AudienceThe University of South Australia's free Successful Ageing Seminar series consists of special presentations on topical issues relevant to our more senior alumni and the wider community.

These seminars, delivered by UniSA’s academic staff and allied professionals, provide access to the latest information and research on a range of health and lifestyle issues.

Future Seminar Dates and Details

Personalised Health Monitoring

Date: Thursday 28 November 2019
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Location: Lecture Theatre BH2-09, Barbara Hanrahan Building, City West campus

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From left: Professor Stuart Pitson, Professor Ruth Grant and Professor Peter HoffmannJuly 2019

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Presented by:

Professor Stuart Pitson
Research Professor, Centre for Cancer Biology
University of South Australia

Professor Peter Hoffmann
Strand Leader and Lloyd Sansom Chair in Biomaterials Engineering & Nanomedicine Future Industries Institute
University of South Australia

Seminar summary

Seminar MC, Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant, welcomed the audience and introduced the first speaker, Professor Stuart Pitson. Stuart’s presentation was on Glioblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumour in adults, and the need for new therapies.

Stuart highlighted his current research and discussed the cutting-edge platforms he is working in with his lab to identify new glioblastoma therapies and recent advances in developing such new drugs.

After the break, Professor Peter Hoffmann spoke about the prevalence of ovarian cancer in Australia and potential symptoms.

Peter discussed how important early detection is in ovarian cancer. He also showcased his game changing research in early detection by auto antibodies, and research into personalized treatment using a 3D cancer cell model.

April 2019 

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Presented by:

Dr Karen Murphy
Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Food Sciences
University of South Australia

Dr Janette Young
Lecturer in Health Sciences (Health Promotion & Health Services)
University of South Australia

Seminar summary

Seminar MC Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant welcomed the audience, and introduced the first speaker, Dr Karen Murphy. Karen’s presentation gave an insight into health benefits of dietary patterns, particularly the Mediterranean diet on the risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia.

She then highlighted her research findings that will help implement healthy diet and lifestyle choices that are sustainable in the longer term for healthy ageing. Karen showcased some Australian Mediterranean cookbooks with very simple recipes and pointed out that most pantries already had the main ingredients.

After the break, Dr Janette Young spoke about the positive impacts of pets as we age. Janette addressed the relationships between pets and human health, pets and aging and pets in our everyday lives. Janette also touched on the rights, welfare and wellbeing of the animals we share or live with. 


From left: Professor Andrew Beer, Professor Ruth Grant and Professor Wendy LaceyApril 2018

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Presented by:

Dr Martin Belusko
Senior Research Fellow, Barbara Hardy Institute
University of South Australia

Professor Frank Bruno
South Australian Chair in Energy, Future Industries Institute
University of South Australia

Seminar summary

Seminar MC Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant welcomed the audience, and introduced the first speaker, Dr Martin Belusko. Martin’s presentation gave an insight of the global renewable energy transition that is currently underway. He also then provided an overview of how and why this transition is occurring and how South Australia represents one of the leading regions in this transition. Afterwards, Professor Frank Bruno presented on past and current research activities in the energy area at UniSA. Past research discussed included the evaluation of Seeley International’s innovative indirect evaporative cooling system (Climate Wizard). He also provided an assessment of the actual performance of insulation in Australian roofs and development and valuation of the energy guidelines for Australia’s most sustainable housing development, Lochiel Park. Frank then gave an overview of current research activities like the development of thermal energy storage systems using phase change materials for energy storage, and its application in refrigeration and for solar power plants.

From left: Associate Professor Siobhan Banks, Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant and Dr Hannah KeageJuly 2018

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Presented by:

Associate Professor Siobhan Banks
Co-Director of the Behaviour–Brain–Body Research Centre
University of South Australia

Dr Hannah Keage
Co-Director of the Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences (CAIN) laboratory
University of South Australia

Seminar summary

Seminar MC Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant welcomed the audience, and introduced the first speaker, Associate Professor Siobhan Banks. Siobhan’s presentation gave an insight  into some of the most common sleep disorders such as insomnia, the amount of sleep needed to maintain healthy functioning and how normal sleep changes over the lifespan. She then debunked common myths about sleep and outlined the best ways to get a good night’s sleep at any age. Afterwards, Dr Hannah Keage presented on current evidence for the role of sleep in cognitive decline and dementia onset in late-life.  She spoke about epidemiological work that has assessed associations between sleep characteristics and incident cognitive impairment, neurobiological studies that have assessed neural mechanisms underlying these associations, and introduced current interventional studies.

