I am delighted to announce that the Board has appointed Associate Professor Briony Dow as Director of the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) for a further five years.
After one year as Director, Dr Dow has led a thriving team into new research and fundraising directions, all of which augur well for the Institute’s future.
She is one of Australia’s leading ageing researchers, with an ability to foreshadow trends and challenges in Australia’s ageing population, which NARI is addressing through its research and strategic partnerships.
Over the past year, Dr Dow has worked with the Board and NARI researchers to develop a new strategic plan which has identified a range of gaps in current ageing research, particularly around gender, sexuality, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and elder abuse.
These initiatives, together with the establishment of the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration (MARC), the Australian Ageing Research Foundation, and the development of international links in China and India, are generating interest in our work and the need for ageing research.
NARI will continue to work on its flagship research programs including falls and balance, dementia, carers and healthy ageing, all of which are highly sought after by government to inform policy and the direction of funds.
The Institute celebrates its 40th year this year. Over the four decades it has achieved a substantial track record of attracting and providing substantial returns on investment in its research, attracting visiting fellows and students from across the globe, and initiating significant changes to the way that aged care is practiced in Australia.