In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed issues and inequities across society. How we plan for ageing populations and older people is one critical issue that has been neglected for decades. Fresher-faced youth and families have become the demographic focus of increasingly short-term electoral cycles, reinforcing a deep-seated prejudice against ageing and older people.
If Gandhi is right, and the true measure of a society can be found in how we treat the most vulnerable, then Australia has a lot to...
Dr Melanie Davern
Dr Melanie Davern is a Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Australian Urban Observatory and Acting Deputy Director of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. Her research interests focus on liveability, community and individual wellbeing with specific expertise in the development and use of indicators as a measurement tool for policy development, program evaluation and community engagement. Melanie has extensive expertise in the development and application of indicators for health, social and community planning, worked closely with a range of government and community partners and is passionate about the translation of research into policy and practice. Melanie is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.