Victoria

19 Apr 18

Multidisciplinary Education in Ageing

The ageing of our population means that specialised knowledge of ageing is required by members of a wide variety of professions, including but in no way limited to, health, community services and aged care. Architects, designers, IT software developers, economists – people in most areas of practice will need to be age aware.

This session will explore some of the online multidisciplinary educational opportunities available and consider the challenges and opportunities of educating this broad range of professionals to meet the requirements of industry and communities in relation to ageing.

  • Learn what is on offer: online opportunities for multidisciplinary education on ageing.

  • Explore challenges and opportunities in education to work with Australia’s ageing population.

  • Explore translation of education outcomes to industry needs.

Hear from leading experts:

The Hon. Dr. Kay Patterson. Appointed as the Age Discrimination Commissioner on 29th July, 2016 Kay comes to this role with strong involvement in issues affecting older people.

She taught allied health science students for 11 years. She studied gerontology at the University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University. Using the knowledge gained during those visits she co-developed the first Victorian post-graduate diploma in gerontology and introduced gerontology into the undergraduate behavioural science courses. Kay also served in the Senate, as Parliamentary Secretary and in Cabinet in the portfolios of Health and Social Security during her time in Federal Parliament.




Robin Harvey is currently a lecturer in the online Master of Gerontology program at Charles Sturt University, based on Albury campus. She has taught gerontology to multidisciplinary cohorts of students from nursing, allied health, human and community services and medical professions since 2005 and was also Gerontology Course Director at CSU from 2007 – 2013 and 2015 – June, 2017. Robin’s Master of Social Work (Hons.) thesis explored gerontology education in the local and Australian contexts.



Lena Gan is the Director of Ageing Programmes, University of Melbourne. She has consulted for over 25 years in sustainable community planning and development, business, marketing, management and quality assurance. Sectors include: financial services, technology, state and local government, not-for-profit arts, academia, architecture, hospitality, health and fitness, and education. She has developed community plans and Positive Ageing Accords, facilitated forums around ageing, and undertaken reviews in the ageing sector for local government.




Kathleen Brasher, PhD, is currently Principle Project Lead of north-east Victoria’s Age Friendly Ovens Murray initiative. She has been a part of the international Age Friendly movement since 2006 where she contributed original research to the World Health Organization Global age-friendly cities: a guide. She is a member of the WHO Strategy Advisory Group for the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, and has advised state and local governments, and older person’s advocacy organisations, across Australia and New Zealand.


Kristine Gatt After a diverse career in health, rehabilitation, safety and consulting across a variety of industries, Kristine is now working with the team at WorkSafe Victoria to promote what Dame Carol Black describes as the ‘social responsibility’ of employers towards their people. Currently a Masters student with Melbourne University, Kristine has focused her attention on our ageing workforce and some of the challenges faced by individuals, employers, government and society as our demographic make-up continues to shift over the next ten years. Of particular interest are the challenges faced by older women, as their longevity increases yet financial resources and supports are limited.

In collaboration with

The Master of Gerontology programmes

The Master of Ageing programmes

The Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative


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Event Date & Time: Thursday 19th April 2018 3.00 - 5.00pm

Event Location: The Japanese Room - Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, Parkville 3010, VIC

Registrations Open: 9th Apr 18 1:00 AM

Registrations Close: 17th Apr 18 6:00 PM

Places Available: 23

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AAG Members: Free
Non-Members: $30

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