Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative and Masters of Ageing Launch, 31 March 2016
The University of Melbourne officially launched the Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative and Master of Ageing suite of courses on Thursday, 31 March 2016 at the Woodward Centre. These innovative programs offer a new interdisciplinary focus for education and research on the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population.
The launch was officially declared by Professor Jim McCluskey, with Professor Terry Nolan noting his delight that the physical home and host of these two initiatives is the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. The keynote addresses were delivered by the Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and the Hon Mark Butler MP, Federal Member for Port Adelaide, Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, and author of Advanced Australia: The politics of ageing. This was followed by a Panel Conversation with Susan Ryan, Mark Butler, Dr Patricia Edgar AM, television producer, educator, media scholar and author of In Praise of Ageing, and Rae Lamb, Federal Aged Care Complaints Commissioner.
Feedback from audience members, who consisted of academics, Victorian Government department representatives and external industry partners, was that the launch was a resounding success. The launch concluded with a networking lunch with invitees having the opportunity to make interdisciplinary connections across the University and beyond.