"I am very honoured to have been chosen as 2020 Gary Andrews International Fellow. I met Gary at the IAGG 2001 in Vancouver when I attended my first meeting of Gerontology and organised a first session on the Sardinian Blue Zone"
Professor Michel Poulain, one of the three Founders of the Blue Zones areas, is an International speaker and expert on longevity. Michel has spoken on all 5 continents to both the scientific community as well as the general public presenting the Blue Zones findings in a comprehensive way.
In 2000, he was involved in validating the age of the numerous centenarians in Sardinia in cooperation with Gianni Pes, a Sardinian Medical Doctor. As Michel and Gianni zeroed in on the cluster of villages with the highest longevity, they drew concentric blue circles on the map and began referring to the area inside the circle as “the Blue Zone.” Thereafter in cooperation with Dan Buettner, the three broadened the term, applying it to validate longevity areas of Okinawa (Japan), Loma Linda (California), the Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica) and Ikaria (Greece).
Originally skilled in Astrophysics at the University of Liège (ULg) he received a PhD in demography at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). As demographer, he is specialized in Longevity studies. Currently emeritus professor at UCL, he is also Senior Researcher at the Estonian Institute for Population Studies at Tallinn University (Estonia). He has been President of the Société Belge de Démographie (1984-1990) and later of the Association Internationale des Démographes de Langue Française (AIDELF) (1988-2000).
Involved in centenarian’s studies since 1992 he is active member of the International Database on Longevity (IDL) and the International Centenarian Consortium (ICC). He validated the age of numerous supercentenarians including Antonio Todde, Johan Riudavets and Emma Moreno, each of them holding the Guinness record of longevity. He also invalidated the age of numerous others including the famous supercentenarians of the Caucasus.
Michel will deliver the 2020 Gary Andrews International Fellow address on - Wednesday 18th November, 4.00pm t0 5.00pm
Maggie Walter (PhD; FASS) is palawa descending from the pairrebenne people of North Eastern Tasmania and is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania. The centre of Maggie’s intellectual passion are Indigenous statistics. She is a founding member of the Maiam nayri Wingara Indigenous Data Sovereignty Collective and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance and has published extensively in the field including, Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Research Methodology (co-authored with C. Andersen 2013 Routledge) and is co-editor (with Karen Martin and Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, Palgrave McMillan, 2017) of Indigenous Children Growing Up Strong.
Maggie will deliver the 2020 David Wallace Address on - Thursday 19th of November, 12.20pm to 1.00pm. Then later that afternoon, she will join other panellists Jane Caro AM (Walkley Award recipient and social commentator) and Professor Vasi Naganathan (ANZSGM President Elect and AAG Fellow) on the RN plenary with the theme, ‘A climate for change in Ageing’ - Thursday 19 November 2020 3.30pm t0 4.30pm
Kaarin Anstey is a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia who joined NeuRA in January 2018 from the ANU. She leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health, is a director of the NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and Co-Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. Kaarin’s research programs focus on the causes, consequences and prevention of cognitive ageing, dementia, and common mental disorders in adulthood. A second focus is on older driver risk assessment and safety. Kaarin has worked extensively with longitudinal studies, and leads the PATH Through Life Project, a large cohort study focusing on common mental disorders and cognitive function, based in the ACT and surrounding regions. Kaarin is the Chair of the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention, a Director of the Board of the Dementia Australia Research Foundation, a member of the World Health Organisation Guideline Development Group cognitive decline and dementia, and a member of the Governance Committee of the Global Council on Brain Health, an initiative supported by the American Association of Retired Persons and AgeUK.
Kaarin will provide a perspective on resilience and ageing well. She will be joined by Dr Joanne Lyn (USA) as part of the President’s Symposium with the theme, ‘Ageing Well and Dying Well’ - Friday 20 November 2020 12.15pm to 1.15pm.
As a research strategist, Dr Richard Huysmans is an expert in helping researchers get the best out of their training, their research and their career. He has a 70% grant success rate and a 100% success rate for establishing research centres and institutes. His clients include the Department of Health and Human Services, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne and Monash University. He is focused on research translation and together with Jane Anderson, is the only consultant training researchers How to make their LinkedIn profile (research) translation ready, for greater research impact and industry engagement. A program that has helped researchers raise over $250,000 in direct industry funding. Dr Huysmans undertook his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, before turning his hand to research strategy and program development. In 2008, he established Raven Consulting Group.
