LTU launches rural aged care forum

The Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) is launching its Albury-Wodonga chapter at a La Trobe University event featuring presentations from leading international researchers and celebrating 21 years of gerontology education for health care practitioners.

AAG is Australia's national body promoting research and education in ageing. It links professionals working across the multidisciplinary fields of ageing and connects them with each other and with members of the community to help them collaborate and exchange information on ageing.

Local people interested in ageing are invited to attend the free  event being held from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday 11 November at La Trobe University.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Mark Skinner, founding Director of the Trent Centre for Ageing and Society at Trent University in Canada. The address is entitled 'Voluntarism and age-friendly rural communities'

Professor Skinner's research focused on the importance of volunteers inn building age-friendly communities.

Professor Skinner will report on research undertaken in Canada, Ireland and locally in north-east Victoria in conjunction with researchers from the John Richards Initiative (JRI) at La Trobe University.

Professor Jeni Warburton, Chair of Rural Aged Care Research at JRI said, "This event is a great opportunity to showcase research conducted locally and to reflect on the similarities and differences between other countries and rural northeast."

La Trobe and CSU are partnering with the AAG in the launch of the rural chapter and invite new members.

Lecturer in Gerontology at CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ms Robin Harvey said, "We invite everybody involved in aged care locally and those interested in ageing research to come along, bring their experience and join the conversation about building age-friendly rural communities in the Border region and around the world."

Media note: Media are invited to attend the two hour event being held at 5pm on Wednesday 11 November at Lecture Theatre, Building 6, Latrobe University, University Drive, Wodonga, VIC South Entry.

Media contact:

Leah Humphrys, 03 9479 5353

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