What we do

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The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) aims to be the centre of excellence in Australia for research into ageing and improving the quality of life and health of older people.


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NARI is recognised as a leading research institute in ageing including falls and balancepain, dementia, physical activity, healthy ageing, public and preventive health, and health systems evaluation. NARI also conducts a broad range of other clinical and psychosocial research including research into cognitive decline and music therapy, and older women's health.

The Institute is not-for-profit and is fully tax deductable. It mainly relies on competitive, philanthropic, contracted and tendered funding opportunities.

The Institute concentrates its research in several key divisions. These divisions cover ageing research from a variety of perspectives including both a public and preventive health, perspective, service development, biomedical and from a and clinical perspective. NARI currently employs over fifty staff and at any one time manages over fifty research projects.

These range from large, competitive NHMRC projects to commissioned and self-initiated research. NARI’s funding is mainly derived from competitive government and other grants and it also receives a small amount of infrastructure funding from the state Department of Health (Victoria).