Living Well, Longer
About this Challenge
By 2050, the number of Australians aged 50 and over will have increased by more than 80 per cent - that's 6.4 million.
This Challenge headed up by Professor Lorna Moxham (pictured right) aims to examine 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, including health, engineering, design, social science, and finance, who will address one of the key questions of Living Well, Longer:
- What do we require to maximise the mental and physical health of Australians?
- What do we need to make people mentally healthy?
- What contributes to quality of life as we age?
- What do Australians want in order to Live Well, Longer?
- What do we mean by healthy ageing?
Lorna and the Global Challenges team are currently working with Researchers and Stakeholders on the following projects.
This project investigates how the Wollongong Free Shuttle Bus contributes to better quality of life of the over 55s in Wollongong.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This project explores how we as a university community can become a centre for integrative research and policy on antimicrobial resistance.
This project will deliver research designed to build a mobile app that promotes and supports breastfeeding.
This project utilises art as a medium by which children can express their knowledge and perception of dementia.
Illawarra Born aims to gain an insight into the health and wellbeing of a community by examining the lifespan of three generations: the pre-born baby, the parents, and the grandparents.