Victorian Active Ageing Partnership

MOVE muscle, bone & joint health is coordinating the Victorian Active Ageing Partnership (VAAP) which is supported by the Victorian Government. MOVE is undertaking the project in collaboration with Fitness Australia and Monash University.

The purpose of the VAAP is to increase opportunities for participation in physical activity for older Victorians, especially in areas of socio-economic disadvantage and among isolated, lonely older people not currently involved in physical activity.

The VAAP started in October 2015 and will run for three years. Please click on the following links for further information about the project:

Who is the VAAP?

The VAAP is your organisation and other organisations that provide physical activity opportunities for older people. 

MOVE is the lead partner of the VAAP Coordination Team in conjunction with Fitness Australia and Monash University. 

A Project Advisory Group is being convened to provide experience and sector-based knowledge and advice to assist with promoting, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the VAAP. Read more

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How your organisation will benefit from the VAAP

Some of the anticipated outcomes and benefits of the VAAP include:

  • Developing an evidence-based best practice framework for the engagement of older people in physical activity
  • Increasing awareness of current initiatives and activities as well as relevant resources and strategies
  • Developing and improving knowledge of assisted/referral pathways to support the involvement of older people in physical activity, especially those not currently participating

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How you can become involved

You and your organisation can become involved by:

  • Subscribing to the VAAP eNewsletter to stay informed of key initiatives within the VAAP project and the latest research and developments in the area of physical activity and older people. Subscribe here.
  • Informing your colleagues and network about the VAAP. For example, by including a short item in your organisation’s next newsletter or eNewsletter and also encouraging them to sign up to the VAAP eNewsletter
  • Contribute to the VAAP eNewsletter. Click here for guidelines.
  • Attend the VAAP Annual Research and Practice Forum on 24 August 2017 (further details will be forthcoming)

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Meet the members of the VAAP Coordination Team

Gen Nolan

Genevieve Nolan - Manager, Victorian Active Ageing Partnership

Gen has worked at MOVE since September 2011 in the role of Programs Manager, Policy, Information and Programs Unit and has principal responsibility for the coordination of MOVE's  suite of training and education programs. Prior to MOVE, Gen worked in various roles within the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. With her extensive experience in project and program management, Gen will have overall responsibility for the successful implementation and completion of the VAAP project.

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Helen Koutsimanis - Project Officer, Victorian Active Ageing Partnership

Helen has worked at MOVE since 2015 in the role of Project Officer - Health Promotion. Over this time, Helen has worked on various initiatives within the Victorian Active Ageing Partnership (VAAP), including the audit of physical activity opportunities for older adults and the analysis of data collected for other VAAP key projects. Helen will work closely with Gen in coordinating the VAAP and will play a major role in implementing many of the key strategies outlined in the project plan.    

Ben Smith

Assoc Prof Ben Smith - Project Advisor representing Monash University, Victorian Active Ageing Partnership

Ben is a Senior Lecturer, Health Science in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Ben has 20 years’ experience in physical activity research, evidence synthesis, program evaluation and training. Examples of his contributions to this field include being a member of the expert drafting panel for National Heart Foundation’s 2014 update of the ‘Blue Print for an Active Australia’, as a trainer for Monash University’s five-day Health Promotion Short Course 2008-2014 and as a previous Director of the NSW Centre for Physical Activity and Health, University of Sydney. Within the VAAP project, Ben will lead the development of the project’s monitoring and evaluation plan, undertake evidence syntheses, as well as a qualitative study regarding older people who are ‘hard to reach’ in relation to engagement in physical activity.

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Chris Alexander  

Chris Alexander is the Manager of Standard & Development at Fitness Australia, the Health and Fitness Industry Association. He has over 15 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry. Chris worked across a number of health promotion projects including Lift for Life, strength training program and Get Healthy Information & Coaching Service. He’s worked at medical clinics and provided fitness education for many years delivering and managing a registered training organisation. Chris is also practicing Accredited Exercise Physiologist. 

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Contact the VAAP Coordination Team

If you wish to contact the VAAP Coordination Team please contact:
Genevieve Nolan
Phone: 03 8531 8018

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