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Professor Laurie Buys


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  • Professor Laurie Buys is Director of the Healthy Ageing Initiative in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Queensland. She is also an Affiliate Professor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at UQ.
    Professor Buys is dedicated to understanding and improving healthy ageing. This is evidenced by her academic research and also her work with a wide range government and industry to enhance the quality and design of retirement homes and liveable communities, advocate for more online and physical places of connection for the aged, create online connections for older Australians, encourage greater recognition for seniors and redefine ‘work’ for retired people. She is also actively engaged in promoting inclusion of other sectors of the community, including youth, in social design and policy decisions. 

    Prior to her appointment at UQ, Professor Buys was the Leader of the Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities in QUT’s Institute for Future Environments, a position she took up after leading the Centre for Social Change Research. In both of these positions, she was responsible for bringing together researchers, industry leaders and local, state and federal government officials from diverse fields to create change. Her commitment to working at the interface of academia and industry is evidenced by her ability to attract over $4.7M in external research funding.
    Professor Buys holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Virginia University, a MS in Rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University, and a PhD in Rehabilitation and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Northern Colorado. 
    Professor Buys is also active in her profession. She is a Fellow and Distinguished Member of the Australian Association of Gerontology as well as a former National President of the Association.