Researcher biography

Associate Professor Cheryl Tilse is a lead investigator of the Assets, Ageing and InterGenerational Transfers Research Program at UQ. This 16 year mutidisciplinary program of research has comprised 7 ARC Grants (4 ARC Linkages, 2 Discovery Grants and a Small ARC grant), 2 AHURI grants and projects (4) funded directly by government and/or community services. Primary areas of interest are older people and financial transfers within families, the management of older people's money, elder abuse, supported and substituted decision making in a range of contexts (e.g. asset management, financial abuse, end of life care, entry into residential care, consumer directed care), decision making capacity and older people's housing choices and opportunities.International connections include a replicattion study in Hong Kong with colleagues at the Unversity of Hong Kong and writing on decision making, person hood and demenita with colleagues at the University of British Columbia.

A social work and social policy background brings to the research a focus on (i) examining the processes and outcomes of the intersection of policy and practice and (ii) on consumer experiences and participation in the area of ageing. Interdisciplinary collaborations include those with law, economics, psychology and psychiatry.

National and state research partners have included 7 Public Trustees across Australia, 3 State Cancer Councils, Residential Care providers (for profit and not for profit providers), the Queensland government, Peak Bodies in ageing such as Aged Care Queensland (now Leading Edge) and Carers Queensland.

A./Prof Tilse teaches research in social work, counselling and social policy, supervises PHD students in qualitative and mixed methods research. She currently serves on four reference groups for community and government.