ATSIAAG is a network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of AAG who collaborate with and advise the AAG National Office and Board on opportunities, challenges and activities in this important space.
ATSIAAG was founded in 2006 to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' voices inform and shape the policy and practice arena of older First Nations Peoples of Australia in an informed and collaborative way. ATSIAAG’s membership is made up entirely of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of AAG, who represent 8.4% of the total membership (2023). Non-Indigenous members of AAG can join the Friends of ATSIAAG.
Mark Elliott is currently the acting chair of ATSIAAG. The chair of ATSIAAG and participating members provide leadership on the direction of ATSIAAG, including ensuring there is appropriate consultation with ATSIAAG members and other stakeholders on key activities.
ATSIAAG works with AAG's National Office to address gaps, challenges and opportunities, and to provide guidance and advice on all issues related to ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. ATSIAAG achieves this through consultation and the development of partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, communities and organisations.
ATSIAAG encourages Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to join AAG and welcomes them to join ATSIAAG. ATSIAAG also invites non-Indigenous members of AAG to join Friends of ATSIAAG, a group of members who work to amplify the actions of ATSIAAG.
Friends of ATSIAAG
In April 2018, the ATSIAAG Executive asked AAG to establish a 'Friends of ATSIAAG' group that enables interested non-Indigenous AAG members to keep informed of developments in this area, and to link with and support the work of ATSIAAG. Friends of ATSIAAG was first led by Professor Tony Broe and is supported by the AAG National Office.
Friends of ATSIAAG support ATSIAAG in its role of advising AAG on all matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ageing. Friends of ATSIAAG:
Receive information about current and future ATSIAAG activities and other relevant AAG activities, plus any newsworthy information relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ageing,
Provide any comments or suggestions to the ATSIAAG (generally via the AAG National Office)
Share any relevant information about current research, upcoming events etc, relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ageing.
Friends of ATSIAAG do not meet separately from ATSIAAG, but are invited to participate in workshops hosted by ATSIAAG, and to observe Yarn Up sessions at the AAG conference.