Policy, Research, Grants & International

ILC Australia - Member Organisations


Benetas is a leading not-for-profit provider of residential care, in-home care, respite care, housing services and retirement living in Victoria. They provide older people and their families and carers with outstanding levels of customer service and individualised care when they need it.

Benetas cares for more than 4,000 older people each year through an integrated range of community, home-based aged care services as well as specialist residential care and accommodation across Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula, and regional Victoria.


  • Sandra Hills
  • Sophie Mepham
  • Michelle Harris
  • Aaron Wylie


The Brotherhood of St Laurence

The Brotherhood undertakes research, develops and delivers services, and engages in advocacy. The organisation’s aim is to address unmet needs in innovative ways and translate the learning from research and services into new policies, new programs and practices which can be implemented by government and others. The Brotherhood recognises the diverse and sometimes complex needs of any older people and is involved in research which helps develop policy options for governments in areas such as affordable housing, employment, and retirement incomes.


  • Christine Morka


Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)

Based at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with nodes at the Australian National University (ANU) and The University of Sydney, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is producing world-class research on population ageing. CEPAR is a unique collaboration, bringing together academia, government, and industry to address one of the major social challenges of the twenty first century. Their innovative research is providing global solutions to the economic and social challenges of population ageing and building a new generation of researchers to global standard with an appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of population ageing.


  • Professor Hal Kendig


COTA Australia

COTA Australia promotes the concerns of older people at the highest level of government and associated organisations. COTA Australia makes representation to Federal Government Ministers, Shadow Ministers and senior advisers on issues of relevance to older people. Its submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry “Caring for Older Australians” was used by the Commission as the guide text for its inquiry. COTA Australia develops innovative programs through a national unit dedicated to this activity. These programs are delivered throughout Australia.


  • Sue McGrath


The La Trobe Research on Ageing Group

The La Trobe Research on Ageing Group, headed by Professor Yvonne Wells, comprises three key research and consultancy centres and academic associates working in the areas of ageing and aged care.  The centres have distinct histories but collaborate to promote a multi-disciplinary understanding of the health, wellbeing and care of older people. Key foci include: The Lincoln Centre for Research on Ageing—a research, consultancy, and educational Centre, with a focus on community care and healthy ageing; the Australian Centre for Evidence-Based Aged Care, which focuses on clinical care of older people in acute and residential care settings; and the John Richard Initiative, which is based in rural Victoria and has a focus on ageing issues in rural and remote communities


  • Prof Yvonne Wells


Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS)

Represented by Professor Collette Browning and Dr Amee Morgans. RDNS collaborates with leading researchers and organisations to conduct rigorous quality studies that inform policy and practice.


  • Professor Colette Browning
  • Di Goeman
  • Dr Amee Morgans


National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)

Established in 1976 by the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health as the National Institute for Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, NARI became an independent research institute in 1996. The Institute is an exemplary model of translational research. Research undertaken is multidisciplinary and holistic and encompasses clinical and medical research, health promotion research, service development and evaluation of health and aged care programs that directly impact on people’s lives. This work is disseminated widely in the relevant fields of practice. NARI is recognised as a leading research institute which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of older people, inform policy and clinical practice and deliver education and professional training to aged care workers. NARI has achieved both national and international recognition for expertise in dementia, falls, mental health, pain and health promotion (e.g. physical activity and social inclusion) as well as health service evaluation. As a national entity the Institute aims to provide both Commonwealth and state levels of advice and policy input.


  • Debra O'Connor


University of Melbourne: School of Social and Political Sciences

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities, placing it number 1 in Australia and number 34 in the world. The School of Social & Political Sciences undertakes a wide range of courses and research initiatives in areas including criminology, international studies, political science, public and social policy, socio-legal studies, gerontology and sociology. Our aims are concerned with how we make sense of the world in which we live, the current challenges we face and how both Australian and international political, legal and social institutions ought to respond to complex problems which face us in an era of globalization and rapid social change. The School hosts an applied research partnership with the Research & Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. The Centre is based on a life-course model, with a specialist team on Retirement and Ageing. The University itself consists of a wide number of Research Centres and Institutes in the areas of Medicine, Architecture, Social and Legal Science, Economics, Government and Social and Political Science. Each of which has an element relative to personal and population ageing and longevity


  • Ruth Williams


University of Newcastle: Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing

The Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing at the University of Newcastle investigates health and wellbeing across the life course and over successive generations including social determinants, and the use and effectiveness of health and other services. Our main focus is the analysis of large linked data sets, particularly the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, as well as other national and international longitudinal studies. We undertake evaluative and translational research including evaluation of health and other care, and research for policy development. Our main aim is to provide an evidence base for better health and social policy and more effective service delivery.

RCGHA was previously known as the Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing. The new name emphasises the focus on changes in health across successive generations.


  • Professor Julie Byles
  • Dr Meredith Tavener



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(last updated 21 Sep 2016)

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