TAS Division


The Tasmania Division of the AAG provides local events for members. We provide opportunities to hear from international, national, and local speakers about innovations and research in the field of ageing. Our events also provide networking opportunities for our diverse membership, which includes aged care workers, allied health professionals, nurses and medical professionals. Basically, anyone interested in improving the experience of ageing. We provide links to the national body and scholarships to help members attend the annual national conference. We are a group of friendly people who endeavour to provide connections locally and nationally for people interested in gerontology.


Ngaire Hobbins is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who has enjoyed a widely varied career in nutrition for more than 30 years, specialising in gerontology, aged care and brain health for two decades.
During her time working in this field, Ngaire has, been a consultant across community and residential aged care, lectured in Nutrition, Ageing and Dementia in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania, maintained a clinical practice and published 3 books: Eat To Cheat Ageing, Eat To Cheat Dementia and Better Brain Food (published in USA as Brain Food) .
The books are the result of Ngaire’s frustration with the paucity of health messages specifically for older people. They present the science of nutrition, ageing and brain health in an engaging and reader friendly style.
Ngaire’s passion is in helping older people know what they need to eat and do to enjoy maximum health, independence and vitality in their later years.
Ngaire is a sought-after speaker to professional and non-professional audiences, campaigns against ageism and advocates for age-friendly communities and active ageing initiatives. 



Laura Tierney works as a Junior Research Fellow at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania. In that role, Laura is involved in a number of projects related to dementia knowledge and education and care for people with dementia. She is also a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology. Her PhD research focuses on quality of life and meaningful activity for people living with dementia in residential aged care facilities. 


Communications Officer

Joanna Sun is a PhD candidate at University of Wollongong and a project officer at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. She is undertaking a research project on adapting a dementia enabling environment audit tool for Singapore. Her background as a care assistant, nurse, healthcare administrator and life experiences with dementia has led her to develop a passionate and active involvement in the aged care industry especially in the areas of dementia care.


Student & Early Career Researcher Representative

Azam Bazooband is a PhD student, working and studying in Wicking Dementia Research Centre. She is undertaking her PhD researching community-based arts activities for older people with dementia. She also works as casual teaching staff  in Wicking Dementia Centre and the Faculty of Health. She has several years of experience working as a researcher & lecturer, deputy director, team manager and administrator in various health care settings in Iran. 




Finance Officer

Dr Sarang Kim is a research fellow at the Wicking Dementia Education & Research Centre, University of Tasmania working mainly on the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). She is interested in the field of dementia and ageing, particularly in dementia risk reduction and dementia-related stigma reduction. She has extensive applied research experience managing large-scale trials, dementia risk reduction intervention programs (Body Brain Lifestyle – GP and BBL-Fit) and collaborating with health professionals. She also led a first dementia-related stigma reduction project, Dementia Stigma Reduction (DESeRvE). Dr Kim is also interested in conducting cross-cultural/national studies and research involving people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background.


Board Nominee

Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott is a Researcher in Dementia Care at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre in the University of Tasmania, AAG's Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) and a registered Clinical Psychologist. Since 2015, she has chaired the AAG’s Tasmanian Division, working closely with the Committee to hold events about gerontology. Last year, Prof Alex Kalaché spoke to Tasmanian members about his work on age friendly cities at the International Longevity Centre in Brazil and the World Health Organisation, which attracted attention from the local media. Her current role is National Health and Medical Research Council/Australian Research Council (NHMRC-ARC) Research Fellow where she leads Work4Dementia, a project that aims to develop an evidence-based intervention that could help build capacity and resilience for the Australian dementia care workforce.


Committee Members

Prof Christine Stirling is the President of AAG, and a nursing academic at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Christine has a career long interest in improving health care through workforce innovation and consumer research. She has a particular interest in supporting older persons to remain living in the community, in dementia studies, and in the future workforce innovations that can support improved health care. Christine’s published work covers volunteers, informal carers, decision aids, and memory clinics and how these can help to improve health services. Christine joined the AAG in 2009 as a member of the Tasmanian Division, serving as Treasurer 2010-2011, then State President 2011-2013. She was an inaugural co-convenor of the Gerontological Nursing Special Interest Group in 2014. She has served on the National Board (previously Council) since 2011 and was Vice President 2013 - 2017


Dr Juanita Westbury’s background is as a military, community, government and research pharmacist, with a particular research interest in the management of old age mental health.
After completing a Masters of Science in the U.K. examining medication adherence in older people she returned to Australia to start a doctoral thesis. As part of her PhD, an intervention program, ‘RedUSe’ (Reducing Use of Sedatives) in Long Term Care, was developed; for which she was awarded an International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Junior Research award in 2009 and a National Medicinewise Award in 2012. RedUSe is an interdisciplinary, multi-strategic 6-month program comprising of audit/feedback, interactive staff education and sedative review. The RedUSe program was subsequently funded by the Australian Government Department of Health for a national expansion and has been implemented in over 150 long term care homes across Australia from 2014-2016. The program significantly reduced antipsychotic and benzodiazepine use in residents, with a high degree of health practitioner satisfaction. She was also a recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship in 2014 and a Mental Health Services (TheMHS) award for Education, Training or Workforce development. Juanita currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania and continues to strive to ensure appropriate medication use in aged care.

Andrea Price is a lecturer with the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania, and is undertaking a PhD researching residential dementia-care units.  A registered nurse with post-graduate qualifications in mental health nursing, health services management, aged care nursing, and a Master of Nursing, Andrea has held varied nursing roles in Australia and England over a period of more than 20 years. Her professional interests focus on the care of people who are living with dementia, including developing staff knowledge to enhance care and support for people who are living with dementia.



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Page last updated 4th Dec 2019. More information to follow.

2020 Bursaries to be announced soon.
The 2019 information has been left here for guidance only


Bursaries for Tasmanians to attend the AAG Conference 2019

The AAG Tas Division is offering two conference registration bursaries.

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

Bursaries are offered in two categories:

Category I: A Tasmanian student (e.g., University of Tasmania or TAFE) who is currently studying in the area of aged care or gerontology. An early career researcher can apply.

Selection Criteria for Category I Registration

  • Current AAG Membership (or have applied for AAG membership)
  • Current enrolment in a field of study directly related to ageing, aged care or gerontology
  • A strong record of academic achievement
  • A demonstrated interest in issues of ageing, and career and study aspirations relating to the ageing and/or aged care
  • Available to attend the entire AAG conference
  • Available to present an aspect of their work to an AAG Tasmania seminar

Category II: A new Tasmanian practitioner working in the field of aged care (including nursing, social work, psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medicine, or other direct care service provision).

Selection Criteria for Category II Registration

  • Current AAG Membership (or have applied for AAG membership)
  • Current employment in a workplace in a field of gerontology
  • A demonstrated interest in issues of ageing, and career and aspirations relating to gerontology
  • Available to attend the entire AAG conference
  • Available to present an aspect of their work to an AAG Tasmania seminar

Application procedure:
If you would like to apply and you meet the requirements of one of the categories above, please send your application by email to: Azam Bazooband 
before COB Friday, 23rd August 2019 to enable early bird registration (9th September).

Your application must include:

  1. Contact details
  2. CV (one page max.)
  3. Statement against the selection criteria for the category you are applying under (approx. 300 words total).

Applications close on COB Friday, 23rd August 2019

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