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Dr Helen Feist

Telephone +61 8 8313 3560
Position Acting Director
Email helen.feist@adelaide.edu.au
Building Napier Building
Floor/Room G 37
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Social Sciences

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Biography/ Background

Dr Feist is the Acting Director for the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide. As a Senior Research Associate Helen has managed and worked on numerous projects for the APMRC. Her main research interest is in the field of gerontology with a focus on older people, community connectedness and social networks. More recent work has also encompassed intergenerational family ties, ageing and migration, age friendly cities, migrant settlement in rural and regional Australia and demographic change. 

Helen has a PhD in Geography, Environment and Population from the University of Adelaide. Helen is the immediate past president of the SA Division of the Australian Association of Gerontology and is an elected general member of the AAG’s National Board. She is also actively involved in the Australian Population Association, the Institute of Australian Geographers and the International Federation of Ageing. Helen represents the APMRC in the newly formed national collaborative research group, the 'International Longevity Centre-Australia' (ILC-Aus) as part of the ILC Global Alliance.

 

 

Publications

Articles Published in Refereed Journals

Taylor, A.; Pilkington, R.; Feist, H. & Hugo, J. (Accepted for publication March 2015) Health and welfare profile of Baby Boomers who live in rented accommodation - implications for the future, BMC Public Health

Feist, H. & McDougall, K. (Under Review) Residential Mobility and Ageing in a Rural Place, Journal of Rural Studies.

McDougall, K.; Feist, H.; Faulkner, D. & Tsianikas, M. (Accepted for publication March 2015) Being a migrant and ageing well: Experiences of Australia’s Greek-born older population, Australian Journal of Social Issues.

Taylor, A., Pilkington, R., Feist, H., Del Grande, E. & Hugo, G. 2014 A survey of retirement intentions of Baby Boomers: An overview of health, social and economic determinants, BMC Public Health 14:355.

Feist, H., McDougall, K. & Hugo, G. 2012 Older and Online: Enhancing social connections in Australian Rural Places, Journal of Community Informatics, 8:1.

Feist, H., McDougall, K., Howard, N & Hugo, G. 2011 Rural Ageing in Place: Community Connectedness, Health and Well-being. An opportunity for new technologies?, Public Health Bulletin SA, 8:1, pp. 24-29

Feist, H., McDougall, K., Howard, N & Hugo, G. 2010 New Technologies: Their potential role in linking rural older people to community, International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 8:2, pp 68-84.

 

Reports and Mongraphs

Hugo, G; Feist, H; Tan, G and Harris, K. (2015) Population Dynamics in Regional Australia. Regional Australia Institute

Feist, H; Tan, G; McDougall, K and Hugo G. (2014) Enabling Rural Migrant Settlement: A Case Study of the Limestone Coast.

McDougall, K., Feist, H. and Hugo, G. (2014) A Review of Australian Research on Older People from CLAD Backgrounds to Provide and Promote Translation of Research into CALD Aged Care Practices. Federation of Ethnic Community Councils (FECCA).

Hugo, G., McDougall, K., Tan, G. and Feist, H. (2014) CALD Youth Census. Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia).

Hugo, G., McDougall, K., Tan, G. and Feist, H. (2013) Demographic Trends in South Australia and Their Implications for Community Demands on Councils and Their Capacity to Meet Those Demands. South Australian Local Government Association.

Sevoyan, A., G. Hugo, H. Feist, G. Tan, K. McDougall, Y. Tan and J. Spoehr (2013). Impact of Climate Change on Disadvantaged Groups: Issues and Interventions. Gold Coast, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility: 192.

Hugo, G., O’Dwyer, L., Buckley, J., McDougall, K. & Feist, H. (2012) Patterns of Intergenerational Transfers of Time and Money in Australia, Final Report. National Seniors Australia, Melbourne, Vic.

Hugo, G., Feist, H. & McDougall, K (2012). Linking Rural Older People to Community: Final Report, Service Provision. Canberra ACT, Department of Health and Ageing: 190.

Hugo, G., Feist H., McDougall, K. & Howard, N. (2010). Linking Rural Older People to Community: Phase One Report, Service Provision. Canberra ACT, Department of Health and Ageing: 144.

Hugo, G., Feist H., McDougall, K. & Howard, N. (2010). Linking Rural Older People to Community: Phase One Report, Community Members. Canberra ACT, Department of Health and Ageing: 196.


Selected Conference Presentations

Feist, H.; McDougall, K & Faulkner, D. (2014) Intergenerational Perceptions of Ageing Well within the Australian Greek Diaspora National Cultural Diversity in Ageing Conference, Melbourne, June.

Feist, H.; McDougall, K. & Hugo, G. (2014) A Review of Australian Research on Older People from CALD Backgrounds: Promoting Translation of Research into Aged Care Practices Invited Key Note: National Cultural Diversity in Ageing Conference, Melbourne, June.

Feist, H. (2014) Baby Boomers: Health and Work Invited Panel Speaker, CEDA Productivity Series: Good Health = Good Business, Adelaide March.

Feist, H. & Pilkington R. (2014) Health in the Workplace? A survey of the health promoting aspects of South Australian workplaces Conference on Baby Boomers: Work and Health, Corwne Plaza, Adelaide, March.

Feist, H., Faulkner, D., McDougall, K. & Tsianikas, M. (2013) Ageing in a Foreign Land Australian Association of Gerontology national conference, Sydney, November.

