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Dr Judy Lowthian was appointed the Principal Research Fellow at the RSL Care + Royal District Nursing Service Research Institute in late 2016, following the completion of her NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (Investigating rising demand for emergency health care with an ageing population).

She also holds a 0.2 EFT appointment as a Senior Research Fellow within the Pre-hospital, Emergency & Trauma Unit and an honorary appointment with Alfred Health.

Her research is underpinned by a clinical background in speech pathology rehabilitation and health service management in Australia and the UK. Her specific interest is health services research designed to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

Areas of published scholarship include: epidemiological and intervention studies in pre-hospital and emergency care, evaluation studies of primary care and acute hospital programs, and medication safety in older patients.

In the past five years, Dr Lowthian has been the recipient of numerous competitive grants and prizes/awards. One of her doctoral thesis manuscripts “The challenges of population ageing: accelerating demand for emergency ambulance services by older patients, 1995–2015”, was awarded the AMA (Vic) Sir Richard Stawell Memorial Prize, for an article “on a medical subject of clinical significance” published in the Medical Journal of Australia. She serves on national and international committees that focus on improving geriatric emergency care.

External positions

Principal Research Fellow, Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) Institute

Nov 2016 → …


  • Geriatrics
  • Models of Care
  • Health Services Research
  • Emergency Management

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Projects 2009 2019

Research Output 2007 2018

General practice utilisation of Medicare Benefits Schedule items to support the care of older patients: Findings from the REDIRECT study

Turner, L., Pearce, C., Brijnath, B., Browning, C., Lowthian, J., Shearer, M. & Mazza, D., 1 Jan 2018, In : Australian Journal of Primary Health. 24, 1, p. 54-58 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

HOspitals and patients WoRking in Unity (HOW R U?): Telephone peer support to improve older patients' quality of life after emergency department discharge in Melbourne, Australia - A multicentre prospective feasibility study

Lowthian, J. A., Lennox, A., Curtis, A., Wilson, G., Rosewarne, C., Smit, D. V., O'Brien, D., Browning, C. J., Boyd, L., Smith, C., Cameron, P. & Dale, J., 1 Jun 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 6, 6 p., e020321.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Mental health trajectories among women in Australia as they age

Tran, T., Hammarberg, K., Ryan, J., Lowthian, J., Freak-Poli, R., Owen, A., Kirkman, M., Curtis, A., Rowe, H., Brown, H., Ward, S., Britt, C. & Fisher, J., 1 May 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Aging and Mental Health. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review