Dr Anna Barker
B.Physio, M.Physio (Geriatrics), PhD
Senior Research Fellow
Phone:+61 3 990 30946
Dr Anna Barker is the leader of the Falls and Bone Health team within the Health Services Research Unit at Monash University. She is an experienced falls prevention researcher and also continues to work clinically as a physiotherapist. She has led falls projects in community, residential aged care and hospital settings. Anna has developed a strong interest in the management of older people having completed a Masters in Geriatrics and a PhD on novel methods for the assessment of falls and fracture risk in residential aged care.
Past roles have included working as a senior researcher at the Northern Clinical Research Centre where she led, and was involved in, clinical research projects in the areas of patient safety including in hospital falls, pressure ulcers and risk adjusted mortality monitoring; efficacy of chronic disease programs and development and validation of clinical assessment instruments. Anna's principal interest is in the prevention of fall related harm.
Currently, Anna is leading the world’s largest falls prevention trial in the hospital setting—the 6-PACK trial that includes more than 35,000 patients. In 2013, Anna will also commence a large project looking at a novel service model for older people presenting to the Emergency Department with a fall—the RESPOND project.