Dr Stephanie Ward is a geriatrician with strong interests in the diagnosis and management of cognitive decline and dementia, and is committed to improving patient outcomes in her work at the Prince of Wales Hospital Cognitive Disorders Clinic and Geriatric Medicine Outreach Service to residential aged care facilities, a service which she leads. She has applied her clinical perspective to a number of both interventional and observational studies evaluating outcomes in older adults. Notable achievements include preparing questionnaires for a large longitudinal study of nearly 15,000 healthy older Australians participating in the Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) clinical trial, and instigating the SNORE_ASA ASPREE sub-study that is evaluating the impact of low dose aspirin in sleep apnoea in 1,400 ASPREE participants.
Dr Ward is also the Clinical Lead of the NHMRC funded Australian Dementia Network Clinical Quality registry that is in the process ofrecruitment of memory clinics nationally for a pilot phase. As the onscreen geriatrician for the ABC television’s hit factual series, “Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds”, Dr Ward is a strong advocate for greater opportunities for intergenerational activities and for further research to investigate scalable models of care in this area.