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Bonnie Simons
Senior Research Officer, Inclusive Ageing

Bonnie joined the Research and Policy Centre in 2009 and holds a BA (Hons) in Community Development and a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, both from Victoria University.

Prior to joining the Brotherhood, Bonnie worked as a researcher at the Equity Research Centre in Melbourne, focusing on employment and training issues, and as a community development worker in the neighbourhood house and adult community education sectors.

She is an experienced evaluator and has worked with Brotherhood Aged Care Services, government and community organisations in this capacity to evaluate social and digital inclusion programs which respond to identified community needs.

Contact: bsimons(at)bsl.org.au

Research interests

  • Building community and creating capabilities in residential aged care
  • Impacts of consumer-directed care in community aged care
  • The impact of new communication and assistive technologies on quality of life for older adults


Member – Australian Association of Gerontology

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