Healthy Ageing Initiative

The HaBs Faculty Healthy Ageing Initiative is a growing community of practice around healthy ageing, incorporating research, research training, curriculum development, student activities, and community engagement and partnerships.

The Director of the Healthy Ageing Initiative is Professor Nancy A. Pachana. Professor Pachana has an international reputation in geriatric mental health and also leads UQ’s Age Friendly University initiatives.

In line with Faculty strengths in research, teaching and engagement, the Healthy Ageing Initiative focuses on applied aspects of healthy ageing, with four major themes:

  • understanding and managing the transitions of ageing, across theory as well as practice
  • innovative health service design, strengthening service delivery as well as student placement opportunities for working with older people
  • strategies to achieve the goal of living well in older age, no matter where people live, including residential aged care and regional/rural areas
  • development and use of digital technologies to make health-related services and information widely accessible, and help deliver innovative co-designed solutions with older adults themselves

The Healthy Ageing Initiative Is undertaken in partnership with UQ Health Care. As such, a key component of the Healthy Ageing Initiative is its flagship model of innovative student placements, robust community engagement, and interprofessional research opportunities, UQ Healthy Living. The professorial role of Director, Healthy Ageing Initiative, is jointly funded by UQ Health Care, Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Funds, and Faculty funds. Our integrated approach to healthy ageing across all Schools and Centres in HaBS extends outward to embrace the broader UQ community.