2019 Hal Kendig Research Development Program Recipients

AAG congratulates the following members on their successful applications for the inaugural Hal Kendig Research Development Program grants. 


The first grants made available through this program were awarded by Emeritus Professor Hal Kendig's son, Dr Michael Kendig, and Past President of AAG Professor Julie Byles, at the 2019 AAG Conference in Sydney.

Awardee: Dr Amanda Krause

Affiliation: University of Melbourne

Grant: $19,898

Radio relationships and well-being in older age

This project examined how relationships built through radio engagement amongst listeners and presenters contribute to managing social and emotional challenges connected with older age. Three complementary objectives addressed the project’s overarching aim:

  • Investigate everyday radio practices, with a particular focus on examining the relationships (community) built between and amongst radio personnel and listening audiences.

  • Evaluate which characteristics of radio listening and production practices enhance older Australians’ experiences of (a) social connection and (b) social well-being.

  • Develop a co-designed, evidence-based resource for individuals and radio providers in promoting and managing individual and community well-being.

The program of research advanced knowledge using a community-based participatory research paradigm that placed older participants at the heart of the work, acting as collaborators.

Read about the outcomes of this study in a separate awardee showcase.

Awardee: Dr Claire Hutchinson

Affiliation: Flinders University

Grant: $19,934.83

What is important to people from CALD communities? Measuring and valuing quality of life for economic evaluation and quality assessment

In order to support consumer directed care and the successful implementation of the new aged care quality standards, it is essential that the aged care sector has access to a suitable and acceptable instrument for measuring and valuing quality of life. The perspectives of older people, especially those from CALD backgrounds, are not reflected in any existing quality of life instrument.

The project aimed to identify what quality of life attributes are important to people from CALD communities as they age. The study used qualitative methodology including qualitative interviews with older people from CALD communities. Additional data were gathered to inform the interviews from a synthesis of relevant literature and focus groups with aged care providers, advocacy groups, carers and families. A conceptual quality of life model was developed, to be applied in the development of a new quality of life instrument.

The outcomes of this project are reported in a MDPI Geriatrics paper published in 2022.