Professor Kurrle was recently announced as the recipient of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) 2022 Sidney Sax medal for outstanding contributions to the development and improvement of Australia’s healthcare system.
Professor Kurrle is a practicing geriatrician for the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD), specialising in the areas of dementia, frailty, elder abuse, successful ageing, and intergenerational care.
Professor Kurrle also features in the ABC TV documentary series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds and Old People’s Home for Teenagers as the expert geriatrician.
The television series showcased the benefits that intergenerational care programs can have, and their ability to promote participation and social connectedness, increasing happiness, dignity, and self-esteem for all participants.
As a leader and expert driving research in dementia and aged care, Professor Kurrle has been co-designing services with general practice for several years.
She co-founded the Geriatric Rapid Acute Care of the Elderly (GRACE) program, a ground-breaking approach to helping treat older patients in the appropriate setting, be it in the home, or aged care settings, rather than in emergency departments.
The GRACE model has since been adopted by many other Local Health Districts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]