Sensory loss and quality of life in older people

Presenters: Professor Colette Browning, Federation University

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About the presentation

While population ageing is a success story, it poses challenges for individuals and society with increases in age-related chronic conditions and the consequential impact on quality of life. Age-related sensory loss is a relatively under-researched area compared to other age-related chronic conditions. Long-term vision problems are reported by 93% of older Australians, 50% of older Australians are impacted by hearing loss and around 100,000 Australians experience combined vison and hearing loss.  Sensory loss is associated with dementia and mental health problems.  This presentation focuses on our research on dual sensory loss in Australia and China and examines the service and intervention needs of older people living with sensory loss.  

About the presenter

Professor Colette Browning is a recognised national and international leader in psychology and health. Her research focuses on healthy ageing, chronic disease management and consumer involvement in health care decision-making. She holds the position of Professor, Health Research, School of Health, Federation University Australia and is an Honorary Professor in the Research School of Population Health, ANU. She has served on a number of national and international government advisory committees on ageing and primary health care. In recognition of her contribution to health research and policy in China, she was awarded an Honorary Professorship at Peking University. She has 265 publications and has won over $26 million in research grant funding.  Professor Browning has supervised and mentored over 40 doctoral students and has led curriculum development in the areas of gerontology, health psychology and doctoral research training.   

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