UNSW Australia hosted the 2015 APRU Ageing in the Asia-Pacific Research Symposium from 27-29 September in Sydney, Australia. The sixth in APRU’s series of gerontology and ageing research symposiums, the event included 3 eminent keynote speakers: Philip O’Keefe, Lead Economist for Social Protection and Labour, East Asia and Pacific, The World Bank, Dr. James P. Smith, Chair in Labour Markets and Demographic Studies, RAND Corporation, and Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty, Director, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, UNSW Australia.
Les Field, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) & Vice-President of UNSW Australia welcomed delegates to the symposium and also hosted a Welcome Dinner on 28 September. Margaret Leong, Director (Secretariat) and Treasurer, APRU also gave participants an overview of the network and its strategic framework encompassing three thematic priorities during the Welcome Session.
The 2015 symposium showcased papers on topics such as population ageing, aged care, and elderly wellbeing, as well as concurrent sessions exploring economics and demographics, and physiological and biological aspects of population ageing. Doctoral students were also given a chance to present papers as well as take part in a poster session.
Two Best Presenter Awards for PhD student participants were presented to Shang Wu (right in photo) from UNSW Australia (an APRU member) and Duong Van Tuyen (left in photo) from Taipei Medical University.
The Best Poster Presentation Award was presented to Xiaoyun Zhang, UNSW Australia for her presentation on “Female labour participation and informal care in China: Analysing the effects of new cooperative medical scheme”.
The event also saw the launch of the APRU Population Ageing Program Hub which is to be hosted by UNSW Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). The APRU hub generated strong interest from participants and an advisory group has been formed to help steer the activities of the hub over the next three years.