Our research

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Planning for healthy ageing requires a multidisciplinary approach to assessing incapacity, future planning, decision making and the development of innovative retirement and aged-care models, health-care delivery, technologies, products, services, housing and financial supports which protect and promote the rights of people as they age throughout the life course.

Our research makes an impact on real world law, policy and practice by building on existing national and international collaborations with multiple stakeholders both within QUT and other universities, government, community organisations, and industry, as well as fostering new collaborations. We are particularly interested in the real world application of our research.

The Planning for Healthy Ageing Research Program is a formal program of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research:

Books

The Human Rights of Older Persons: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Elder Law

Lewis, Bridget, Purser, Kelly, Mackie, Kirsty (2020) The Human Rights of Older Persons: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Elder Law

Capacity assessment and the law: Problems and solutions

Purser, Kelly (2017) Capacity assessment and the law: Problems and solutions

Australian Medical Liability, 4th Edition

Bill Madden, Janine McIlwraith, Benjamin Madden (2020) Australian Medical Liability, 4th Edition. LexisNexis.

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Institutional abuse of children: Legal remedies and redress in Australia

Madden, William, Cockburn, Tina, Madden, Benjamin (2019) Institutional abuse of children: Legal remedies and redress in Australia

Equity & Trusts: In Principle 4th Edition

Gino Dal Pont, Tina Cockburn (2019) Equity & Trusts: In Principle 4th Edition. Thomson Reuters.

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme Handbook

Madden, William, McIlwraith, Janine, Brell, Ruanne (2014) The National Disability Insurance Scheme Handbook

Select Projects

  • Kirsten Vallmuur; Kelly Purser; Ioni Lewis; Laurie Buys, Helen Badge; Alan Abrahams; James Harrison; Catherine Niven, ARC Discovery Grant: Addressing significant product safety knowledge gaps for older Australians (2024 – 2027) $533,965
  • Tina Cockburn, Katie Woolaston, Muhammad Zaheer Abbas, Sam Boyle, Bridget Lewis and Belinda Bennett, funded by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the University of Trento, Italy: COVID-19 litigation (2022) $32,411
  • Karen Sullivan and Kelly Purser, ‘Developing and Piloting the Consumer Experience of Capacity Assessment Tool (CECAT) Psychiatry, Psychology and Law: Volume 28, Issue 2 (2021)
  • Bernadette Richards, (Chief Investigator) et al, NHMRC Partnership Grant: Investigating the inclusion of vulnerable populations in Advance Care Planning: Developing complex and sensitive public policy, APP1133407 Partnership Project (2017–2020) $379,367.60
  • Bernadette Richards, (Chief Investigator) et al, South Australian Law Foundation Grant, A review of the role and operation of current South Australian law and practice regarding Powers of Attorney (with the South Australian Law Reform Institute, SALRI) (2020)
  • Tina Cockburn, Kelly Purser and Sherrena Buckby, ‘The role of financial planners in preventing, recognising and responding to elder financial abuse’, The Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC) Research Grant Award (sponsored by NAB) (2019–2020)
  • Tina Cockburn, Phillip Baker, Kelly Purser, Donna Cooper, Maree Petersen and Margaret Hall, ‘Understanding and improving family agreements: reducing the risk of failure, preventing elder abuse and facilitating access to justice’, QUT Faculty of Law Grant Seed Funding Scheme (2019–2020)
  • Kelly Purser, Tina Cockburn and Elizabeth Ulrick, ‘Examining Access to Formal Justice Mechanisms for Vulnerable Older People in the context of Enduring Powers of Attorney’ 12(1) Elder Law Review 1-32 (2019)
  • Cassandra Cross, Kelly Purser and Tina Cockburn, ‘Examining access to justice for those with an enduring power of attorney (EPOA) who are suffering financial abuse’, Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy Inc (2017)
  • Philip RA Baker, Daniel P Francis, Sajaratulnisah Othman and Wan Yuen Choo, ‘Interventions for preventing abuse in the elderly’ Cochrane Systematic Review – Intervention Version’ (2016)

Select Reports

The role of financial planners in preventing, recognising and responding to elder financial abuse

Cockburn, Tina, Purser, Kelly, Buckby, Sherrena, Paynter, Kirsty (2021) The role of financial planners in preventing, recognising and responding to elder financial abuse

Valuable Instrument or the Single Most Abused Legal Document in our Judicial System?

