Our history

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) was founded on 16 April 1975 when an agreement was signed between the University of Melbourne and Mount Royal Hospital to establish a National Research Institute for the purpose of gerontological research and geriatric medicine

NARI’s first director was Professor Derek Prinsley (1976-1986). Under his guidance, NARI’s direction was to:

  • conduct gerontological research covering social, physiological, biological and psychological aspects of ageing, the objective being improved medical and social care of the aged
  • teach geriatric medicine to undergraduate medical students and to train geriatricians in the specialty
  • develop a clinical geriatric service.

After two years, NARI was provided with offices, research and teaching rooms, a ward for clinical research and educational programs, and supporting service facilities by the hospital.

On 9 December 1977 His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, Sir Henry Winneke, formally opened the Mount Royal National Research Institute of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. In 1993 the Institute became an incorporated body.

The National Ageing Research Institute was established and officially launched on 7 June 1994, by the Minister for Aged Care in Victoria, The Hon Robert Knowles MLC. The Institute was directed by Professor Robert Helme (1987-2000) and its primary aim was to improve the wellbeing of older people.

Since 2000, there have been three directors:

  • Interim Director Associate Professor Zeinab Khalil 2000-2001
  • Professor Allan McLean 2001-2006
  • Professor David Ames 2007-present.