Building research capacity in gerontology: Experiences and lessons from Australia

Helen Patricia Bartlett, Matthew Carroll

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Over the past decade, increased policy attention on the consequences of demographic ageing in Australia has led to a more focused research agenda on ageing, greater funding opportunities and raised awareness and recognition of gerontology as an important field of study. Research capacity building efforts in ageing have been considerable and have improved collaboration between the policy, research and service sectors, raising expectations of research funding streams and translation of research into policy and practice. The discourse on ageing has also shifted gradually from a deficit model to focus more on healthy, active or productive ageing, indicating a broader multidisciplinary approach and more positive perceptions of ageing. This shift in focus has enabled social gerontology to flourish in Australia, with a number of ageing research centres having social gerontology streams. While much has been achieved over this period, there are ongoing challenges in sustaining the progress made to date and in building research capacity that has longer-term strategic prospects. This paper outlines Australia?s efforts to build research capacity in gerontology over the past decade, examining key successes and future challenges, with consideration of how this experience may be relevant to Asia
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Asian Gerontological Experience: Capacity Building in Social Gerontology Training and Translational Research in Asia
EditorsYap Mui Teng
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherNUS Press
Pages76 - 90
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9789810767815
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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