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IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing:
Disasters in an Ageing World — Readiness, Resilience and Recovery

Who’ll Come a-waltzing Matilda with the IFA in June 2016


Under the shade of a coolibah tree in a land down under, take some additional days to see a place of awe and sheer wonder…..The humble vegemite sandwich and their weird ‘Strine’ language. A land of giant kangaroos, and the noble Platypus, not quite mammal, fish or bird with a bill and fur it looks quite absurd. Then there is the Emu, they can’t fly but I’m telling you they can run the pants off a kangaroo! A land of deserts rich red and brown soil where there’s freedom to be breathed, in the warm air, whilst all around, beauty abounds in a land so fair!


Take some extra days for Far North Queensland (FNQ), a trip to the site of the oldest living rainforest on earth, the Daintree Rainforest. It is the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed sites meet, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.


Don’t miss the opportunity and while you are there come to the IFA’s 13thGlobal Conference on Ageing — neither the conference nor Queensland you disappoint you!! Take a look to see what you will miss by not going in this Tourism Queensland video. 


Tourism Queensland
Tourism Queensland

The IFA 13th Global Conference will focus on Disasters in an Ageing World
as well as exchanging knowledge on Age Friendly Cities and Communities; Care and Support for Older People (Community and Residential); Elder Abuse, Law and Rights; and Income Protection and Security.


The Conference will provide a platform for decision makers, practitioners, researchers, service providers and community members to share their experiences to support and empower rapidly ageing populations worldwide.


For more information on the conference program, please visit the IFA website or download the Program at a Glance by clicking on the button below.


Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

Ms. Wahlström has extensive experience in both disaster relief operations and disaster risk management, with the United Nations system and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Read Ms. Wahlstrom’s full biography here.

Dr. Bradley Willcox

Bradley J. Willcox MD, MSc is Professor and Director of Research at the Department of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, at the Kuakini Medical Center (KMC) Campus. He is also the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Kuakini Hawaii LIFESPAN and HEALTHSPAN Studies and co-Principal Investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian Study. 


Read Dr. Willcox’s full biography here.

Bjarne Hastrup

Bjarne Hastrup (M. Sc. Econ.) is the President of the International Federation on Ageing and Chief Executive Officer and founder of the DaneAge Association.  Under his leadership, DaneAge has grown to over 700,000 members, which is nearly 13% of the entire population of Denmark.


Read Mr. Hastrup’s full biography here.

As part of conference program development, the IFA and COTA Queensland are calling on industry groups and the NGO sector to consider developing specialist symposia sessions within the conference framework. Symposium submissions of particular interest include:


A.      Disasters and Older People

B.      Age Friendly Cities and Communities

C.      Care and Support for Older People (Community and Residential)

D.      Elder Abuse, Law and Rights

E.       Income Protection and Security


Symposia sessions will be 90 minutes in length should accommodate 4 to 5 speakers. 

The IFA and COTA Queensland, in collaboration with WHO, are pleased to announce the inclusion of a specific conference track on Age Friendly Cities and Communities within the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing.  This will be the primary global opportunity in 2015 — 2016 to share policy, program and practices with colleagues from across the globe and to help build a sustainable AFCC knowledge mobilization network.

AFC symposia, workshops and abstracts are now being actively sought. Take a look around the IFA website to learn more about the conference, keynote speakers and details of the daily plenary panels.

Read more about AFCC here.

Over the course of the three (3) days there will be 3 Plenary Panels presenting on topics that will be of interest to all delegates. Session outlines have been confirmed with each of the Panels comprising 4 to 5 internationally recognized topic experts.  


In the coming weeks the Program Planning Committee will be finalizing the speakers from an impressive field of experts who have expressed interest in participating.  Abstracts for each of the Plenary Panel sessions have been finalized and as speaker confirmations are received individual presentation abstract will be publicized.  In the mean-time please take a look at the abstracts covering each of the Plenary Panels:

Day 1: Plenary Panel (1130 — 1300) — Post Sendai: Engaging and Enlisting Older People in Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction at the Local Level

Read Day 1 Plenary Panel Abstract here.

Day 2: Plenary Panel (0945 — 1100) — Age-friendly Cities and Communities — «Creating Enabling Environments»

Read Day 2 Plenary Panel Abstract here.

Day 3: Plenary Panel (0945 — 1100) — Innovations in Aged Care and Program Delivery

Read Day 3 Plenary Panel Abstract here.

Abstract submission closes on Thursday 5 November 2015 (AEST). Please note all presenting authors will be required to register and pay for the Conference by the author registration deadline on Saturday 30 January 2016.

Note we welcome papers on the broad range of age related issues.

Registration is now open for the International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference: Disasters in an Ageing World — Readiness, Resilience and Recovery.
The Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 21 — Thursday 23 June 2016. Be sure to register as soon as possible to take advantage of the discounted early bird rates.


Please visit the website for all registration information, including fees, entitlements and registration deadlines. 

For maximum brand positioning, exposure and interactive networking opportunities, we are delighted to offer numerous sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.


For further information on becoming a sponsor and/or exhibitor, please click on the below button to complete the expression of interest form or contact: 



Key Dates


Call for Abstracts closes
Thursday 5 November 2015

Author registration deadline
Saturday 30 January 2016

Early bird registration deadline
Tuesday 22 March 2016

Conference dates
Tuesday 21 — Thursday 23 June 2016

The Conference Managers have secured very competitive rates with flexible terms & conditions that are exclusive to IFA 2016 delegates. When you book through the Conference Managers our flexible terms & conditions mean:

  • There are no charges for changing your booking or reducing your stay
  • There is no cancellation fee should you cancel your booking 30 days prior to your arrival
  • No full pre-payment needed — one night deposit is all you pay to secure your booking

Click here for all property information, rates and to book your accommodation in Brisbane today

 The IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing is supported by:

Dear Readers, 

If you have any questions about the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing, Please contact Ms. Izabella Kaczmarek atikaczmarek@ifa-fiv.org or Mr. Greg Shaw at gshaw@ifa-fiv.org. You can contact us by telephone at +1 416 342 1655.
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