Melanie Lloyd, PhD candidate at Melbourne Medical School and based at Sunshine Hospital, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research. These prestigious awards recognise the work of early career researchers throughout their PhD studies. Melanie’s thesis addresses methodological challenges associated with the conduct of research in aging populations with high levels of chronic disease. The results of her published work provide a platform for the development of future studies that can better inform clinical practice at Western Health and other health services.