September 2018

SAS September 2018

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Presented by:

Dr Kate Fennell
Research Fellow
University of South Australia

Professor Ian Olver AM
Institute Director, UniSA Cancer Research Institute
University of South Australia

Seminar summary

Seminar MC Ms Fern Cargill, UniSA Advancement Executive, welcomed the audience, and introduced the first speaker, Dr Kate Fennell. Kate’s presentation gave an insight into why people in rural areas affected by cancer experience poorer outcomes than those in urban areas. She then highlighting tried and tested strategies including the Country Cancer Support website and the Rural Cancer Stories YouTube Channel, along with new disparity-reducing ideas gathered on her recent Churchill Fellowship, which took her to India, UK, Netherlands, Canada and the US.

Afterwards, Professor Ian Olver AM illustrated the issues that are faced and overcome by rural patients with cancer by showing one of the rural patient support videos featuring Viv, a cancer survivor. He then highlighted research into the financial toxicity associated with cancer and its treatment, the challenges of looking after relatives at a distance and barriers to communication about cancer and its treatment, to be overcome by our Aboriginal cancer communication project.


From left: Dr Tasha Stanton, Professor Ruth Grant and Dr Daniel HarvieSeptember 2017

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Presented by:

Dr Tasha Stanton
Senior Research Fellow
University of South Australia

Dr Daniel Harvie
Clinical physiotherapist and pain investigator at the Recover Injury Research Centre
Griffith University

Seminar summary

Seminar MC Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant welcomed the audience, and introduced the first speaker, Dr Tasha Stanton. Tasha’s presentation explored the complexity of pain and revealed new findings from pain neuroscience, suggesting that how our body is represented in the brain may play an important role in our pain experience. Afterwards, Dr Daniel Harvie discussed some adaptive characteristics of pain as a protective system—characteristics which enable it to exist beyond healing and usefulness. His talk challenged the dominant tissue-focused view of ongoing pain, and introduced new ideas relating to learning and memory that better explain persistent pain.

From left: Professor Andrew Beer, Professor Ruth Grant and Professor Wendy Lacey

July 2017

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Presented by:

Professor Andrew Beer
Dean: Research and Innovation
University of South Australia

Professor Wendy Lacey
Dean and Head of School: Law
University of South Australia

Seminar summary

After a welcome by Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant, the audience heard from Professor Andrew Beer who set the scene regarding the key issues regarding our ageing population and the challenges this presents for society and our aged care sector. Afterwards, Professor Wendy Lacey considered the importance of human rights protection and realisation in an ethical aged care framework. Focusing on the topic of food, Professor Lacey highlighted the importance of enabling older people continue to exercise their rights with autonomy and dignity for as long as they possibly can, while at the same time experiencing declining health outcomes.

From left: Dr Ross Smith, Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant and Professor Mark Billinghurst

April 2017

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Presented by:

Professor Mark Billinghurst
Professor of Human Computer Interaction
University of South Australia

Dr Ross Smith
Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Wearable Computer Lab, University of South Australia

Seminar summary

After a welcome from Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant, the audience heard from Professor Mark Billinghurst, a world-leading researcher in the field of innovative computer interfaces that can merge virtual and real worlds. Mark introduced guests to virtual reality, augmented reality and other innovative technologies. He highlighted some of the past challenges that technology has presented, but explained why this technology should be embraced. Dr Ross Smith then shared how virtual reality and other technologies are being applied across industries such as aged care and health. He highlighted some current projects that he is working on, sharing how virtual reality is being used in chronic pain therapy.

At the end of the seminar, attendees enjoyed a hands-on demonstration of some of the technologies they have heard about.


From left:Associate Professor Gaynor Parfitt, Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant and Dr Sara Jones

September 2016

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Presented by:

Dr Sara Jones
Program Director: Podiatry
Division of Health
University of South Australia

Dr Sara Jones is an academic and podiatry practitioner with expertise in foot pressure patterns and health education. She is listed in the Australasian Podiatry Council’s Hall of Fame. As well as teaching and research that spans foot care, diabetes management and Aboriginal health, Sara is involved in forensic podiatry. Using her expertise in analysing footprints, impressions, footwear, and gait, she has assisted criminal investigations across Australia.

