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Thursday Three - 2021 11 18

AAG's Weekly Update - 18th November 2021 View this email in your browser

AAG's Thursday Three

~ AAG Conference - Digital blended with Hubs

~ New & Re-elected AAG Board Directors

~ Online Event – Information disorder: health and the information revolution – hosted by AAG WA Division

AAG Conference - Digital blended with Hubs

The 54th AAG Conference Digital was a great success, with very positive feedback from many delegates who appreciated the leap in technology from the previous year and the exciting program that included a strong innovation, creativity and narrative focus.

In 2021 we offered a blended Program for some, with face-to-face ‘Hubs’ held in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney on the Friday. Despite not being on the Gold Coast, the opportunity to get together in-person for a one-day Hub “was pretty darn good”. Prof Maria Inacio (SA hub) commented “that it was great to hear live talks, ask questions and see the rooms reactions”. Thank you to our Division Chairs and Co-chairs leading the day; Ilsa Hampton & Anita Goh (Vic), Keryn Curtis & Joyce Siette (NSW), and Lui Di Venuto and Edo Rosso (SA).

The Friday Hubs started with a simultaneous “provocative starter” with four speakers, sharing their views on ageing and opportunities, through brief videos. Then each Hub broke into groups to discuss and debate what they had just seen, framed by some thoughtful questions. The above word cloud was a representation on the question, In one word, what is needed to transform ageing?

Thank you to the Queensland Conference Planning Committee Chair, Dr Katrina Radford, and Scientific Co-chairs, Prof Evonne Miller and Dr Andrea Petriwskyj, and the rest of the committee for your expertise, creativity and flexibility in developing the program and moving to a largely digital format.

Don’t forget, all registrants can view the selected sessions again via the conference platform. And if you didn’t originally register, you can still register to view (one of the big benefits of digital). Contact Michael Tan for more information.

Click here if you are a Conference registrant (you will need your login details).

Click here to register and see over 250 presentations, symposiums and stunning plenary discussions and presentations.

Pictured: top - digital stage, word art, bottom - SA, NSW and Vic Hubs (click on image for larger version)

New & Re-elected Board Directors

AAG welcomes Dr Katrina Radford to the AAG Board and in its capacity as Corporate Trustee of the AAG Research Trust following her election as the Queensland nominee. Katrina is the Chair of the Queensland Division and also on the Grants Committee. Dr Radford’s research interests focus on managing an ageing population in three key areas: 1) How can we better support an ageing workforce? 2) How can we better retain and support employees within the aged care sector? And, 3) How can we build better systems or programs that provide quality care for the ageing population?

Congratulations to Kate-Ellen Elliott who was elected unopposed for a second term as the nominee for Tasmania.

These positions were announced at the 2021 AAG Annual General Meeting and AAG Research Trust Update.

Click on the following links for more information about the AAG Board including as Corporate Trustee of the AAG Research Trust.

Online Event - Information disorder

This is a chance to see Professor Paul Arbon, 2021 AAG Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow, speaking on the topic of ‘Information disorder: health and the information revolution’ on 23rd November.

The increased spread of misinformation through social media and traditional news outlets has played a role in generating insecurity, confusion, and distrust of public and government authorities. This has especially been the case with respect to the shaping of public perceptions of risk and health management during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategies designed to fight disinformation campaigns and the spread of misinformation have largely been defensive, including efforts to regulate social media platforms; to expose dis, mis and mal-information in the hope of lessening the impact; and, to increase audiences’ ‘health literacy’.

This discussion will cover a range of focal issues related to mis-information influence and the subsequent knock on effects.

Joining Paul will be Dr Mark Duncan-Smith, AMA WA President and Prof Leon Flicker, AAG Life Member and inaugural Professor of Geriatric Medicine at UWA since 1998.

Click here for more information and to register


A recording of ‘Disasters and recovery – the case for resilience in an uncertain world’, a conversation with Prof Paul Arbon that was held directly after the AAG AGM on the 3rd of November 2021

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'Thursday Three' is AAG’s Weekly Update for members and friends of AAG. It aims to provide you with an engaging weekly snapshot of news and activities from AAG and beyond through three short 'bites'. If you missed previous editions, click here for the summaries and links .

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