Dr Kerrie Shiell
As a clinical neuropsychologist, Kerrie works with patients, carers and professionals to provide education and support for people with cognitive impairment. In an environment with often limited resources, increasingly complex patient presentations, and significant carer burden, innovation can often seem impossible.
Over the last decade Kerrie has inspired individuals and organisation to pool their often scant resources to improve the quality of life of older people in our community. Through initiatives such as ‘small acts of kindness’, ‘the GEM project’, and the ‘coalition of the willing’, Kerrie has organised schools, musicians, artists, libraries and universities to perform, paint, and volunteer to support patients on the GEM ward.
These programs have provided opportunities, not only for patients, but also for individuals in the wider communities to improve their skills and knowledge of working with older people and provide additional supports for the very stretched health care system.