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Megan Corlis

Director Research & Development

Megan Corlis is the current Director of Research and Development at Helping Hand. Megan has worked at Helping Hand for over 20 years, during this time she has held positions such as Residential Site Manager, Community Services Manager and Acting General Manager. She has been in her current role for over 10 years.

Megan is an adjunct in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia (UniSA) and is an active participant in a number of committees and projects with the university.

Megan has a vast and diverse experience in ageing having worked in the public sector for a number of years in clinical and management roles. Her experience includes Geriatric Assessment, Acute Medical Care and Palliative Care.

Megan works to increase the profile older people in the community so they can enjoy full citizenship and actively exercise their rights. She looks to achieve this through research, partnerships and design which engages with older people actively and focuses on people as individuals.

Several highlights of Megan’s career have been:

  • Worked to create the first external Enterprising Partnership between UniSA and Helping Hand.
  • Lead industry end-user for the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC)
  • Participant in ARC Engagement & Impact Assessment on the Health and Life Sciences Panel (ARC EI)
  • Worked closely with Dr Alexandre Kalache (current President of the International Longevity Centre in Brazil, previously Director of Ageing and Health Programs WHO) who was South Australia’s Thinker in Residence for Age Friendly Communities.
  • The inaugural Manager of the first ‘Ageing in Place’ residential site in Australia which directly impacted to combine hostels and nursing homes in the Aged Care Act 1997.
Professional Interests

Use of  technology in an ageing environment
Enacting research into organisational culture
Older people’s rights and recognition
Age Friendly Communities

Professional Involvement

Centre for Languages & Cultures UniSA – Advisory Committee Website
School of Creative Industries UniSA – Advisory Group Website
NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre – Governance Authority Website
SAHMRI Registry for Older Australians (ROSA) – Steering Committee Website
Prevalence of Advanced Care Planning Study – Steering Committee Website
Reducing Medicine Induced Deterioration and Adverse Reactions (ReMInDAR) – Steering Committee Website

Selected Publications

Sluggett J, Page, AT, Chen E, Ilomäki J, Corlis M, Van Emden J, Hogan M, Caporale T, Hilmer S, Bell S (2018) Simplifying unnecessarily complex medication regimens for older people with and without dementia receiving care at home: protocol for a pre-post intervention study, Trials

Gibb H, Freeman M, Ballantyne A, Corlis M (2016) The role of teamwork motivations in care delivery: A cultural analysis of team behaviours in aged care (being considered for publication), The Gerontologist

Sluggett J, Ilomäki J, Seaman K, Corlis M, Bell S (2016) Medication management in Australian residential aged care: policy, practice and research, Pharmacological Research

Gill L, McCaffrey N, Cameron I, Ratcliffe J, Kaambwa B, Corlis M, Fiebig J, Gresham M (2015) Consumer Directed Care in Australia: early perceptions and experiences of staff, clients and carers Health and Social Care in the Community

Hall C, Corlis M, Ballantyne A, May E, (2014) Working beyond the silos: using partnerships to achieve improvements and maintain standards (yet to be published)

Loffler H, Corlis M, Ballantyne A (2014) Workplace experience in residential aged care desirable place to work and learn for under-graduate students (yet to be published)

Ballantyne A, Trenwith L, Zubrinich S, Corlis M (2010) I feel less lonely: what older people say about participating in a social networking website, Quality in Ageing and Older Adults 11(3): 25-35

Stanley M, Moyle W, Ballantyne A, Jaworski K, Corlis M, Oxlade D, Stoll A, Young B (2010) Nowadays you don’t even see your neighbours: loneliness in the everyday lives of older Australians, Health and Social Care in the Community, Vol 18, Issue 4, pages 407-414

Cheek J, Corlis M, Radoslovich H (2009) Connecting what we know with what we do: building a community of research and practice, International Journal of Older People, Vol 4, Issue 3, Pge 233-288.


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