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Dr Darshini Ayton is the Deputy Head of the Health and Social Care Unit  at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) emerging leader fellow (2021-2025). Darsh is leading the Health and Social Care Unit ageing and health services research work and is a chief investigator on an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence and primary investigator on Medical Research Future Fund and National Centre for Healthy Ageing funding and multiple industry, health service and aged care provider funding. 

Her program of research links acute care to the community and residential aged care and encompasses dementia prevention, innovative diagnostics for dementia and sector-spanning models of care to improve quality of care and quality of life. 

Darsh has a strong track record in health and social care research and methodological approaches including qualitative research, consumer and community involvement, clinical registries, randomised controlled trials and implementation science. 


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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 24 Sep 2013

Master of Public Health, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 21 Dec 2009

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons), MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 1 Dec 2005

Research area keywords

  • Dementia
  • Chronic disease
  • Health services
  • Patient experience
  • Consumer and Community Involvement
  • Implementation Science
  • Program planning and evaluation


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