A/Prof Maria Inacio

Research Field: Epidemiology

As our population ages the need for services that help us live at home longer or transition to aged care homes (when needed) will grow. This demand needs to be met with good quality aged care services. Unfortunately, concerns about the services provided to Australians are so significant that they have resulted in a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

A/Prof Inacio and her team lead research into the causes for good or poor-quality care and build evidence and tools to reduce the chance of poor outcomes. Their research uses integrated information from the aged care and health care sectors to inform improvements in this area.

A/Prof Inacio’s most meaningful science communication activities have been with policy-makers and regulatory bodies. She has tried to inform, and potentially influence, how safety and quality of care can and should be monitored.

Maria completed her PhD in 2013 at the University of California, San Diego (USA).

She is the Director of the Registry of Senior Australians at SAHMRI, Adjunct Associate Professor at UniSA, a The Hospital Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellow, and will be a NHMRC Emerging Leadership (2) Investigator (commencing 2021).