About this guide – Brief Overview

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About this tool – Brief Overview How? When? Who? Where? What? Why? Why?


Who was involved in this research?

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the participants, who made this research possible. The time, concentration and effort that each of them dedicated to the project is greatly appreciated by all of the research team.

This research was conducted by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with the industry partners listed below.

QUT Research Team


  • Laurie Buys

  • Evonne Miller

  • Gillian Boulton-Lewis

Research Assistants

  • Kimberley van Megen

  • Steve Snow

Research Students

  • Desley Vine

  • Elisabeth Zeitler

Special thanks to Richi Nayak, Debra Anderson and Mary Courtney for their assistance in the development of the application proposal. We would also like to acknowledge the significant contribution to data collection and analyses from Rosemary Aird, Luise Grossmann, and Jeffrey Sommerfeld.

Industry Partners 

  • Queensland Department of Communities

  • Council on the Ageing Queensland (COTAQ)

  • Gold Coast City Council  

Special thanks to Roma Older Mens Network (ROMNET), Toowoomba Older Mens Network (TOMNET), Association of Independent Retirees, National Seniors Australia, Toowoomba Spinners Weavers and Dyers Group, and Communify Queensland for their help and assistance during the project.

Funded 2009-2011

  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage

Why was this guide developed?

This guide was designed in response to the growing concern surrounding Australia’s ageing population. The demographic map of Australia is changing - people are living longer and fertility rates are declining, resulting in the proportion of older people (over 65) predicted to rise to 1 in 4 over the next 25 years, with 1 in 12 being over 80. The proportion of the very old population (aged 85 and over) is projected to treble from 1.5 per cent to more than 4 per cent between now and 2042. Thus, now is the time to plan for how we are going to accommodate this shift and ensure older Australians remain engaged with their communities.

Research development

To develop the project the research team referred to the World Health Organization’s 'Pillars of Active Ageing.' While health is obviously important, and understandably the key component of active ageing from the perspective of the World Health Organization, the research team cast their focus on 'participation‘ in particular, since health is just one enabler of participation.


health, participation and security



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