Jane Turner

Jane’s professional experience spans 25 years of working with older people. She is a recognized expert in the field, having worked in acute psychogeriatric inpatient settings and aged care psychiatry community teams in her public sector roles, where she has worked extensively in residential care settings (nursing homes and hostels) across Sydney, since 1994. Jane loves her work and is committed to empowering people as they age. Old age doesn’t have to be about sickness, disability, depression or institutionalisation. Old age can be amazing!

She was the Director of Psychology Services at the Royal Rehabilitation Centre from 2001-2004, where she also provided Clinical Psychology services to patients in the Brain Injury Unit. In 2006 she was instrumental in establishing the first Behaviour Assessment and Intervention Service in Central Sydney (BAsIS). She has worked in part-time Private Practice since 2004, and full-time from 2010. She provides ongoing Clinical Psychology consultancy to a number of large Aged Care providers in Sydney.

Jane has provided lectures for Clinical Psychology Masters and Doctoral students at Macquarie, New South Wales, and New England Universities. She has been a frequent contributor to National and International Conferences, and has a number of professional publications. She presents regularly to groups of residential care staff.

Jane’s Credentials

Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. She is a registered Psychologist with AHPRA and has AHPRA’s endorsement in Clinical Psychology. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.


Turner, J. & Mathews, R. M. (2013). Behavioral Gerontology. In: G. J. Madden (ed.).  APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis, Vol 2: Translating Principles into Practice. APA Books, Washington DC.

Turner, J. & Snowdon, J. (2009). An innovative approach to behaviour assessment and intervention in residential care facilities: A service evaluation. The Clinical Gerontologist, 32:3, 260-275.

Draper, B., Turner, J., McMinn, B., Gonski, P., McIntosh, H., Latham, L; Snowdon, J., Draper, D.(2003). Outcomes of treatment of vocally disruptive behaviour. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 22(2) 80-84.

Gething, L., Gridley, H., Browning, C., Helmes, E., Luszcz, M., Turner, J., Ward, L., & Wells, Y. (2003). The role of psychologists in fostering the wellbeing of older Australians. Australian Psychologist, 38(1), 1-10. 

Draper, B., Snowdon, J., Meares, S., Turner, J., Gonski, P., McMinn, B., McIntosh, H., Draper, D., Latham, L;  and Luscombe G. (2000). Case-controlled study of nursing home residents referred for treatment of vocally disruptive behaviour. International Psychogeriatrics, 12(3), 333-344. 

Gridley, H., Browning, C., Gething,, L., Helmes, E., Lucsz, M., Turner, J., Ward, L., Wells, Y. (2000) Psychology and Ageing: Contributions to the international year of older persons. An Australian Psychological Society Position Paper, prepared by a working party of the directorate of social issues. (Printed by the APS)

Hayward, L., Mant, A., Eyland, A., Hewitt, H., Purcell, C., Turner, J., Goode, E., Le Count, A., Pond, D., Saunders, N. (1992) Sleep disordered breathing and neuropsychological function in a retirement village population. Age and Ageing, 21:121-128.  

Recent Presentations

Understanding Schizophrenia (2016,2017). Presented for Residential Care staff at residential care facilities in Sydney.

Working with Older Adults (2012, 2013). Full day workshop for Clinical Psychology Masters and Doctoral students at the University of New South Wales, Kensington; and at the University of New England, Armidale.

Suicide Prevention in Old Age (2013). Presented for Senior Staff at a residential care facility in Sydney.

Intensive Behavioural Monitoring Workshops (2012). Full day training of Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) staff across Sydney South West.

Healthy Ageing Seminar (2009, 2010). Presented at Dee Why RSL to the Australian Independent Retirees; and to St Joseph’s Convent, Perthville.

A Behaviour Assessment and Intervention Service: An Outcome Study (July, 2010). Oral presentation presented at the International Conference of Applied Psychology. Melbourne.

Behavioural Gerontology and Clinical Practice: A critical review and implications for clinicians and researchers (July, 2010). Oral presentation presented at the International Conference of Applied Psychology. Melbourne.

The Case-Specific Nature of Interventions for Managing Challenging Behaviours in Nursing Homes (July, 2009). Poster presentation at the XIXth IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris.

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