Bernadette Richards et al (2020) Valuable Instrument or the Single Most Abused Legal Document in our Judicial System? A Review of the Role and Operation of Enduring Powers of Attorney in South Australia. South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI).

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Select Research Summaries

Research project: Examining access to justice for those with an enduring power of attorney (EPA) who are suffering financial abuse

Tina Cockburn, Kelly Purser and Cassandra Cross (2017) Research project: Examining access to justice for those with an enduring power of attorney (EPA) who are suffering financial abuse. .

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Interventions for preventing abuse in the elderly

Cochrane Feature Review: Baker et al (2016) Interventions for preventing abuse in the elderly. .

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Select Submissions

Law Commission (UK) Consultation Response: Wills (2023 Supplementary Consultation)

Harding, Rosie, Hall, Margaret, Purser, Kelly, Cockburn, Tina, Crawford, Bridget (2023) Law Commission (UK) Consultation Response: Wills (2023 Supplementary Consultation): Consultation on possible reforms to enable electronic wills and to the rule that a marriage or civil partnership revokes a will.

Submission to the Achieving Greater Consistency in Laws for Financial Enduring Powers of Attorney Consultation Paper

Purser, Kelly, Cockburn, Tina, Lewis, Bridget, Christensen, Sharon (2023) Submission to the Achieving Greater Consistency in Laws for Financial Enduring Powers of Attorney Consultation Paper

Submission to the Department of Justice and Attorney-General regarding the 'Review of the Succession Act 1981 Public Policy Paper

Purser, Kelly, Cockburn, Tina (2023) Submission to the Department of Justice and Attorney-General regarding the 'Review of the Succession Act 1981 Public Policy Paper: Intestacy Entitlements and Family Provision Applications'

Enhancing Protections Relating to the Use of Enduring Power of Attorney Instruments

Kelly Purser, Bridget Lewis, Tina Cockburn and Sharon Christensen (2020) Submission: Enhancing Protections Relating to the Use of Enduring Power of Attorney Instruments – Consultation Regulation Impact Statement. .

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Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Purser, Kelly, Lewis, Bridget, Kruck, Lisa, Trowse, Pip, Cockburn, Tina, Buys, Laurie (2019) Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights and Technology Issues Paper

Lewis, Bridget, McDonald, Fiona, Purser, Kelly, Cockburn, Tina, Dallaston, Elizabeth (2018) Submission by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research to the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights and Technology Issues Paper

Submission Responding to ALRC Discussion Paper 83, Elder Abuse

Purser, Kelly, Lewis, Bridget, Mackie, Kirsty, Sullivan, Karen A. (2017) Submission Responding to ALRC Discussion Paper 83, Elder Abuse

Submission Responding to the Law Council of Australia Justice Project Consultation Paper August 2017

Purser, Kelly, Lewis, Bridget, Cockburn, Tina, McDonald, Fiona (2017) Submission Responding to the Law Council of Australia Justice Project Consultation Paper August 2017

Submission Responding to ALRC Discussion Paper 83, Elder Abuse

Philip Baker et al (2017) Submission Responding to ALRC Discussion Paper 83, Elder Abuse. .

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Responses to COVID-19 and beyond, exploring the role technology should play

Wills formalities in a Post-Pandemic World: A Research Agenda

Bridget Crawford, Kelly Purser and Tina Cockburn (2020) Wills formalities in a Post-Pandemic World: A Research Agenda. UChicago Legal Forum.

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Wills Formalities Beyond Covid-19: An Australian-United States Perspective

Kelly Purser, Tina Cockburn and Bridget Crawford (2020) Wills Formalities Beyond Covid-19: An Australian-United States Perspective. University of New South Wales Law Journal Forum.

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