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 Global 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 Tracy Comans (health economics expert); Professor Jason Ferris (mental health and substance use expert); Professor Ruth Hubbard (geriatrician and frailty expert); Dr Nancye Peel (applications development expert) and Bonnie Pimm (training expert)

Learn more on what it means to become an interRAI Fellow watch this 3 minute presentation: interRAI Story Tracy Comans Feb 2024

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 interrai@uq.edu.au

Len Gray

Professor


Len Gray is a Professor in Geriatric Medicine Centre for Health Services Research Faculty of Medicine University of Queensland. 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

Prof. Tracy Comans

Research Fellow


Prof Tracy Comans, a UQ Amplify Fellow at the Centre for Health Services Research, University of Queensland, also serves as an adjunct Research Fellow at Metro North Hospital and Health Service. Her research specializes in applying economic models to assess the cost-effectiveness of healthcare interventions. With a background in physiotherapy and economics (Hons), she brings a unique perspective, particularly in aged care, dementia, and rehabilitation. Prof Comans leads and develops health services research, with a focus on older populations, allied health, and rehabilitation services.
Researcher profile for Tracy Comans

Prof. Jason Ferris

Professor


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

Prof Ruth Hubbard

Fellow


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

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

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



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