Sarah Bray

Dr Sarah Bray

Affiliate Lecturer

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Sarah Bray - TITLEHOLDER.
Project Manager, Registry Of Older South Australians (ROSA).

I have a wide interest in science, health and fitness and am also passionate about science engagement with the wider community. I have worked on a diverse range of projects over my career so far, from medical research projects in cancer biology (leukaemia and rare blood disorders) and tropical infectious disease research for a biotech company, to my PhD project wrangling ancient DNA from extinct bears! My background and experience in working in such a diverse range of research areas as a scientist and research admin/manager has given me the ability to understand and interpret complex scientific and medical information, and to communicate the research in meaningful ways to different audiences.

In my current role at SAHMRI, I helped establish & develop the Registry of Older South Australians (ROSA), including managing the complex ethics and governance requirements for this ambitious resource that seeks to improve the lives of all Australians accessing aged care services. I also coordinate the consumer & community engagement activities for ROSA.

ROSA was established in 2017 by the Healthy Ageing Research Consortium – a cross-sectoral partnership of researchers, clinicians, aged care providers and consumer advocacy groups. ROSA is designed to monitor the health, service utilisation, medication use, mortality, and other outcomes of people receiving aged care services in South Australia. ROSA’s efficient model leverages existing information from both the aged care and health care sectors, bringing together diverse datasets already collected by different organisations throughout the country, to provide us with a more complete picture of the ageing pathway.

In my current role at SAHMRI, I am the Project Manager + Consumer Engagement Officer for the Registry of Older South Australians (ROSA). ROSA was established in 2017 and is a resource that allows evidence-driven decision-making to improve the lives of all Australians accessing aged care services. ROSA’s model leverages existing information from both the aged care and health care sectors, bringing together diverse datasets collected by different organisations throughout the country, to provide us with a more complete picture of the ageing pathway. Like other Australian Clinical Quality Registries, ROSA was designed to monitor the effectiveness and appropriateness of care over time, to identify variance and advise on best practices.

Some of the research the ROSA team have undertaken recently include providing evidence on:

1) the effect of wait time for home care services on the health of older Australians,

2) the prevalence of dementia in the aged care population in Australia and its effect on mortality, and

3) the increasing pervasiveness of pain reported in this population.

For more information on ROSA, please check out our website: www.rosaresearch.org

For information on potential student projects (Honours, Masters, PhD) with the ROSA Research Team, please visit the Student Projects section of our website: https://rosaresearch.org/studentprojects

ROSA was established in 2017 by the Healthy Ageing Research Consortium, a partnership of researchers, clinicians, aged care providers and consumer advocacy groups. The consortium is supported by the South Australian Government through the Department for Innovation and Skills, and coordinated under the auspices of the SA Academic Health Science and Translation Centre. The Consortium’s 13 collaborating organisations are: South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), 3 universities (University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, and Flinders University), 5 industry partners (Helping Hand, Silver Chain, ECH, Adelaide PHN, Country SA PHN), 2 consumer health advocacy groups (COTA SA, HCA SA), SA NT DataLink, and SA Health.

The Healthy Ageing Research Consortium is supported by the South Australian Government through the Department for Innovation and Skills.

  • Position: Affiliate Lecturer
  • Phone: 0881284498
  • Email: sarah.bray@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: SAHMRI, floor 8
  • Org Unit: Medicine

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