NT Division

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Division of the AAG was formed in November 2010, following a very successful AAG Northern Territory Conference that year. Formation of the Division meets a longstanding need to bring together diverse players to assist in raising awareness of ageing and aged care service delivery challenges specific to regional, rural and remote areas in the Northern Territory. Although Northern Territory is still relatively small in comparison to other States and Territories, membership is very diverse representing our unique and exciting seniors and aged care and sectors in the Northern Territory. Members are mainly based in Darwin and Alice Springs, although some members are based in more remote locations. The Executive Committee meets regularly to plan and arrange educational and other activities for members, including publication of a regular newsletter.

Division Chair

Judy Ratajec is a Psychogeriatric Nurse currently working as the Team Leader for the Darwin and Katherine Urban Aged Care Assessment Team.
Judy has been involved in the implementation of the Aged Care reforms and in particular increasing access for our ageing Territorians through My Aged Care.
Previous to her work with the Aged Care Assessment team she had worked extensively in the Psychogeriatric and Dementia areas developing and establishing  responsive services to meet the needs of those people most at risk.
Over the 21 years in the Northern Territory Judy has established programs through Alzheimer’s Australia ( Dementia Australia ) including Dementia Friendly Communities, lobbying for appropriate services for those living with Younger Onset Dementia, raising awareness of brain health and dementia risk reduction across the NT.
Through DBMAS (DSA) Judy worked alongside communities to developed Indigenous specific resources providing education and strategies to reduce the impact of Dementia and behaviours of concern.
Judy is a strong client advocate and is committed to improving the lives of people living with complex psychogeriatric conditions in the Northern Territory. 



Helen Mar





Mary Ingrames is the clinical nurse consultant for Geriatrics at Royal Darwin Hospital working as clinical nurse for GEM unit. She has worked for over 20 years in aged care in the NT in residential, community and subacute aged care areas across rural, remote and urban settings. Mary holds a Masters of mental health nursing (aged care). With special interest in behaviour management in dementia care and Indigenous aged care and has travelled extensively across NT with aged care work.




Membership Officer

Flo Goland




Events Coordinator

Caroline Phillips




Board Nominee

Toni Roberts is a Manager of a Flexible Aged Care Facility in Maningrida, a remote community in the Northern Territory. Toni has held this position since 2017 – prior to this Toni held a similar position in another remote NT community. Toni is originally from Perth and worked for the WA government for over 20 years.

Toni holds a diploma in Community Management. Toni is currently undertaking a Diploma in Indigenous Culture. Toni received a Community Services Award from the Governor General in 2018. This was in recognition of the work and commitment to improve the care and outcomes for Aboriginal people particularly Aged and People with a Disability.

Toni is passionate about providing services to people that are person centred, culturally appropriate and promote choice and control.

Committee Members

Susan Williams




Wendy Hubbard



Ben Poona



Alison Welsh



Thanks to the following previous Committee members


Rebecca McGrath (Treasurer), Aneeta Snow, Gillian Brearley,


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AAG NT Division -
Bursary to attend the 2022 AAG Conference

The 55th AAG Conference – “The Future of Ageing Well, 2022 and Beyond: Inspire, Motivate, Innovate” will be held 22-25 November 2022 in Adelaide, South Australia

The Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) NT Division is offering a contribution of $500 to support your attendance at this conference.

Selection criteria:

  • Current AAG member
  • Current enrolment in a field of study directly related to ageing, aged care or gerontology OR current employment in the field of aged care
  • A demonstrated interest in issues of ageing and career aspirations relating to ageing, aged care or gerontology

We strongly encourage those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and/or those researching or working on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing issues to apply.

When applying please:

  • Describe in 250 words or less why you should receive this bursary, how it will benefit you and your future career and how you meet the selection criteria


Applications must be received by October 8th 2022 to judy.ratajec@nt.gov.au 

AAG NT Division - Outstanding Contribution to Gerontology in the NT -
Aged Care Worker Award


AAG NT Division Invites nominations for Outstanding Contribution to Gerontology in the NT - Aged Care Worker Award

The Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) NT Division is offering a prize of $500 and complimentary membership of AAG for the following financial year.

Nominations are invited from AAG members, members of the public and the aged care sector to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to gerontology in the Northern Territory.

Examples of criteria for nomination include:

  • Sustained and significant contribution to the study of ageing and/or aged care in the Northern Territory
  • Outstanding contribution in the practice of aged care (roles can include coordination, managerial, training and caring)
  • Significant contribution to quality aged care service provision and advocacy
  • Enhancing understanding of the particular needs of older people in the NT (for example Indigenous, rural and remote, ethnic groups)
  • Significant contribution to a positive public perception of ageing in the NT

When nominating please address one of the above criteria in a short letter or email to NT AAG Division by: 23rd September 2022 to  judy.ratajec@nt.gov.au or mary.ingrames@nt.gov.au

Please include name and contact details of person being nominated, nominator and seconder

Previous awardees

The 2021 award was presented in December to Jennifer WIlliams of Tangentyere Aged Care Services ,Alice Springs

The NT Division Committee would also like to acknowledge the following nominees for their outstanding contributions to Gerontology in NT during 2021:

  • Annalisa Bawden Vic Daly Shire, Katherine Region
  • Heather King, Team Leader HCP, Team Health, Darwin
  • Janet Marlborough, Southern Cross Care, Darwin


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