Vision impairment significantly affects quality of life for elderly Australians. Developing novel solutions to improve the mental and physical health of older adults with vision impairment through collaboration with multi-disciplinary researchers, industry and end-users.
Eye health is a critical enabler of wellbeing. A multitude of factors contribute to age-related deterioration in eye health. Demonstrated ability to assemble multi-disciplinary teams to address priority issues in injury prevention and eye health, innovate and build capacity in this sector. Research has been translated through engagement with legislators, government programs, industry, consumers and the scientific community.
Promotion of better clinical and self-management for people living with chronic infections and co-morbidity; and monitoring and evaluation of complex behavioural change programs to promote health and wellbeing.
The UNSW Medicine Lifestyle Clinic and Department of Exercise Physiology, in conjunction with collaborations across the Faculty of Medicine, research physical activity and structured exercise prescriptions for the prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability. Clinicians and researchers use exercise and education to enhance healthy ageing in the community.
Community driven, multidisciplinary research is critical to generate solutions to improve the health of First Nations Peoples through the life-course, drawing on the strengths and experiences of Elders and guided by First Nations research methodologies and leadership.
Working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to conduct research regarding ageing well and dementia care, co-design healthy ageing programs, develop culturally responsive dementia education and training, and empower health and aged care services to build capacity in supporting the health and wellbeing of older people, their families and communities.
Focussed on understanding and addressing the 'Healthy Migrant Effect', whereby migrants are on average healthier than the natives of the host country when they arrive but never-the-less suffer worse health and higher mortality in older age. Studying health and well-being patterns, behaviours about how migrants deal with ageing in Australia as a country of destination, and the challenge they pose for reporting and receiving services directed at maintaining their health and well-being.
The UNSW Ageing Futures Institute combines world-leading research capability in psychology, population health, social sciences, law, biomedical engineering, telehealth, social robotics, experimental arts, built environment and economics. Diverse collaboration methods and bring an interdisciplinary and life-course approach to research. Building on strong partnerships with government, industry, academic and community collaborators, the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute aims to deliver real-world impact.