AAG Hot Topic 2023

Harnessing the power of digital storytelling to improve the lives of older people, their families and communities


Digital storytelling drives change from the ground up through amplifying unheard voices and empowering communities to fight for justice and advocate for change. In gerontology, storytelling provides a participatory approach to monitoring, evaluation and learning that helps organisations, community leaders and governments to better understand the experience of older adults, informal carers and the aged care workforce, to influence policy and improve programmes and services. Digital storytelling is a key strategy adopted by the UN Decade for Healthy Ageing (2020-2030) which is striving to improve the lives of older people, their families and their communities. While digital storytelling is widely used and well supported and recognised in other countries, it is relatively it is underutilised and undervalued in Australia. A presentation on this topic will create awareness about the transformative nature of digital storytelling and explain how to harness the power of its emotional impact to effect change in aged care.

This topic was drafted by the AAG QLD Division and refined by the AAG Policy team.

The Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow (GPTF) is a leading Australian expert who presents on the AAG Hot Topic, whilst travelling to at least three AAG Divisions (states and territories) during the year – keep an eye out for the announcement of this year’s GPTF.


Image from AAG NSW Division event, "Nothing About us, without Us" - An AAG Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow event, held on 22 Sep 2022