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Dr. Lyn Phillipson - International Federation on Ageing. Wollongong, , AU

Dr. Lyn Phillipson Dr. Lyn Phillipson

Associate Professor & Principle Research Fellow | University of Wollongong Australia

Wollongong, AUSTRALIA

Lyn is an award-winning public health academic involved in research and action to promote aged and dementia friendly communities





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It's about time... We got serious about dementia | Lyn Phillipson | TEDxUWollongongWomen Dementia Friendly Communities ASCOT International Webinar - 24 Jan 2017 Living Well Longer: Dementia Friendly Communities




A/Prof Lyn Phillipson is an award-winning public health academic who engages in research and action to promote aged and dementia friendly communities. She is known for her community engaged approach to undertaking research with impact. She uses qualitative and participatory methods to work with older people to promote understanding and change in the social, physical and service environments that contribute to their wellbeing. She has particular expertise in working with people with dementia and their care partners, as well as members of culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Finally, Lyn has expertise in the use of social marketing as an action framework to promote health in diverse areas including: dementia friendly communities, dementia risk reduction, dementia help-seeking and service utilisation and cancer help-seeking in CALD communities.

In 2018, Lyn was appointed as a World Health Organisation – International Federation on Ageing - Age Friendly Mentor which supports her contribution to the development of global capacity to create Age and Dementia Friendly Environments.

Examples of her current research include:

- Co-desiGning demeNtia dIagnoSis ANd post-diagnostic CarE (COGNISCANCE) – NHMRC-ARC Boosting Dementia Research Grants/JPND (2019-2020)
- Exploring the impact of Consumer Directed Care on people with dementia who are recipients of Home Care Packages (NHMRC-ARC Dementia Development Fellowship) (2016-2019)
- Connections for Life with dementia (Global Challenges Keystone, UOW) (2019-2020)
- Safe and Just Futures for People living with Dementia in Residential Aged Care (Dementia Research Foundation) (2019)
- Promoting Intergenerational Playgroups in Residential Aged Settings (Playgroups NSW, Liveable Communities Grant) (2018-19)

Areas of Expertise (6)

Public Health

Qualitative Methods




Participatory Methods

Accomplishments (5)

UOW Impact Story Competition - Highly Commended

2019 For Research and Action for Dementia Friendly Communities

UOW Excellence in Research Partnership IMPACT Award

2017 Pioneering Dementia Friendly Communities – Kiama Council and Alzheimer’s Australia

Winner of World Health Organisation Healthy Cities Award

2016 Dementia Friendly Kiama Project. Awarded at the 7th Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy cities at Wonju City, South Korea

Winner of National Local Government Award Category Winner for Disability and Access Inclusion

2016 Dementia Friendly Kiama Project

Winner – Vice Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Research Award

2015 For the ‘Dementia Friendly Communities and Organisations’ project

Education (3)

University of Wollongong: Ph.D., Philosophy 2012

University of New South Wales: M.P.H., Public Health 2009

University of Sydney: B.S., Physiotherapy 1992

Media Appearances (4)

Noticeboard: Australian Unity appoints three executives

Australian Ageing Agenda  online


The World Health Organisation and the International Federation of Ageing has announced the appointment of University of Wollongong dementia expert Dr Lyn Phillipson as an age-friendly mentor under its joint international program.

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Improving respite experience for people with dementia

Aged Care Guide  online


Project leader of ReThink Respite, Dr Lyn Phillipson from the University of Wollongong says gaining access to flexible respite is really important – but it is often difficult for carers to know what is available and to identify services which can really meet their particular needs and those of the person with dementia.

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From law to engineering: university puts dementia focus across disciplines

Australian Ageing Agenda  online


He and Dr Phillipson were working on a project to help the NSW Kiama community become dementia friendly when she brought up the idea of dementia-friendly universities, he said.

