BA (California, Davis), MPL, PhD (Southern California)
(Deceased), 2018-03-06

Professor Hal Kendig served as Professor of Ageing and Public Policy in the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health, and Wellbeing in the ANU Research School of Population Health, and as Chief Investigator and on the Management Committee of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). His research included longitudinal studies of health and ageing; community care, housing, and health promotion policies; national and state ageing policies; and cross-national studies of ageing.

  • Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) (2011-)
  • Head, Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit Univerersity of Sydney (2009-)
  • National Convenor, ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well (2005-2010)
  • Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney (1998-2005)
  • Director, ARC Key Centre in Gerontology, La Trobe University (1988-1996)
  • NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee
  • Chair Social Research and Planning, Asia-Oceania, International Association of Gerontology (Asia-Oceania)
  • United Nations Expert Group for a Global Research Agenda on Ageing
  • Senior Fellow, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.


Distinguished Member for Outstanding Service, Australian Association of Gerontology


2020 Summit, Prime Ministerial Invitation, ‘A Long term National Health Strategy’ (research, research translation and research training group)


Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal, ‘outstanding service to aged care and healthy ageing through social science’


Outstanding Book of the Year, (with W. Liu) Australasian Journal on Ageing


Honorary Life Member, Council on the Ageing (Australia)


Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia


President’s Prize for Excellence of Research for a Mid Career Scientist, International Association of Gerontology, Asia/Oceania Region (Busse Prize)

Foundation Fellow, Australasian Epidemiological Association


Elected Fellow, Social Research, Planning and Practice Section, Gerontological Society of America

More than 250 articles, chapters, books, and reports


O'Loughlin, K., Browning, C. and Kendig, H. (eds) 2017 Ageing in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities, NY: Springer

Kendig, H., P. McDonald, and J. Piggott (eds) (2016) Population Ageing and Australia’s Future ANU Press for the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia: Canberra

O’Loughlin, K., C. Browning and Kendig, H. (eds) (in press). Ageing in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities, Springer: New York (publication due late 2015)

Kendig, H. and S. Duckett (2001) Australian directions in aged care: The generation of policies for generations of older people, Australian Health Policy Institute at the University of Sydney, 2001/5

Liu, W. and H. Kendig (eds.) (2000) Who should care for the elderly: An east-west divide Singapore: Singapore University Press/World Scientific [Outstanding book Award Australasian Journal of Ageing 2001]

ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS (selected since 2010)

Byles, J., Vo, K., Mackenzie, L., Thomas, L., & Kendig, H. (Mar 2015) Partner status and mental and physical health of independently living men aged 70 years and older. Australasian Journal on Ageing. In Press.

Burns, R. A., Browning, C. J., & Kendig, H. L. (2015). Examining the 16-year trajectories of mental health and wellbeing through the transition into widowhood. Int Psychogeriatr, 1-8. doi: 10.1017/S1041610215000472

Majeed, T., Forder, P., Mishra, G., Kendig, H., & Byles, J. (2015). A gendered approach to workforce participation patterns over the life course for an Australian baby boom cohort. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 87, 108-122.

Black, D. A., Wilson, L. A., O'Loughlin, K., Noone, J., Kendig, H., & Butcher, J. (2015). Housing type, location of residence and health status in Australian baby boomers: Results from the Australian Baby Boomer (ABBA) Study. Australas J Ageing, 34(1), 43-46. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12119

Clemson, L., Kendig, H., Mackenzie, L., & Browning, C. (2015). Predictors of injurious falls and fear of falling differ: an 11-year longitudinal study of incident events in older people. J Aging Health, 27(2), 239-256. doi: 10.1177/0898264314546716

Gong, C., Kendig, H., Harding A., Miranti, R. and McNamara, J. (2014). “Economic Advantage and Disadvantage among Older Australians: Producing National and Small Area Profiles”, Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2014.

