Dr Sonya Brownie DipAppScNat(AcadNatTher), GradDipSc(Otago University), PhD(SCU) 

Sonya's doctoral project was a large, national study that examined dietary
supplement utilisation, nutritional risk and physical activity patterns in older
Australians. This work gave rise to several publications in peer-reviewed journals, and
she is now recognised as an expert in the field of complementary medicines usage in the
older age group. She has contributed a chapter about older peoples' use of
supplements for an international book about nutrition and ageing. 

As her resume shows her interest in older people extends beyond just their supplement
usage. She has published, and given public presentations, on a broad range of topics
concerning the health and wellbeing of older people. Sonya is dedicated to promoting
healthy ageing as an attainable goal for older Australians. 

Journal articles


A culture change in aged care: the Eden alternative(TM), The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing (2014)


The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the values...



Older Australian's motivation for university enrollment and their perception of the role of tertiary education in promoting healthy aging: a national cross-sectional study, Educational Gerontology (2014)

The aims of this study were to describe the characteristics of older Australian university students...



Patients' recollection and understanding of informed consent: a literature review (with Anne Sherlock), ANZ Journal of Surgery (2014)

Objective: To explore patients' recollection and understanding of the proposed medical procedures for which they...



The perioperative nurse surgeon's assistant: issues and challenges associated with this emerging advanced practice nursing role in Australia (with Andrew Lynn), Collegian (2014)

Aims: The aim of this study was to obtain Perioperative Nurse Surgeon's Assistants’ views about...



Effects of person-centered care on residents and staff in aged-care facilities: a systematic review (with Susan Nancarrow), Clinical Interventions in Aging (2013)

Background: Several residential aged-care facilities have replaced the institutional model of care to one that...


Book chapters

Dietary supplement use in the elderly, Food for the ageing population (2009)