Living Well, Longer

Living Well, Longer

About this Challenge

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. 

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?

Active Projects

Lorna and the Global Challenges team are currently working with Researchers and Stakeholders on the following projects. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.


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. 

IllawarraBorn2Illawarra Born: Cross Generation Health Study

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. 

Previously Funded Projects

Last reviewed: 7 May, 2018