Flinders Centre for Ageing Studies
The Flinders Centre for Ageing Studies (FCAS) has a multidisciplinary focus on research, education and professional gerontological activities locally, nationally and internationally. It is widely recognised for its excellence in the field of ageing and known for its capacities in research design, data base creation, analysis and reporting, as well as day-to-day management of a range of projects. The FCAS has received funding from the Australian Research Council, Canadian Institute of Health Research, South Australian Department for Families and Communities: Disability, Ageing and Carers, Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST), Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Flinders University (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences).
The Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ALSA) is its centerpiece research activity. ALSA is a multidisciplinary study of a cohort of 2087 older adults (spanning 65 - 103 years), ongoing since 1992. It has been supported by research grants from the ARC, NH&MRC, Flinders University, the SA Government and NGOs. The ALSA data are currently incorporated in four research consortia. These are the APCSC (Asia Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration), the IALSA (Integrative Analysis for the Longitudinal Study of Aging), DYNOPTA (Dynamic Analyses to Optimise Ageing) and The Australian and New Zealand Diabetes and Cancer Collaboration (located at the Baker IDI).
The other major program of research is the ALSA Daily Life Time-Sampling Study (ADuLTS).
Members of the Centre are engaged in supervision of post-graduate research students, post-doctoral fellows, and development and delivery of post-graduate programs in Applied Gerontology and Palliative Care in Aged Care. The Centre is led by the FCAS Director, Professor Mary Luszcz, with assistance from Dr. Tim Windsor. FCAS is located in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, and has strong links with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science and Engineering, Flinders University.