Associate Professor Gaynor Parfitt
Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Psychology
Division of Health
University of South Australia

Gaynor is an exercise and sport psychologist who joined the University of South Australia in 2011. After an early career that focused on anxiety and performance in sport, Gaynor’s research interests changed to exercise psychology. This includes: the chronic and acute effects of exercise on psychological and physical well-being, motivational factors that may influence adoption and maintenance of physical activity, and methods of exercise intensity regulation to maximise psychological and physical benefits. Her research populations include individuals with chronic diseases, as well as sedentary and active individuals across the life-span.

Seminar summary

After a welcome from Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant, the audience heard from Dr Sara Jones, an academic and podiatry practitioner with expertise in foot pressure patterns and health education. Sara highlighted what our feet can tell the world and discussed some of the more common foot problems that are encountered in the community, as well as touching on her experience as a pioneer of forensic podiatry. Associate Professor Gaynor Parfitt, an exercise and sport psychologist, then discussed the effects of physical activity on the ageing process including physical functioning, cognitive performance and quality of life as we age.

From left: LPrf John Ralston AO FAA FTSE, Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant and Dr Colin Hall

July 2016

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Presented by:

David Sweet
Tutor & Lecturer, School of Communication
International Studies and Languages
University of South Australia

Dr Sue Anderson
Lecturer in Indigenous Cultures and Australian Society
University of South Australia

Seminar summary

After a welcome from Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant, David Sweet presented ‘What’s in your shoebox?'. Anyone can record their oral history and David recounted some of the oral history projects in which he has been involved. He discussed his approach, which is to open the literal and metaphorical shoeboxes of photographs and discover their stories. As well as providing insight into the importance of oral history from both a personal and academic perspective, David offered helpful advice on how one might structure one’s own oral history and resources available to assist with this.

Dr Sue Anderson then presented ‘What is Indigenous oral history?’. Sue highlighted that oral history is a significant tradition for Indigenous peoples across the globe. In Australia, the world’s oldest continuing cultures have engaged in oral history as a means of knowledge transmission for over 60,000 years. More recently, western ‘scientific’ thinking derived from the Enlightenment period has relegated oral history to the realm of the unreliable until this notion was challenged in the 1970s. Her talk explored the meaning of oral history to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and its role in contemporary society.

From left: LPrf John Ralston AO FAA FTSE, Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant and Dr Colin Hall

April 2016

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Presented by:

LPrf John Ralston AO FAA FTSE
Emeritus Laureate Professor
University of South Australia

Emeritus Laureate Professor John Ralston is a physical and colloid chemist with complementary training in metallurgy. He has a distinguished international reputation in the interface between science and engineering. In 1994, John was appointed as the Founding Director of UniSA’s Ian Wark Research Institute (“The Wark”), serving until his retirement 2012. In 2007 John was awarded South Australian of the Year, the first scientist to be so honoured, as well as South Australian Scientist of the Year.

Dr Colin Hall
Senior Research Fellow, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia

Dr Colin Hall is a Senior Research Fellow within the Thin Film Coatings Group at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute. The group focus on the commercial application of nano-composite coating technology and Colin works closely with the Australian manufacturing industry so that the latest innovative research is applied to create stronger, lighter and safer products.

Seminar summary

After a welcome from Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant, LPrf John Ralston provided an introduction to the role that nanotechnology and biotechnology plays in our modern day world. John discussed the importance of innovation, and engaging and educating the community to ensure that the latest nanotechnology innovations can come to fruition.

Dr Colin Hall then highlighted his work within the Thin Film Coatings Group at UniSA, discussing the commercial applications of nanotechnology research and its potential to revolutionise multiple industries.


Indigenous Medicines

September 2015

Presented by:

Dr Susan Semple 
Senior Research Fellow in the Sansom Institute for Health Research 
University of South Australia

Dr Bradley Simpson 
Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of South Australia and NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at Flinders University

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Collaborative Research on Medicines from Traditional Medicinal Plants

With a background in pharmacy, microbiology and natural products chemistry, Dr Susan Semple’s research interests are in Australian medicinal plants and complementary medicine. She is particularly interested in medicinal plant research which is undertaken in partnership with Aboriginal communities and is currently involved in collaborative research projects examining the medicinal activities of, and product development from, some traditionally used plants.

