NSW Division

New South Wales

The New South Wales Division of the AAG has an Executive Committee who meet bi-monthly in Sydney to design events about ageing that inspire and enlighten and to oversee representation of AAG in various NSW policy forums. 

We run a range of seminars and forums across NSW including Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. New ideas are showcased, interesting subject matter presented, exciting research findings are discussed and orations by leading specialists in their fields always ensure these events are well attended. An annual two-day Rural Conference is held in a different country town each year to bring city and country people together, to network with local communities and provide resources and new research direct to those working and living across the State.

We also have two Chapters based in the Hunter and Illawarra. These groups bring together local members and others with an interest in gerontology. Each Chapter hosts local seminars and events and offer a wonderful local networking opportunity.

We pride ourselves on providing good networking opportunities to our members and anyone interested in ageing issues. We encourage everyone to participate so you too can be kept up-to-date and inspired by greater knowledge about ageing.

Division Chair

Anthony Brown



Vice chair

Carrie Hayter is a passionate advocate for the rights of people who use social care services. With over 27 years’ experience working in social care. She is the Managing Director of Carrie Hayter Consulting who has worked with over 500 aged care and disability services across Australia, in transforming how they work alongside older people, people with disability and their allies to create connected communities. She also works as a casual academic teaching in Social Work and Social Policy at the Australian College of Psychology in Sydney.
Carrie has a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) from the University of NSW, Sydney, a Masters of Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney and is a graduate of the Sydney Leadership Program. An active member of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) since 2006, Carrie is the Vice Chair of the NSW Branch and in 2017 became a Distinguished Member of the AAG. 


Sarah Fogg 



Treasurer and Student & Early Career Group Representative

Reza Kahlaee is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney. 
He has a BSc in Software engineering and MSc in AI and Robotics. His Ph.D. is focused on modelling an algorithm for a software screening tool to reduce drug-drug interactions and medication-induced falls in the older adults.
An AAG and committee member. He is interested in Biomedical engineering, Big data research, Statistical and analytical analysis especially in health science, Artificial intelligence, Cognitive, brain science, life science informatics, Health science, interdisciplinary research incorporating health science, computational methods in Biomedical Engineering & biology, aged care health, IP(Intellectual Property) and mental health. 
Reza is also interested and active in interdisciplinary collaboration across health and engineering/ technological sector to improve living and health conditions for older people.
Prior to his academic career, Reza has vast corporate experience as senior consultant, manager and technical manager in instrumentation, biometrics and bioinformatics, process automation, solution architect and policy manager.

Board Nominee

A/Prof Marguerite Bramble is a senior academic and leader in aged care with national collaborations across disciplines. An AAG member and committee member across Tasmania, Queensland and NSW, involvement has included leading hot topic events, coordinating the NSW Rural Conference 2018 and contributing to national working groups. As an author and peer reviewer for the Australasian Journal of Ageing her expertise provides leverage in translating aged care policy and governance to practice.
Prior to her academic career her corporate experience as a manager and consultant ranged from graduating as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors to board membership and serving on a number of senior management committees linked to boards in both private and public sectors

Committee Members

Gabrielle Armstrong

Maree Bernoth



Helen Creasey

Kylie Crnek-Georgeson


Keryn Curtis

Carrie Hayter

Vasi Naganathan

Lisa Ralphs

Nola Ries is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney. She has expertise in health law and policy, with a particular focus on law, ageing and health. Her current research focuses on elder abuse, advance care planning, and decision-making capacity. She has a special interest in dementia and the inclusion of people with cognitive impairment in research. Nola advocates for interprofessional collaboration across health and legal sectors to improve access to services and outcomes for older people. She publishes widely in legal, health and policy journals, with over 50 peer-reviewed articles and approximately 45 book chapters, major reports, commissioned papers and other publications. Prior to moving to Australia in 2013, Nola was a legal academic and lawyer in Canada. She practiced in human rights litigation and constitutional and administrative law and served as a legal consultant to government departments and health professional organisations.

