Active ageing – what’s all the fuss about?

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As the Australian population ages, ‘active ageing’ has become crucial in ensuring that the experience of living longer is as enjoyable, rewarding and as fulfilling as possible.

The Federal Minister for Ageing, The Honorable Julie Bishop, whose portfolio includes key issues associated with healthy ageing, will formally open the First Biennial Conference on the psychology of ageing: Informing clinical interventions, on 4 November 2005.The conference is sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

The APS Conference will focus on the development of strong evidence-based, non-pharmacological interventions for problems associated with ageing.

The Minister has previously stated that ageing is front and centre of the mind of the government, and now, the media, and more broadly the community.“The issue of healthy, productive, active ageing is increasingly important.If we’re all living an extra 20 years or more we want to live healthier, more active disability free years,” says Minister Bishop.

In her opening address the Minister will outline some of the significant challenges facing an ageing Australia and recent government initiatives to meet some of these challenges, with a particular emphasis on new dementia initiatives.

Key topics to be covered at the conference include:

  • Anxiety and coping
  • Caregiving
  • Attitudes towards older people in society
  • Residential dementia care
  • Community care

Dr Nancy Pachana, the chair of the APS National Psychology and Ageing Interest Group says it is important for professionals like psychologists to share ideas about best practice care and research.

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For further information about conference topics, papers and speakers please contact:

Dr Nancy Pachana on 07 3365 6832 or 0405 790 054.

Australian Psychological Society: Psychology Of Ageing Conference will be held on 4 & 5 November, 2005 at Deakin Conference Centre, Victoria.

The APS provides a free referral service on 1800 333 497 or online at for the general public who are seeking the advice and assistance of a qualified psychologist.