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August 2021 ACT AAG Newsletter

Dear ACT AAG Members and Friends,

We are pleased to bring you the following updates:

  1. AAG National Conference:
    • The 54th AAG Conference The 54th AAG Conference will be held between the 9th and 12th of November 2021 (pre-conference workshops 9th November) on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
      • The theme this year is For the Future: Innovation in Ageing
      • The AAG ACT Committee will be providing bursaries for the conference. Please see the “Bursaries” tab here: https://www.aag.asn.au/act-division
        • Applications are welcome from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Student and Early Career Researchers, Carers, healthcare workers, and advocates for older people.
        • To be considered, please describe in 100 words or less why you would like to receive the bursary (the link for submission is in the above link)
  1. CHARM Awards:
  • The ACT Committee was delighted to sponsor two awards at the Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (CHARM) again in 2021.
  • The poster considered by the committee to best exemplify high quality and essential research regarding ageing and gerontology was awarded to:
    • Nikki Johnston (Discipline of Nursing, University of Canberra) for “Reliving trauma near death: A systematic review”
  • The three minute thesis considered by the committee to best exemplify high quality and important research regarding ageing and gerontology was awarded to:
    • Abbie Doherty (Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of Canberra) for “Feasibility and acceptability of inspiratory muscle training in Parkinson’s disease”

Well done Nikki and Abbie!

  1. Podcasts on the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety with local experts and AAG members:
    • Distinguished Professor Diane Gibson (University of Canberra), Associate Director of the Centre for Social Research Nicholas Biddle, Professor Sharon Bessell, and Senior Clinical Lecturer Arnagretta Hunter (All; Australian National University) were featured on a podcast titled “Caring for older Australians”.
    • This time, Diane was featured with Associate Professor Kasia Bail (University of Canberra) on "The Gab with Grattan: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety".
  2. Local author and social psychologist Professor Hugh Mackay (Australian National University) recently celebrated his career with the book “The Kindness Revolution”. Hugh encourages us to find the best in society and ourselves in both good and bad times.
    • Read more in Canberra CityNews here
  3. Canberra has a new option for people living with dementia called Kambera House. Kambera House celebrated its grand opening in July. It is a small-scale care option that caters for 6 guests with ongoing and respite living. Stay tuned for more to come in this space from Kambera House and parent organisation Community Home Australia.
    • Listen to an interview on ABC Radio with Lyn and Nicole Smith from Kambera House and Juliette Parer Spurrett from Dementia Australia here and read about it in the Canberra Times here
  4. The World Health Organization released a quick guide to avoiding ageism in communication this year. It is directed at policymakers, practitioners, researchers, development agencies and members of the private sector and civil society, and provides evidence-based recommendations for action to create a world for all ages.
  • See the publications and resources here and some easy to read and follow tips from our friends in New Zealand here
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Warm Regards,

ACT AAG Committee

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