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Carol Davy

Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia, Flinders University

Carol Davy

Dr. Carol Davy combines her extensive research expertise with operational leadership in aged and tertiary healthcare sectors. Currently a Senior Research Fellow at Aged Care Research & Industry Innovation Australia, she is leading initiatives to co-design resources that support the implementation of innovations within the aged care sector. This work has notably contributed to enhancing telehealth services and improved training programs for aged care staff.

Dr. Davy’s tenure as CEO of The Society of Saint Hilarion Inc. and Director of Ambulatory Care at Royal Darwin Hospital has equipped her with a deep understanding of the complexities associated with implementing change. Her ability to blend operational experience with research expertise enables her to adapt and apply innovative solutions to complex challenges. Dr. Davy has authored over 60 papers, widely cited for their significant contributions to health services research and policy.



Countries Australia;
Topics Access to care; Ageing in place; Artificial Intelligence; Autonomy; Care Homes; Care in rural and other non-urban settings; Care inequalities; Care innovations; Care integration/ coordination; End-of-life care and LTC; Evaluation of LTC systems and services; Home/domiciliary care; Person-centered care; Primary Health Care; Quality and accreditation for LTC services; Relationship between LTC use and hospital use; Residential LTC services; Unmet needs;
Methods Case studies; Co-production methods; Discourse analysis; Document analysis; Ethnography; Focus groups; Implementation science; Knowledge-exchange; Literature reviews and synthesis; Narrative evaluation methods; Observational studies; Qualitative studies; Systematic Review; Thematic analysis; Theory of Change; Training materials;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Community-based approaches to dementia care; Long-Term Care Policy; Strengthening Responses to Dementia;
Key publications


Davy, C., E. Kite, L. Sivak, A. Brown, T. Ahmat, G. Brahim, A. Dowling, S. Jacobson, T. Kelly and K. Kemp (2017). “Towards the development of a wellbeing model for aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples living with chronic disease.” BMC Health Services Research 17: 1-13.

Harfield, S., C. Davy, A. Dawson, E. Mulholland, A. Braunack-Mayer and A. Brown (2021). “Building Indigenous health workforce capacity and capability through leadership–the Miwatj health leadership model.” Primary Health Care Research & Development 22: e52.

Parrella, A., O. Pearson, C. Davy, H. Barrie, K. Mott, K. Morey, S. D’Angelo, R. Sambo, R. Aitken and C. Franks (2022). “Understanding culturally safe aged care from the perspectives of older Aboriginal Australians in rural and remote communities.” Health Promotion Journal of Australia 33(3): 566-575.

Windle, A., A. Marshall, L. de la Perrelle, S. Champion, P. D. Ross, G. Harvey and C. Davy (2024). “Factors that influence the implementation of innovation in aged care: a scoping review.” JBI Evidence Implementation 22(1): 61-80.