The South Australian Division of the AAG has a program of thematically linked meetings for its members and members of associated organisations consisting of seminars, symposia and special interest meetings, including seminars in rural areas.
In addition, we run an annual one day scientific conference that includes the "ACH Group Sir Keith Wilson Oration". This conference is considered by many as the premier conference on ageing in the State and constantly attracts over 200 delegates.
Lui DiVenuto has been an active member of the South Australian committee since 2003 and has been president of the division since 2014.
Lui is the Team Leader of the Active Ageing and Disability Programs with the City of Onkaparinga since 2016. The City of Onkaparinga is South Australia’s largest council with a population of 169.000.
Prior to that he spent 14 years with the Eastern Collaborative Project facilitating sector development with Aged care service providers across the Eastern Metropolitan region of Adelaide.
He has extensive experience in Community Care and service development with Local Government in South Australia, and Social Services in the United Kingdom.
Dr Linda Isherwood is a Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre, University of Adelaide. Prior to that she was a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University. Linda’s research focuses on the aged care and disability sector workforces. She is currently a chief investigator on an ARC Linkage Project looking at recruitment, retention and skills within the aged care workforce. Linda has been an active member of the AAG since 2011. Along with her current role as Treasurer of the SA Division, she is also a co-convenor of the Ageing, Workforce and Education Special Interest Group. Linda is an AAG Fellow and Distinguished Member. She is also a recipient of the AAG SA Division Early Career Research Award.
Student & Early Career Group Representatives
Victoria Cornell is the Housing Research Manager at ECH, one of SA’s largest independent living and aged care services providers; and a research active Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.
As a social gerontologist, Victoria is undertaking research including in-home care provision, community connectedness, the built environment and housing - especially alternative models of housing, and housing for vulnerable older people.Victoria convenes AAG’s Housing and the Built Environment special interest group.In 2019 Victoria was awarded the AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship to investigate alternative, affordable models of housing that could help older Australians to age-in-place. For the Fellowship, Victoria will be visiting the USA, Germany, Denmark, Singapore and Japan.
Mitchell Goldsworthy's research employs various non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS, tES) and recording (EEG) techniques to characterise the neurophysiological determinants of cognitive function in healthy ageing and dementia. The overarching aim of this research is to provide new mechanistic insights into the roles of brain connectivity and plasticity in supporting later life cognitive health, with the potential to inform novel strategies for dementia prevention and therapy.
Hannah is a cognitive neuroscientist and holds a NHMRC Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship at the University of South Australia. Her work focuses on cognitive ageing and dementia in late-life, including the role of vascular risk factors and cognitive reserve.
Monica Cations is a Research Fellow in the Department of Rehabilitation, Aged and Extended Care at Flinders University where she coordinates an NHMRC-funded translational study aiming to improve dementia care. She completed her PhD in Public Health in 2016 with research interests including dementia epidemiology, young onset dementia, and the impact of psychological trauma in old age. Monica is also a registered provisional psychologist and holds a clinical role with the Central Adelaide Local Health Network Memory Trials Centre. Monica has worked with people with dementia and their carers for many years across clinical, community, and research roles.
Ruth Walker has been an active member of the SA Division since 2013 and has been Secretary/Action Noter since 2014. Ruth is a social gerontologist with a background in Public Health, Psychology and Rehabilitation Counselling. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Disability and Community Inclusion and Head of Teaching Section for Applied Gerontology within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Her research focuses on life transitions associated with ageing as well as later life caregiving and the intersection between disability and ageing. She conducts qualitative research which gives voice to underserved groups of older people and which helps to shape practice and policy.
Dr Debbie Faulkner is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Adelaide. Her research foci in the field of ageing include the aspirations and expectations of older people and the baby boomers with respect to housing transitions; the impact of appropriate housing and service provision on health and wellbeing; the vulnerability of low income older people in the housing market; social networks and connections; and older peoples’ understanding of, access to, use and demand for aged and community care services.
Dr Ashleigh Smith
Ashleigh is an NHMRC-ARC funded Dementia research development fellow who has positioned her research at the nexus of neuroscience, cognitive ageing and exercise physiology. Since 2013, she has been awarded >1.4 million as a chief investigator in competitive grant funding from the NHMRC, ARC, Alzheimer’s Australia and the Judith Jane Mason and Harold Stannett Williams foundation. Her NHMRC funded research program aims to optimise exercise prescription for brain health in older adults at risk of dementia. This involves optimising the type, intensity and the environment of exercise for brain health. In addition Ash is working closely with information technology academic collaborators to develop novel applications using virtual and augmented reality technologies that may assist in earlier and more accurate diagnosis, quantification of symptom progression and therapeutic aids for late-life cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases including dementia.
Tim Windsor's research interests are in the area of lifespan developmental psychology, with a focus on social relationships, well-being, and how people successfully adapt to ageing-related transitions.
Former office holders
Ruth Walker - Action noter 2019
Ivy Diegman - Action noter 2019
Lynsey Brown - Board Nominee and SAGe Convenor 2019
Erica Tilley - SECG rep 2019
Monica Cations SECG rep 2019
Page last updated February 2020
The SA Division of the AAG provides several forms of financial support to its student and early career members each year. This includes financial support to encourage student members to attend and present at the AAG national conference. Two research awards (Gary Andrews Student Award and Robert Penhall Early Career Research Award) are also offered annually to promote and further gerontology research in SA.
AAG Conference Support
AAG SA Committee Student Representative:
- Receives financial support to attend the national conference - registration fee, airfare, accommodation
- Approximately $1,500
Student member support:
- Financial support is available to all SA student members who are presenting at the national conference (and who do not have access to financial support from their university or workplace)
- A maximum of $4,000 will be distributed between eligible members with a cap of $500 per person
Student/Early Career Research Awards
Gary Andrews Student Award:
- Awarded to the best student presenter at the SAGe conference
- Work presented must have been undertaken in SA while the presenter was a researcher under supervision for work in a field of gerontology
- Eligible presenters must still be a student or be within 12 months of the award of their degree
- $500 prize and 12 month AAG membership
Robert Penhall Early Career Research Award:
- Award is open to researchers developing a research profile in gerontology
- Applicants must be students currently undertaking a PhD or have been awarded a PhD in the last five years
- $1,000 prize and 12 month AAG membership
For further details please contact:
Lui DiVenuto (President): LuiDiV@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au
Linda Isherwood (Treasurer): firstname.lastname@example.org
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