The UQ Age Friendly Committee drives greater inclusion and diversity with respect to age at UQ and the community it serves. The Committee and its initiatives are underpinned by a lifespan perspective of ageing, acknowledging individual’s movement through their own unique life trajectory.

We will:

  • facilitate consultation with the UQ community and key internal and external stakeholders to ensure progress on on implementing, maintaining and extending the University’s commitment to the Age-Friendly University principles (see below) through all relevant actions and initiatives
  • provide advice to UQ’s broader committees and governance bodies on
    • matters relating to the institutionalisation /operationalisation of the AFU principles in existing policies and practices
    • new initiatives to strengthen the University’s support of the AFU principles and potential funding or other resources to support such initiatives
  • provide leadership within the University by encouraging intergenerational engagement with events, programs and other initiatives at UQ
  • disseminate information about actions and initiatives related to the AFU principles to the broad UQ community and stakeholders.

Age-Friendly University Principles:

  1. To encourage the participation of older adults in all the core activities of the university, including educational and research programs.
  2. To promote personal and career development in the second half of life and to support those who wish to pursue second careers
  3. To recognize the range of educational needs of older adults (from those who were early school-leavers through to those who wish to pursue Master's or PhD qualifications)
  4. To promote intergenerational learning to facilitate the reciprocal sharing of expertise between learners of all ages
  5. To widen access to online educational opportunities for older adults to ensure a diversity of routes to participation
  6. To ensure that the university's research agenda is informed by the needs of an aging society and to promote public discourse on how higher education can better respond to the varied interests and needs of older adults
  7. To increase understanding of students of the longevity dividend and the increasing complexity and richness that aging brings to our society
  8. To enhance access for older adults to the university's range of health and wellness programs and its arts and cultural activities
  9. To engage actively with the university's own retired community
  10. To ensure regular dialogue with organizations representing the interests of the aging population

Age Friendly UQ Plan on Two Pages (PDF, 86.5 KB)

Age Friendly University Committee Members



Professor Nancy Pachana - Chair

Program Lead, UQ Age Friendly University Initiatives

Professor Greg Hainge – Deputy Chair

School of Languages & Cultures

A/Prof Remi Ayoko

Business School

Dr Annette Broome

Metro South Health

Dr Bernadette Cochrane

School of Communication and Arts

A/Prof Marisa Cordella-Masini

School of Languages & Cultures

Emeritus Professor Fred d'Agostino

Totum Negotium

Professor Di Eley

Academy for Medical Education

Professor Craig Franklin

President of Academic Board

Dr Emily Gordon

ECR Representative

Simeon Gover

Undergraduate Student Representative

Sophie Griffiths

Undergraduate Student Representative

A/Prof Tim Kastelle

Business School

Professor Lydia Kavanagh

Deputy President Academic Board

Dr Jack Lam

Postdoctoral Fellow Representative

Dr Catherine Lawrence

President, UQ Alumni Friends

A/Prof Shuang Liu

School of Communication and Arts

Julie Oates

Library, Client Experience

Dr Andrea Petriwskyj

Policy Coordinator, COTA

Dr Kate Power

Business School

Amanda Salmon

Postgraduate Student Representative

Dr Rebekah Scotney

School of Veterinary Science

Dr Lucy Thomas

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Dino Willox

Director, Student Employability

Dr Peter Worthy

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences