics Training & Research with Aged Care Centre (G-TRAC, University of Adelaide).

Leonie has a BSc (Hons) and is currently completing an MBA.

Leonie is the first point of contact for media relating to the CRE: Frailty Trans-Disciplinary Research To Achieve Healthy Ageing team.

2007-2011: Research Assistant – ENT Surgery, SA Health, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville South, SA

2011-2011: Research Assistant, School Population Health-Nutrition, UniSA, Adelaide, SA

2011-2013: CRE and Program Grant Manager, School Population Health-Nutrition, UniSA, Adelaide, SA

2013-2016: Research Manager, Mind & Brain Theme, SAHMRI, Adelaide, SA

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