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Thursday Three 2021 03 18

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

AAG's Thursday Three

~ Launch of the first UN Global report on ageism

~ Climate and Health in Canberra: Joint health sector advocacy event by Climate and Health Alliance

~ Governor General Medallion awarded to Toni Roberts

Launch of the first UN Global report on ageism

The launch of the first UN Global report on ageism developed by WHO, OHCHR, UNDESA and UNFPA, is taking place on online via zoom on 18th March between 13.00 and 14.00 CET (that’s 11pm AEDT).

The report presents the latest evidence on a topic that has gained even greater relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will highlight what we know about ageism, why it matters, and how we can tackle it. It will also kick off a global conversation that concerns us all and in which we all should have our say.

At the event, the WHO will share a Kit that has conversation guides and a range of materials that can be used to raise awareness and support discussions.

Some might say the issue of ageism was put on the map by Australia’s EveryAGE Counts. EveryAGE Counts is a national, coalition-led campaign (which AAG is on the steering committee) spearheading a social movement with a challenging goal: to shift social norms and positively influence the way all Australians think about ageing and older people.

As it’s not the friendliest of times for people in Australia, our friends at EveryAGE Counts, including Sue McGrath, the 2020 Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow, will be attending and EveryAGE Counts will provide us links to the resources including the report as soon as it is available.

Click here for further details about the free event and how to register


EveryAGE Counts - Click here for more information

Climate & Health in Canberra - Joint health sector advocacy event

AAG is a member of the Climate and Health Alliance. This week James Beckford Saunders, AAG CEO, joined 30 plus trusted health leaders who went in front of Federal MPs and Senators to discuss how climate change is a health emergency -- and how climate action is good for health.

The lobbying aimed to seek their support for the development of a National strategy on climate health and wellbeing, as well as further recommendations from the Healthy, Regenerative and Just policy agenda.

AAG is working with ILC UK on a project related to climate change and ageing.

Pictured: James Beckford Saunders and co with Helen Haines Independent Federal MP for Indi


Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and the National strategy on climate health and wellbeing

RN Big Ideas at the 2020 AAG Conference, 'Covid, climate change, and older Australians' edition of Big Ideas, panellists included Fiona Armstrong, CEO of CAHA

Governor General Medallion awarded to Toni Roberts

Congratulations to AAG Board and Trustee member, Toni Roberts, who received the Governor General Medallion for her tireless work with Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory during the pandemic. The medallion is a gift from AAG's Patron, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd).

2020 was an extremely challenging year for Aboriginal living in rural and remote communities during. Toni is the manager of Aged Care and Community Services of Mala’la Health Service Aboriginal Corporation in Maningrida in east Arnhem Land.

AAG joined the Board and Trustees in Nov 2019, and stepped up immediately to be the Board lead for the AAG Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG) and chair the AAG Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.

On receiving the medallion, Toni replied:

“I just wanted to say that I am part of a large team of people who continued to stay focused on what is/was important even in a COVID world. The ongoing support from my team makes my job so much easier.

Being an AAG board member and trustee of the AAG Research Trust, as well as being involved with ATSIAAG is a privilege, and I also see this as an opportunity to represent a population of people who require a very unique approach to ageing on country"

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54th AAG Conference - Gold Coast, 9 - 12 November 2021
(9 November Pre-Conference Workshops)

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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 .

AAG's purpose is to improve the experience of ageing through connecting research, policy and practice. Why not join in? For more information, email Michael Tan at AAG.

Australian Association of Gerontology acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, to Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including members of the Stolen Generations. For further information see AAG’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG)

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