Since that time he has been delivering high quality strategic advice to the education, research and government sectors, where he works with Pro-Vice Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors, Directors, Research Directors, Department and Faculty Heads, Chief Allied Health, Nursing and Medical Officers. Richard is driven by the challenge of helping researchers be commercially smart. His strategic approach to collaboration and research translation has been making the impossible possible for more than eight years. His clients appreciate his cut-through approach. He knows the sector and how to turn ideas into reality.
I am a research educator who has been working with PhD students for over a decade. I started my academic career as an architecture lecturer in 2001, following a decade in architecture practice with leading design firms. I took up the position of Director of Research Training at ANU in 2013, after working as a research fellow in the School of Graduate Research at RMIT University since 2006.
I created the famous Thesis Whisperer blog, which has had 4.3 million hits in the last five years and has 60,000 followers on email and social media. The blog is the most popular source of advice and a leading influencer for research supervisors and students in the world because it is grounded in my scholarly practice in higher education research. I am known in my field as an innovative and creative scholar, publishing in high-impact journals in my field as well as in a range of other media outlets. I actively create research collaborations to further my research agenda.
I am a passionate educator and have been recognised for my work, both online and in the classroom, with membership as a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am known internationally for my expertise in research and education, which has resulted in frequent appearances as an expert keynote speaker at conferences, locally and internationally. I comment in the mainstream media, locally and internationally, on research culture and education issues.
Dr Sharon Andrews is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing in the School of Nursing. Sharon has been involved with the ageing and the aged care sector as an academic and a Registered Nurse for 18 years. Her research and teaching interests include aged care nursing, dementia care, pain management for people with advanced dementia, palliative care, participatory action research and implementation research. Sharon has collaborated on a range of research projects totaling over $2.7million AUD. She works nationally and internationally to support the development of evidence-based care for people with dementia.
Sharon completed her Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) and PhD at the University of Tasmania, Her PhD study investigated strategies for developing the practices of aged care staff to support a palliative approach to care for people with advanced dementia. Sharon was a National Health and Medical Research Council, Translating Research into Practice Fellow and a Research Fellow (2010) and a research fellow with the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, UTAS until 2012. Sharon returned to work in the aged care industry between 2013 and 2017. During this time Sharon worked in senior clinical roles and as a senior consultant in a dementia education centre. Prior to returning to UTAS Sharon led a multi-site implementation study, funded by the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, University of Sydney, aimed at enhancing evidence-based pain management for people living with dementia in residential aged care services. She also has a partnership with Alzheimer’s Indonesia to support capacity building programs, and knowledge translation to improve evidence-based dementia care across Indonesia.
Dr Jed Montayre is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing & Midwifery. Jed has a strong clinical background in gerontology and medical-surgical nursing. He is an experienced nurse academic, who have worked in the Philippines and New Zealand. Jed’s teaching areas include biosciences for nurses, gerontology and aged care nursing. Jed’s research focuses on population ageing, cardiovascular health of migrant populations, nursing policy and workforce issues.
Jed’s reputation and expertise in nursing and gerontology research resulted to various professional organisations’ national committee appointments. Jed served as a member of the Nursing Council of New Zealand Registrant and Education Quality Committee. He was also the chairperson of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Nursing Research Section and was an executive committee member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Currently, Jed is an executive committee member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)- NSW Chapter.
In September 2016, Jed received the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation (NZNO)-Young Nurse of the Year Award, a national award that celebrates the exemplary work of nurses in the younger age group. The award recognised his early-career contribution to gerontology nursing and research. In September 2018, Jed is one of the only 26 nurses selected from applicants all over the world, to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute Policy Programme hosted by International Council of Nurses.
Jed has written and published several research papers on influence of culture to health, transitions, adjustments and acculturation experience of older immigrants into the mainstream societies. Jed is an associate editor of Australasian Journal on Ageing.
Joanne Lynn, MD, MA, MS, is a geriatrician, hospice and long-term care physician, health services researcher, quality improvement advisor, policy analyst, and policy advocate who has focused on ensuring that every American can live comfortably and meaningfully despite serious illness and disability in the last years of life, at a sustainable cost to the community. She now leads Altarum Institute’s Center on Elder Care and Advanced Illness. She has recently served as a consultant to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the lead architect for CMS’s Care Transitions work. She has been a senior researcher at RAND and a tenured professor of medicine and community health at Dartmouth Medical School and the George Washington University. Her work includes development of prognostic indices and uniform assessment tools, quality measurement, professional and public education, end-of-life care, and quality improvement.