There is significant potential to develop new Western and complementary medicines from plants used by Australian Aboriginal people. Susan discusses a model she has developed for medicinal plant research that is locally initiated and driven by Aboriginal people as part of their own planning for the sustainable management and economic development of their plants.

Anti-Cancer Medicines From Plants

Dr Bradley Simpson is a research fellow funded by the peak health body in Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council. His research interests include studying the therapeutic properties of traditional plant medicines and their potential to be made into products for the prevention and treatment of human diseases. He collaborates closely with Dr Susan Semple and Indigenous traditional owners to investigate the medicinal properties of Australian Aboriginal plant medicines.

Dr Simpson will provide an historical overview of the relationship between plants and cancer, particularly where they have been used in the treatment of this disease. He will comment on the role that plants might play in our lifestyles to increase our chances for preventing cancer in the first place.

Life After Stroke presenters

July 2015

Presented by:

Associate Professor Susan Hillier 
Dean of Research & Research Education 
University of South Australia

Dr Michelle McDonnell 
Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy (Rehabilitation) 
University of South Australia 

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New Frontiers in Rehabilitation

Associate Professor Susan Hillier is a clinician, teacher and researcher in neurological rehabilitation. She has a longstanding interest in the brain and its marvellous attributes - the way it can respond to different experiences even in the face of damage. Her research spans work across people with stroke or head trauma, through to children with cerebral palsy or coordination disorders.

Our brains have tremendous capacity to learn and acquire new skills and knowledge or to regain lost functions after trauma. In this presentation Susan presents some emerging approaches in brain rehabilitation including collaborations with the performing arts, other neuroscientists and people with stroke themselves.

Stroke and Physical Activity – risks and benefits

Dr McDonnell is a neurological physiotherapist and lecturer in rehabilitation. Her research is centred on mechanisms to promote neuroplasticity following brain damage, and in particular the roles that exercise may play for stroke prevention and treatment.

As the leading cause of disability in Australia, stroke has a major impact upon thousands of Australians and the healthcare system. Despite advances in medicine, many more people are living with disability following stroke. Traditional risk factors like smoking and high fat diets might be on the decline, but evidence is emerging about the non-traditional risk factors like fruit and vegetable consumption and physical inactivity. This presentation will look at the literature regarding stroke prevention, and physical activity to promote recovery.

Ian Olver

April 2015

Presented by:

Professor Ian Olver, 
Director of the Sansom Institute for Health Research and Professor of Translational Research 
University of South Australia 

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Professor Ian Olver is a medical oncologist, bioethicist and cancer researcher who is Director of the Sansom Institute for Health Research and Professor of Translational Research at the University of South Australia.

Ian was CEO of the Cancer Council Australia from 2006 to 2014 and was awarded their Gold Medal in 2014. Prior to that he was Clinical Director of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre. In 2008 he won the Cancer Achievement Award of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and in 2011 he was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medical oncology and to the community through leadership roles with cancer control organisations.

Prevention is Better Than Cancer

Ian explores the lifestyle choices that make a major difference to your chances of developing cancer. The three main strategies of stopping smoking, maintaining a healthy weight through diet, exercise and reduced alcohol consumption, and the proper use of sun protection would reduce deaths from cancer by one third. Ian discusses these strategies in more detail and highlighted other prevention approaches, such as extreme diet, which have become popular but for which there is little to no evidence of their efficacy.

Targeting Treatment to Cure Cancer

There has been a great shift in cancer treatments towards better targeting the therapy to the cancer. This should increase efficacy and reduce the side effects because normal body cells will be spared. What has led the change is a better understanding of the series of changes in our genes that result in triggering cancer. It is encouraging that through early detection and better treatments two thirds of people diagnosed with cancer today will still be alive in 5 years’ time. However, there are still many challenges ahead to further improve the outcomes; this underlines the importance of basic cancer research.


Successful Ageing Seminar presentersFriday 26 September 2014

This seminar featured two outstanding scientists, whose research aims to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

Professor Libby Roughead, Director of the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, discussed her research into the medication safety challenges of older patients with multiple chronic health conditions.

Libby’s research interests include public policy concerning medicines, improving the use of medicines, and studies of the patterns of medication use and adverse drug events.

