The 13th IFA Conference will be the first to explore the implications for older people in natural and human-induced disasters and health emergencies, while at the same time covering the areas of interest for those across all disciplines in the ageing sectors through five (5) thematic tracks: 

  1. Disasters and Older People
  2. Age-friendly Cities/Communities
  3. Care and Support for Older People (Community and Residential)
  4. Elder Abuse, Law and Rights
  5. Income Protection and Security

The Conference will provide a platform for decision makers, practitioners, researchers, service providers, and community members to share their experiences to support and empower rapidly ageing populations worldwide.  The Conference will be among the first to take place after the conclusion of the post-2015 UN Development Goals and the revision of the Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Reduction.

The central theme of the 13th IFA Conference will be on natural and human-induced disasters and health emergencies in an ageing world, in a program that will explore approaches to risk reduction (e.g. mass gatherings), readiness, resilience, response and recovery with the goal of understanding how to establish and design more age friendly, disaster prepared communities.   Such activities are increasingly part of the daily organisation, planning and delivery of services for older persons, and their engagement in society.

The IFA is interested in innovative approaches in planning and coping with a variety of disasters, health emergencies, and knowledge about disaster planning and response for and by older people in developing countries.

Older people are often vulnerable during and after disasters.  This extends beyond psychosocial, physical and functional limitations to the loss of home, family and income, and to reduce long term social integration.  Yet, older people are key contributors in society to ensuring better preparedness, resiliency, and to the spirit of recovery, demonstrating natural leadership and survival skills. This specific international platform provides for the exchange of ideas and points of connection for practitioners, policy makers and researchers, many stakeholders working to generate more disaster prepared communities for older people, while also strengthening communities and systems in support of the health, quality of life, and dignity of older persons.

The Conference is of interest to professionals, researchers, and organisations in the fields of ageing, income security, aged rights and aged care sectors, disability, and in emergency management (prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery/rehabilitation) such as, national and international government and non-governmental aid and service organisations, security forces and first responders (military, police, fire-fighters) public health, medical and health care, emergency and humanitarian logistics, urban planning and design, and the IT community.

Program Structure
The program will consist of three main session types:

  • Plenary sessions, which are by invitation only
  • Concurrent sessions, comprising of symposiums, workshops and oral presentations
  • Electronic poster presentations


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Key Dates

Call for Late Abstracts
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Author registration deadline (First Call for Abstracts)
Saturday 30 January 2016
Author registration deadline (Late Call for Abstracts)
Tuesday 22 March 2016
Early bird registration deadline
Tuesday 22 March 2016
Conference dates
Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 June 2016

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