ACT Division

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory Division of the AAG provides Canberrans with a personal or professional interest in ageing with opportunities to get together on a regular basis to share information and to learn more about the latest in ageing research, policy and practice. Canberra is the seat of Federal Government, and the Australian Capital Territory Division takes full advantage of this in organising policy relevant events and engaging with Federal Members. Canberra is also home to some of Australia’s leading ageing research institutions, and we work regularly with AAG members in these organisations to advance knowledge and understanding of ageing within the wider Canberra community.

The Australian Capital Territory Division has an active committee and a diverse membership including students, academics, health professionals, policy makers, and members of the public. The ACT Division hosts 4-6 events each year on topics of current interest.

New members are always welcome, and there are many opportunities to contribute and to get involved in an existing network of those working in or interested in gerontology in the local region.

Division Chair

Kasia Bail’s primary work interest as Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra is to improve sustainable acute care health delivery for an ageing population. Her clinical experience includes general medical and acute palliative care, and has always been complemented by research roles. Her peer reviewed publications range from undergraduate nursing, aged care nurse practitioners, prognosis communication, policy analysis, dementia care in hospitals, and nurse-sensitive outcomes. Kasia has demonstrated a passion for identifying and researching the structures and processes which impede or enable quality patient care, and sharing her learning and inquiry with nursing students, industry and professional groups. She continues to work occasional shifts as a hospital nurse, with a particular interest in acute admissions with multiple comorbidities.


Dr Sophia Lindeyer is an experienced policy analyst with a passion for aged care advocacy, innovation, and multi disciplinary knowledge transfer. She is currently the secretary for the Australian Association of Gerontology's ACT division. She completed a PhD in science from the Australian National University in 2004 and was awarded various international prizes enabling her to conduct research overseas in Switzerland and Québec. She has held the position of Parliamentary fellow at the Australian Federal Parliamentary Library and for several years was the policy analyst for the Australian Academy of Science. In 2015 she was awarded the Executive Dean's award in Gerontology from Charles Sturt University.



Dr Cathy Gong is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (CRAHW) at the Australian National University.  She joined the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) since August 2013 and mainly worked on two CEPAR projects “Healthy and Productive Ageing” and “Comparative Ageing in Asia”. Her research interests include life course impacts on late life health and wellbeing; social determinants of healthy and productive ageing; intergenerational support relationships; health services use; international comparison of ageing in Asia; age friendly communities; inequality and mobility in health, employment and wellbeing; as well as labour market participation and retirement choices in late life. 

Student & Early Career Group Representative

Connor Lynch is 25 years old, a mature age 3rd year Nursing student at The University of Canberra. He is a local Canberra boy born and bred. He has enjoyed the opportunity to be the president of the UC Nursing society, a UC ambassador for the faculty of Nursing and a student mentor leader over his time as a student and he looks forward to joining the Canberra division of the AAG as their new student representative. In a previous life he was a chef and he has a particular interest in food security and the role that nutrition and growing, cooking and consuming food has on the process of ageing and ageing well. 


Committee Members

Susan McGrath, observer (Board nominee)
Richard Cumpston
Cathy Gong
Sarang Kim

Nicole McDerby
Michael Chong
Sarah Cope

as at 31 Mar 2017


National Conference
Travel Scholarship Strategy

Depending on the budget, the ACT AAG may offer travel awards each year to support ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Higher Degree student and/or Early Career AAG members engaging with research on ageing to attend the AAG annual conference. The purpose of these scholarships is to enable the development of relationships within the national research community, as well as utilisation and extension of research in the ACT community. A preference is given to those presenting at AAG conferences. This Travel Grants Strategy has arisen from AAG National Office increasing their support and facilitation of Indigenous attendees. (For example, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group’s (ATSIAAG) 5th National Workshop,

How to apply

Please email the ACT AAG Chair ( prior to the closing date, and attach:

  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A 1-page dot point document outlining the need and benefits of attendance at the AAG conference
  • Please include a dot point indicating you have discussed this and have support from your nominated supervisor

The award will be available each year to those who:

  • are an ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, a High Degree student or an Early Career researcher and current financial AAG member; or
  • conduct or can demonstrate recent/current application of research into ageing and the ageing population in the ACT; or
  • are enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research program or employed as an early career researcher in a research institute; or
  • are attending, and presenting a paper at one of the AAG national conferences (i.e. a country other than Australia); and
  • have not previously been the recipient of an ACT AAG grant.
Basis of Selection

Applications will be assessed on:

  • Quality of the application;
  • Explanation of how attendance at AAG conference will enrich the applicant's research project or early career development

Maximum funding is determined by the available funding and the cheapest travelling arrangement, which might cover conference registration, accommodation and airfares up to $2, 500.


Recipients of ACT AAG Travel Scholarships are required to:

  • Attend the AAG conference in full to the best of their ability
  • Attend AAG meetings held at the conference, such as AGM and Early Career Researcher networking meetings
  • Provide a brief report to the ACT AAG within 1 month of returning from the conference
  • Be prepared to present to the Committee a short 15 minute presentation outlining the conference experience and benefits, or on a key presentation of the conference
  • Be prepared to present their conference presentation, if relevant
Timeline 2017
  • Due date for applications – 8th September
  • Out of session Committee review due – 15th September
  • Scholarship recipients notified – 20th September

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