Debra Rowett, Director of the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service at the Repatriation General Hospital, undertakes significant work in improving health care practice and safety.

Debra’s specialist areas of interest are aimed at understanding the health needs of patients, carers and families - particularly with respect to chronic disease, aged care and palliative care. Debra has worked extensively in the field of Quality Use of Medicines and has been actively involved in changes leading to improved access to medicines for palliative care.

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Successful Ageing Seminar

Friday 25 July 2014

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The University of South Australia is home to researchers engaged in cutting-edge research. Many of these researchers are working on innovative approaches and solutions to a range of health-care challenges. Their efforts and breakthroughs translate to better health treatments for us all.

Professor Mike Roberts spoke about imaging inside the skin. Professor Mike Roberts was followed by Professor Allison Cowinwho presented information about new biomaterials for wound healing. Professor Clive Prestidge finished with a presentation on the Nano in your medicine.

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Successful Ageing Seminar

Thursday 24 April 2014

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Can we embrace our natural and cultural heritage to make Adelaide a great place to live? Dr Phil Roetman, a research fellow from the Barbara Hardy Institute, and Sandy Wilkinson, an Adelaide city councillor, discussed the importance of protecting and connecting to Adelaide's natural and built environments.

Dr Phil Roetman spoke about his new citizen science project plans, and outlined the ways our community can get involved. He also touched on the health benefits of forging a closer connection with our natural environment.

Dr Roetman was followed by Mr Sandy Wilkinson who spoke about architecture's role in establishing our sense of place, history and identity, and the value of passing on historical knowledge to the next generation.

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Successful Ageing Seminar presentersThursday 26 September 2013

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Nutrition management is fundamental for the prevention of Type 2 diabetes and the effective management of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

This seminar provided information about nutritional research underway at the University of South Australia that could help people reduce their risk of contracting diabetes and improve the quality of life for those who already have the condition.

Professor Jonathan Buckley considered the long and short-term health effects of low carbohydrate diets. Professor Buckley is Director of the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre at the University of South Australia, one of Australia's leading research centres evaluating the health effects of diet and physical activity. His research interests focus on the effects of diet and exercise on health and physical function in people ranging from patient groups to elite athletes.

Professor Buckley was followed by Dr Alison Coates who discussed the relationship between unsaturated fats (with a focus on nuts) and diabetes management. Dr Coates is the Deputy Director of the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre. As a nutritional scientist, she is interested in how compounds from food can reduce risk factors for conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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Jonathan BuckleyProfessor Jonathan Buckley 
Director: Nutritional Physiology Research Centre 
Sansom Institute for Health Research 
University of South Australia 

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Alison Coates

Dr Alison Coates 
Senior Lecturer: Human Nutrition and Physiology 
Deputy Director: Nutritional Physiology Research Centre 
Sansom Institute for Health Research 
University of South Australia 
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Successful Ageing Seminar presentersFriday 26 July 2013

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Chronic pain is a huge problem in Australia, with one in five people suffering from a chronic pain disorder that reduces their quality of life. It is estimated to cost Australia approximately $35 billion a year – a financial burden that is greater than cardiovascular disease and diabetes combined.

Clinical neuroscientist and physiotherapist Professor Lorimer Moseley is the leader of the Sansom Institute for Health Research Body in Mind research group. He and his team are conducting ground-breaking research into chronic pain – shedding light on how the brain produces pain, and in turn developing non-pharmacological treatments to help the millions of people who suffer from chronic pain.

In the first of two presentations, Professor Moseley outlined why pain really is in your head, but not in the way you might think. He considered questions such as what pain is, why we have it and why it often does not go away

Following Professor Moseley, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) postdoctoral research fellow, Dr Tasha Stanton, delivered a presentation focusing on osteoarthritis and the brain. Dr Stanton is at the forefront of novel approaches to the pain of osteoarthritis. Her research interests lie in understanding the neuroscience behind pain and its clinical implications.

Successful Ageing Seminar presentersFriday 19 April 2013

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In the lead up to retirement, many people will take the time to consider their financial wellbeing, but it is just as important to develop a plan of action for health, fitness and general well being.

In the first of two presentations, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Carol Maher and PhD candidate Judy Sprod from the Division of Health Sciences outlined the early findings of research currently underway at the University of South Australia exploring people's activity patterns post retirement. It is believed retirement may bring about marked changes in activity levels which can have broader health implications.

