Australasian Journal on Ageing

Overview of the September Issue

The Australasian Journal on Ageing (AJA) aims to provide articles of interest to a multidisciplinary audience, drawn from the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM), Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) and COTA Australia, in addition to the broader global gerontology community. The September issue certainly delivers evidence on a wide range of topics. The full table of contents can be found at

The issue contains three reviews:

  • Spiritual wellbeing in Indigenous and non-Indigenous older people
  • The role of functional neuroimaging  in delirium prevention
  • Relationships in consumer directed care

We also hear about residential care staff’s knowledge of delirium, in a study that highlights how standards and evidence based assessment tools are vital to optimise quality practice and care in this context.

There are papers on a range of other clinical topics, including malnutrition risk and functional decline. There is information to guide policy and planning with regard to emergency ambulance demand.

Mental health is discussed in the context of the ‘sandwich’ generation. Two articles focus on the health of older Japanese people living in Australia (van den Broek; Watanabe and Honda). Finally, the implications of medical students’ perceptions of physical activity in older people and nursing students’ death anxiety are considered.

We hope that you find this issue useful in guiding your work and look forward to receiving contributions from you. Don’t forget that, in addition to the scientific papers we publish, we also welcome contributions for our ‘Reflection’ section. Poems or stories (fiction or non-fiction) related to any aspect of ageing, whether from the point of view of a health care worker or older person or patient, or simply an observer, will be considered.

[Source: Dr Jane Sims, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, AJA]