Dr Gordana Dermody | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Gordana Dermody

  • Senior Lecturer in Nursing
+61 7 5459 4620
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SD H1.3.16
Sunshine Coast
Dr Gordana Dermody

Dr. Dermody is a gerontologic nursing expert with nearly 20 years of nursing experience. She has taught in the tertiary sector for 10 years. Dr. Dermody is passionate about the development of academic-practice partnerships involving tertiary nursing education and aged care providers to ensure nursing workforce readiness, and delivery of culturally appropriate care that result in quality health outcomes for older adults. Her mix of academic and industry experience gives her an applied approach to her research involving smart homes, artificial intelligence and older adults.

Dr. Dermody’s research focuses on using ageing-in-place technologies (AiPT) such as smart homes to support older adults across the aging and care continuum. She is interested in remote health monitoring to promote safe ageing-in-place of older adults with chronic conditions, frailty and associated functional decline which frequently impact this population. A major line of research inquiry is the use of smart homes with artificial intelligence capabilities to support aging-in-place and the home management of persons with significant chronic disease. This multidisciplinary research is performed in the space between nursing and engineering and under the umbrella of a newly emerging field, Gerontechnology.

Professional Memberships 

Australian Association of Gerontolog

Australian College of Nursing

Sigma Theta Tau International


2020: Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the CNC Board of Commissionaires (2017-2020)

2019: WA Famelab semi-finalist

Professional Social Media





Research Grants

Grant/Project name


Funding body & A$ value


Focus (of research grant)

The Implementation of Health-Assistive Smart Home Technology in Independently Dwelling Older Adults

Dermody, G.,: Janjua, N., & Islam, S.

ECU/The Bethanie Group Industry collaboration grant scheme



Health smart home implementation

Smart Home Research Infrastructure


Dermody, G., Janjua, N., & Islam, S

ECU School of Nursing Researcher Support Scheme



Smart home deployment infrastructure

Readiness to Adopt Health-Assistive Smart Home Technology in Community-Dwelling Older Adults


Dermody, G.

Janjua, N., Islam, S. Fritz, S., Whitehead, L., & Baldassar, L.

Western Australia Nurses Memorial Trust



Readiness to adopt smart homes

Transitioning into the Community after Hospitalization: Improving Physical and Psychosocial Well-Being through Self-Management of Physical Activity in Older Patients with Cardiovascular Disease.


Abshire, D. & Dermody, G.


Empire Health Foundation (Washington State)

US $10,000


Hospital-to-home transition, self-management of mobility

Research areas

  • Smart homes
  • Gerontology, physical mobility
  • Internet of Things
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • Perceptions about and readiness to adopt health smart home technology by older adults, families and clinicians
  • Clinician-based machine learning for smart homes and precision health
  • Workforce readiness for ageing-in-place technologies
  • Cost effectiveness of health smart home-enabled ageing -in-place

Teaching areas

  • Undergraduate and Graduate entry nursing
  • Supervision of Higher Degree by Research Students
  • Aged care and gerontology
  • Research methods with expertise in Mixed Methods
  • Leadership in healthcare communities
  • Evidence-based practice and quality improvement

Research Publications

Publications summary 

Dermody, G., & Fritz, R. (2018). A conceptual framework for clinicians working with artificial intelligence and health-assistive Smart Homes. Nursing Inquiry, 26(1),1-8. DOI: 10.1111/nin.12267. Wiley Online Library 

Fritz, R.L., & Dermody, G. (2019). A nurse-driven method for developing artificial intelligence in "smart" homes for aging-in-place. Nursing outlook, 67(2),140-153.

Dermody, G., Whitehead, L., Wilson, G., & Glass, C. (2020). The role of virtual reality in improving health outcomes for community-dwelling older adults: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, DOI: 10.2196/17331. JMIR Publications.

Fritz R.L, Wilson M., Dermody G., Schmitter-Edgecombe M., Cook D.J. (2020). Automated Smart Home Assessment to Support Pain Management: Multiple Methods Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2020;22(11):e23943. NCBI 

Kang J.J., Yang W., Dermody G., Ghasemian M., Adibi S., Haskell-Dowland P. (2020). No Soldiers Left Behind: An IoT-Based Low-Power Military Mobile Health System Design. IEEE Access. 2020; 8:201498-201515. IEEE Xplore.

Dermody G., (2020). Safety and Security Concerns in Older Adults (Ch.18). In S. Slaytor & C. Vafeas (Eds.), Gerontological Nursing: A Holistic Approach to the Care of Older People (1st ed.). Elsevier, Australia.