IHA student wins best student oral presentation award

Published: Monday 25th July 2016

Image of Fatima Ghani presenting

The Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA) PhD candidate Fatima Ghani was recently awarded ‘Best Student Oral Presentation’ at the 9th World Congress on Active Ageing (WCAA), held at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre from 28 June to 1 July this year.

Fatima presented the results of her publication titled Gender and age differences in walking for transport and recreation: are the relationships the same in all neighbourhoods? Her doctoral research at IHA focuses on how the social and built environments influence the recreational and utilitarian walking of men and women of different age groups, using data from the NHMRC-funded How Areas in Brisbane Influence HealTh and AcTivity (HABITAT) Mutilevel Longitudinal Study.

Fatima is supervised by IHA’s Professor Gavin Turrell and Dr Jerome Rachele, as well as Professor Simon Washington from the Queensland University of Technology, and her research program is part of the NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities.

The WCAA at which Fatima presented was the 9th such Congress held under the auspices of ICAPA - the International Coalition for Ageing and Physical Activity. The coalition is an international not-for-profit group of researchers and practitioners interested in promoting the study of active ageing, in enhancing delivery of services to older adults and in the collection, dissemination and discussion of information to help professionals further their work in this field.