2022 Fellows

Innovation in Aged Care (The Hugh D.T. Williamson Foundation)

Chirag Patel

Chirag has worked in the Aged Care sector for the past 13 years, and has chosen to do his Fellowship on workforce planning. The intent is to investigate how building positive and engaging relationships between the carer and the elderly person will benefit the quality of care. Carers that work with people on a consistent basis, not only improve the quality of life, but also improve the recipient’s satisfaction in care.

Nirmal Dayaratna

Nirmal Dayaratna is a final year medical student at the University of Sydney and an avid researcher, currently undertaking projects at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. He is passionate about surgery, improving healthcare quality and outcomes and promoting innovation in healthcare. With experience in public health policy and aged care, he will be looking into person-centred care in the community setting for older adults to promote quality care services to all Australians.