​​​​​​Nicola Rosenthal

Paul Sadler is the Chief Executive Officer of Presbyterian Aged Care NSW & ACT.  Presbyterian Aged Care serves around 2,000 older people through residential aged care, community care and retirement housing across metropolitan and regional areas of NSW and ACT.  Previously, Paul was CEO of Aged & Community Services NSW & ACT, the peak body representing not-for-profit aged and community care service providers.  He also held various positions on ageing and disability issues in the NSW Government, including Manager of HACC (Home and Community Care) and Ageing Programs, and worked as a social worker with frail older people, people with disabilities and their carers.  Paul is a Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology and former President of AAG’s NSW Division.

Dr Chris Shanley is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Nursing Research, Western Sydney University. His professional background is in nursing and he has a long standing involvement in education and research in the fields of aged care, dementia care, advance care planning and end-of-life care. 

Lisa Shipley

Barbara Squires has over forty years experience at a senior level in ageing and aged care, in service development and provision (community and residential aged care, seniors’ housing), policy and research. Her passion is sharing her deep knowledge of older people and the ageing sector to improve outcomes for Australia’s rapidly ageing population.
Barbara has wide knowledge of social research in ageing, as a former National President and Board Board member of the Australian Association of Gerontology. She brings together a strong understanding of research methodology, the aspirations of older people and the needs of service providers.
Her major role in the planning for The Benevolent Society’s innovative Apartments for Life project gave her a deep understanding of housing issues and worldwide models of housing and care that can enhance older people’s autonomy, choice and quality of life.
She has had extensive experience in legal issues affecting older people, including planning ahead and responding to elder abuse. She has completed the Company Director’s Course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is an experienced Board member. Barbara has a Bachelor of Social Studies (Sydney University) and is a Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology.

Sharon Wall (Illawara Chapter Chair)
Sharon has worked in Ageing and Aged Care for over 40 years and is a long-standing member and inaugural fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and is the current chair of the Illawarra Chapter.
She is the director of Ageing by Caring Pt Ltd and is also the Project Coordinator of the Koori Dementia Care Project under the auspice of NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia). This project is translating research undertaken by the Koori Growing Old Well Study into capacity building and resources for Aboriginal communities.  


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AAG Hunter Chapter operates in partnership with Hunter Ageing Research (HAR), a network of clinicians, practitioners and researchers interested in ageing issues which aims to advance collaboration between individuals and organisations in the Hunter region. HAR produces a quarterly Newsletter in partnership with AAG Hunter Chapter which highlights recent research and advertises conferences, educational activities and other news within the ageing sphere. HAR organises invited speakers and provides a forum for sharing recent and emerging research at their bi-monthly seminar, which is followed by the AAG Hunter Chapter business meeting.

The Chapter has also shared organisation of the AAG Rural Conference with NSW Division committee every second year, over the last few years. The annual RM Gibson Oration, given by invited speakers of national reputation in ageing, is a highlight of the year of activities for the Hunter Chapter.

The Hunter Chapter includes clinicians, practitioners and researchers interested in ageing issues, who provide volunteer expertise within the spheres of residential aged care, aged care and rehabilitation medicine, academic research, tertiary education, community associations, health services, and government policy advice.

Chapter President

Felicity Barr


Sally O'Loughlin

Judy Lindsay

Nicola Rosenthal

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The Illawarra Chapter is a newly formed Chapter of the AAG. The Illawarra consists of the local government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven. The Chapter includes academics, clinicians, practitioners, researchers and older members of the community interested in ageing issues that impact on the Illawarra area of NSW.

A small but energetic committee continues to forge valuable collaborations with academics, researchers, clinicians and service providers in the area. We also aim to bring national and international experts in health and ageing to present at events across the region, to enable local people to keep up to date with major research, policy and service delivery developments.

Localised research and programs have been featured through regular forums held in partnership with the University of Wollongong Global Challenges Program and IRT.

Further collaborations and partnerships will continue to be explored to ensure that issues of ageing are addressed holistically and responsively for members of the AAG in the Illawarra.

Chapter Chair

Sharon Wall has worked in Ageing and Aged Care for over 40 years and is a long-standing member and inaugural fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and is the current chair of the Illawarra Chapter.
She is the director of Ageing by Caring Pt Ltd and is also the Project Coordinator of the Koori Dementia Care Project under the auspice of NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia). This project is translating research undertaken by the Koori Growing Old Well Study into capacity building and resources for Aboriginal communities.  


Anita Westera

Jacquelin Capell

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