Professor Sue Gordon


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Research Biography

Professor Sue Gordon works with aged care providers and the community to optimise ageing, aged care and the effective use of technology through research translation.

Sue brings over 20 years of physiotherapy experience and more than 15 years of academic experience to the role of  Professor of Healthy Ageing. She joined Flinders University in late 2015 in a position joint funded by Aged Care and Housing Group who she works closely with to promote a healthy ageing agenda. Her research involves collaboration with local government, aged care and health service providers and colleagues from other universities. She is investigating healthy ageing and functional decline to better understand the opportunities to identify, measure, limit and reverse early changes that are often covert.

Her research in aged care workforce development has included investigating the effectiveness of simulation and coaching interventions to decrease aggressive incidents, improve person centred care and build compassion.

Her work with the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre and the ARC funded Digital Enhanced Living Hub has developed and trialled Apps for the measurement of prefrailty and frailty, and assistance for people with mild cognitive impairment.

Supervised Students Successes

  • Feb 2018 Jan Douglass - Lymphoedema Consultant Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNTD) Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Lynne Zeldenryk - Endeavour research fellowship 2011
  • Lynne Zeldenryk - Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue 2012-2014

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Chronic low back pain (James Cook Uni) (1)
  • Lymphatic filariasis (James Cook Uni) (1)
  • Subacromial impingment (James Cook Uni)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Goal setting (1)
  • Lymphatic filariasis (James Cook Univ.) (1)
  • Neurogenic heterotopic ossification (James Cook Uni) (1)
  • Physical activity and the built environment (James Cook Univ.) (1)

Education/Academic qualification

Diploma, Management, Australian Institute of Business

Award Date: 28 Feb 2017

Graduate Certificate, Education, James Cook University

Award Date: 25 Feb 2010

PhD, Health Sciences, University of South Australia

Award Date: 10 Mar 2005

Bachelor, Physiotherapy, South Australian Institute of Technology

Award Date: 22 Aug 1983

External positions

Expert in residence, Innovaeging

Sept 2020 → …

Flagship Research and Education Director, Digital Health CRC

Jun 2020Aug 2021


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Research Areas

  • Healthy ageing and aged care
  • Physiotherapy

Supervisory Interests

  • Interprofessional practice
  • Lymphoedema
  • Healthy Ageing
  • Musculoskeletal studies


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