In the second presentation, Dr Peter Winwood, a Research Associate in UniSA's Centre for Applied Psychological Research, considered the topic 'Retirement in the 21st century - can you afford it?'. Dr Winwood is investigating flexible working options to assist workers who are reaching retirement age with depleted superannuation funds. The research comes at a time when many workers around retirement age are facing financial uncertainty caused by unstable economic conditions in recent years.

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Transitioning to retirement

Dr Carol Maher 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
Division of Health Sciences 
University of South Australia 
Presentation 1 (PDF 2.42MB)

Dr Peter Winwood 
Research Associate 
Centre for Applied Psychological Research 
University of South Australia 
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Successful Ageing Seminar presentersThursday, 27 September 2012

The proposed Murray-Darling Basin Plan has been one of the most controversial pieces of public policy in Australia's recent history. The Basin Plan will set legally enforceable limits on the quantities of surface and ground water that may be taken from Basin water resources. With irrigators, environmentalists and governments divided on key elements of the plan, confusion exists around what the plan will mean for those living and working in the Basin. This seminar aimed to dispel some of the myths surrounding a water system of immense economic, social and environmental importance to Australia.

Professor Jennifer McKay, Director of University of South Australia's Centre for Comparative Water Policies and Laws, presented the framework of laws and policies governing water in Australia and put forward new governance arrangements to manage the nations scarce water resources.

Professor Don Bursill AM, Chief Scientist for South Australia, outlined the current water supply situation in Australia and considered the history and development of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority Plan.

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The myths and realities of our water supply

Professor Jennifer McKay 
Director, Centre for Comparative Water Policies and Laws 
University of South Australia 
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Professor Don Bursill AM 
Chief Scientist for South Australia 
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Successful Ageing Seminar presenters

Friday 22 June 2012

University of South Australia Honours student, Kate Swaffer, shared her personal story as someone diagnosed with early onset dementia. Earlier this year, Kate made a touching Adelaide Fringe debut when she presented her show 'My Unseen Disappearing World' that encapsulated her battle with this form of the illness. She is a sought after key note speaker, panellist and presenter at conferences and events dealing with the topic of living positively with dementia.

Sarah Hennessy Mead from Alzheimer's Australia SA outlined what dementia is, who gets dementia, the early signs, what can be done to help and strategies to keep your brain as healthy as possible.

Dr David Evans, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia presented findings from recent research about the challenges faced by people with dementia and strategies to support these people in the community.

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Living Positively with Dementia

Kate Swaffer 
Advocate for Dementia and Aged Care 
Presentation 1 (PDF 794KB)

Sarah Hennessy Mead 
Dementia Community Educator 
Alzheimer's Australia SA 
Presentation 2 (PDF 281KB)

Dr David Evans 
Senior Lecturer 
School of Nursing and Midwifery 
University of South Australia 
Presentation 3 (PDF 372KB)

The Alzheimer's Australia website has numerous help sheets and tip sheets providing information and advice on the issues most commonly raised about dementia.

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Successful Ageing Seminar presentersFriday 20 April 2012

Every five-six minutes, someone is admitted to an Australian hospital with an osteoporotic fracture, which often results in early death or at the very least a loss of mobility. This is expected to rise to every three-four minutes by the year 2021, as the population ages and the number of osteoporotic fractures increase. The direct treatment of these fractures makes up $1 billion of the national health budget. One in two women and one in three men over 60 years will have an osteoporotic fracture in Australia.

Bone health is maintained in the body by getting adequate calcium, vitamin D and exercise and this seminar looked at the strategies we should employ to reduce the risk of osteoporosis as we age.

The key speaker was Professor Howard Morris, Professor of Medical Science at the University of South Australia and a Chief Medical Scientist in Chemical Pathology at SA Pathology. His talk focused on dietary strategies for fracture prevention. Dr Shylie Mackintosh, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia complemented his lecture and outlined exercise strategy for falls prevention.

