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Sally Keeling image 2021

BA(hons) PhD(Otago)


Current and Previous Roles

  • Senior Lecturer
  • President, New Zealand Association of Gerontology, Canterbury Branch
  • 2007-2009, Director, New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing, Victoria University of Wellington (
  • Investigator/adviser, Ageing Well NSC project

Research Interests

  • Social context of ageing in NZ
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • Service developments in Older Person's Health
  • Medical anthropology
  • Anthropology of ageing
  • Public Policy and Ageing in New Zealand


Abey-Nesbit, R., Bergler, H. U., Keeling, S., Gillon, D., Bullmore, I., Schluter, P. J., & Jamieson, H. (2024). A multistate transition model of changes in loneliness and carer stress among community-dwelling older adults in Aotearoa New Zealand. Australasian Journal on Ageing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajag.13280

Curl, A., Annear, M., Keeling, S., & Hackett, G. (2023). Building back better: Do post-earthquake neighborhoods promote active aging? A long-term audit analysis in Christchurch, New Zealand. Journal of Aging & Environment, 37(3), 255-276. doi: 10.1080/26892618.2022.2071373

Schluter, P. J., Abey-Nesbit, R., Ahuriri-Driscoll, A., Bergler, H. U., Broadbent, J. C., Glanville, M., Keeling, S., & Jamieson, H. A. (2022). Carer distress among community living older adults with complex needs in the pre- and post-COVID-19 era: A national population study. Scientific Reports, 12, 19697. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-24073-0

Watkins, A., Curl, A., Pocock, T., Gilden, J., & Keeling, S. (2020). Assessing the microscale geography of outdoor falls among older adults using virtual audits. Proceedings of the New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) Biennial Conference. (pp. 107). Retrieved from

Lapsley, H., Hayman, K. J., Muru-Lanning, M. L., Moyes, S. A., Keeling, S., Edlin, R., & Kerse, N. (2020). Caregiving, ethnicity and gender in Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders of advanced age: Findings from LiLACS NZ Kaiāwhina (Love and Support) study. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 39, e1-e8. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12671

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