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Health systems research - bridging the healthcare gap between primary and secondary care for older adults.

Frailty; Malnutrition; Sarcopenia; Intrinsic Capacity; Assisting older adults to make informed decisions about their care.

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Dr Elsa Dent is a former NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow (2016 to 2020) and a current Senior Research Fellow in Public Health and Health Systems research. Her research focuses on frailty and sarcopenia in older adults. She also has a keen research interest into integrating healthcare systems, including supporting older adults with frailty so that they can receive best care and avoid any unnecessary hospitalisations.

In 2023, Dr Dent published a first-author Review in the Lancet on Malnutrition in Older Adults

Dr Dent was recently interviewed by MJA Iinsight on the topic of frailty in olders: Emerging focus on frailty

In 2019, Dr Dent led a Series on frailty in older people for the Lancet: Management of frailty: opportunities, challenges, and future directions - The Lancet

Dr Dent has led the development of international clinical practice guidelines for frailty and sarcopenia:

International Clinical Practice Guidelines for Sarcopenia (ICFSR): Screening, Diagnosis and Management

Physical Frailty: ICFSR International Clinical Practice Guidelines for Identification and Management

The Asia-Pacific Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Frailty

Dr Dent is an expert panel member of Qld Health's FRAIL Collaborative:

Research Interests

Frailty, Sarcopenia & Malnutrition Health Systems Research Exercise Physiology

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, PhD, The University of Adelaide

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

Applied Science Human Movement Studies - Exercise Science (Hons), Bachelor

External positions

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, School of Population Health, The University of Adelaide

Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • frailty
  • geriatrics and gerontology


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