Anna Barker

Assoc Professor


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Personal profile


Anna is an experienced health care leader and innovator, clinical researcher and Physiotherapist (B.Phty, M.Phty (Geriatrics), PhD). She has over 20 years of health industry and research experience that spans company start-ups, academia and corporate. She is passionate about healthy ageing and innovative models to support the health and care experience of older people. As the Executive Director, Research & Innovation at Silverchain she led the Future Care strategy that shaped how care in the home is delivered in Australia and Internationally. The strategy brings together health service evaluation, innovation and clinical research activities.

Previously she was the Head of the Health Services Research Unit at Monash University and also Head of Member Health Innovation and Proposition Team at Medibank Private. Anna has an international reputation for her contributions to fracture and fall prevention research with over 100 publications and collaborative research partnerships with the Mayo clinic, Bournemouth University Dementia Institute, along with several Australian Universities and industry organisations. In evidence of the impact of her research, key findings have been cited by National Best Practice Guidelines and a landmark falls prevention trial she led with >40,000 patients was published in The BMJ and downloaded >7,000 times in the first month after publication. She has also authored the textbook Palgrave Handbook of Physical Activity and Health Promotion that has sold more than 15K copies worldwide in first year post launch. She remains an active researcher with an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in Health Services Research at Monash University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Aged Care, PhD, Clinimetric evaluation of falls risk assessment tools for residential aged care, University of Queensland

Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

Geriatrics, M.Phty

Award Date: 1 Dec 2003

Physiotherapy, B.Phty, La Trobe University

Award Date: 1 Dec 1999

External positions

Executive Director, Research & Innovation, Silver Chain Group Limited

20 Jul 2020Mar 2024

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