AAG SECG presents: Helen Barrie National Prize 2023/24 round

AAG SECG presents: Helen Barrie National Prize 2023/24 round

This webinar will include presentations from the finalists of the AAG SECG Helen Barrie National Prize 2023-2024 round, acknowledging their outstanding research contributions to ageing research and practice. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the innovative and impactful research, published by AAG members.

Check out our recent Thursday Three newsletter article for more information on Diana and Asmita's papers.   

Introduction (Co Convenor)

Dr Helen Barrie
Senior Research Fellow
University of South Australia
Helen Barrie is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia, in the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion, where she is lead of the Inclusion stream. She is also affiliated with the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance, the Life Institute at the University of Ottawa, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society UK, and Life Member and Past President of the Australian Association of Gerontology. Helen’s PhD is in geography with a background in social policy. As a social gerontologist and human geographer, Helen’s research has a focus on Australia’s changing and ageing population and the implications and opportunities of this for society and communities. 

Q&A Co-Convener:

Dr Kate Wang 
Senior Lecturer 
RMIT University
SECG Professional and Development Working Group Convenor
Dr Kate Wang is a senior lecturer in pharmacy at RMIT University and adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia. Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Class I Honours) from the University of Queensland in 2014 and a PhD in pharmacoepidemiology from Monash University in 2020. Kate’s key areas of research interest include geriatrics, aged care, pharmacoepidemiology and digital health. Her work has contributed to the development of strategies to reduce medication-associated hospitalizations from aged care facilities.

Presentations by:

Prize Winner
Dr Diana Matovic
Postdoctoral researcher
Macquarie University

Dr Diana Matovic is a postdoctoral researcher and a member of the Macquarie University Lifespan Health and Wellbeing Research Centre. Dr Matovic manages the Ageing Well Tool designed to screen for risk factors for dementia and poor wellbeing (e.g., depression, social isolation) in older adults in primary care settings and provide evidence-based recommendations for risk reduction. Dr Matovic also works on related projects such as looking at social participation, mental health, and wellbeing in older adults with healthy cognition and older adults with mild cognitive impairment/early dementia and their older adult carers/supporters, the features of social relationships that influence cognition, and the mechanisms underlying positive mood in older adults.
Diana is a 2023 RM Gibson Program recipient.


Dr Asmita Manchha
Postdoctoral fellow
University of Queensland

Dr Asmita Manchha is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Unspoken, Unheard, Unmet: Improving Access to Preventative Health Care through Better Conversations about Care team (UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) and an Early Career Researcher. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2022, which examined the nature and consequences of the stigma of working in aged care.  

Tuesday, 26 March 2024
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm AEDT
Free event for AAG members - non members $50