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Thursday Three - 2021 10 14

AAG's Weekly Update - 14th October 2021 View this email in your browser

AAG's Thursday Three

~ UN adopts resolution on human rights of older people

~ The Inaugural AAG SECG Helen Barrie National Prize for Students and Early Career Researchers

~ AAG AGM notice plus AAG Research Trust update & 'Disasters and resilience in Australia' conversation

UN resolution on human rights of older people

On the 5th of October 2021, the 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a substantive resolution on the human rights of older persons focusing on ageism and age-based discrimination. The resolution was sponsored by Argentina, Brazil and Slovenia and cosponsored by more than 50 Member States including Australia (who were earliest co-sponsors).

While all people have rights protected under the Universal Convention of Human Rights, this resolution recognises the risks to these rights for older people and the special protections that may be required. The UN is also concerned that older persons with disabilities and those with underlying health conditions, have been disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resolution also recognises that ageism is one of the major impediments to the wellbeing of older people, and limits their rights to participate in society.

Professor Andrew Byrne 2019 AAG David Wallace Address, along with Professor Julie Byles, AAG Life member and Lead of ILC AU and new Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance, have long advocated for this and ILC GA was instrumental in this change.

Click here for more information and to view the UN General Assembly resolution.

New Prize AAG Students & Early Career Members

The AAG Student and Early Career Group (SECG) is proud to launch the AAG SECG Helen Barrie National Prize.

The Prize aims to both recognise and highlight the outstanding research contributions of student and early career researchers to ageing research and practice, and to provide a forum through which these contributions can be widely disseminated.

2021 is the inaugural year of the Prize and will consist of three prizes:

  • $1,000 – Winner
  • $500 – Runner Up
  • $250 – Special Prize for research on deprescribing in ageing

Dr Helen Barrie was integral in developing the student and early group of the AAG. She went on to become a National President of AAG and was awarded a Life Membership in 2017. Helen is now a Senior Research Fellow within the University of South Australia Business, and Director of the Social Enterprise and Inclusion Stream of the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion.

The Prizes are made possible by AAG, with the 2021 research on deprescribing in ageing supported by Ward MM Medication Management in collaboration with The Australian Deprescribing Network.

Applications open 18th October and close 26th November 2021, 5pm AEDT. All items must be submitted electronically.

Click here for more information and how to apply for the inaugural AAG SECG Helen Barrie National Prize

AAG AGM notice plus AAG Research Trust update

The AAG Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the AAG Research Trust Update will be followed by a conversation on “Disasters and recovery - the case for resilience in an uncertain world” between Professor Paul Arbon, AAG’s 2021 Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow and Keryn Curtis. The free event will be an opportunity to hear about activities and acknowledgements regarding AAG and the AAG Research Trust. It has moved online due to the pandemic.

As a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, it is also the opportunity for AAG members to make decisions about key elements of governance.

All are welcome, although only current AAG members will be allowed to vote and propose and second motions at the AGM. Members have already received directly their notice, draft agenda plus proxy forms if they are unable to attend the AGM. A final agenda and combined papers will be sent to members later in October after review by the AAG Board and in its capacity as Corporate Trustee of the AAG Research Trust – keep an eye out for the email!

2021 AAG AGM and AAG Research Trust Update:
Wednesday 3rd November 2021
12.30 to 1.15pm (AEDT)

Followed immediately after by:

Disasters and resilience in Australia’ presentation on the 2021 AAG Hot Topic by Professor Paul Arbon, AAG 2021 Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow.

1.15pm to 2.00pm (AEDT)

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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.

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