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Host organisations

The 2029 IAGG World Congress will benefit from a multi-disciplinary host committee that will draw on a broad base of knowledge, expertise, experience and practice.

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Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)

Since 1964 AAG has been Australia’s peak national body linking professionals working across the multidisciplinary fields of ageing. We have nearly 1,500 members working together to improve the experience of ageing by connecting research, policy and practice. Our membership includes practitioners, researchers, policy makers, allied health professionals, students, nurses, service providers, and geriatricians.


We have 19 collaborating centres that provide a strong research base across all areas of ageing. AAG also hosts Australia’s leading conference that attracts around 700 people every year, featuring international and local speakers. The conference connects research, policy and practice to improve the experience of ageing.

AAG has a policy and research team that inform independent, evidence-based policy and practice.

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New Zealand Association of Gerontology (NZAG)

The NZAG was established 25 years ago and is a multidisciplinary organisation committed to understanding ageing and promoting the interests of older people.


Our vision is for a New Zealand in which older people are valued and respected; where they are able to contribute to society; have choices, are socially included and in which their wellbeing is optimised. The New Zealand Association of Gerontology acknowledges Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the foundation document of Aotearoa New Zealand and is integral to all activities undertaken by the organisation.

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Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM)

The ANZSGM is a professional society for geriatricians and other medical practitioners with an interest in medical care of older people. We have a particular interest in education, policy development and review, and political advocacy. We act to represent the needs of our members and the wider community in a bid to constantly review and improve the care of older people in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Conference Co-Chairs

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Professor Julie Byles AO

University Of Newcastle

Scientific Sub-Committee Chair, IAGG Asia/Oceania

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Professor Keith Hill

Monash University

Immediate Past Chair, IAGG Asia/Oceania

Committee members

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James Beckford Saunders

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Association of Gerontology;

Executive Officer, IAGG Asia/Oceania 

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Debra Waters

Professor and Director of Gerontology Research University of Otago;

Vice-President, New Zealand Association of Gerontology

Ronald Leong

Consultant in Aged Care and Rehabilitation Deputy Head of Aged Care, Caulfield Hospital Australia

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Claudia Meyer

IAGG Asia/Oceania Student Regional Lead (IAGG CSO); Immediate Past
World President, IAGG-CSO; 
Research Fellow, Bolton Clarke

Sean Maher

Geriatrician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Honorary Medical Director, Alzheimer’s Western Australia

Andy Towers

Associate Dean of Learning & Teaching;

Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, Massey University New Zealand

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