Dr. Lynn has published more than 250 professional articles, and her dozen books include The Handbook for Mortals, awarded the American Medical Writer’s Association award for best medical book for the public; The Common Sense Guide to Improving Palliative Care, an instruction manual for clinicians and managers seeking to improve quality; and Sick to Death and Not Going to Take it Any More!, an action guide for policymakers and advocates. She has authored amicus briefs for key appellate court cases. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance, a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and The Hastings Center, and a master of the American College of Physicians.
Dr Lynn will provide a perspective in shaping policy/advocacy around end of life care. She will be joined by Professor Kaarin Anstey as part of the President’s Symposium with the theme, ‘Ageing Well and Dying Well’ - Friday 20 November 2020 12.15pm to 1.15pm.
Mark Elliott is a Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal man whose family are the Trevorrow’s from the Coorong area of South Australia. Mark is the immediate part Chair of AAG ATSIAAG (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group) and was a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG) since its inception until it wound up in 2015/16 and continues to have a passion for working in the area of dementia. Mark currently sits on the Executive of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG) which is supported by the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG). Mark was awarded Honorary Life membership in 2018 in recognition of his leadership as the inaugural Aboriginal Chair of ATSIAAG. Mark works part time for the Menzies School of Health Research as a Project Coordinator.
Graham is current AAG ATSIAAG Co-Chair. GRaham is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Aboriginal Elders and Community Care Services Inc. (AECCS) and the Treasurer of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation Community Transport Network. AECCS is the largest aged care service provider for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders in Adelaide and South Australia. Prior to his current role, Graham worked for over 15 years with various Commonwealth and State Government Departments on programs specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In his last position in Government, Graham was responsible for the administration and funding for all the former Aboriginal Home and Community Care (HACC) services and programs across South Australia. Graham completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Adelaide’s Flinders University as a mature aged student, with majors in International Business and Human Resource Management and a minor in Business Economics. Graham was also a member of the former Ageing Consultative Committee and the Ageing Expert Advisory Group that provided high level advice and information to the former Minister for Ageing and the Department of Health and Ageing. Graham has a passion and commitment to ensure that during the current Aged Care Reforms, all Elders have access to reliable and consistent aged care services, no matter where they might live.
Roslyn is the current AAG ATSIAAG Co-Chair. Ros is a Yurriyangem Taam Kija woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She grew up in Halls Creek and is well known and respected across the region and lives in Broome, Western Australia. She has a passion for working in the area of Aboriginal ageing, particularly in the remote community setting. Ros is a researcher working as a Project Officer with the University of Western Australia, WA Centre for Health and Ageing. She is currently testing an empowerment intervention addressing the needs of unpaid family carers. Ros is committed to facilitating knowledge exchange of Aboriginal culture to non-Aboriginal people and has helped increase the awareness of dementia and cognitive impairment in remote communities in the Kimberley
Teresa Somes is an Associate Lecturer at Macquarie University, Sydney where she teaches property law, equity and trusts, and equitable remedies. Her research explores traditional equitable doctrines through the lens of the aged, housing and the aged, with a particular emphasis on failed family accommodation agreements and associated access to justice issues. Her current research seeks to develop a greater understanding of the impact of family norms and dynamics on housing and financial decision making.
Victoria is the Housing Research Manager at ECH, one of the largest providers of independent living and aged care services in South Australia; and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. These roles, straddling academic and service-based research and development, give her a unique insight into translating research to action.
As a social gerontologist, Victoria’s areas of research interest include aged care provision, community connectedness, the built environment and housing - especially alternative models of housing, and housing for vulnerable older people.
Victoria is the nominee of SA Division for the Australian Board of Directors of the AAG and Trustee of the AAG Research Trust, and is the convenor of the AAG’s Housing and the Built Environment special interest group.
Eileen Webb is Professor of Law and Ageing in the School of Law, UniSA, where she co-ordinates and teaches in the Ageing and the Law program. Eileen’s scholarly research focuses on ageing and the law (elder law) and the human rights of older people. Her recent research has focused older people’s rights to housing including security of tenure for older people and how the operation of existing laws may make older people susceptible to financial exploitation and housing vulnerability. She has also examined how revised property and planning laws could facilitate more downsizing options for older people, canvassed the necessity for law reform to address the contentious issue of assets for care arrangements and considered whether property law and human rights principles could assist in alleviating the plight of older women who have become homeless.
