Frailty and the power of connectedness

Frailty and the power of connectedness

Responding to frailty through social engagement and community connection

Frailty presents a significant challenge to ageing well, and is associated with increased vulnerability, loss of independence, and a higher risk of poor health outcomes. Addressing frailty requires a holistic approach, looking beyond medical intervention. Social engagement and community connection are crucial elements to slowing the progression of frailty, mitigating its impacts, and empowering individuals to prevent and manage frailty. 

In this webinar, Prof Loretta Baldassar will explore the pivotal role of social interactions in preventing and improving frailty. A/Prof Jacki Liddle will discuss community mobility and participation, why it is important to health and wellbeing and how technology can help older adults and people living with frailty to stay connected in the community.

Register for an opportunity to:

  • Consider frailty from a holistic perspective
  • Understand the importance of social engagement in addressing frailty
  • Learn how technology can help people stay connected in communities

Hear from our speakers:


Professor Loretta Baldassar 
Vice Chancellor
Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University
Professor of Anthropology and Sociology

Prof Loretta Baldassar is one of Australia’s leading social scientists and an internationally recognised leader in migration and diversity studies. She is Director of the Social Ageing (SAGE) Futures Lab at the School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University (ECU) and is Convenor of the TRACS Migration Research Network at ECU. Prof Baldassar’s research focuses on social care and ageing across the life course, transnational migration and mobility, family and community relations, cultural and linguistic diversity, and the role of new technologies in supporting wellbeing.

Associate Professor Jacki Liddle
Conjoint Research Fellow
Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
The University of Queensland & Princess Alexandra Hospital  

A/Prof Jacki Liddle is an occupational therapist and researcher with the University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital. She has a focus on quality of life and participation, working with older people, people with neurological conditions, people living with dementia and families. She is motivated by making meaningful differences in practice. She promotes inclusive approaches– and has a particular interest in researching across disciplines and in partnership in areas of community mobility and participation, life transitions, and technology codesign.


Facilitated by:

Dr Kristiana Ludlow
Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Services Research
The University of Queensland
The Australian Frailty Network

Dr Kristiana Ludlow is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Services Research, the University of Queensland. Her current research focuses on frailty, education, co-designing interventions and digital health tools with end-users, and aged care. She is also interested in person-centred care, the role of family caregivers in care, missed care/unfinished care, and care prioritisation. Dr Ludlow is passionate about collaborating with consumers, service users and health professionals to improve the delivery of healthcare and mental health services.


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Wednesday, 15 May 2024
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm AEST
AAG Members free $50 non members