Dr Caroline Grogan - Wesley Research Institute
Wesley Research Institute


Caroline Grogan is a Research Fellow in the Health Services Research Team, at Wesley Research Institute. Caroline is a qualitative researcher with a PhD from QUT, Faculty of Health, School of Public Health and Social Work. Her PhD focused on the micro-processes involved in implementing Dementia Friendly Community principles locally in Queensland. She has over 10 years’ experience in community services and community development programs, specialising in co-design, person-centered dementia and aged care. Caroline’s current research interests include phenomenology (lived experience) and participatory research methods towards research translation. She is passionate about supporting the well-being and autonomy of people living with dementia and their families. She aims to use research to inform policy and improve services. Caroline’s research champions innovative methods and processes to actively include the voice of consumers in health services research. 

Career highlights include: 

  • Leading the award-winning Share the Care Program for family carers of people living with dementia 
  • Hosted, planned, and presented at Centacare’s First Dementia Friendly Communities Conference in Brisbane.   
  • Launching Brisbane’s first “Memory Café”: offers flexibility, respite for carers in Brisbane”. Caroline Grogan: http://catholicleader.com.au/news/memory-cafe-offers-flexibility-respite-for-carers-in-brisbane 
  • Professional supervision of Queensland University Social Work and Psychology Bachelor & Masters’ students

Open to supervising Masters and PhD students in qualitative research projects focusing on older people, aged-care, dementia and community development.    


Phd, Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Master of Social Work (Distinction), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 

Bachelor of Human Services, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)  

Featured Publications

Grogan. C., Stafford, S., Miller, E., & Burton, J. (2024). Dementia Friendly Communities: Micro-processes and practices observed locally in Queensland Australia. Journal of Aging Studies, 69, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2024.101235

Grogan, C., Harriman, S., Martin, E., Waite, R., Hawthorne, L., & Fisher, O. J. (2024). Dementia In-Home Respite: Understanding the perspectives and wishes of family carers and people living with dementia to inform the dementia in-home respite program: Confidential Internal Report. Wesley Research Institute, Brisbane, Queensland.   

Grogan, C. (2022). Doing dementia friendly communities locally: Tensions in committee practices and micro-processes. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. 10.5204/thesis.eprints.235048 

Grogan, C. (2019). Making communities more dementia- friendly. Australian Journal of Dementia Care. Vol. 8 (4), p. 21-23. https://www.anandaagedcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Issue-44-Aug-Sep-2019-1.pdf 

Fisher, O. J.*, McGrath, K.*, Grogan, C., Cockshaw, W., & Leggatt-Cook, C. (2024). Care navigation addresses issues of tele-mental health acceptability and uptake in rural and remote communities. PLoS ONE 19(4): e0298655. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0298655 

Fisher, O. J., Grogan, C., McGrath, K., Kanagarajah, S., Smith, S-E., Smith, I., Martin, E., Cockshaw, W., Moshi, B., & Barron, A. (2024). UnitingCare Queensland Virtual Hospital Context Assessment and Co-Design: Internal Report to the UnitingCare Board and Virtual Hospital Steering Committee. Report: Wesley Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia. 

Professional Memberships

2023- Ongoing – Member of Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand  

2023 – Ongoing – Member of Australian Association of Social Workers

2022 – Ongoing – Member of United Nations Australian Association, Queensland



2024 – Ongoing – Adjunct Lecturer/Fellow

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