Food, Lifestyle and Healthy Ageing

9-Healthy Aging


Start date

21 February

Time commitment

2 weeks (6 hours per week)


Live panel discussion: Wednesday 2 March

On demand content:
6 hours per week, self-paced


100% Online



Enrolments close

16 February

Australians are living longer, but are we living better? Delve into the experiences of older Australians in this short two-week course as you explore the latest research on food and lifestyle to support healthy ageing.

During this 2-week, 100% online short course, we outline the best nutritional strategies as we age, the best foods, dietary patterns, and nutrients to optimise mental clarity and cognitive function. Guided by our experienced educators, you’ll examine fad diets, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, bioactives, and dietary interventions related to improvements of the gut-brain axis.

Upon completion of this course, you will have an informed understanding of the benefits of purposeful and meaningful activities we do every day, both individually and with our social networks, and their relationship to health and well-being as we age.

Career potential

Designed to benefit members of the public and health professionals alike, this course will provide a deepened understanding of the factors influencing healthy ageing. For healthcare professionals this course may be eligible for continued professional development.

Who should apply for this course

This short course is open to anyone with an interest in health ageing. Whether you are wanting to equip yourself with the knowledge to make informed decisions about your food and lifestyle choices, a family member looking to understand more about ageing, or working in a related industry this program will enable you to explore and extend your understanding of healthy ageing and the factors that influence this.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the role of food and nutrition in ageing
  • Gain an awareness of nutrients to optimise mental clarity and cognitive function
  • Learn the importance of purposeful and meaningful things that we do to keep us healthy

Course presenters

Learn from industry experts

Professor Diane Gibson

Distinguished Professor, Health and Ageing

Professor Diane Gibson is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Canberra. She has held senior appointments in both the University and public health sectors. Her strong interest in the policy/research interface has characterised her work across the sectors of health, ageing, gender and social policy. Professor Gibson is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the Australasian Association of Gerontology.

Associate Professor Jane Kellett

Associate Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics

Dr Jane Kellett is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with over twenty years of experience working in Clinical Dietetics, Food Service, Education and Research settings. Jane is the Course Convener for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra and Program Director for the School of Health Sciences. Jane’s research interests are in the areas of healthy ageing, inter-professional learning, work-integrated learning and dietetics education.

Dr Nathan D’Cunha

Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Health

Dr Nathan D’Cunha is a Registered Nutritionist and Associate Lecturer in the Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics. Nathan’s research is focused on nutrition and healthy ageing, and promoting quality of life for people living with dementia.

Associate Professor Nenad Naumovski

Associate Professor, Human Nutrition and Food Science

Associate Professor Nenad Naumovski is a Chef, Food Scientist and Molecular Nutritionist and works at the University of Canberra. He leads a Functional Foods and Nutrition Research Laboratory (FFNR Laboratory) and holds academic conjoint positions at the Harokopio University of Athens (Athens, Greece), Abertay University (Scotland) and University of Newcastle (Australia). Nenad has a strong research interest in the effects of food and nutrients on psycho-cardiological markers associated with healthy ageing.

Associate Professor Stephen Isbel

Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

Associate Professor Stephen Isbel the is Discipline Leader of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra. He is an Occupational Therapist with extensive clinical experience in adult neurological rehabilitation and aged care. His published research includes work in dementia care, older drivers and technology and older people.

Course structure

Module 1


  • Learn about older Australians, who they are and what they do
  • Examine some common misunderstandings about old age
  • Find out about why the ‘age friendly cities’ movement is gaining ground around the world
Module 2

Nutrition Guidelines for Older Adults

  • Understand the current Australian dietary recommendations
  • Gain an awareness of common nutritional issues in adults and older people
Module 3

Nutrition and your brain

  • Explore the evidence-base around the best foods, dietary patterns, and nutrients to optimise mental clarity and cognitive function
  • Examine fad diets and dietary supplements that are often touted as healthy and what research has to say about whether they work or not.
Module 4

The dietary interventions and use of nutraceuticals in the management and maintenance of overall health

  • Explore findings from current studies relating to nutraceuticals, bioactives and dietary approaches used in the management and maintenance of overall health.
  • Investigate dietary interventions and their successes and pitfalls related to the improvements of the gut-brain axis.
Module 5

The importance of purposeful and meaningful activities to health and well-being

  • Delve into the concepts of purposeful and meaningful activities, their relationship to health and well-being and how these concepts can be applied with older people.

Why choose UC Pro

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Backed by the reputation of one of Australia’s top 10 universities.

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University expertise with practical workforce skills. Taught by industry experts.

Fast and flexible

Short courses that fit in with your busy lifestyle.

Study your way

Online, in-person and blended learning to suit your lifestyle.

UC Endorsed

Upon completion of the Food, Lifestyle and Healthy Ageing course you will earn a digital badge and certificate of completion from UC Pro that you can share on your resume and LinkedIn profile.

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