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Understanding ageing in older Australians: The contribution of the Dynamic Analyses to Optimise Ageing (DYNOPTA) project to the evidence base and policy

Australasian Journal on Ageing

Author: Anstey, K. J., Bielak, A. A. M., Birrell, C. L., Browning, C. J., Burns, R. A., Byles, J., Kiely, K. M., Nepal, B., Ross, L. A., Steel, D., Windsor, T. D., Booth, H., Broe, A., Brown, L., Butterworth, P., Cumming, R., Gibson, R., Healy, J., Luszcz, M. A., Mitchell, P., Shaw, J.
Year: 2011
Type: Journal Article


Aim: To describe the Dynamic Analyses to Optimise Ageing (DYNOPTA) project and illustrate its contributions to understanding ageing through innovative methodology, and investigations on outcomes based on the project themes. DYNOPTA provides a platform and technical expertise that may be used to combine other national and international datasets. Methods: The DYNOPTA project has pooled and harmonised data from nine Australian longitudinal studies to create the largest available longitudinal dataset (n= 50652) on ageing in Australia. Results: A range of findings have resulted from the study to date, including methodological advances, prevalence rates of disease and disability, and mapping trajectories of ageing with and without increasing morbidity. DYNOPTA also forms the basis of a microsimulation model that will provide projections of future costs of disease and disability for the baby boomer cohort. Conclusion: DYNOPTA contributes significantly to the Australian evidence base on ageing to inform key social and health policy domains. © 2011 The Authors. Australasian Journal on Ageing © 2011 ACOTA.

Further Details

Full Title Australasian Journal on Ageing
Pages 24-31
Volume 30
Issue SUPPL.2
Accession Number Dec, 2011
Notes One of the articles in a special supplemental volume of Australasian Journal on Ageing
Electronic Resource Number 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2011.00533.x
Keywords cognitive, older, health, Australia

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