Eileen is a foundation member of the Australian Research Network on Law and Ageing.
Braam Lowies is a Senior Lecturer in Property at the School of Commerce at the University of South Australia. His research area is in the field of behavioural issues in property and finance with a specific focus on behavioural issues for the aged population in making housing, financial and investment decisions. He is a member of the Australian Property Institute and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Braam serves as Director of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society and the University of South Australia AHURI Research Centre. Further research interests include intergenerational housing issues, crowdfunding in property and fractional property investment. Braam currently works on a number of projects examining financial capability, housing security and the financial and psychological well-being in older adults.
Jane Caro AM, author, award winning advertising writer, social commentator and Walkley Award recipient will be providing the opening keynote address at the 53rd AAG Conference and a be a panellist on the ABC Radio National Big Ideas program.
Jane has published nine books, including “Accidental Feminists” and has appeared frequently on ABC’s Q&A, The Project, The Drum and Playbox, and has been a regular panellist on the Gruen Transfer, which focuses on advertising. It is Jane’s commentary on ageism that is garnering her attention at present.
Jane sits on the steering committee on the EveryAGE Counts Campaign, which aims to tackle ageism against older people, which AAG is also a member of. She chairs the Campaign’s communication committee. Jane sees links between feminism and ageism. Where she “draws a lot of parallels between what has worked for feminism and what we should probably be thinking about doing with ageism”. Her hope is to see an end to the stereotyping of different generations
Jane will provide the 2020 AAG Conference’s opening keynote on Wednesday 18th November 9-15 to 930am. The following day she will join other panellists Professor Maggie Walter (leading Aboriginal scholar) and Professor Vasi Naganathan (ANZSGM President Elect and AAG Fellow) on the RN plenary with the theme, ‘A climate for change in Ageing’ - Thursday 19 November 2020 3.30pm t0 4.30pm
Vasi is an academic at the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney and a Consultant Geriatrician at Concord Hospital in Sydney. His research interests are wide including: health of older men, oral health, falls, fractures and osteoporosis, pharmacology in older people and the application of evidence-based medicine to older people. Vasi collaborates with and exchanges ideas with some of Australia’s leading researchers and thinkers in Geriatric medicine and Ageing Research with a number of different disciplines including dentists, oncology, cardiology, pharmacy, nutrition and public health.
He will join other panellists Professor Maggie Walter (leading Aboriginal scholar) and Jane Caro AM on the RN plenary with the theme, ‘A climate for change in Ageing’ - Thursday 19 November 2020 3.30pm t0 4.30pm
David has worked in policy and research on ageing and demographic change for 15 years. David has a particular interest in older consumers, active ageing, financial services, adult vaccination, and the role of technology in an ageing society. He has a strong knowledge of UK and global ageing society issues, from healthcare to pensions and from housing to transport.
David has presented on longevity and demographic change across the world (from Stafford to Seoul and Singapore to Stormont). In 2016 David won the Pensions-Net-Work Award for “The most informative speaker 2006-2016”. He is frequently quoted on ageing issues in the national media.
David the former Vice-Chair of the Government’s Consumer Expert Group for Digital Switchover. For ten years he chaired a London based charity (Open Age) which enables older people to sustain their physical and mental fitness, maintain active lifestyles and develop new and stimulating interests.
Prior to joining the ILC-UK, David worked as Head of Policy at Help the Aged where he led a team of 8 policy advisors. David has also worked for environmental and disability organisations in policy and public affairs functions. His other experience includes working as a VSO volunteer in Romania, in UK Parliament to MPs’, and with backbench committees.
Duane Vickery is a highly respected Australian South Sea Islander of Aboriginal (Yuwi), Torres Strait Islander (Ugar), Vanuatu (Malekula) and Solomon Islands (Malaita) decent. Duane is an educator, facilitator, trainer and mentor in the field of leadership, community engagement and community/corporate governance. Duane has worked in the public and private sectors for over twenty-five years and has developed an excellent reputation for his desire to see others excel and reach their full potential.
Evonne Miller is Professor of Design Psychology and Director of the QUT Design Lab in the School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty. Her research focuses on how to design environments – built, technical, socio-cultural and natural – that better engage and support all users, especially older people in residential aged care