interRAI in Australia

interRAI Australia makes a major contribution to interRAI's extensive research and development program. Within interRAI, the team at the University of Queensland is responsible for development of interRAI's hospital systems. interRAI advocates for the use of interRAI systems in Australia. We see immediate opportunities for use of systems in acute care, specialist geriatric services and home and residential care. To find out more about interRAI International, visit the interRAI website.

interRAI Fellows

interRAI participates in international interRAI activities through individuals who are “Fellows”. Australian interRAI Fellows are Professor Len Gray (interRAI Board member and lead of the interRAI Network for Acute Care); Professor Ruth Hubbard (geriatrician and frailty expert); Associate Professor Jason Ferris (mental health and substance use expert); Dr Melinda-Martin Khan (dementia and quality indicator expert); Dr Nancye Peel (applications development expert) and Bonnie Pimm (training expert).

interRAI Australia Special Interest Group

A group of individuals, passionate to see uptake of interRAI systems in Australia, meets regular to develop strategies to promote implementation and research activities. Participation is open to all interested individuals. Please contact

Len Gray


Len Gray is the Director of UQ's Centre for Health Services Research and a Professor in Geriatric Medicine. Within interRAI, he is a Board member and a member of the Instrument and Systems Development (ISD) Committee. He leads the interRAI Network in Acute Care (iNAC), which is responsible for research and development of assessment systems related to hospital care. Researcher profile for Len Gray.

Ruth Hubbard


Ruth Hubbard completed an MSc in Medical Education in 2005 and an MD on pathophysiological changes in frail older people in 2008. She has published widely on the inflammatory aetiology of frailty, the difficulties of measuring frailty in clinical practice and the relationships between frailty and obesity, smoking, socioeconomic status and exercise. Researcher profile for Ruth Hubbard.

Jason Ferris

Associate Professor

A/Prof Ferris is a member of the Advisory Council to the Queensland Mental Health Commission and an active collaborator with interRAI. In these roles, he provides expert consultation on the substance use and mental health trends of Australians and promotes the implementation of the interRAI community mental health tool across Queensland. Researcher profile for Jason Ferris.

Melinda Martin Khan

Research Fellow

Dr Melinda Martin-Khan is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia. She is a member of the interRAI Network of Excellence in Acute Care (iNEAC) with a role on the Steering Committee, and the working groups for both the Acute Care and Emergency Department instruments. Researcher profile for Melinda Martin Khan.

Bonnie Pimm

Registered Nurse

Bonnie Pimm is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years’ experience. She is currently employed within the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland as a Research Nurse and is a key contributor to the development of the interRAI Hospital Systems instruments and manuals. Bonnie is a member of the interRAi International Training Committee and provides interRAI training and support throughout Australia. Researcher profile for Bonnie Pimm.

Nancye Peel

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Nancye Peel is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Her research focuses on improving health outcomes and quality of aged care across settings including home care, acute care and post acute care through integrated geriatric assessment. Researcher profile for Nancye Peel.