2019 Hal Kendig Research Development Program Recipients

Dr Michael Kendig and Professor Julie Byles at the AAG 2019 Conference, Sydney

AAG would like to congratulate the following individuals on their successful applications
for the inaugural Hal Kendig Research Development Program Awards:

Dr Amanda Krause

Affiliation: University of Melbourne

Project Title: Radio relationships and well-being in older age

Awarded: $19,898

Aims of the project:


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

OBJECTIVE 1. Investigate everyday radio practices, with a particular focus on examining the
relationships (community) built between and amongst radio personnel and listening audiences.

OBJECTIVE 2. Evaluate which characteristics of radio listening and production practices enhance
older Australians’ experiences of (a) social connection and (b) social well-being.

OBJECTIVE 3. 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 will advance knowledge using a community-based participatory research paradigm that places older participants at the heart of the work, acting as collaborators.

Dr Claire Hutchinson

Affiliation: Flinders University

Project Title: What is important to people from CALD communities? Measuring and valuing Quality of Life for economic evaluation

and quality assessment

Awarded: $19,934.83

Aims of the project:

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 aims to identify what quality of life attributes are important to people from CALD communities as they age. The study will use qualitative methodology including qualitative interviews with older people from CALD communities. Additional data will be 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 will be developed which will subsequently be applied in the development of a new quality of life instrument.

To read the MDPI Geriatrics article that resulted from this project and was published in December 2022 please click here.