Kendig, H., Elias, A. M., Matwijiw, P., & Anstey, K. (2014). Developing age-friendly cities and communities in Australia. J Aging Health, 26(8), 1390-1414. doi:10.1177/0898264314532687

Kendig, H., Byles, J. E., O’Loughlin, K., Nazroo, J., Mishra, G., Noone, J., Loh, V. & Forder, P. M. (2014). Adapting data collection methods in the Australian Life Histories and Health Survey: a retrospective life course study. BMJ Open, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004476.

Kendig, H., Browning, C., Thomas, S. & Wells, Y. (2014). Health, lifestyle, and gender influences on aging well: an Australian longitudinal analysis to guide health promotion. Frontiers in Public Health, 2. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00070.

Black, D. A., Wilson, L. A., O'Loughlin, K., Noone, J., Kendig, H. and Butcher, J. (2013). Housing type, location of residence and health status in Australian baby boomers: Results from the Australian Baby Boomer (ABBA) Study. Australasian Journal on Ageing. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12119

Jeon, Y., Simpson, J. M., Chenoweth, L., Cunich, M., & Kendig, H. (2013). The effectiveness of an aged care specific leadership and management program on workforce, work environment and care quality outcomes: Design of a cluster randomised controlled trial. Implementation Science, 8:126. DOI: 10.1186/10.1186/1748-5908-8-12

Kendig, H., Lucas, N., & Anstey, K. (2013). Thirty years of the United Nations and Global Ageing – An Australian Perspective. Australasian Journal of Ageing, 32 S2, 28-34.

Loh, V and H. Kendig. (2013). Productive engagement across the life course: paid work and beyond. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 48 (1), 111-137.

Kendig, H., Y. Wells, K. O’Loughlin and K. Heese. (2013) Australian baby boomers face retirement during the Global Financial Crisis, Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 25:264–280.

Heine, C., C. Browning, S. Cowlishaw and H. Kendig. (2013). Trajectories of older adults’ hearing difficulties: Examining the influence of health behaviours and social activity over 10 years. Geriatrics and Gerontology International, doi 10.1111/ggi/12030

Noone, J., O’Loughlin, K., & Kendig, H. (2013). Australian baby boomers retiring ‘early’: Understanding the benefits of retirement preparation for involuntary and voluntary retirees. Journal of Ageing Studies, 27, 207-217.

Cowlishaw, S., Niele, S., Teshuva, K., Browning, C., & Kendig, H. (2013). Older adults' spirituality and life satisfaction: a longitudinal test of social support and sense of coherence as mediating mechanisms. Ageing & Society, 33, 1243-1262. doi:10.1017/S0144686x12000633

Kendig, H., L. Clemson and L. Mackenzie (2012). “Older People: Wellbeing, housing, and neighbourhoods”. In S. Smith, M. Elsinga, L. Fox, S. E. Ong and S. Wachter, and C. Hamnett (Eds.), International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home. Oxford, Elsevier Limited, Vol 5, 150-155.

French, D., C. Browning, H. Kendig, M. Luszcz, Y. Saito, K. Sargent-Cox,, K. Anstey (2012) A simple measure with complex determinants: investigation of the correlates of self-rated health in older men and women from three continents. BMC Public Health 2012, 12:649

Gong, C., J. McNamara, Y. Vidyattama, R. Miranti, R. Tanton, A. Harding and H. Kendig (2012) Developing spatial microsimulation estimates of small area advantage and disadvantage among older Australians. Population, Space and Place, 18: 551–565.

Kim, S., K. A. Sargent-Cox, D. J. French, H. Kendig and K. J. Anstey (2012). Cross-national insights into the relationship between wealth and wellbeing: a comparison between Australia, the United States of America and South Korea. Ageing and Society, 32:41–59.

Noone, J., O’Loughlin, K., and Kendig, H., “Socioeconomic, psychological, and demographic determinants of Australian baby boomers’ financial planning for retirement”, Australasian Journal on Ageing, accepted February 2012

Sargeant-Cox, K., K. Anstey, H. Kendig, E. Skladzien (2012) Determinants of retirement timing expectations in the United States and Australia: A cross-national comparison of the effects of health and retirement benefit policies on retirement timing decisions, Journal of Ageing and Social Policy, 24(3): 291-308.