Feist, H.; Burns, C & Fine, M. (2013) Invisible Networks of Care: Formal and Informal Care and Support in Later Life Symposia Australian Association of Gerontology national conference, Sydney, November.

Feist, H. & McDougall, K. (2013) Virtual Spaces in Rural Places: Linking Older People to Community through Technology Gerontological Society of America's Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans USA November.

Feist, H.; McDougall, K. & Faulkner, D. (2013) Aging in a Foreign Land: Intergenerational Perceptions of Aging Well International Aging and Society Conference, Chicago USA, November.

Feist, H. (2013) Staying Put or Moving On? Residential mobility and South Australia's older rural population Australian Association of Gerontology SA, Adelaide, October.

Feist, H. (2013) Building an Age Friendly State in South Australia Invited keynote, World Demography of Ageing Forum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October

Feist, H. & Hugo, G. (2013) Population Change: Opportunities and challenges for local communities  Key Note presentation, LGMA (SA) Rural Conference, Victor Harbor, July.

Feist, H. & McDougall, K. (2012) Older and Online: Making and maintaining connections in Australian rural places Federation on Ageing World Congress, Oral Presentation. Prague, May

Feist, H., McDougall, K., O’Dwyer, L & Buckley, J. (2012) How changing family structures impact on intergenerational transfers of time and money with-in Australian International Federation on Ageing World Congress, Oral Presentation. Prague, May

Feist, H. (2012) Social Spaces, Rural Places: Ageing in Place in Rural South Australia International Federation on Ageing World Congress, Oral Presentation. Prague, May

Feist, H. & McDougall, K. (2012) Older and Online: making and maintaining connections in rural places Aged and Community Services Australia, National Community Care Conference. Adelaide, May

Feist, H. (2011) Older and Online: Enhancing social connections in rural places International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Regional Congress, Oral Presentation. Melbourne, October

Feist, H. & McDougall, K (2010) The potential of new technologies for linking rural older people to community Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Oral Presentation. Tasmania, November

Feist, H. & McDougall, K (2010) Rural Service Provision: Who is providing community aged care service and how do we retain that workforce? Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Oral Presentation. Tasmania, November

Feist, H. (2009) Social Spaces, Rural Places: Using GIS to explore ageing-in-place and social networks in rural South Australia, Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Oral Presentation. Canberra, November

Feist, H. (2009) Social Spaces in Rural Places: Ageing in Place in Rural South Australia, International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology World Congress, Poster Presentation. Paris, July


 

Previous and Existing Projects

2014/15 'More than A to B: The role of free transport in enabling the mobilty and wellbeing of older South Australians' ($50,000 funded by the IRT Research Foundation and partnered with OFTA SA and the Department of  Transport).

2014 'Enabling Migrant Rural Settlement' ($27,500 funded by the Local Government Association, SA) with Dr Kelly McDougall, Dr George Tan and Prof. Gareme Hugo

2013-14 ‘Systematic Review of Australian Research on Older People from CALD Backgrounds to Provide & Promote Translation of Research into CALD Aged Care Practices’ ($100,000 funded by the Federation of Ethnic Community Councils of Australia (FECCA))

 2013 ‘Demographic Trends in South Australia and Their Implications for Community Demands on Councils and their Capacity to Meet Those Demands’ ($10,000 funded by the South Australia Local Government Association) with Dr. Kelly McDougall and Professor Graeme Hugo

 2013-15 ‘Australia’s Baby Boomer Generation, Obesity and Work: Patterns, Causes and Implications’ (ARC Linkage) with Professor G Hugo, Professor Gary Wittert, Professor Mark Daniel, Professor Ann Taylor, Professor Robert Adams & Professor Helen Winefield.

2012/13 ‘Ageing in a Foreign Land’ with Professor Michael Tsianikas, Dr. Debbie Faulkner and Dr. Kelly McDougall ($5,000 Adelaide University and $5,000 Flinders University)

2012/13 ‘Population Mobility in Australia’s Regions’ ($37,295 funded by the Regional Australia Institute)     with Professor Graeme Hugo, Dr. Kevin Harris and Dr. George Tan. 

2012/13 New Information and Communication Technologies and the Elderly: Practice, Problems and Potential ($85,000 ARC Linkage) with Professor G Hugo and Dr. K McDougall.

2012 ‘Adaptation to Climate Change by Vulnerable Populations’ for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility ($246,795 funded by NCCARF) with Professor G Hugo, Dr Y Tan, Assoc-Prof J Spoehr, Dr A Sevoyan, Dr G Tan & Dr K McDougall.

2012   Immigrant Integration Processes in Small Towns and Rural Areas: An International comparison  with Professor G Hugo, Associate-Professor Ricard Moren-Alegret and Dr. G Tan.

2012  Patterns of Intergenerational Transfers of Time and Money in Australia ($40,000 funded by National Seniors Australia) with Professor G Hugo, Dr. L O’Dwyer, Dr. J Buckley, Dr. K McDougall and Dr. G Tan.

2009-12 Linking Rural Older People to Community through Technology (1.1m funded by DoHA) with Professor G Hugo and Dr. K McDougall

 


 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesSocial Issues & Public Policy, Population & Demography
ExpertiseAgeing and Migration, Older people from a CALD background, ageing in rural communities, social networks and community connectedness, older people and new technologies, ageing populations

Entry last updated: Sunday, 24 Jan 2016

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