Ageing & Health

Enabling older people to stay active, healthy and engaged with their communities

The Ageing & Health Research Team conducts multidisciplinary research that informs constructive responses to population ageing. We aim to understand and develop better ways to enhance the health, independence, well-being, and participation of older Australians.

Our Impact

We work to translate this knowledge into effective practice and policy for service agencies, consumer groups, government and older people. Our research priorities are:

  1. Policy and aged care
    This team has a strong record in carrying out and disseminating research to build knowledge on older workers to inform both national and global initiatives in socioeconomic policies and work towards sustainability in policy-relevant population ageing research.
  2. Safety and community participation
    Participation and meaningful engagement in everyday life is strongly associated with wellbeing and environment-person fit approaches can promote safety and protection. Our focus is on conducting evaluation research, validating assessments and developing interventions to enable preventative outcomes with a strong focus on fall prevention.
  3. Dementia
    Our research helps us understand the experiences of people with dementia and their families and the health and aged care professionals who look after them. We also develop, test, and implement non-pharmacological programs to improve the quality of life and other outcomes for people with dementia.
  4. Technology in everyday life
    The use of technology in the aged care sector has been under-developed and fragmented. This team are exploring older adult’s use of technology to meet care needs and to successfully age in place.
  5. Impact of environmental stressors on ageing
    Older people less able to cope with environmental stressors such as extreme weather and natural disasters because of physiological changes, cognitive impairment, less mobility and social isolation. Our team investigates interventions that adapt and ameliorate the impact of these environmental stressors on older people.

Current Projects

  • Our systematic review showed that a third of general practitioners and half of specialists routinely tell people with dementia their diagnosis. This is a violation of human rights that we’re now addressing in our work.
  • The scoping review study published this month (Black D, O'Loughlin K, Wilson L. Climate change and the health of older people in Australia: A scoping review on the role of mobile apps in ameliorating the impact. Australasian Journal on Ageing. 2018;37(2):99-106.) demonstrated that there is dearth of evidence on the use of mobile apps for ageing populations to prevent or ameliorate the impact climate change on health.

Our Researchers