The Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG) at La Trobe University is a collaboration of researchers interested in healthy ageing and aged care.

The need to develop an evidence base to help individuals, communities and services prepare for and support Australia's ageing population is paramount. Research in this area is of substantial contemporary significance as all levels of government actively engage in seeking responses to issues posed by rapid population ageing.

HARG operates on a 'hub and spokes' model. As the hub, the AIPCA brings together five research centres, four of which focus on the broader research question of how to promote healthy ageing and have policies and systems in place to support people as they age:

  • The Lincoln Centre for Research on Ageing (Lincoln) aims to promote a multidisciplinary understanding of the health, wellbeing and care of older people through research, evaluation and professional education.
  • The Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care (ACEBAC) aims to make a significant contribution to knowledge development, implementation and practice in evidence-based care, care delivery models and the issues related to the longer term conditions of ageing.
  • The John Richards Initiative (JRI) aims to contribute to the development of policy and service delivery models that enhance the capacity of older people in rural communities to be resilient and self-determining.
  • The e-Health Unit is focused around the use of information technology across the aged care sector including assessment, health management and the use of technology by older people.
  • The Centre for Health Systems Development (CHSD) undertakes applied research and evaluation of national, state-wide and regional programs and policy initiatives, including those relevant to older people.

Based in the Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing (AIPCA), School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG) is jointly led by Professor Yvonne Wells and Dr Chyrisse Heine.

Yvonne Wells

Professor Wells is clinical psychologist by training but has had a research career since completing her PhD in 1994. Her main research areas include transitions in later life, healthy ageing, community aged care services, and residential aged care, and she has had a longstanding interest in caregiving, especially for people living with dementia. The Lincoln Centre for Research on Ageing conducts research and consultancy activities in these areas. Professor Wells has been convenor of the Victorian branch of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group of the Australian Psychological Society since 2001.  She was awarded Distinguished Membership of the Australian Association of Gerontology in 2012.  She serves on the Editorial committee of the Australasian Journal of Ageing as the book review editor.

Chyrisse Heine

Chyrisse is a dually qualified Speech Pathologist and Audiologist. She is a Director of Speech Pathology Australia. Chyrisse has worked in a wide range of clinical and academic settings as a Speech Pathologist, Audiologist and Researcher. In these positions she gained extensive experience working with both children and adults with a range of speech, language, literacy and hearing impairments. Chyrisse’s recent work and research interests are in Central Auditory Processing Disorder, age-related Dual Sensory Loss, hearing loss and its effect on communication and quality of life and speech processing in cochlear implant recipients. Chyrisse is also the Senior Advisor for the CABDICO Speech Therapy program in Cambodia.

Members of:

HARG is a consortium member of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance Australia & of the Network of Australian Association of Gerontology Collaborating Centres.

Current HARG Activity:

Building Healthy Communities and the Healthy Ageing Research Group invite you to:

The HARG Monthly Seminar Series: September 2016

Spoke Group: N/A

Presenter: Karen Teshuva

Date: Thursday 29th September, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Location: HS1 115 with VC available

Title: tba

rsvp: joanne.wright@latrobe.edu.au

Contact Us:

Professor Yvonne Wells


Lincoln Centre for Research on Ageing Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing

La Trobe University Level 5, Health Sciences 2

La Trobe University, Victoria, 3086 Phone: (03) 9479 5809

Dr Chyrisse Heine

Senior Lecturer, Speech Pathologist an Audiologist

School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport

La Trobe University Level 3, Health Sciences 1, Room 304

Bundoora, Victoria, 3689

Phone: (03) 9479 1822