About Us

The Donaldson Sisters is about the real conversations of life, a place to share the stories and ideas that matter most to everyone, but especially to older Australians.

We believe in ageing well and think everyone can make a valuable contribution to society whatever their stage of life.

Annie and Jill are real people on the ageing journey who want to talk about the great and not-so-great challenges and experiences that affect everyone as we grow older and bring them into the spotlight.

We’re not afraid to voice our opinions or tackle the tough issues, but we also take a thoughtful and considered approach and respect that there are different sides to every story.

We welcome contributions and regularly ask experts for their opinions.

We also welcome your thoughts so please join the conversation and have your say.

Email: editor@thedonaldsonsisters.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheDonaldsonSisters

Contributors

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Chris Baynes
Co-founder of villages.com.au and agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. During this time, he has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both in Australia and overseas. A regular speaker at industry conferences, he is also in demand as a radio commentator.

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Annie Donaldson
Nurse and carer

With a background in nursing, Annie has spent over 20 years working in the health industry, including the coordination of medical support for international TV productions and major stadium events, plus education campaigns with a number of national health organisations. In recent years, she has also taken time out of the workforce to be a full-time carer, giving her first-hand experience of the challenges and rewards of this role.

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Jill Donaldson
Aged care physiotherapist
Co-founder of villages.com.au and agedcare101

A practising aged care physiotherapist for the past 13 years, Jill has worked in more than 50 metropolitan and regional aged care homes. She has also toured care facilities across the US and Africa. She is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff that serve them.

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Lauren Broomham
Journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters

Lauren grew up in a big family in small town communities where family is truly valued. She has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With a double degree in Journalism and English literature, she has over eight years’ experience in writing and editing and is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.