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The Big Anxiety - Ageing Program

The Big Anxiety, directed by Lead Investigator Professor Jill Bennett, is a biennial festival that brings together artists, scientists and communities to question and re-imagine the state of mental health in the 21st century. The Institute partnered with The Big Anxiety Festival in 2019 to present a program of events exploring ageing and the transition into older age. The Ageing Program took place between 27 September to 9 November 2019.

Lifeline collaboration

The Institute is collaborating with Lifeline through three small pilot projects with the aim to translate knowledge already gained, to deepen our shared understanding of the factors that lead to crisis, self-harm and suicide in older adults and to develop prevention and call management strategies.

Seed Grant Funding and Projects

The Institute has awarded two rounds of seed funding in 2019 and 2020 to support interdisciplinary research addressing the current global challenges of an ageing society. The purpose of the seed funding is to establish or further advance interdisciplinary ageing research leading to long-term collaboration beyond the scope of the seed project, generating pathways to high quality research outputs and research translation. Read more about the awarded seed grant projects within each Research Theme.

Better Drive Program

Lead by Professor Kaarin Anstey, the Better Drive program includes a series of studies evaluating interventions to improve on-road driving skill and safety for older adults. The Better Drive program has been funded by the NRMA Road Safety Trust.

Maintain Your Brain

Lead by Professor Henry Brodaty and Professor Perminder Sachdev, Maintain Your Brain is a randomised controlled trial of multiple online interventions designed to target modifiable risk factors for dementia in general and Alzheimer's Disease in particular.

Labs Without Walls

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