Our Board of Directors is responsible for the National Ageing Research Institute's overall performance and compliance, providing strategic direction, effective governance and leadership.
- Associate Professor Michael MurrayMB BS MPH FRACP FAAG (Hon)PresidentAssociate Professor Michael Murray has a broad range of management, clinical and clinical teaching experience in the area of aged care. He is the medical director of Continuing Care and head of Geriatric Medicine at Austin Health, Associate Professor at Melbourne University and Adjunct Associate Professor Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, and the University of Notre Dame. Associate Professor Murray holds a number of board and committee positions with a variety of health and educational institutions, including the position of Continence Foundation of Australia National President, which he has held since 2004.
- Derek McMillanBSc (Hons), Dip EdVice PresidentMr McMillan joined Australian Unity in 1999. He held a number of executive positions before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Living in 2005. He is responsible for all elements of the operations and development of the retirement living business, spanning retirement villages, residential aged care and home care. Mr McMillan is a director of a number of Australian Unity Limited subsidiaries including Australian Unity Retirement Living Services Limited, Australian Unity Health Limited, Remedy Healthcare Group Pty Limited and Australian Unity Personal Financial Services Limited. He was elected to the board of the Retirement Villages Association (RVA) in 2007. Following its merger with the Property Council of Australia in 2012, he was elected the inaugural chairman of the new peak body, the Retirement Living Council. Mr McMillan is also a director of the Property Council of Australia, PCA industry accreditation subsidiary Lifemark Village Pty Ltd and a director of Leading Age Services Australia – Victoria since 2012. Before joining Australian Unity Mr McMillan spent 3 years as an Executive at Pivot Limited (now Incitec-Pivot) responsible for commercial operations and advisory services to the agricultural industry. From 1987 to 1996 Mr McMillan was employed by Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi-Aventis) in the pharmaceutical industry in a range of sales, marketing and business management positions.
- Richard GallinaBComm (Accounting) Grad Cert Innovation & EntrepreneurshipTreasurerMr Richard Gallina is a manager at Pitcher Partners (since March-2006) specializing in business management, accounting and taxation solutions. His industry experience includes small to medium family owned business, property development, high wealth investors, retailers and wholesaling and service providers. His areas of expertise include taxation advice and assistance, periodic management accounting and reporting, business accounting and year end financial planning, reporting, budgets, projections and cash flows, as well as scenario modelling for decision making. Mr Gallina graduated in accountancy from La Trobe University. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA). He holds a Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Mr Gallina has been a director at the National Ageing Research Institute since August 2014.
- Ms Maree McCabePsych Nurse, Grad Dip Psych Nursing, Grad Dip Bus Admin, M Bus Admin, GAICDMemberMs Maree McCabe is the Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer's Australia Vic (since Oct-2010) and has a strong track record in championing strategic and operational change and creating effective stakeholder partnerships. Ms McCabe has held Executive Manager and Chief Executive Officer roles with comprehensive experience spanning the acute psychiatric, health and ageing industries including The Leaper Corporation (TLC Aged Care) Melbourne, The Melbourne Clinic, St John of God Health Services Sydney and was a consultant for the Future Choices Management Service Melbourne. She was also an Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Surveyor.
- Professor Andrea MaierMemberProfessor Maier is a specialist Internal Medicine-Geriatrician and Professorial Fellow of Medicine and Aged Care at The University of Melbourne. She works as Divisional Director of Medicine and Community Care at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. She also holds a position as full professor on Ageing at the Department of Human Movement Sciences at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research is driven by her passion to unravel ageing mechanisms and the interaction of ageing and age-related syndromes and diseases, which eventually leads to counteracting interventions. Her research group particularly focuses on sarcopenia and cellular senescence. She conducts multiple observational and intervention studies. She published more than 150 research articles in the past years, initiated several national and international research collaborations and participates in several research committees to eventually increase the visibility, quality and quantity of ageing research.
- Professor Terence O'BrienMBBS MD FRACPMemberProfesssor Terence O'Brien is the James Stewart Professor of Medicine and Head of the Department of Medicine, the Royal Melbourne, and consultant neurologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital… He leads the University of Melbourne Department of Medicine embedded with one of Australia's leading teaching hospitals, which has a focus on translational research and research training, with particular strengths in neurosciences, infectious diseases and cancer. Under his leadership the department has grown to be one of the largest in the country with an annual research income of over $7.5M, and 80 PhD and 100 undergraduate students. Professor O’Brien leads a large translational research team undertaking both basic studies, involving animal models, and clinical studies. He has published 254 peer-reviewed original papers in leading neurological, pharmacological and imaging journals, 6 other papers, 12 book chapters and more than 2000 abstracts. His work is highly cited (>6500 times, H-index 43). He is currently co-chair of the International League Against Epilepsy Task force on Translational Research and a member of the Neurobiology Commission.
- John WatersLLM, B ComMemberMr John Waters holds degrees in law and commerce from the University of Melbourne. He was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1977. Mr Waters has extensive experience as a lawyer specialising in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, including contractual, trade practices and regulatory disputes. He was a partner with Mallesons Stephen Jacques, on of australia’s leading law firms from 1987 until his retirement in 2009. He became a board member of the National Ageing Research Institute in August 2016. He is also a board member of Australian Prostate Cancer Research.
- Associate Professor Briony DowBSW MA PhDDirectorAssociate Professor Briony Dow is Director of the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) and Associate Professor of Ageing at the University of Melbourne. She is co-chair of the University’s Hallmark Ageing research Initiative and teaches a core subject in the Master of Ageing. At NARI, A/Prof Dow manages a program of research encompassing improving care for older people in Victorian health services, falls and balance, healthy ageing, diversity in ageing, ageing and mental health. Associate Professor Dow is the immediate past National President of the Australian Association of Gerontology.