International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference

International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference

Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland and the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), it is our immense pleasure to invite you to join us for the International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference, Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery.

The Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 June 2016. The program will primarily focus on Disasters in an Ageing World, reflecting on both natural and man-made disasters. We will explore approaches to risk reduction, readiness, resilience, response and recovery with the goal of understanding how to establish and design more age friendly, disaster prepared communities. The Conference will incorporate international keynote speakers, oral presentations, posters, exhibition and social events.

Brisbane provides a beautiful location for the Conference with its picturesque winding river, attractive modern buildings, a thriving retail centre, excellent restaurants and most importantly - year-round pleasant weather. Brisbane is a diverse city with one of the fastest growing economies in Australia. It is a city of alluring character: from its distinctive architecture (the charming ‘Queenslanders' and worker's cottages that line inner-suburban streets) to its swimming beach right in the middle of the CBD.

Conference Program

The 13th IFA Conference will be the first to explore the implications for older people in natural and human-induced disasters and health emergencies, while at the same time covering the areas of interest for those across all disciplines in the ageing sectors through five (5) thematic tracks:

  1. Disasters and Older People
  2. Age-friendly Cities/Communities
  3. Care and Support for Older People (Community and Residential)
  4. Elder Abuse, Law and Rights
  5. Income Protection and Security

The Conference will provide a platform for decision makers, practitioners, researchers, service providers, and community members to share their experiences to support and empower rapidly ageing populations worldwide. The Conference will be among the first to take place after the conclusion of the post-2015 UN Development Goals and the revision of the Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Reduction.

Keynote Speakers

Raina MacIntyre, Head, School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW and Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
John Beard Director, Department of Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization
Margareta Wahlström, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
Bradley Willcox, Professor and Director of Research at the Department of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii

Plenary Panel Sessions

The Conference Program will incorporate three exciting Plenary Panel sessions featuring internationally renowned speakers that you don't want to miss!
Day 1: Innovations in Aged Care and Program Delivery

  • Ms Lynda O'Grady, Aged Care Financing Authority
  • Professor Sarah Harper, The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
  • Dr John Beard, World Health Organization

Day 2: Age-friendly Cities and Communities - ‘Creating Enabling Environments'

  • Professor Suzanne Garon, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Mr Gertjan Baars, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Dr Debra Whitman, AARP

Day 3: Post Sendai: Engaging and enlisting older people in sustainable development and disaster risk reduction at the local level

  • Mr Toby Porter, HelpAge International
  • Mr Alex Ross, WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre) 

For more information go to the International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference website.

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