Professor of Geriatric Medicine / University of Western Australia
Professor Leon Flicker AO is the inaugural Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia since 1998. He has established, and is the director of, a productive research unit aimed at cutting edge translational issues focusing on the health needs of older people culminating in the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing (WACHA) in 2006. He has also led the re-organisation of undergraduate and postgraduate education in geriatric medicine in Western Australia. Prof Flicker remains a practising geriatrician and is head of the Inner City Geriatric Services. He has also studied the health needs of older Indigenous Australians which has included the validation of the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment tool currently utilised in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and far North Queensland. Prof Flicker chaired the Clinical Reference Group for the AHMAC Health Care of Older Australians Standing Committee for 5 years and is a member of the National Ministerial Taskforce on Dementia. He is editor for The Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group, Geriatrics Editor for the Internal Medicine Journal, and is on the editorial board of the Australasian Journal on Ageing. Prof Flicker has reviewed papers for 29 different journals for over 5 years. In 2017, Prof Flicker was awarded an Officer (AO) in the General Division for distinguished service to medicine and medical education in the field of geriatrics, as an academic and researcher, and through contributions to improved dementia prevention and care.