Dr. Joyce comes to the role with an extensive research background, having led a range of health services research projects focused on older people.
This includes studies into fall prevention and chronic wound management, as well as investigations into older persons’ Emergency Department use.
Dr. Joyce also played a leading role in the development of the ASPREEE Longitudinal Study of Older Persons, a study of social and lifestyle factors among older people and how they affect health outcomes.
Sandra Hills, Benetas’ Chief Executive Officer, said, “Dr. Joyce’s appointment comes after an extensive executive search. The Board of Directors and I believe Catherine’s extensive experience, and personal commitment to translating research outcomes into practice, make her especially well-suited to lead Benetas’ significant research portfolio.”
“We have always prioritised research that can be used to improve aged care services and models of care, and having Catherine on board will only enhance this,” said Ms Hills.
“Dr. Joyce’s appointment will enable Benetas to continue to conduct and deliver research projects which will result in better outcomes for older Victorians.”
Dr. Joyce commented on her appointment saying, “I am honored to lead Benetas’ research agenda, especially at such a crucial time in the sector. Australia has an ageing population and aged care organisations need to be on the front foot, delivering models of care that enable Victorians to live a better life, their best life, as they age”.
“Research and innovation is essential to ensure Benetas, and the sector more broadly, is equipped and positioned to provide best-practice care into the future”, said Dr. Joyce.
Benetas’ investment in its Research and Innovation department is part of the organisation’s contribution to its social dividend, which also includes extensive pastoral and client support programs.