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Osteoporosis Prevention: 
Dietary Strategies

Professor Howard Morris 
Professor of Medical Science 
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences 
University of South Australia 
Chief Medical Scientist, Chemical Pathology Directorate, SA Pathology 
Presentation 1 (PDF 1.42MB) 

Exercise to build bones and prevent falls

Dr Shylie Mackintosh 
Program Director: Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences 
University of South Australia 
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Successful Ageing Seminar presentersFriday 2 December 2011

The ability to image the brain and chart functions during activity has profoundly increased our understanding of this most amazing structure. In this growing area of neuroscience, researchers have much to say about the ageing brain - but what does it mean to maximise our brain fitness as we get older?

Dr Hillier, a researcher, teacher and neuroscientist, presented the first part of this seminar, and explored the Ageing Brain. Dr Hillier said that while an element of degeneration was inevitable with age, the impact of degeneration of the brain differed depending on factors like general health, education, and lifestyle.

The second half of the seminar, on the subject of life after stroke, was presented by UniSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Coralie English. Her presentation considered what a stroke is, how to prevent one in the first place if possible, and what kinds of rehabilitation can help after someone has a stroke.

This seminar was proudly sponsored by People's Choice Credit Union.


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The successfully ageing brain

Dr Susan Hillier 
UniSA researcher, teacher and clinical neuroscientist 
University of South Australia 
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Stroke rehabilitation - life after a stroke

Dr Coralie English 
UniSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
University of South Australia 
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Successful Ageing Seminar presentersFriday 23 September 2011

This seminar examined the issue of cyber security in an increasingly complex digital age. Two experts in the field, UniSA Professor Jill Slay AM and Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Blundell from the SA Police Electronic Crime Section, addressed the risks of operating online and how to keep your computer safe.

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Cybercrime: how to keep safe online

Professor Jill Slay AM 
Professor of Forensic Computing 
Dean: Research Division of IT, Engineering and the Environment 
University of South Australia 
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The don'ts and don'ts of electronic crime

Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Blundell 
Electronic Crime Section, South Australia Police 
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Successful Ageing Seminar presentersFriday 8 July 2011

The first Successful Ageing in Australia seminar for 2011 was held on 8 July at UniSA's City West campus. Over 200 people heard presentations dealing with matters relating to private wealth.

Matthew Tripodi a Partner and superannuation expert from Minter Ellison Lawyers dealt with the importance of proper estate planning and highlighted the complexities surrounding superannuation. Stuart Cross from JBWere provided a fascinating insight into the behavioural aspects of financial decision making. The final speaker, School of Commerce lecturer Peter Koulizos, delivered a presentation on the current state of the housing market including his views on why the Australian housing market is unlikely to experience the decline seen in some overseas markets.

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Estate Planning and Superannuation

Matthew Tripodi - Partner (Super & Estates), Minter Ellison

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Financial Markets and Human Behaviour

Stuart Cross - Director JBWere 
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Housing Bubble - Fact or Fiction?

Peter Koulizos - Lecturer and author of "Top Australian Suburbs" 
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Successful Ageing Seminar presentersFriday 3 December 2010

The final Successful Ageing seminar for 2010, entitled Health - State of Ageing in South Australia, was held on Friday 3 December. Approximately 150 attendees heard presentations from Richard Hearn, the Chief Executive Officer, Resthaven; Professor Andrew Gilbert and Dr Alice Clark both from the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, Sansom Institute.

The aged care industry makes a real and tangible difference for older people in their daily lives. Unfortunately the image of the industry has been struggling against a predominance of unreasonable and negative stereotypes. Richard Hearn began the seminar by discussing the industry's challenges and the philosophy behind Resthaven's Positive Images Campaign which challenges the stereotypes and replaces them with genuine positive perspectives.

Our current health care system was not designed to meet the need of people with multiple chronic health problems and with the ageing of the Australian population there is a growing number of people with multiple health issues. Professor Andrew Gilbert spoke about the current status of the Australian health care system and helped the audience understand the complexities and prevalence of multiple chronic health problems in older people.

The final speaker, Dr Alice Clark, presented her research findings about dementia and how to recognise the difference between the normal signs of ageing and the early symptoms of dementia. She spoke about the range of emotional issues that affect people living with dementia and the support that people with dementia need in order to remain living independently for as long as possible.

Health Issues - State of Ageing in SA

Mr Richard Hearn, 
Chief Executive Officer 
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Professor Andrew Gilbert 
Professor: Quality Use of Medicines & Pharmacy Research 
Sansom Institute 
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Dr Alice Clark 
Post Doctoral Research Fellow 
Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre 
Sansom Institute 
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Successful Ageing Seminar presentersFriday 24 September 2010

Over 150 participants gathered to the University's City West campus to hear, 'After the Global Financial Crisis: Planning for the Future'.

