Professor Hal Kendig
|Qualifications: AB, MPl, PhD, FASSA
Professor Hal Kendig serves as the Head of the Ageing, Work, and Health Research Unit in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. He also serves as Chief Investigator leading the University of Sydney contribution on healthy and productive ageing to the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).
Professor Kendig is a gerontologist and sociologist with expertise in longitudinal survey research, health behaviours, socio-economic resources, housing, health and community care services, and related policies.
He is co-director with Professor Colette Browning at Monash of the ongoing Melbourne Longitudinal Surveys of Healthy Ageing (MELSHA) that have been funded by the NHMRC, VicHealth, and the ARC since 1992. This research has determined that healthy lifestyles are predicted by psycho-social factors; improvable even after health setbacks; and predict survival, functioning and well-being.
With Dr Kate O'Loughlin and Professor Deborah Black at the University of Sydney, and Professor Yvonne Wells at La Trobe, he is leading the ARC Ageing Baby Boomers in Australia (ABBA) research project in partnership with National Seniors Association and the US AARP. ABBA is examining how boomers are planning for and experiencing retirement.
He is leading with Professor Julie Byles of the University of Newcastle (Australia), Professor James Nazroo at Manchester University, Dr Kate O'Loughlin from the University of Sydney and Professor Gita Mishra from the University of Queensland the ARC Life Histories and Health project. This project is examining how socio-economic diversity and other life experiences of the baby boom cohort (born 1946-1950) influence their health, productivity, well-being, and pension and service use on entry into later life.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, Foundation Fellow of the Australian Epidemiology Association, Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Gerontology (Social Sciences), Ageing and Society, the Journal of Population Ageing and the Australian Journal of Ageing. He served on the UN Research Agenda on Ageing project (2000 to 2008), the Prime Minister's PMSEIC Working Group on Healthy Ageing (2003), and the Government's Building Ageing Research Capacities initiative to 2007. He contributed to the NSW Health's Chronic, Aged, and Community Health Task Force to 2010.
In 2003, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for 'outstanding service to aged care and healthy ageing research' and in 2008 he contributed to the Australia 2020 Summit's Long term National Health Strategy. He is active in research and advocacy for older people as attested to by his Life Membership of both the Council on the Ageing (Australia) and National Seniors Association.
Professor Kendig is recognised internationally for more than 180 publications on health, social, and policy aspects of ageing. He was invited to write with Colette Browning the Healthy Ageing chapter in the authoritative Handbook of Social Gerontology (2010). His “Who Should Care for the Elderly: An East-West Divide?” edited with William Liu, was awarded the Outstanding Book Award 2001 by the Australasian Journal on Ageing.
Teaching and Service Responsibilities
- National Convenor of the ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well (2005-2010).
- Lecturing in health policy, topics in gerontology, ageing and the environment, and social determinants of health
- Kim, S., Sargent-Cox, K.A., French, D.J., Kendig, H., and Anstey, K.J. (2012) ‘Cross-national insights into the relationship between wealth and wellbeing: a comparison between Australia, the United States of America and South Korea.’ Ageing and Society 32:41–59.
- Kendig, H., Mealing, N., Carr, R., Lujic. S., and Byles, J. (2011) ‘Assessing patterns of home and community care service use and client profiles in Australia: a cluster analysis approach using linked data’, Health and Social Care in the Community, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2524.2011.01040.
- Kendig, H., and Browning, C. (2010) 'A social view on healthy ageing: competing paradigms and the evidence base', in D. Dannifer and C. Phillipson (eds.), Handbook on Social Gerontology, Sage Publications, pg. 459-471.
- Kendig, H., Pedlow, R.I., Browning, C.J., Wells, J.D., and. Thomas, S.A. (2010). ‘Health, social and lifestyle factors in entry to residential aged care: an Australian longitudinal analysis’. Age and Ageing, 39 342-349.
- Browning, C., and Kendig, K. (2010) ‘Cohort profile: The Melbourne Longitudinal Studies on Healthy Ageing program (MELSHA).’ International Journal of Epidemiology, 39(5): e1-e7.
- de Vaus, D., Wells, Y., Kendig, H., and Quine, S. (2007), 'Does gradual retirement have better outcomes than abrupt retirement? Results from an Australian panel study', Ageing and Society, 27 (5), 667-82.
- Liu, W., and Kendig, H. (eds.) (2000) ‘Who should care for the elderly? An East-West value divide’. Singapore University Press, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
- Minichiello, V., Browne, J., and Kendig, H. (2000) ‘Perceptions and consequences of ageism: Views from older persons,' Ageing and Society, 20:253-278.
- 2011-2017 ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing (CEPAR), Piggott, J, Anstey, K., Cumming, R., Keane, M., Kendig H., McDonald, P., Sherris, M., and Woodland, A, with AI’s O’Loughlin, K., Browning, C and Byles, J. ($12,700,000 plus collaborating and partner organisation support)
- 2010-2013 ARC Linkage Project ‘Optimising the residential and community aged care workforce: the evidence-based development of clinical leadership in middle managers in aged care’ Jeon Y, Kendig H, Simpson JM, Chenoweth LL. ($288,050)
- 2010-2012 ARC Discovery Project ‘Socioeconomic determinants of health and well being across the life course’ (Life Histories and health project) Kendig H, Byles J, Nazroo J, Mishra G, O'Loughlin K. ($565,000)
- 2008-2011 ARC Linkage Grant ‘Ageing Baby Boomers in Australia (ABBA) Informing actions for Better Retirement’ Kendig H, Wells, YD, Black, D, O'Loughlin, KM, deVaus, D. ($612,662)
- 2005-2009 Research Network in Ageing Well ARC/NHMRC Research Network Scheme, Kendig H, Anstey K, Bartlett C, Browning C, Healy J, Richardson S, Boldy D, Broe T. et al. ($2,500,000)