The Centre for Research on Ageing, Health & Wellbeing (CRAHW) was established in January 2012, drawing together staff with expertise in ageing, mental health and life course research.
The Centre comprises academic staff, doctoral students, professional staff and visiting or adjunct fellows. We host a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) as well as an NHMRC Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Early Diagnosis and Prevention (DCRC-EDP) and an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health.
Our mission is to conduct high quality, innovative research, and to develop strategies to optimise wellness over the lifecourse for individuals and societies.
Centre research is based on methodological and theoretical tradition which focus on adult development and ageing, such as psychology, sociology and epidemiology. Research considers physical, mental and cognitive wellbeing and the role of the social and interpersonal contexts.
CRAHW research places a premium on rigorous statistical and analytic methods, particularly longitudinal data analysis, and regularly hosts seminars and workshops, which are a focus of capacity building for the Australian research community.
We emphasise translation of research findings into practice and public policy by working closely with government agencies and the community sector.
Our research skills and expertise are represented across six research groups comprising cognitive ageing and dementia, driving, healthy ageing, mental health and wellbeing, neuroimaging and brain lab, and social gerontology.
Research projects like Personality and Total Health PATH Through Life, DYNOPTA and others, focus the particular skills and expertise of the Centre's multi-disciplinary faculty on major ageing health and wellbeing issues to build knowledge and inform public policies in health, economic and social sciences.
Teaching and learning
CRAHW faculty are actively involved in teaching and education and teach an undergraduate course ‘Introduction to Population Health’ (POPH3000), a course in the Masters of Public Health ‘Life Course Approach to Human Ageing’ (POPH8918) as well as providing ad hoc lectures in various courses. CRAHW faculty also supervise Honours and Masters students and we have close links with staff and students within the John Curtin School of Medical Research, and the ANU Medical School.
Public policy and healthy ageing
In the area of public policy CRAHW faculty have strong input into the ageing, dementia and employment portfolios, and we provide advice to government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas.
The nautilus shell grows into increasingly larger chambers throughout its life – much like the expanding body of knowledge, through research, that is created at CRAHW – to build our capacity and pass on knowledge for healthy ageing.