Profiling Stand Out Report’s Managing Director

Dr Kate Barnett OAM,
Ph D, M Ed, B Arts, Dip Ed, Graduate Aust Institute of Company Directors, Member Aust Assoc Gerontology



Technical writing: ageing and aged care

A significant amount of Stand Out Report’s technical writing specialises in ageing and aged care, drawing on Dr Kate Barnett’s 30 years of experience as a gerontologist. During 2018, this work was recognised with the awarding of an Order of Australia and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Flinders University. In 2014, she received a Churchill Fellowship, enabling her to study the Teaching Nursing Home model in North America.

Dr Barnett has worked closely with the Australian aged care sector (policy and service providers, and peak bodies) and has significant understanding of the service system. She has worked with a range of residential and community providers in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia, with providers specialising in providing culturally specific care and care for people with dementia, and with carer services and advocacy organisations.

Dr Barnett’s aged care writing often involves innovation in addressing the needs of older people. Sometimes this begins with a review of research, translating this evidence into potential models of care, support or capacity building. For example, see the Testimonial section with reference to clients Life Care and SAMHRI. Innovation often involves technological change, and Kate Barnett specialises in writing that works across the fields of technology, ageing and aged care. For example, she was the Lead Writer for Australia’s first Technology Roadmap for Aged Care which was commissioned by the Aged Care Industry IT Council (ACIITC). A copy of the Roadmap is provided at Dr Barnett continues to provide technical writing services for the ACIITC – see Testimonial section.

Prior to undertaking her Churchill Fellowship field work, Kate Barnett had led the three year national evaluation of Australia’s first Teaching Nursing Home program (TRACS – Teaching and Research Aged Care Services), and is considered to be an expert on this model, having worked with leaders in Australia and North America. She continues to work regularly with Helping Hand Aged Care (see Testimonials) who are one of Australia’s leaders in applying the model, evaluating their work in this area and writing a series of journal articles about their Student Education and Engagement Program.

Kate Barnett has been working with the Older Persons’ Advocacy Network since 2017 undertaking the national evaluation of OPAN’s elder abuse services. A copy can be found at In 2016 Kate worked with OPAN and other key elder abuse services around Australia to design a model for an elder abuse peak body. This work informed the design of Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) which was launched in June 2018.

Throughout 2018, she developed and wrote OPAN’s Elder Abuse Prevention and Advocacy Framework which was launched in November 2018. A copy can be found at