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Thursday Three - 2021 06 03

AAG's Weekly Update - 3rd June 2021 View this email in your browser

AAG's Thursday Three

~ AAG at the 2021 IAGG World Congress eConference

~ AAG South Australian Gerontology (SAGe21) Conference – Abstracts now open

~ Policy and Practice Update – May 2021

AAG at the 2021 IAGG World eConference

AAG will be represented at the 2021 IAGG World Pre-Congress eConference via two symposiums occurring at the same time (11pm AEST) on Friday 23rd of June.

AAG Life Member and former President, Professor Julie Byles, will Chair ‘From Covid-19 to a Decade of healthy ageing in the IAGG Asia/Oceania Region’ covering seven countries. The different countries across the region have varied greatly in terms of infection spread, public and political response, and the impacts on their populations. Even where infection rates have been low, the effect on older people has been considerable, with reduced access to health care, social isolation, deconditioning and accelerated rates of physical and cognitive decline. How do we move from this challenged state to the WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing.

Whilst ‘Pause, pivot and proceed! Undertaking Study and Research in Times of Uncertainty’ will be co-chaired by Justine Irving (Flinders University) and AAG Vice President, Dr Claudia Meyer, who is the IAGG Council of Student Organizations Regional Representative; presenters from eight countries across Asia Oceania will be presented at this symposium. This session will include personal stories from PhD and Masters students and conclude with some general discussion regarding ways to manage your project during times of uncertainty.

Pictured from left to right: Julie Byles, along with eminent speakers: Professor Ashish Goel (India); Dr Yodi Christiani (Indonesia); Susana Harding (Singapore); and NZAG Vice-President and AJA Editor in Chief, Professor Debra Waters (NZ). They will be joined in the Q&A session by IAGG Asia/Oceania Region Chair Professor Prasert Assantachai (Thailand) and Professor Ding-Cheng (Derrick) Chan (Taiwan).

Click here to register for the 2021 IAGG World Congress eConference


AAG’s bid for the 2029 IAGG World Congress

AAG SAGe21 Conference – Abstracts now open

The call for abstracts for the South Australian Gerontology (SAGe) Conference 2021 has been extended until Friday (11 June). Abstracts welcome from across Australia.

The 2021 theme is Adapting and thriving in a changing world.

The South Australian Gerontology (SAGe) committee will be looking for presentations that consider ways to optimise ageing in a range of contexts. The SAGe committee are seeking 250-word abstracts for:

~ 15-minute oral presentations or
~ 5-minute pitch presentations.

SAGe will be exploring what works in research, policy, practice and service provision settings including: workforce, advocacy, clinical, social to name a few.

Abstracts must be submitted by COB Friday 11th June 2021. Online registration for the 2021 SAGe Conference will be available June onwards.

Please click here for the flyer and click here to submit an abstract.

It’s been a wild 18 months! Here are 6 reasons to attend SAGe21 in South Australia:

~ Network. Come and meet likeminded people and industry peers to build your professional network.
~ Expand your knowledge. Hear about new interventions, equipment, services, unpublished research, or learn from thought-leaders to enhance your practice
~ Present. Practice your communication and presentation skills in a friendly environment.
~ Learn from others. Learn how other organisations have adjusted their practices to adapt and thrive beyond the pandemic.
~ Enhance your CV. Taking an active role in communicating with other academics, researchers and industry to inform potential employers or grant-awarding bodies.
~ Meet your hero! Meet the of influential speakers in person for the possibility of future collaboration!

Confirmed speakers to date:

~ Professor Barry Golding AM - Patron of Australian Men’s Shed Association and Federation University, Australia
~ Professor Paul Arbon - AAG 2021 Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow and Director of the Torrens Resilience Institute
~ Dr Helen Barrie - Past AAG President (2015 - 2017) and Uni of South Australia and
~ Ms Cassie Mason - Director, Office for Ageing Well at SA Health


The SA AAG Division will announce a new prize to recognise the best innovation in service provision for older people presented at SAGe21. Click here for the conference flyer.
Eligible presentations will be judged by an independent panel and announced on the day. The winning organisation will receive a trophy and two (2x) individual AAG memberships for 2021/22 year AAG valued at over $500. See benefits here.
If you are a small, medium or large provider with a successful service innovation established in the last one to two years, provide your summary in the abstract submission process describing how the idea was born, implemented, and the impact on older people.

$25 members
$50 non members

Click here for more information about SAGe21

Policy and Practice Update – May 2021

Members have recently been sent the monthly AAG Policy & Practice Update for May 2021.

This update continues to highlight:

~ New AAG work;
~ Ways to get involved in the policy and practice;
~ Continuing opportunities that members can get involved in;
~ And relevant grants, awards, and funding opportunities

This month's update focused on drawing attention to a win for people living with a disability and their families...the inclusion of Minimum Accessibility Standards in the National Building Code! Announcements about AAG's support for an open letter on health protection from climate change and a NACA statement clarifying priorities for aged care were also included within the update. New opportunities to get involved ranged from a survey on skills development for aged care a project focusing on celebrating independence via video stories.

Alongside the policy and practice update, new and existing grey literature on older adults and ageing can be found in the AAG Grey Literature Library.

Members can click here to access the current and past AAG Policy & Practice Updates.

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

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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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