Supporting vulnerable populations to maintain healthy ageing: Development of an enriched cohort study

  • Nielsen, Suzanne (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Lam, Tina (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Lalor, Aislinn (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Andrew, Nadine (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Dietze, Paul (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Coulson, Brett (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Arunogiri, Shalini (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Bright, Stephen J (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Hill, Keith (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Morgan, Kirsty (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Alfrey, Laura (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Francia, Leanne (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Australia’s large ‘baby boomer’ cohort have riskier drinking patterns than previous and younger generations, and older adults experience unique risk factors for developing anxiety and depression with more than half of cases of depression beginning in later life. This will create new challenges for healthcare delivery and healthy ageing.

We will co-design recruitment and data collection methods with people with lived-experience (older adults at risk of mental health and substance use-related harm). Data-linkage with the National Centre for Health Ageing data platform will enhance longitudinal data on key outcomes. Results will enable a sophisticated understanding of the experience of ageing and how this interacts with mental health and substance use for older Australians.

Our enriched cohort of older Australians will examine social connection, mental health and substance use disorders during high-risk periods (e.g. transition to retirement) to inform prevention strategies and support healthier ageing.
Effective start/end date1/10/2230/09/25