Age Friendly Illawarra

World Health Organization (WHO) has launched its Age- Friendly Cities and Communities program in 2018 to promote the development of an inclusive and equitable “age-friendly” community that leaves no one behind.

The team will conduct baseline data collection to understand the dimensions of age-friendly environments in the Illawarra from the perspective of the older people. According to WHO, ‘age-friendly environments foster health and well-being and the participation of people as they age. They are accessible, equitable, inclusive, safe and secure, and supportive’.

The team

Associate Professor Ping Yu (EIS) has strong track record in designing and implementing research that benefits older people. She is fluent in mixed methods research design, community engagement, project implementation and evaluation.

Lorna Moxham (SMAH) has expertise in mixed method design and qualitative research methodologies and the know how to carefully engage stakeholders. She is an expert in facilitating focus group discussion incorporating a person centred approach to inclusivity.

Annette Braunack-Mayer (ASSH) is a public health researcher with particular expertise in community engagement and the use of deliberative methods.

Prof. David Hailey (EIS) has strong experience in health technology assessment which has included involvement in experimental and observational studies, systematic reviews, surveys and appraisal of the influence of assessments on decision- makers.

Jacqueline Street (ASSH) has extensive experience in methods for the inclusion of citizen voices in decision-making for health policy and practice, in particular deliberative forums/citizens’ juries and qualitative methods. She leads the ‘Smart Ageing’ group in the School of Health and Society which aims to canvass older people’s views on the use of smart technologies to support ageing well in place.

Dr Bo Du (EIS) is an ECR researcher with expertise and experience in developing innovative mobility solutions for seniors, using data analytics and visualization, survey question design and result analysis. He will help to design proper topics related to age friendly transport system.

Mark Jones is Chair of the Age Friendly Illawarra Alliance. Mark is committed to the promotion of regional Australia. His architectural practice established in 1980 now has offices in Wollongong, Nowra and Batemans Bay with a team 25 professionals specialising in Health and Well Being, Education and Research, and Senior Living. Mark is an Honorary Fellow at the UOW, a Senior Counsellor, and a past NSW Chapter President, the Australian Institute of Architects.

Rod Young is from the Age Friendly Illawarra Alliance. Rod has extensive experience in policy formulation across the ageing and aged services environment. He has been actively engaged in the deployment of technologies that support independence and social engagement with a particular focus on personal enablement driving care participants to move from a state of being a care recipient to a care participant.

Ting Song (EIS) is a PhD candidate. Will benefit from learning in this multidisciplinary research project.



This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals