School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Healthy Ageing About Us

The population age structure in Australia and many countries internationally is changing due to rising life expectancy, resulting in increasing proportions of older adults. While population ageing brings challenges, productive ageing populations can bring important social and economic benefits. The ageing of populations worldwide has significant implications for individuals and society. Comprehensive public health responses are urgently needed to respond to this demographic transition.

The SPHCM Healthy Ageing Theme aims to build a collaborative group of academic and conjoint staff and students within SPHCM, and across UNSW, including the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute, who are committed to identifying evidence-based solutions to challenges relating to ageing in 21st century.

Our theme researchers are currently engaged in projects that focus on models of ageing well, injury and primary prevention, Aboriginal ageing, infectious disease and immunisation, dementia, falls, frailty, end of life care and population health.

Coming from a diverse set of complementary disciplinary backgrounds, our theme members include clinicians, psychologists, gerontologists, epidemiologists and qualitative who work collaboratively with health services, government, industry and consumer groups in Australia and internationally.