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Irene Blackberry

La Trobe University, Care Economy Research Institute

Irene Blackberry

Professor Irene Blackberry is the John Richards Chair and Director of the Care Economy Research Institute at La Trobe University. Professor Blackberry is a health services and implementation science researcher of complex multifactorial care. She has over 20 years of research experience across the care economy in Australia and abroad, predominantly in healthcare, aged care and informal care sectors. Her research examines access to care and models of care that are innovative, effective and sustainable, building skills in individuals and greater capacity of the whole-of-community to support people from diverse background and rural communities. Most recently she focuses on addressing care crisis by breaking down the siloing of care sectors. She is the leading force behind Australian’s Care Economy research including developing an industry-led research partnership program on Care Economy, establishing the Care Economy Collaborative Network and becoming the Inaugural Director of Australia’s first Care Economy Research Institute at La Trobe University. Irene is the Past President of Australian Association of Gerontology Victoria, member of the NHMRC Council and Principal Committees 2021-2024 Triennium, on the editorial board of several international journals and expert advisors to government and not-for-profit organisations. She has attracted over $60M in competitive research funding and published 150 reports and journal articles. She holds a bachelor’s degree and PhD in Medicine and a postgraduate study in Program and Economic Evaluation.


Countries Australia;
Topics Access to care; Ageing in place; Care economy; Care Homes; Care in rural and other non-urban settings; Care innovations; Care integration/ coordination; Care work and migration; Evaluation of LTC systems and services; Healthcare access in LTC; Home/domiciliary care; Implementation; New models of care; Technology and LTC; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Delphi surveys; Implementation science; Mixed methods; Trials and other evaluations;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Community-based approaches to dementia care; Economics of Long-Term Care; Strengthening Responses to Dementia; Technology and Long-Term Care;
Other 1;
Other 2;
Research interests

Care Economy, Aged Care, Long Term Care, Health Care, Rural, Dementia, Chronic Disease, Cancer

Key publications

Geriatrics | Free Full-Text | The Impact of Population Ageing on Rural Aged Care Needs in Australia: Identifying Projected Gaps in Service Provision by 2032 (

Professional care workforce: a rapid review of evidence supporting methods of recruitment, retention, safety, and education | Human Resources for Health | Full Text (

Asian female migrant aged care workers in regional Australia and social resilience | Review of Regional Research (

Healthcare | Free Full-Text | Factors Impacting Retention of Aged Care Workers: A Systematic Review (