About RAIL

Who we are

With Australian life expectancy increasing, so too has the prevalence of chronic disease and disability. Our systems, services and economy must be equipped to meet the growing costs and needs of all Australians.

The Monash Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre will transform approaches to health, aged care, disability and support service delivery.  Through our research and partnerships, we’ll deliver community impact by creating efficient support models, capable of serving people with complex health conditions, and improving how people live with greater independence and quality of life across the lifespan.

We also form a key part of the new National Centre for Healthy Ageing at Monash’s Peninsula campus. This first of its kind centre will deliver new research and treatment models to improve health and wellbeing among our most vulnerable populations.

What we do

We deliver coordinated research and projects to meet the future needs of Australian society by:

  • Bringing together world-leading expertise in rehabilitation, ageing and independent living.
  • Collaborating with people with lived experience of health, ageing or disability-related needs and those who support them, as well as government, health networks, and aged care and disability support providers.
  • Driving evidence-based, cost-effective technological advances in how services can be designed and delivered.
  • Creating solutions that can be trialled locally by our partners, then transferred into practice on a national and international scale.
  • Upskilling the health, aged care and disability workforce to transform service delivery.

RAIL Team

The Rehabilitation Ageing and Independent Living Research Centre coordinates research and projects to meet Australia’s future health and care needs. Our Centre staff comprises of:

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Professor Keith Hill

Director and ageing lead

Email: keith.hill@monash.edu

Professor Keith Hill is the Director of the Monash Rehabilitation Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre. He is a physiotherapist and senior researcher with extensive track record across community, hospital and residential care settings. Keith’s main research has focused on falls prevention, exercise, healthy ageing, and rehabilitation. He has been a Chief Investigator on NHMRC partnership and project grants, and also has recent and current research grants with collaborators in Singapore, Canada, Brazil, and Hong Kong.

Keith’s research profile

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Associate Professor Libby Callaway

Independent living lead

Email: elizabeth.callaway@monash.edu

Associate Professor Libby Callaway is a senior occupational therapist with 25 years’ experience working with people with neurotrauma, across inpatient community rehabilitation settings in Victoria and the United States. She has a strong interest in service co-design with people with disability, and delivery of innovative housing, technology and support design for independent living.

Libby’s research profile

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Dr Natasha Brusco

Rehabilitation lead

Email: natasha.brusco@monash.edu

Dr Natasha Brusco is an experienced physiotherapist and health economist, with 20 years of health service experience in clinical, management and leadership roles across multiple public and private services. Her research interests focus on health economics, rehabilitation models of care program evaluation, stroke care and workplace health and safety.

Natasha’s research profile

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Dr Christina Ekegren

Senior Research Fellow

Email: christina.ekegren@monash.edu

Dr Christina Ekegren is a Senior Research Fellow with the Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living Research Centre. Her research focuses on the outcomes of traumatic injury, and in particular on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and the risk of developing chronic disease following injury. Christina has a clinical background in physiotherapy and has worked in teaching and research at universities in Australia, the UK and Canada.

Christina’s research profile

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Cassie Stephens

Centre Coordinator

Email: cassie.stephens@monash.edu

Cassie Stephens is the RAIL Centre Coordinator and responsible for the overall management of research administration with the Centre. Cassie joined Monash University in 2001 and has worked in a variety of management positions across multiple faculties. With a focus on innovation, she comes to the role with extensive student service and change management experience.