ERA 2009

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The ERA 2009 Conference was held on Friday 23rd October 2009 at Rydges on Swanston, Melbourne.  The 2009 conference was hosted by Prof Colette Browning and her team at the Healthy Ageing Research Unit (HARU), Monash University.  The conference was preceded with a half-day grant writing workshop on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd October.  

The 2009 Conference was hugely successful, boasting the largest number of paper and poster presentations of any ERA Conference to date, and the organisation of the event was outstanding.  Special thanks go to Colette's team at HARU, who all worked extremely hard over the past year to make this conference such a resounding success:

Susan Feldman
Harriet Radermacher
Syliva Neale
Felicity Lorains
Sonia Allen

Thank you also to all of the presenters and attendees for making this conference the largest ever.  The quality of the presentations was outstanding and while only a few people can win the prizes on offer, I can tell you that there was a lot of debate among the judges about who those people should be - with so many high quality candidates, it was extremely difficult to make the decisions. 

In addition to the list of prize-winners, below you will also find information and uploads of various documents relating to the conference and the pre-conference workshop, including conference proceedings, PowerPoint presentations, and audio recordings of workshop sessions. 

Conference Proceedings, Feedback Report and Photo Slideshow

The full proceedings of the conference, including the excellent full papers that were submitted, are here:

2009 ERA Conference Proceedings.pdf (1.3 MB) . 

A report on the feedback from the conference is here:

ERA Conference Feedback Report (146 KB

And a PowerPoint Slideshow of selected photos from the conference is below:

PowerPoint Slideshow of Selected Conference Photos (PPS, 24 MB)


to the winners of the following prizes that were awarded at the ERA 2009 Conference:

  • Best Presentation by a PhD/Professional Doctorate student - Edmund Ramon Talob, University of Sydney - $250
  • Best Presentation by a Master's student - Amanda Scicluna, Australian Catholic University - $250
  • Best Poster - Caroline Fryer, University of South Australia - $250
  • Royal College of Nursing Australia Prize - Julia Poole, University of Technology Sydney - 12 month membership to the RCNA, valued at $386
  • AAG-Victoria Prize - Sue Malta, Swinburne University
  • Healthy Ageing Research Unit (HARU) Encouragement Award - Jessica Swain, University of Newcastle - book voucher valued at $150
  • The Helen Bartlett Prize for Innovation in Ageing Research - Margaret Simmons, Monash University - $500.  


International Keynote Speaker:  Professor Paul Higgs

You can download Professor Higgs' presentation:  Paul Higgs Keynote Presentation -ERA 2009.pdf (512 KB). 

Prof Paul Higgs_1.jpgThe Keynote Speaker at this year's conference was Professor Paul Higgs, Professor of the Sociology of Ageing in the School of Life and Medical Sciences at University College London.  Professor Higgs has made a significant impact in designing and implementing both undergraduate and postgraduate programs and has published widely in both social gerontology and medical sociology. His research interests in ageing include the Third Age; embodiment; identity; generations, cohorts and ageing; consumption and later life; and influences of quality of life in early old age and retirement.  Longitudinal research contributions include carers of people with dementia and as a collaborator in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. He has enhanced the discipline internationally via his involvement in a number of committees, editorial roles, as a regular reviewer for key journals in ageing, and as a popular international speaker. He is currently co-authoring a book on the embodiment of ageing due to be published in 2010.


Pre-Conference Workshop

Approximately 45 delegates attended the pre-conference workshop on Thursday 22nd October, and the feedback has been extremely positive.  Most delegates agreed that this was a highly informative and useful session, and one from which PhD students will benefit greatly.  Copies of the presenters' PowerPoint presentations and audio recordings of some sessions are available in the following file gallery: note that these files can only be accessed by registered users of the website, and you will need to be logged on before clicking on this link.

Updated: 18 Jun 2012