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CARE conducts research in gerontology—the study of ageing in all its aspects. Gerontology is becoming increasingly important in developed countries, including New Zealand, because of our ageing populations.

The CARE network concentrates on three areas of research strength:

  • Physical health
  • Brain health
  • Social and policy development

Our network of CARE researchers have expertise in:

  • Biomedical sciences
  • Clinical practice
  • Population and community health
  • Indigenous health
  • Social sciences
  • Rural health
  • Health service provision

Researchers have comprehensive local, national, and international collaborative relationships. This will bring significant benefit to New Zealand in public policy, commerce, the health sector and local communities.

View Our people to learn more about our researchers' fields, and depth of expertise.

CARE funded research

Summer research projects 2016/17

CARE research theme has awarded two summer research scholarships:

Park-based physical activity interventions for people with disability: An integrative review

A Parks for Activity and Recreation in the Community Study (PARCS). Student researcher, Miles Saitta, will be working with Dr Meredith Perry on a project exploring park-based physical activity for older adults with disability. Contact:

Best research practice in falls prevention in older adults – A methodological comparison of published systematic reviews with their protocol

Student researcher, Sarah Rose, will be working with Dr Prasath Jayakaran on best research practice in falls prevention in older adults. Contact:

Other research opportunities

PhD scholarships available with the Australian Community of Practice in Research in Dementia (ACcORD):

The Australian Community of Practice in Research in Dementia (ACcORD) group is seeking applications for one of several Research Higher Degree Scholarships available through the University of Newcastle. Both full-time and part-time scholarships will be considered. The research projects are funded and in the broad areas of:

• Development of tools to accurately measure the concerns, and health service and support needs of people living with dementia and their carers
• Exploration of barriers identified by health professionals to the delivery of best dementia care
• Legal and financial issues faced by people with dementia, carers and health service providers
• Testing of programs and strategies to address key concerns and challenges faced by people with dementia and their carers

Those interested can find further information at the following link: