Dr Elsa Dent

Honorary Fellow

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr Elsa Dent is an Honorary Fellow at The University of Queensland's School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. She currently holds an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2016-2020). Her research focuses on frailty and sarcopenia (loss of muscle, strength and function) in older adults. She also has a keen research interest into integrating healthcare systems, including supporting older adults with frailty so that they can receive best care and avoid any unnecessary hospitalisations.

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Dr Dent was recently interviewed by MJA insight on the topic of frailty in older adults: MJA Insight: Emerging Focus on Frailty

In 2017, Dr Dent collaborated with several international experts on frailty to write evidence-based clinical practice guideilnes for frailty: Asia-Pacific Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of frailty in older adults


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Adelaide


  • Dent, Elsa, Hoogendijk, Emiel O. and Wright, Olivia R L (2019) New insights into the anorexia of ageing: from prevention to treatment. Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care, 22 1: 44-51. doi:10.1097/MCO.0000000000000525

  • Lewis, Ebony T., Dent, Elsa, Alkhouri, Hatem, Kellett, John, Williamson, Margaret, Asha, Stephen, Holdgate, Anna, Mackenzie, John, Winoto, Luis, Fajardo-Pulido, Diana, Ticehurst, Maree, Hillman, Ken, McCarthy, Sally, Elcombe, Emma, Rogers, Kris and Cardona, Magnolia (2018) Which frailty scale for patients admitted via Emergency Department? A cohort study. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, . doi:10.1016/j.archger.2018.11.002

  • Dent, Elsa, Kowal, Paul and Hoogendijk, Emiel O. (2016) Frailty measurement in research and clinical practice: a review. European Journal of Internal Medicine, 31 3-10. doi:10.1016/j.ejim.2016.03.007

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