Health Sciences part of ARC Centre of Excellence on Population Ageing

4 August 2010

Professor Hal Kendig from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor Bob Cumming from the School of Public Health are Chief Investigators on a Centre of Excellence grant on population ageing. Associate Professor Lindy Clemson and Dr Kate O'Loughlin both from Health Sciences are Associate Investigators.

The Australian Research Council awarded the $12.7 million grant for research into population ageing, to be carried out over the next seven years. The Centre is based at the University of New South Wales with Sydney, ANU and UTS as partner universities, along with several international universities as collaborators.

"The Centre will execute world class research to transform our capacity to respond constructively to the economic and social challenges of demographic change and increasing longevity through later life," said Professor Kendig. "It will combine in-house expertise with leading researchers globally in initiatives to generate new outcome-oriented approaches to studying the population ageing process and its implications."

To achieve this the Centre will be researching basic demographic changes, which are projected to take place, notably the passage of the large baby boom cohort through later life, as well as the impacts of overseas and internal migration. The Centre will also be studying the impact that an ageing population will have on government policies concerning superannuation and taxation, health and aged care, and the implications and opportunities for various industries such as life insurance.

Professor Kendig will lead the research program on healthy and productive ageing and will serve on the Management Committee while Professor Cumming will focus more on research into prolonged life and health trends including biological factors. They will also be looking into potentially improvable life style factors relating to health and well-being.

"The Centre brings together researchers, government and industry to address one of the major social challenges of the 21st century. It will establish Australia as a world leader in the field of population ageing research through a unique combination of high level, cross-disciplinary expertise drawn from Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Epidemiology, Actuarial Science, and Demography," explained Professor Kendig.

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