I would like to firstly congratulate the new Senior Australian of the Year, Professor Gordian Fulde who for more than three decades has worked in some of Australia’s busiest hospital emergency departments.
He is presently Director of Emergency at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and has been outspoken on alcohol fuelled violence and the scourge of the drug ‘ice’. The Senior Australian of the Year is a great celebration of the contributions older people have made, and continue to make, to our communities.
2016 is a Federal Election year so NARI will be taking the opportunity to promote the voices of older people in the political debate, particularly around their priorities for a research agenda. Our previous consultations have shown that they want to know how to keep their brains healthy, to be socially connected and to understand more about the “normal” ageing process, especially regarding brain changes, hormonal changes and sexuality and strength and balance.
NARI will also be looking at what the aged care reforms mean for older people and their carers, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in a research partnership we have formed with Carers Victoria and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
Other topics on our agenda for this year are: elder abuse – we will be presenting at three upcoming conferences on our elder abuse research; cultural diversity and ageing – starting with the Roundtable in collaboration with the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council in March; and fast tracking the MARC research program.