Medical Research: Bench to Bedside Department of Medicine (RMH)

The Healthy Ageing Program

Program governance

Areas of focus

The Healthy Ageing Program is overseen by the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project Scientific Advisory Board. This governance provides a structured framework around which training and mentoring in ageing research can occur and for researchers and stakeholders to collaborate, as well as a platform to leverage additional funds and resources.


Healthy Ageing Program Themes

The Healthy Ageing Program

Collaborative and Research Team

Mental and Cognitive Health Theme

Mental Health Stream

Lorraine Dennerstein
Katherine Campbell
Cassandra Szoeke
Stephen Campbell


Depression and Mood
Positive Mood

Cognitive Health Stream

Casssandra Szoeke
Katherine Burn
Edward Hill
Christa Dang


Cognitive Trajectories
Preventing Dementia and Cognitive Decline

Imaging Stream

Patricia Desmond
Cassandra Szoeke
Parnesh Raniga
Rowa Aljondi


fMRI – Patricia Desmond
DT – Parnesh Raniga
WMH – Rowa Aljondi
Volume/Atrophy - Rowa Aljondi
Paul Yates
Cassandra Szoeke

Vascular Health Theme

Cassandra Szoeke
Kaman Li
Dennis Wang
Mario Termine

Cardiovascular Risk Stream


BMI – Kaman Li
Lipids – Dennis Wang
Hormones – Mario Termine


Diet Theme

Allison Hodge
Edward Hill
Cassandra Szoeke


Mediterranean Diet
Dietary Inflammatory Index


Sociology Theme

Gender Stream

Social Engagement Stream

Katherine Burn

Family Violence Stream


Research Activity

WHAP Methodology - pdf

Key WHAP Measures - pdf

Recent Graduates and Awards of WHAP - pdf

WHAP Publications 1991-2000

WHAP Publications 2001-2009

WHAP Publications 2010-2019

WHAP Research Projects


Cohort Descriptions

The Women’s Healthy Ageing Project

The Women’s Healthy Ageing Project is a prospective, longitudinal, epidemiological study of 438 Australian Women that has spanned two decades. This study has extensive detailed measures, a high retention rate and midlife data which can be examined in the setting of late life health. There is data available on participants from over twenty years of measured physical, psychosocial and lifestyle factors which affect later life health. In particular there is prospective information on mood, alcohol, smoking and physical activity and social connectedness which have been identified as important for healthy ageing. Therefore this study is in a unique position to examine the inter-relationship of these key factors in the development of morbidity in ageing. This study is not only long in duration but its advantage is in the detail of measures taken in each follow-up year with extensive biomarker, physical measures and questionnaire data covering cardiovascular, bone health, cognition, cancers, urology, endocrinology, psychological, sociological and lifestyle areas.
Research Domains: Public Health, Clinical Sciences and Health Practice, Neurosciences and Behavioural Sciences, Biosciences, Epidemiology and Health Services, Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Obesity and Endocrinology.

The Healthy Ageing Project

The Healthy Ageing Project is a study 25,000 of Australian adults who took part in an online health survey through the Health Tracker website. This study has data on a variety of factors including sociodemographics, lifestyle factors, diet, and physical activity.
Research Domains: Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Services, Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Obesity and Endocrinology.


Contact Details

Women's Healthy Ageing Project

PO Box 2026 Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville 3050


Phone: 8344 1835




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