Professor Cassandra Szoeke

Presentation Title: Cognition- Impact of Ageing and Menopause

Professor Cassandra Szoeke is the Principal Investigator of the Women’s Healthy Ageing Program, the longest running study of women’s health in Australia. She is Director of the Healthy Ageing Program, which is part of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACHcota) and is Councillor on the Australian Medical Association Victoria. Prof Szoeke is a practicing physician in internal medicine with subspecialisation in neurology. In addition to her medical qualifications, she has an honours degree in Genetics and Pharmacology, a PhD in Epidemiology and Ageing, with postdoctoral studies in Public Health and Policy. A clinical researcher for over a decade, she has over 200 publications and is a reviewer for national and international journals and funding bodies. She has received numerous national and international awards for her research work. She led the research program in Neurodegenerative Diseases, Mental Disorders and Brain Health at the Australian Commonwealth Science and Industry Organisation (CSIRO) and then became a Clinical Consultant to CSIRO. She has significant experience in governance and formal training including being a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She served on the board of executive directors for the Western Health Service Network, employed by the Victorian Minister for Health. In this role, she was promoted to Chair of both the Quality and Safety and the Education and Research Board sub-committees. She is a member of the chairs of quality and safety in the Victorian Healthcare Association. She sits on advisory boards for the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Health.