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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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Frailty, Sarcopenia & Malnutrition Health Systems Research Exercise Physiology

Research Profile


Dr. Elsa Dent is a Senior Research Fellow and former NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow (2016 to 2020). Her primary research focus is on frailty, malnutrition, and sarcopenia in older adults. She also has a keen interest in integrated care, including supporting older adults so that they receive high-value, appropriate care.

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 older adults: 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:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger

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


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