News and events

Find out the latest news from our Research Centre, hear from RAIL members in the media and keep up-to-date on our events.

Agents of Change: Healthier at Home

March 2020

With Australian life expectancy increasing, there are many aspects of our healthcare systems that could be improved to cater to the nation’s future needs. Watch Professor Keith Hill and Associate Professor Libby Callaway talk about the important work RAIL is doing to improve how people live, with greater independence and better quality of life.

Visit to Monash Malaysia and the World Falls and Postural Stability Conference

December 2019

RAIL Director Professor Keith Hill recently visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to attend the first World Conference on Falls and Postural Stability.  At the conference, he presented the outcomes of the successful RESPOND RCT in reducing falls for older people presenting to emergency departments, led by Monash University.  In addition, he moderated a symposium on falls prevention programs and research in Singapore, and attended a fireside chat to informally discuss international issues and potential solutions in falls prevention, led by researchers from Singapore.

Professor Hill also visited the Gerotechnology Laboratory at Monash’s Malaysia campus, led by Associate Professor Pei Lee Teh, and meeting with researchers with research interests aligned to RAIL to discuss possible future collaborations.  There are a number of synergies in the research interests and outcomes of the Gerotechnology Laboratory team at Monash Malaysia, and RAIL, which we aim to explore further with potential collaborative grants and other activities.

RAIL represented at Bold Ideas Better Solutions Symposium

October 2019

Associate Professor Libby Callaway recently participated in a panel on emerging technologies hosted by the Hopkins Centre in Brisbane as part of their 2 019 Bold Ideas Better Solutions Symposium .

Panel members discussed the current opportunities and challenges with the emerging mainstream and assistive technology market, the importance of technology user co-design, individualised and customised approaches to technology, and ongoing evaluation of effectiveness over time. To ensure best practice approaches to the use of technology to build independent living, the group also discussed the need for research to inform government policy. Discussion included the National Disability Insurance Scheme assistive technology strategy, the Australian Government's Artificial Intelligence Ethics Framework and the current Regulatory Impact Assessment by the Australian Building Codes Board in relation to accessible housing.

Too many young Australians are still stuck in nursing homes

September 2019

Around 6000 Australians aged under 65 live in nursing homes, cut off from their families and peers, with inadequate support for their disabilities. Associate Professor Libby Callaway and Adjunct lecturer Susan Sloane explore this issue and what needs to be done.

Read the full article: Too many young Australians are still stuck in nursing homes

A Different Lens: The Ageing Population

September 2019

For the first time in human history, the world is facing an ever-growing ageing population, and we’re ill-prepared to handle it. How do we increase social inclusion and quality of life for the current and future older population? RAIL members, Dr Alana Hewitt and Associate Professor Teh Pei Lee both weigh into this complex issue.