Living Well, Longer

Living Well, Longer

Lorna Moxham

By 2050, the number of Australians aged 50 and over will have increased by more than 80 per cent - that's 6.4 million. 

The Living Well, Longer challenge examines how to live well throughout the course of our lives and what is needed to ensure a better quality of life in later years. Two of the major themes that inform Living Well, Longer are ageing and mental health. The challenge brings together experts from a range of fields to discover how we can maximise the mental and physical health of Australians, what contributes to quality of life as we age and what we need to make people mentally healthy. 


Active Projects

Professor Lorna Moxham (pictured right) and the Global Challenges team are currently working with researchers and stakeholders on the following projects.

Move for Mental HealthMove for Mental Health

University of Wollongong researchers have teamed up with The Movember Foundation to address mental health issues, such as depression, among adolescent males who play organised sport. 

Dementia Friendly CommunitiesResearch and Action to Pioneer Dementia-Friendly Communities and Organisations in Australia 

The project, in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Australia, will focus on the implementation of two pilot dementia-friendly communities and organisations in Australia during 2014.

RecoveryCampRecovery Camp

This project brings together people with mental health issues and mental health students for bush camp with the aim of providing increased support and understanding. 

Early years accelerometry iconInternational Early Years Accelerometer Database – International Leadership Workshop

The project aims to utilise the International Early Years Accelerometry Database to address questions of global importance to public health policy and practice, focusing more specifically on children.

Increasing physical activity in aging adults 180 by 160Increasing physical activity in ageing adults through open goals: A pilot study

This project investigates the efficacy of setting open goals to increase enjoyment, motivation, and adherence to physical activity in inactive, ageing adults.

Driving and DementiaDriving and Dementia

This project will test a UOW Developed Driving and Dementia Decision Aid (DDDA) for Consumers in the USA.

Dementia Knowledge 180 by 160Dementia knowledge, Art, Research and Education (DARE)

This project utilises art as a medium by which children can express their knowledge and perception of dementia. 

Antimicrobial Resistance 180 by 160Antimicrobial Resistance: a global challenge and a campus-wide call to arms

This project explores how we as a university community can become a centre for integrative research and policy on antimicrobial resistance.

Invisible alcohol morbidity 180 by 160Disclosing invisible alcohol-related morbidity 

This project aims to identify the gaps in effective assessment of alcohol related morbidity in Emergency Department at the Wollongong Hospital.

Dementia Anxiety 180 by 160Anxiety and Dementia

A Pilot Study of the Relationship Between Interaction of the Caregivers and the Care Recipients of Dementia and their Anxiety in Residential Aged Care. 

TR intervention and mental health iconExamination of the effect of a TR intervention on people’s engagement with mental health services

This project will further research of Therapeutic recreation (TR) by studying the effect of a TR intervention on people’s engagement with mental health services.

Food Packaging OpenabilityFood Packaging Openability

The project examines the interaction of the person, the environment and food & beverage packaging. This will ultimately inform the design of hospital food and beverage, as well as health policy regards food service delivery and nutrition support in healthcare.

1805GC-project-tile-shuttleWollongong Free Shuttle Bus and the Quality of Life of the over-55s

This project investigates how the Wollongong Free Shuttle Bus contributes to better quality of life of the over 55s in Wollongong.

The Milky Way Program 180 by 160The Milky Way Program: a program to promote prolonged breastfeeding

This project will deliver research designed to build a mobile app that promotes and supports breastfeeding.