2019 Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow


The Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow is selected by the Board. The selected individual presents on the AAG Hot topic for the year. The Hot Topic for 2019 is Intimacy and ageing

AAG is honoured to have Catherine Barrett as the 2019 GPTF

Dr Catherine Barrett has over 30 years working with older people as a clinician, educator, researcher and capacity builder. Catherine is the Founder and Director of Celebrate Ageing, a self-funded program challenging ageism and building respect for older people. The Celebrate Ageing Program utilises art and narrative based approaches to create social and policy change. The program includes The OPAL Institute, addressing the sexual rights of older people; The Museum of Love, exploring the importance of love in the lives of people living with dementia; and Alice’s Garage, empowering LGBTI elders and promoting healthy LGBTI ageing. Links to publications and presentations by Dr Barrett are provided below:


Celebrate Ageing - program utilises art and narrative-based approaches to change attitudes and foster social connection

The OPAL (Older People And SexuaLity) Institute - addresses the sexual rights of older people

Museum of Love - explores the importance of love in the lives of people living with dementia

Alice's Garage - empowers LGBTI elders and promotes healthy LGBTI ageing

Embolden Festival - challenges ageism

Power Project - preventing and addressing sexual abuse/assault of older women

#SheToo campaign - listening to older women who have experienced sexual abuse/assault.


Sex and intimacy as we grow older – it’s time we had a talkGrey Matters. 17 October 2018.

Sex and the senior — what does intimacy look like as you grow older? Radio National Life Matters. 9 November 2018.

Talkback: overcoming negative attitudes towards ageing. Radio National Life Matters. 11 February 2019.

The sexual abuse scandal nobody is talking about. Radio National Background Briefing 14 April 2019

Something terrible has happenedABC News Online 14 April 2019

Events 2019

Symposium on Social Connection in Older Age. Bolton Clarke. 22 March 2019

Intimacy Bank: an innovation promoting choices and building connection in older people's intimate relationships. AAG WA Division. 21 May 2019.