University of Calgary

Lorraine Venturato

  • Associate Professor


Dr Lorraine Venturato joined the Faculty of Nursing in January 2014 and holds a Chair in Gerontology. She has previously held a Joint Position as a Senior Research Fellow in Australia and is an advocate for partnership approaches to research, education and practice.

With over 20 years experience as a clinician, educator and researcher in long-term aged care, Dr Venturato's passion for working with older people has led her to explore creative and innovative approaches to meeting the challenges that face older people and those that care for them. Her current research focuses on the interplay between nursing practice, education and research in gerontology, with particular interest in the nexus between service delivery and workforce development.

Dr Venturato's research program includes the development and testing of models of care, professional practice models and staffing frameworks for the aged care industry. She is also engaged in translational research and practice development in aged care. Her clinical research focuses on quality of care and models of care for people living with dementia.

Research Interests

  • Gerontological workforce development
  • Culture change / Practice development 
  • Models of care for frail older people
  • Care of people with dementia
  • Qualitative research approaches (hermeneutics, action research, institutional ethnography)

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  • PhD - A Practice Divided: Registered Nurses’ Experiences of Policy and Reform in Residential Aged Care
    Queensland University of Technology, 2003
  • BN Distinction
    Queensland University of Technology, 1994
  • BBA - Health Administration
    Queensland Institute of Technology, 1986
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