Experiences of Ageing
in Australia

Experiences of
Ageing in Australia


The Experiences of Ageing project aimed to improve our understandings of people’s experiences of getting older, and provide information resources to support older people, their families and health professionals involved in their care. We collected video, audio and written interviews, which have been used to:

  • find out what is important to people as they age
  • contribute to the health information website www.healthdirect.gov.au
  • train health and social care professionals
  • support quality improvement in healthcare
  • write research papers

Healthtalk Australia online resource:

Experiences of ageing in Australia

Funding Body:

Healthdirect Australia (2013-2014)


Associate Professor Kath Ryan
Lead Investigator, Research Director, School of Nursing & Midwifery, La Trobe University

Dr Lorraine Smith
Co-Investigator, School of Pharmacy, University of Sydney

Research Team:

Dr Kayli Wild
Research Fellow, School of Nursing & Midwifery, La Trobe University

Dr Victoria Team
Research Officer, School of Nursing & Midwifery, La Trobe University

Dr Jacqueline Tudball
Research Fellow, School of Nursing & Midwifery, La Trobe University

Advisory Panel:

Sally Beath
GP Representative, Medical Practitioner

Stephanie Bell
Aboriginal Link Co-ordinator, Frontier Aged Care Services

Maree Cameron
Policy Representative,Victorian Government Department of Health

Tony Coles
Executive Officer, Australian Association of Gerontology

Sophie Hill
Head, Centre for Health Communication and Participation, La Trobe University

Joe Ibrahim
Professor and Consultant Geriatrician, Monash University

Marion Lau
Deputy Chair, Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (Chair of Aged Care Policy Committee)

Janine Lundie
Policy Analyst (Dianne Zalitis)  Healthdirect Australia

Maree McCabe
CEO (Leanne Wenig) Alzheimer’s Australia

Andrew McLachlan
Professor of Pharmacy, University of Sydney and Centre for Education and Research on Ageing

Rhonda Nay
Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University

Helen Rawson
Research Fellow, Southern Health Nursing Research Centre, Deakin University

Libby Saunders
Former National Director, Calvary Health Care

Diane Walker
Knowledge Exchange Co-ord, Lowitja Institute

Ian Yates
CEO, Council on the Ageing