WA Centre for Health and Ageing
Discoveries that lead to improving lives
The WA Centre for Health and Ageing (WACHA) is a leading education and clinical studies centre that has redefined ageing research in Western Australia. Our researchers continue to discover innovative cures and treatments to advance the health of people in midlife and beyond.
Launched in 2000 with the goal of improving the health of people in midlife and beyond, WACHA brings together experts, researchers, clinicians and students, empowering them to identify and solve the most critical challenges in health research.
Our researchers are internationally recognised as leaders in their field. They work to extend healthy lives, prevent the onset of disabling illnesses, find better ways to treat diseases common among older people and improve the delivery of health services.
We have a strong record of success into the research of dementia, depression, Indigenous health, person centred aged care, stroke and frailty. Our research has resulted in better care and improved treatments for older people.
- Health in Men Study project
The HIMS project has collected data to create a valuable resource that has led to many important findings. The project is currently looking at men who are ageing successfully and the best ways to ward off frailty.
HIMS uses the WA Data Linkage System, a comprehensive electronic health records system.
The data collated includes records for all inpatient hospital admissions, all births, all registered cancers, all deaths, and all public sector mental health service contacts in WA since 1982.
This project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.
- Indigenous Health and Ageing
There is a disparity between the health of Indigenous Australians and non-Indigneous Australians which has led to a 14 year difference in life expectancy.
Our researchers have been working in partnership with Indigenous Australians, as well as collaborating with researchers from North America, forming part of the Indigenous Cognition & Aging Awareness Research Exchange.
Some of our key achievements through this research so far include:
- Developing the first dementia or cognitive assessment and depression screening tool for older, remotely-living Indigenous Australians.
- Our qualitative research has been recognised by National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) as being in the ‘Ten of the best NHMRC research projects’, out of 5,000 teams who applied for NHMRC funding.
Find out more about our collaboration with the Aboriginal Ageing Well Research here.
Professor Osvaldo Almeida
Professor Osvaldo P. Almeida is the Director of Research at the WA Centre for Health and Ageing at The University of Western Australia.Read more
Professor Leon Flicker
Professor Leon Flicker is a leading expert in health and ageing in UWA’s Medical School, researching general heath, falls, depression and cognitive impairment.Read more
What does a 25 year study of Perth men teach us about ageing well?
Professor Leon Flicker shares findings from The Health in Men Study and and how to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes as men age.Read more
Health and ageing researcher named young pharmacist of the year
A PhD student at The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Health and Ageing has been named the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Young Pharmacist of the Year.Read more
New trial to help stroke rehabilitation
The Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing will use a grant from the National Stroke Foundation to fund new rehabilitation therapy for stroke survivors.Read more
2022 Dick Lefroy Oration presented by International ageing well expert Professor Ngaire Kerse
"Ageing well despite compounding inequalities: racism and ageism."
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