Our researchers sharing their expertise in health economics, ageing, and optometry


Over the last couple of months, our Caring Futures Institute researchers have shared their expertise at several events, discussing health economics, quality of life with children and older aged care residents, healthy ageing, and optometry.


Australian Health Economics Society Conference
In September, our Health and Social Care Economics researchers attended the Australian Health Economists Society (AHES) Conference. With over 180 national and international academic and health economics professionals, the conference discussed the role of health economics in informing policy and health practice in Australia and around the world. Caring Futures Institute researcher Professor Julie Ratcliffe, who is the current President of AHES, chaired sessions on economic evaluation and cost effectiveness in child and adult populations across health and social care settings, while researchers Dr Claire Hutchinson, Dr Rachel Milte, Dr Jyoti Khadra, Kiri Lay, and Dr Christine Mpundu-Kaambwa presented on various topics about assessing health-related quality of life with children and older aged care residents.


Professor Julie Ratcliffe at the AHES Conference


COTA SA International Day of Older Persons 

The Caring Futures Institute, as an established partner of COTA SA, are pleased to have been one of the sponsors of the COTA SA International Day of Older Persons event, “AGEING: It’s time to re-write the rules”,  held at U City. The Institute’s focus on care across the lifespan compliments the COTA SA purpose to advance the rights, interests and futures of Australians as we age. Professor Stacey George and Dr Rachel Milte represented the Caring Futures Institute at this event.

Dr Milte reflected, “It was a great opportunity to connect with an enthusiastic sold out crowd for the event, which was focused on “rewriting the rules of ageing”. The day involved hearing from panel speakers Maggie Beer AO, Keith Conlon OAM and Polly Sumner-Dodd regarding their experiences of ageing and challenging assumptions about ageing in their lives. We, as the audience, then had a lively discussion around how to change the often negative script around older people and ageing to best harness the medical and social miracle which is the increase in longevity driving the ageing population.

Professor George advised, “This will inform approaches to the Caring Futures Institute Ageing Research agenda.”


Let’s Talk ADHD – Hong Kong

Dr Paul Constable spoke at the University of Melbourne and the Let’s Talk ADHD – Hong Kong event about the early detection of ADHD using the retina as a way of understanding neurodevelopmental disorders.


Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) Research Week

Several members of the Caring Futures Institute attended SALHN Research Week, connecting with people from various state-wide institutes and organisations. Professor Raymond Chan also spoke at a panel session focusing on Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) impact and opportunities.

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