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Providers need to consider the barriers to respite use by carers

Australian Ageing Agenda  online


“This is despite the fact that when we survey them, they constantly tell us that respite is one of their critical needs,” Dr Phillipson told Australian Ageing Agenda ahead of her presentation at the Living Well, Dying Well forum, to be hosted by BaptistCare in September.

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Event Appearances (5)

Rethinking respite: Innovative approaches to working with carers of people with dementia

Dementia Care Delivery Summit  Sydney, Australia


Member of Expert Panel. Aged friendly and dementia friendly – what are the differences?

Strengthening Dementia Services Conference  Melbourne, Australia


Flexible Respite for People with Dementia

National Respite and Community Care Conference  Sydney, Australia


An Evidence-Based Framework to Support Knowledge Translation Within the Australian Dementia Training and Study Program

National Dementia Research Forum 2014  Sydney, Australia


Project Good News - Engaging priority CALD communities to reduce the stigma associated with Cancer

Innovations in Cancer Services and Care  Sydney, Australia


Research Grants (5)

Consumer Directed Care: Understanding and promoting participation and outcomes for people living with dementia in receipt of a Home Care Package

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Development Fellowship $571,648

2016-2020 Phillipson

Co-desiGning demeNtia dIagnoSis ANd post- diagnostic CarE (Boosting Dementia Research Grants

NHMRC and JPND Multi-county Study $737,000

2019 CIE (with CIA Prof Brodaty UNSW)

Connecting the PIECES for Dementia

UOW Global Challenges Interdisciplinary Keystone Program $414,000

2019 Phillipson CIA (5 faculties, 15 investigators)

Building capacity to assess outcomes in the Commonwealth Home Support Program

Community Industry Group $27,000

2018 Phillipson, Jenkins, Towers, Caiels

Carers NSW Try, Test and Learn Young Carers Porgram

Department of Social Services $120,000

2018 Phillipson

Featured Articles (5)

Knowledge, help-seeking and efficacy to find respite services: an exploratory study in help-seeking carers of people with dementia in the context of aged care reforms

BMC Geriatrics

Phillipson, L, Johnson, K, Cridland, E, Neville, C and Fielding, E.

2019 Research highlights the need for carers of people with dementia to acquire relevant and timely information to assist them to access appropriate respite services. Unfortunately, negative experiences of information-seeking can create additional stress for carers and contribute to delays in up-take, or not using respite services at all.

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Involvement of people with dementia in raising awareness and changing attitudes in a dementia friendly community pilot project

Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice

Phillipson, L, Hall, D, Cridland, E, Fleming, R, Brennan-Horley, C, Guggisberg, N, Frost, D, and Hasan, H.

2018 Low levels of public understanding can contribute to the fear, stigma and social exclusion associated with living with dementia. Dementia friendly communities aim to address this by empowering people with dementia and increasing their social inclusion.

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More Than Talking: A Scoping Review of Innovative Approaches to Qualitative Research Involving People With Dementia

International Journal of Qualitative Methods

Phillipson, L., & Hammond, A.

2018 Participation in qualitative research frequently relies upon recall and verbal expression, which may be difficult for some people with dementia. While the use of arts-based and visual methods are transforming dementia care, exploratory research and evaluation methods have lagged behind with regard to the use of innovative qualitative approaches.

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Associations between help-seeking intentions and stigma in response to the early signs and symptoms of dementia

Aging and Mental Health

Phillipson, L., Magee, C., Jones, S.C, Reis, S. and Skladzien, E.

2015 Most participants indicated they would seek help from a general practitioner (GP) for themselves (82.2%) or for a proxy (78.7%) in response to the scenarios. Whilst only 7.2% indicated they would seek help from no-one, 21.3% would delay seeking help.

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Why carers of people with dementia do not utilise out-of-home respite services

Health and Social Care in the Community

Phillipson, L., Magee, C. and Jones, S.C.

2013 While many people with dementia require institutional care, having a co-resident carer improves the likelihood that people can live at home. Although caregiving can have positive aspects, carers still report a high need for respite. Despite this need, the use of respite services for carers of people with dementia is often low.

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