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Centre for Education and Research on Ageing

Improving quality of life for the elderly
We aim to expand and share knowledge of human ageing through innovative and multidisciplinary research so that health and quality of life of older people can be improved.

About us

As Australia's population ages, understanding human ageing, including the factors that influence health and quality of life will become increasingly relevant for healthcare professionals.

We aim to expand and share knowledge of human ageing through collaborative multidisciplinary research and education to promote health ageing, minimise the impact of disease and disability on older people, and improve the overall quality of life of our older population. 

Our research is achieved through a broad program that incorporates clinical, laboratory, epidemiological and health service evaluation approaches. Allied with this are education programs, at basic and advanced levels of practice, in geriatric medicine and other education programs for aged care workers from a range of professional settings.

Our vision

  • Become the national leader and internationally recognised for ageing research
  • Undertake and promote multidisciplinary research that will lead to improvement in the quality of life of older people
  • Provide quality education in ageing from the undergraduate to professional levels
  • Contribute to health services for older people through evidence-based practices and application of research advances
  • Promote ageing in the broader community and provide advocacy for the needs of older people

Major research areas

Research into ageing biology, the liver and liver endothelium and developing novel therapies to prevent age-related hyperlipidemia.

The emphasis of this research is to develop strategies and therapies to improve the quality of life and health of older people. The research covers an extensive range of methodologies from basic biological research, clinical research, epidemiology, health services and social science.

The major current research project is CONFABS (Concord Falls and Bone Service) study, a randomised clinical trial designed to assess the effectiveness of a specialist service providing targeted fall prevention interventions to older people.

Projects include: epidemiological studies of falls, osteoporosis and polypharmacy and the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP).

The major emphasis of this research is the investigation and identification of ways to maintain the oral health of older Australians.

Research into ageing and medication disposition and the development of strategies to improve prescribing in older people.

Study with us

The teaching of geriatric medicine and associated disciplines within Sydney Medical School's courses continues to be one of CERA's core programs.

Learn more about your study options in medicine and health.

Postgraduate research

Research projects are available in a range of related disciplines in all of our research areas. Our facilities at the Concord Clinical School provide multiple opportunities from laboratory-based research, applied clinical research, epidemiology and population-based studies. 

Research options include:

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Learn more current research opportunities or about postgraduate research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.


Professor David Le Couteur
Professor David Le Couteur
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Contact us

  • Building 18, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Hospital Road Concord NSW 2139