Population growth and ageing will increase the number of people with vision loss. Vision loss presents unique functional, physical, emotional and social challenges for people as they age. The aim of our research is to investigate the mechanisms that promote or inhibit healthy ageing in people with vision loss. This understanding informs the design, implementation and evaluation of pragmatic health promotion interventions which tackle the key issues faced by this population.
The major areas of research in the Vision Loss and Healthy Ageing Research Group are:
We use multi-methodological approaches to achieve our research goals. This includes epidemiologic studies, in-depth qualitative inquiries, large scale data-linkage using health data, implementation science principles, and co-production with community partners and end-users. Our multidisciplinary research group includes leading epidemiologists and healthcare practitioners in the areas of optometry, psychology, and medicine.
Our researchers have published their findings in international journals and presented at prestigious international conferences, including at the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO), the World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, and the International Symposium of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA).