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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Enablise thumbnailEnabilise

The Enablise project aims to understand the mobility issues experienced by people over the age of 55 not being adequately serviced by existing assistive mobility aids.


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. 

Assessing future cardiovascular risk in children iconA practical solution to assessing future cardiovascular risk in children

This project will produce user-friendly software to implement a locally developed algorithm to pre-process hand held mobile camera images for analysis of the retinal vasculature health in 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.

 Macedonian MedicationManaging Medicines for People with Dementia

This project will pilot and evaluate a bilingual, online medication management resource designed for Italian, Macedonian and English speaking family caregivers of people living with dementia.

Medication ManagementMedication Management Information System

This project will develop a Principled Framework for investigating Medication Management Information Systems (MMIS) for Consumers.

Driving and DementiaDriving and Dementia

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

Sharing Retirees KnowledgeSharing Retirees Knowledge

This research project aims to capture retirees’ knowledge and share it with the local community through interaction between retirees, current workforce and future workforce.

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. 

Health BuddyHealth Buddy - a drone that cares

This project looks at drone-based technology to assist individuals living with chronic conditions to be able to self-manage their condition and remain at home.

Transforming Lives
and Regions

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Living Well, Longer


Manufacturing Innovation


Sustaining Coastal and Marine Zones

Sustaining Coastal and Marine Zones