Professor Colleen Doyle - Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Colleen is Professor of Aged Care and supported research in a partnership agreement with Catholic Homes and Villa Maria Catholic Homes 2012-2016. The goal of her research is to improve support for older adults living in the community as well as residential care. Key areas are telehealth, e-health and dementia care as well as mental health. Colleen's doctorate from The University of Adelaide was in memory training and intellectual disability, and over the last 30 years she has built a career in aged care services and program evaluation with particular expertise in dementia and health service evaluation. She is honorary research fellow at the National Ageing Research Institute and honorary professorial fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, a member of the Australian Psychological Society and founder of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group. She publishes in both academic and technical evaluation genres, and has received over 30 research grants since 1990, the most significant grant being the national evaluation of the federal government's Dementia Initiative (2007-10).


Phone :0409739136 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Dementia Care ; mood disorders - depression, anxiety ; health service evaluation ; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ;

Methods Expertise

health program evaluation ; Randomised Control Trials ; Surveys ; qualitative methods ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Brief on the role of psychologists in residential and home care services for older adults, in Australian Psychologist

How do case managers spend time on their functions and activities, in BMC Health Services Research

Study protocol for a randomised control trial of telephone-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy compared with befriending for treating depression and anxiety in older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, in International Journal of COPD

Raise the Bar: a mixed methods evaluation of the effect of implementing a new residential aged care workforce model on staff and acute hospital transfers, in International Journal of Nursing Home Research

Videoconferencing and telementoring about dementia care: a solution to sharing scarce old age psychiatry resources, in International Psychogeriatrics


What is the role of a case manager in community aged care? A qualitative study in Australia, in Health and social care in the community

Influences on Case-managed Community Aged Care Practice, in Qualitative Health Research


Public sector residential aged care: identifying novel associations between quality indicators and other demographic and health-related factors , in Australian Health Review

Risk of Death or Hospital Admission among Community-dwelling Older Adults Living with Dementia in Australia. BMC Geriatrics, 14(1), 71., in BMC Geriatrics

The relationship between apathy and participation in therapeutic activities in nursing home residents with dementia: evidence for an association and directions for further research, in Dementia; International Journal of Social Research and Practice

Caring for people with dementia in residential aged care: successes with a composite person-centred care model featuring Montessoria??based activities Geriatric Nursing, in Geriatric Nursing

Stress and Dementia, in International Psychogeriatrics