ABOUT THE AGEING AND HEALTH RESEARCH GROUP
The Ageing and Health Research Team aims to better understand the connection between ageing and health. The two are inextricably linked. Health is both a consequence of ageing and a resource which enables positive ageing.
By better understanding the link between ageing and health we hope to develop health promotion and interventions that enable people to age well. Health and well being in ageing is about far more than medical treatment. Work, ways of life, and other social factors all have a critical impact on the health, productivity, and well being of ageing people.
One of our major areas of focus is the impact of baby boomers as they age. This group is increasingly important in their impact on the workforce and health and income support policies.
Work, care and attitudes to ageing - led by Dr Kate O’Loughlin
Work and Care
Research is needed to establish a knowledge base on the inter-related factors of work, caregiving, and health for older workers. A key issue for policymakers worldwide is how people in later working life (itself extending to later ages) can care for, or otherwise support, growing numbers of older people unable to be fully independent because of illness or disability.
This program is being conducted as part of a three-way international collaboration between the Universities of Sydney, Leeds and Alberta focussing on multi-disciplinary and policy-relevant research, drawing on existing Australian and international data sources.
Attitudes to Ageing
This research program investigates people’s attitudes towards ageing in a variety of contexts including the effects of age discrimination in the work place, the effects of age discrimination on health and wellbeing and investigations into the outcomes for those with negative attitudes towards ageing.
Honorary Researcher - Professor Hal Kendig
Hal Kendig is Principal Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) led by the University of New South Wales in collaboration with the Australian National University and the University of Sydney. He leads the CEPAR research program in Healthy and Productive Ageing and an ARC Discovery grant on socio-economic determinants of health and well-being among babyboomers in Australia and England. He collaborates in research on attitudes, aged care and health services, and international comparisons and contributes regularly to policy development and public debate.
The Heatwave Project – Led by Professor Deborah Black
The Heat- Ready project examines how Aged Care Facilities in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia are adapting to increasing temperatures and heatwaves. Heat-Ready is funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and is conducted at the University of Sydney in conjunction with James Cook University and the University of Adelaide. The project aims to:
- Identify the policies, plans, strategies and environmental factors, used by aged care facilities that can impact upon an older individual’s health during periods of extreme heat
- Assess the ability to which aged care facilities are able to adapt to the increasing occurrences of extreme heat conditions and hence, establish the heat-wave readiness of aged care facilities; and
- Through the identification of these aspects, the project aims to guide and inform State and Federal aged care policy makers in the formation of policies to enhance the health of older people.
ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well
The ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well, funded by the Australian Government as part of their Research Networks Program, aims to generate the innovative, multidisciplinary approaches necessary to understand ageing people, relations between age groups, and the economic, social, and policy contexts that shape ageing experiences. The National Convenor of the Network is Professor Hal Kendig, who has overall responsibility to the granting bodies for the activities of the Network.
Ageing Research Online
Ageing Research Online provides a register of recent, current and proposed research projects as well information about study, other researchers, research centres; data availability, publications, policy developments publications and opportunity to participate in forum discussions and post a notice about an upcoming event of interest.
Data Discovery and Distribution Facility of the ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well
The ANU hub of the ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well has set up a Data Archive on Older Australians at the Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA). The archive includes cross-sectional studies as well as important longitudinal surveys. New users need to register before using the system. Registration is free.