Barbara Workman AM

MBBS, MD (Melbourne), FRACP, AFRACMA,  (Melbourne)
Director, MONARC (Monash Ageing Research Centre), Monash University
Head, Academic Unit of Geriatric Medicine, MONARC, Monash University
Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Monash University
Medical Director, Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services, Monash Health (Retired March 2021)

Phone: + 61 3 9265 1426
Email: Barbara.Workman@monashhealth.org

Appointments

Director, MONARC
Head, Academic Unit of Geriatric Medicine
Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University
Service Director, Rehabilitation and Aged Care, Monash Health

Qualifications

Associate Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (AFRACMA, 2009); Doctor of Medicine (MD, The University of Melbourne, 1991); Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP, 1986); Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, The University of Melbourne, 1977)

Research interests

Medical education · Chronic pain · Medication · Wellbeing of older people · Use of best evidence · Medical ethics

Biography

Barbara graduated in Medicine from the University of Melbourne in 1977. After finishing her specialist training she completed a MD in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne in 1991. In 1997 Barbara was appointed to the position of Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Monash University and she has been the Director of the Monash Ageing Research Centre (MONARC) since its establishment in 1999. Barbara was the Medical Director of Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services at Monash Health from 2001 until her retirement in 2021.

Barbara’s research activities have focused the rapid translation of clinical research into clinical management in order to improve the quality of care and address gaps in health service delivery for older persons. Highlights include:

  1. Establishment of the Monash Ageing Research Centre (MONARC) in 1999. MONARC is based at the Kingston Centre (Cheltenham), a stand-alone sub-acute facility which provides Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Aged Persons Mental Health, and Rehabilitation.
  2. Co-investigator on the $1.1 million NHMRC Dementia Research Grant funded study 'Evidence-based care of people with dementia' which aims to support GPs in improving the general practice based care of people with dementia, and so improve their quality of life by implementing an evidence-based guideline for dementia care.
  3. Co-investigator on the Department of Health & Ageing Local Palliative Care Grant funded study 'The impact on mental health of frequent deaths that occur in high care in aged care settings, on individuals and the resident community'.
  4. Co-investigator on the Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria Dementia Research Grant funded study 'A randomised controlled trial of MAXCOG: an individualised early intervention program for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment or early dementia and their family supporters'.
  5. Associate investigator on the $850,000 NHMRC Project Grant funded study 'SNORE ASA: Study of Neurocognitive Outcomes, Radiological and retinal Effects of Aspirin in Sleep Apnoea'.
  6. Associate investigator on the $750,000 NHMRC Project Grant funded study 'Optimising rehabilitation outcomes in frail older adults'.
  7. Chief investigator on the Victorian Department of Health Clinical Leadership Group on Care of Older People in Hospital funded project 'Best practice in recognising and responding to clinical deterioration in older people in hospital'.

Barbara has been involved in a variety of additional leadership roles including:

  • Co-chair of the Monash University Year 5 MBBS Management Committee (2004 - 2012)
  • Victorian Department of Human Services Committee memberships:
    • Medical Lead, Residential InReach committee (2012 – 2018)
    • Medical Lead, Pain Clinic Co-ordinators group (2012 – 2020)
    • Clinical Leadership Group on Care of Older People in Hospital (2012 – 2018)
    • Subacute Peak Body (2011 – 2021)
  • Board Member of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA; 2015 – 2017)
  • Victorian Geriatric Medicine Training Program (VGMTP) Advisory Committee member (2005 – 2021)
  • Chair of the Monash Health Senior Medical Staff Association (2015 – 2017)

Barbara’s previous appointments include membership of the Adult Medicine Division Council, RACP (2012 – 2014) and a federal councillor with the Australian Society for Geriatric Medicine (1994, 1997 and 2013).

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