Older People Program

February 2015

NCETA: Professor Ann Roche, Roger Nicholas

Project description: 

NCETA is embarking on a new program of research about alcohol and other drug use among ageing populations.

1. Establishments of Network of agencies with an interest in preventing and responding to AOD problems among older people

NCETA is establishing a Network of agencies with an interest and expertise in this area. This includes alcohol and drug agencies, aged care providers, consumer representatives and other groups. The purpose of the Network is to:

  • Promote better understanding, and raise awareness, of AOD issues as they impact older Australians
  • Clarify the implications for the aged care sector and the AOD prevention / treatment sector of trends in AOD use among older Australians
  • Identify cross-sectoral initiatives and response strategies.

2. The Grey Matters Conference

In April 2015 NCETA will host a national conference on identifying, preventing and responding to alcohol and other drug problems among older Australians.

The Grey Matters National Conference will be held on Wednesday 1 April 2015 9am – 5pm at the Education Development Centre, 4 Milner St, Hindmarsh SA.

The Conference will involve a range of participants including: aged care service providers (community and residential) and policy staff; alcohol and other drug prevention, treatment and policy staff; and primary care workers with a role in meeting the health and welfare needs of older Australians. The Conference aims to raise awareness of alcohol and other drug issues and responses among older Australians among the alcohol and drug, aged care, and primary health care sectors and to identify possible ways forward for cross-sectoral initiatives and response strategies. For more information about the Grey Matters Conference, see the News section or visit the NCETA website.