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Good Spirit Good Life: National Centre for Research Excellence in Indigenous Ageing Well


Led by

Prof Dawn Bessarab, Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, University of WA


Dr Kate Smith, Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, University of WA


Aboriginal-led CRE with National Investigators

Chief investigators: Dawn Bessarab, Dina LoGiudice, Leon Flicker, Kate Smith, Michael Wright, Kylie Radford, Julie Ratcliffe, Roslyn Malay, Chontel Gibson and Sandra Thompson

Associate investigators: Boe Rambaldini, David Atkinson, Edward Strivens, Graham Gee, Jennifer Walker, Jeromey Temple, Lyn Goldberg, Noeleen Tunny, Warwick Padgham

CRE Manager: Christianne White


Our shared vision is to build the capability of services, systems and local communities that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as they age.

•This work is underpinned by the Aboriginal elder co-developed Good Spirit Good Life framework outlining the interconnected elements that strengthen spirit to support ageing well.

•We are focused on building the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers in the field of ageing well.


Three Key Objectives of Good Spirit Good Life CRE:

1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ageing well data governance

    a. Develop Indigenous data governance group to oversee Australia’s Indigenous ageing data.

    b. Develop Good Spirit Good Life data hub by combining data from key Indigenous ageing studies.

CRE Postgrad applicant Caleb Rivers



2. Adapt Good Spirit Good Life tool

    a. Adapt GSGL tool and framework for rural and remote and Torres Strait

    CRE Masters student Lianne Gilchrist

    b. Feasibility study for preference based scoring system for GSGL tool

    CRE Post grad applicant Kevin Taylor

3. Model of care, training and resource development

a. Review Indigenous aged care models of best practice for QoL 

b. Identify and develop GSGL implementation model and training resources for aged care.


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