Leadership in Healthy Ageing

Webinar: Exploring the impacts of social distancing on older adults

Presented by Charles Sturt University and the Australian Association of Gerontology


The impacts of a global pandemic are currently being experienced across Australia, with a growing number of restrictions being placed on the way individuals and society connect and function. Throughout the crisis, heightened risks of the virus to older adults have been forefront in discussions at policy, practice and individual levels. These concerns have led to additional social distancing recommendations for adults over 70 years, who are being encouraged not to leave their homes at all and to avoid social contact.

While this advice is intended to protect older adults from contracting coronavirus, social distancing itself can be a significant risk to physical and mental health and wellbeing. This webinar will explore the potential impacts of social distancing and social isolation on older adults and begin a conversation about strategies and solutions to overcome these challenges.

Webinar details - Exploring the impact of social distancing on older adults

Tuesday, April 28th, 10-11am

Zoom video conferencing, online only.

Times in Australian Eastern Standard Time.

This webinar will be hosted via Zoom video conferencing. You may like to read Joining a Zoom Meeting for further information.

Meeting Link


Password: 819379

  • Join from a computer, smartphone/tablet, or phone in for audio only.
  • Webcam not required as only the presenters will be on camera.
  • Questions will be accepted via online chat during the webinar, or beforehand via email.

Please RSVP with your name and email to indicate your interest.

If you can't make it on the day, no problem! A session recording, plus other resources shared during the webinar will be made available.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Presenter - Dr Belinda Cash

Belinda is a social worker who specialises in mental health and social gerontology. Belinda works full time at Charles Sturt University, where she teaches into the social work and gerontology programs and is a researcher with the Institute of Land, Water and Society. Belinda is the immediate past national president of the AAG Student and Early Career Group (SECG).

Presenter - Robin Harvey

Robin Harvey is a lecturer in gerontology at Charles Sturt University. Robin's clinical practice background is as a social worker in the fields of older person’s mental health and health promotion with older adults. Robin is the current Vice-Chair of the AAG Victorian Division.

About the project - Leadership in Healthy Ageing (LIHA)

Aiming to strengthen community capacity in response to the growing aged population of the Ovens-Murray region, the LIHA program encourages participants to become effective “forces for change” by promoting liveable and inclusive communities for older people.

LIHA is a partnership between the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Charles Sturt University), Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, and the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre. Watch this space for upcoming opportunities, including our Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) on "Understanding Ageing".


We would be glad to receive any questions related to the webinar or the Leadership in Healthy Ageing program.


Ilena Young - Wangaratta Regional Study Centre

03 5713 9061

Michael Osborne - Project Officer, Faculty and Arts and Education

02 6933 4562

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