Ageing in Mind (AiM)

Research Overview

The Ageing in Mind [AiM] research group is focused on promoting optimal mental, cognitive and physical health in the context of ageing.  Our aspiration is the World Health Organization's definition of health as "a state of complete, physical and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or informity".  Furthermore, the decade from 2021-2030 is the United Nations' Decade of Healthy Ageing.

The group's research includes cognitive health, dementia prevention, anxiety, depression and schizophrenia in late life, physical activity and health, including weight management and falls prevention, behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, optimising care in residential aged care facilities, and the use of technology to improve care.  Our research team works closely in partnership with consumers, carers, community organisations, and health services.



St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

  • Mr Patrick Aninon, Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Dr Michelle Baek, Psychiatrist
  • Ms Amanda Carter, Occupational Therapist
  • Ms Tanya Cottrell, Team Leader, Healthy Ageing Response Service
  • Ms Susan Cusinato, Psychiatric Nurse
  • Dr Jessica Dumble, Psychiatry Registrar
  • Ms Arianne Esperanza, Clinical Nurse Consultant
  • Ms Alberta Gray, Peer Support Worker
  • Ms Fran Harper, Senior Social Worker
  • Ms Felicia Huijbregts, Psychiatric Enrolled Nurse
  • Ms So Im Jung, Psychiatric Nurse
  • Ms Emma McGoldrick, Social Worker
  • Ms Sheila Noveloso, Occupational Therapist
  • Ms Jessica Reeves, Registered Psychiatric Nurse
  • Ms Karen Thode, Registered Psychiatric Nurse


  • NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Cognitive Health [2017-2019]
  • Melbourne Academic Centre for Health / Medical Research Future Fund [2019-2021]
  • Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration [2018-2021]
  • St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

Research Publications

TOP  publications

  • Chong TWH, Macpherson H, Schaumberg MA, Brown BM, Naismith SL, Steiner GZ (2021) Dementia prevention: the time to act is now.  Medical Journal of Australia published online. doi: 10.5694/mja2.50972
  • Chong TWH, Curran E, Ellis KA, Southam J, You E, Cox KL, Hill KD, Pond D, Dow B, Anstey KJ, Hosking D, Cyarto E, Lautenschlager NT (2020) Physical activity for older Australians with mild cognitive impairment or subjective cognitive decline–a narrative review to support guideline development.  Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 23:913-20.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2020.03.003; PubMed
  • Tham M, Chong TWH, Jenkins ZM, Castle DJ (2021) The use of anti-obesity medications in people with mental illness as an adjunct to lifestyle interventions — Effectiveness, tolerability and impact on eating behaviours: A 52-week observational study.  Obesity Research and Clinical Practice 15:49-57.  DOI: 10.1016/j.orcp.2020.11.002; PubMed
  • Chong TWH, Lautenschlager NT, Anstey KJ, Bryant C (2020) Anxiety disorders in late life – why are we not more worried?  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 35:955-61.  DOI: 10.1002/gps.5300; PubMed
  • Chong T, Doyle CJ, Cyarto EV, Cox KL, Ellis KA, Ames D, Lautenschlager NT and AIBL Research Group (2014) Physical activity program preferences and perspectives of older adults with and without cognitive impairment. Asia Pacific Psychiatry 6:179-90. DOI: 10.1111/appy.12015; PubMed
  • Panayiotou A, Hwang K, Williams S, Chong TWH, Logiudice D, Haralambous B, Lin X, Zucchi E, Mascitti-Meuter M, Goh AMY, You E, Batchelor F (2020) The perceptions of translation apps for everyday healthcare workers and older people: a multi-method study.  Journal of Clinical Nursing 29:3516-26.  DOI: 10.1111/jocn.15390;  PubMed

Research Projects

For project inquiries, contact our research group head.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Senior Research Fellow in Psychiatry of Old Age Terence Chong

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