Institute for Health & Ageing

Promoting positive ageing and an age friendly society

Live Long Live Well Colloquium Series: August, September, October

The Institute for Health & Ageing (IHA) is pleased to present monthly talks from colleagues and collaborators working across a range of disciplines relative to the pursuit of healthy and active ageing.

We invite you to join us for these seminars, in person or online. All presentations are followed by an opportunity for discussion.

What: Live Long Live Well Colloquium Series
When: 2-3pm AEST, first Wednesday of every month
Where: Rm 6.02, Level 6, 215 Spring Street Melbourne.

Ester Cerin

On Wednesday the 3rd of August  IHA’s Professor Ester Cerin will present Neighbourhood environment and active ageing: an international perspective.

Population ageing and urbanization are two major global and national demographic trends. These are important phenomena as there is growing evidence that the urban built environment plays a key role in shaping physical activity behaviour. As a result of this evidence, national and international urban and health policy documents have identified environmental changes as effective strategies to create healthier societies. The main goals of Professor Cerin’s presentation are to provide a critical synthesis of the current evidence on aspects of urban design that promote an active lifestyle in mid-aged and older adults across the globe, and to identify key research gaps and priorities in the field.

Nicole Rankin MT-DIRC photo

Also in August, we will be pleased to welcome Dr Nicole Rankin for a special presentation. Dr Rankin is a research fellow at Sydney’s Catalyst, a Translational Cancer Research Centre which, through a translational research program, aims to improve health outcomes for people affected by cancer. The program facilitates the rapid translation of scientific discoveries into policy and practice.

Dr Rankin will present on August 17 at the special time of 1pm and will discuss Implementation Science – Translating Research into Practice in Cancer Care.

Dr Rankin has more than 15 years experience working in cancer control, primarily in psychosocial and behavioural aspects of patient care. Her research interests are in the implementation of evidence into cancer practice and policy. She has significantly contributed to the development and implementation of psychosocial clinical practice guidelines and has led implementation and evaluation programs in psychosocial oncology, specialist breast cancer nursing and models of peer support. Dr Rankin was awarded a 2016-2017 fellowship in the Mentored Training in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC) program at Washington University in St Louis. See our special flyer for further details.

Prue Cormie

September’s Colloquium on the 7th at the regular time of 2pm, will feature the work of Associate Professor Prue Cormie from IHA who will present on Exercise as Medicine. This presentation will discuss the role of exercise for the management of chronic disease. Chronic disease is the leading cause of illness in Australia affecting 1 in 3 people and resulting in considerable personal, social and economic impact. Evidence of the therapeutic effects of exercise will be summarized and strategies for the implementation of exercise as medicine will be discussed.



Tony BarnettOn Wednesday October the 5th Dr Anthony Barnett will present on the Objective Measurement of physical activity in adults using accelerometry. Although physical activity is a well-established contributor to healthy ageing, the majority of older adults do not meet the current physical activity recommendations for health. To increase levels of participation, it is important to study and understand modifiable determinants of physical activity. One important contributor to this understanding is accurate measurement of physical activity. Dr Barnett’s presentation will discuss methods of objective measurement of physical activity with specific reference to older adult populations.

Please contact IHA as per the details below to obtain dial-in details for joining a colloquium via audio-visual link from an ACU location, or via teleconference from another location.

ACU colleagues are encouraged to dial in from a campus A/V meeting room, or by using Polycom Realpresence on their computer desktop.

A/V room bookings can be made via or by calling 07 3623 7272. The Servicedesk can also assist with Polycom installation on your PC or laptop.

(NB: these presentations are scheduled on Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Register your interest in attending with / 03 9230 8170.


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