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Thursday Three - 2021 05 27

AAG's Weekly Update - 27th May 2021 View this email in your browser

AAG's Thursday Three

~ Kendig Program Opens from 31 May (2x $20k grants)

~ Building Better Housing Campaign, A win for people with disability

~ National Reconciliation Week 2021 – More than a Word: Join us for an Online screening of 'Living Black'

Kendig Program Opens from 31 May

The AAG Research Trust will be opening the third funding round of the Hal Kendig Research Development Program on 31st May 2021.

In line with Professor Kendig’s wishes, the two $20,000 grants will be available to support early career researchers to improve their track record to lead to an ARC Grant or Fellowship or comparable research funding. They will support a discrete research effort that provides evidence and critical thinking that furthers the interests of vulnerable older people in advanced age (with a strong emphasis on psycho-social research and quality of life).

Professor Hal Kendig was a leader and powerful influence in shaping a national and international discourse on ageing, as well as a great advocate for the needs of older people.

Click here for more information: The Hal Kendig Research Development program and more information regarding the late Emeritus Professor Hal Kendig and previous years’ awardees.

Building Better Housing Campaign

A win for people with disability!

AAG is one of the coalition peak body partners on the Building Better Housing Campaign and has long been working in support of minimum accessibility standards. The Building Better Homes Campaign is determined to see minimum accessibility standards included in the National Building Code, ensuring the Code meets the needs of all Australians.

On 30th April 2021, Building Ministers agreed to include mandatory minimum accessibility standards in the National Construction Code – to the Silver Level. The Gold Standard will also be included in the NCC as a ‘technical referral’ meaning states and territories can decide to upgrade to Gold voluntarily. Click here to read more about The Building Minister meeting.

This is a great win for people with disability and their families, older people and indeed all Australians. Click here to view AAG’s latest submission

After a lot of hard work from a variety of people and organisations, AAG is pleased to recognise the inclusion of the minimum standards within the NCC.

To view more information about the building better homes campaign and to join click here

Why Accessible Design Will Create Long-Term Value, background opinion piece
Prior to this in 2018, AAG engaged in public consultation
view the recording here
Click here to view the joint multiple submissions with the Australian Network for Universal Housing Design
AAG provided feedback on the Accessible Housing Options Paper Consultation Report
Proposal to include minimum accessibility standards for housing in the NCC and Final Decision Regulation Impact Statement, click here

Patrick Dodson, Father of Reconciliation

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2021 is More than a word. Reconciliation takes action. This year’s theme from Reconciliation Australia urges all of us involved in the reconciliation movement to be brave and move towards more impactful action. As mentioned last week, to support AAG's ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we will host an online screening with Karla Black of ‘Living Black’ speaking with Senator Patrick Dodson, Father of Reconciliation on Friday 28th of May.

Click here to register for this free event which is open to all members. We invite you to join us and learn from Karla and Senator Dodson as they reflect on the reconciliation process and the current state of Indigenous affairs in Australia.

What does taking action towards Reconciliation mean to you? Send your answers to


AAG's ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP Working Group oversees and ensures the implementation of the RAP.

The full AAG statement regarding AAG’s support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and other resources can be found here.

Save the date

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

Click below to view a video from the Conference Chair, Dr Katrina Radford

Major Partner

Destination Partner

Click here if you are interested in partnering at the 54th AAG Conference on the Gold Coast

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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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