Institute for Health & Ageing

Promoting positive ageing and an age friendly society

IHA well represented at the 16th ISBNPA Annual Meeting

Professor Takemi Sugiyama, Dr Jerome Rachele and Dr Andrea Nathan presented individual presentations in June at the 6th International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting in Victoria, Canada. Takemi presented his study on Land Use Proportions and Walking: Isotemporal Substitution Analysis and another study Older Australian Adults’ Getting Out and About: Role of Local Destinations on behalf of Dr Rachel Cole from the University of Sunshine Coast. Takemi was also the discussant in a symposium on built environment and older adults’ activity in which Andrea presented her study.

Jerome’s presentation was entitled Associations between neighbourhood socioeconomic disadvantage and transport walking: the protective effect of the built environment in Brisbane, Australia. He was nominated for an early career researcher award at the conference, and was also invited to give a presentation at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, which is affiliated with the University of British Columbia.

“Conferences are a great opportunity for us to share our work, keep up to date with the latest that’s happening in our field, and collaborate with some of the best researchers in the world. This was the second time I’ve attended an ISBNPA conference, and I was able to build on the relationships that I made at the last conference,” Jerome said.

Andrea’s presentation was Neighbourhood environments and walking for transportation in older Australians: exploring the moderating role of retirement village design which was part of an international symposium on built environments promoting walking and cycling among older adults, and addressing research priorities and challenges for advancing the field. Andrea presented with Dr Jelle Van Cauwenberg from Ghent University, Belgium and Dr Ruth Hunter from Queen’s University, Belfast.


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