Peter Whitehead, National Manager Fiduciary Solutions Perpetual Trustee, started the seminar drawing on his 34 years of experience in the trustee industry. Peter explained how estate planning is not just a Will, but a strategy that provides results where tax implications need to be taken into consideration. Peter touched on the importance of structuring affairs during one's lifetime to ensure that assets are protected from legal claims. This will ensure wealth can be passed on securely and effectively to intended beneficiaries.

The following section of the seminar was presented by Professor Mervyn Lewis, Professor of Finance and Banking at the University of South Australia. Mervyn discussed the fallout from the Global Financial Crisis where 29 advanced economies experienced recession during the 2008-09 period with over 60 million people losing their jobs as a result of this. Asian nations recovered much better from the GFC as their budgets and banking systems were already in strong positions allowing recovery quickly. Mervyn finished the seminar by looking to the future, and the impact that China's national growth will have on the rest of the world.


After the Global Financial Crisis: Planning for the Future

Mr Peter Whitehead 
National Fiduciary Solutions 
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Professor Mervyn Lewis 
Professor of Finance and Banking 
University of South Australia 
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Successful Ageing Seminar presentersFriday 2 July 2010

The second Successful Ageing seminar for the year, held on Friday 2nd July, provided audience members advice regarding superannuation, as well as investigating the benefits of keeping a healthy mind and body. The seminar, entitled "Retirement - Active Planning; Financial and Physical Wellbeing" attracted a large crowd eager to hear from the experts.

Bill Watson, General Manager of Business Development and Client Services for Statewide Financial Services, opened the seminar by offering an insight into how the changing economic landscape will affect those preparing for retirement. Bill explained that after 20 years of sustained economic growth, we now face a climate of lower investments and increasing volatility.

While Australia is in a good economic place compared to the US or the UK, investors need to understand that conservative investing may mean outliving retirement savings.

"The challenges we face are due to substantial personal and sovereign debt in various economies, an Australian housing bubble, and ageing demographics - all which leave an outlook of lower investment returns," Mr Watson advised.

In the following segment of the seminar, Dr Emily Moskwa, a research assistant at UniSA, explained the benefits of keeping a healthy, active mind and body through her study on 'Senior Australians and benefits of volunteering in the Botanic Gardens'. Not only is there an economic advantage to governments and businesses for encouraging these community activities, but volunteers feel as if they are making a difference to their own community through social interaction and engaging in activities that offer a positive emotional state.



Mr Bill Watson 
General Manager of Business Development and Client Services
Statewide Financial Services 
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Dr Emily Moskwa 
Research Assistant 
University of South Australia 
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Thursday 25 March 2010

As a special start to 2010, attendees of previous Successful Ageing Seminars who had expressed interested in the Chancellor's Circle group were invited to a workshop on Social Networking.

The way that society communicates is changing, and the world is getting smaller due to the increase in social networking sites. It is now possible to stay in touch, instantly if you choose, with friends around the globe. Jenny Clift, Digital Media Officer, Marketing and Development Unit at UniSA explained the concept of social networking as "getting to meet all of your friend's friends and their friends and so on!" Social networking opens up opportunities to widen your network and potentially find people who share your interests, or can help you find a house, a car, or even a new job. Jenny demonstrated how to set up a Facebook page - a very popular social networking site. Interestingly, it is not only the teens, and 18-35 age group that are using the social media sites. In the past year there has been a significant increase in the 65+ age group signing up for Facebook pages. As one of our attendee's explained, "it gives them the opportunity to keep up with what their grandchildren are doing"

The second part of the seminar included an overview of how UniSA is utilising popular social networking sites to communicate with both students and the wider community. UniSA has established its own pages on sites such as YouTube, designed to enable broadcasts of videos and announcements. This was exceptionally well used during Tour Down Under. Interviews, funny features and updates were shared via this social site. Websites demonstrated by Daniel Lawrance, Digital Projects Officer, Marketing and Development Unit at UniSA included:

Social Networking Seminar

Jenny Clift 
Digital Media Officer 
Marketing and Development Unit 
University of South Australia 
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