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Victorian Active Ageing Partnership

MOVE, in collaboration with Fitness Australia and Monash University, is coordinating the Victorian Active Ageing Partnership (VAAP) on behalf of the Victorian Government.

The VAAP is a three year project that began in October 2015. It aims to increase opportunities for participation in physical activity for older Victorians, especially in areas of socio-economic disadvantage and among isolated, lonely older people not currently involved in physical activity.

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The second VAAP Research and Practice Forum – Access for all: More older people, more active - was held on Thursday 24 August 2017.

The Forum was opened by the Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention, Mr Gerard Mansour, and was again attended by over 200 people from over 100 Victorian organisations.

Recordings of the principal presentations are available:

Mr Gerard Mansour  

  • Opening Address

  • Duration: 12.20 minutes

Professor Kylie Ball  

  • Associate Head of School – Research, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University

  • Equity, older people and physical activity

  • Duration: 39.31 minutes

Assoc Prof Ben Smith 

  • School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

  • Strategies for ‘hard to reach’ older people

  • Duration: 28.03 minutes

Ms Edith Chen

  • Peer Educator, COTA Victoria

  • Physical activity: An older person’s perspective

  • Duration: 15.45 minutes

Ms Genevieve Nolan  

  • Manager, Victorian Active Ageing Partnership; Programs Manager, MOVE muscle, bone & joint health

  • VAAP self-assessment tool and resources

  • Duration: 16.29 minutes

Mr Chris Lacey 

  • Victorian State Manager, RecLink Australia

  • The RecLink Model

  • Duration: 25.10

The Powerpoint presentations from the afternoon sessions at the Forum, which detail various practice examples and address key issues are also available for viewing:

Mr Adam DeMirtel  

Team Leader-Active Ageing Team/Exercise Physiologist, Health & Wellbeing Unit, Sunbury Community Health

Transition pathways at Sunbury Community Health – A case example

Mr Heath Miller  

Physiotherapist Practice Lead, cohealth

From healthcare to community: Supporting clients to continue their exercise journey

Ms Genevieve Nolan 

Manager, Victorian Active Ageing Partnership; Programs Manager, MOVE muscle, bone & joint health

Transition pathways – Key elements to promote sustainability

Mr George Halkias  

Walking Football Project Coordinator, Melbourne City Football Club

Walking football/City Strikers program

Mr Kyle MacMullan 

Inclusion Officer, Basketball Victoria

Walking Basketball

Ms Carolyn Page  

Senior Physiotherapist, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Physical activity and older people with chronic health conditions

Ms Emma Dabb  

Facilitator, Alzheimer’s Australia

Understanding dementia: The importance of physical activity in reducing risk & effective communication strategies with older people with cognitive decline

(Please refer to the Alzheimer’s Australia website for further information)

Ms Christine Spiridonos  

Manager Community-based Social Support Services, MiCare

CAFÉ BAZAAR - Moorleigh Multicultural Senior Citizens Centre Physical Activity Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Seniors 


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