BEcon (Qld), BEcon Hons Psych (Qld), MPhil (Oxford), DPhil (Oxford)

Professor John McCallum is currently the Director of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research. He is a widely reported spokesperson on health and ageing in Australia and makes regular national and international contributions to academic policy debates in this area. He has wide experience in academic life and on national and international committees -

  • selected for National Service officer training in 1971, appointed as Second-in-Command of the Arms and Services Company in Goldie River, Papua New Guinea and in 1972 appointed Employment Officer at Bougainville Copper, Bougainville Island in PNG
  • completed Economics and Psychology and was a University medallist at the University of Queensland and completed Masters and Doctoral studies at Nuffield College, Oxford University, UK
  • worked at Griffith University, the Research School of Social Sciences and the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California, Nanzan University in Nagoya and the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, both in Japan, and University of Western Sydney as Dean, responsible for social sciences and health
  • major research publications and projects in the areas of ageing, health services research, health outcome measures and vietnam Veterans' health and works regularly in Japan, ASEAN countries and the USA
  • a leader in ageing research, Director of the Dubbo Longitudinal Study for fifteen years as well as other national projects including the Australia-Japan Collaboration in Aged Care and the international Asset and Health Dynamics of the "Old" Old (AHEAD) project
  • a member of the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee for the last two terms as well as a member of the NHMRC Health Advisory Committee and many other major national and international committees;
  • . in 2002 he was a member of the core group who wrote the Myer Foundation Report "2020 - a Vision for Aged Care in Australia"
  • in 2003 he was awarded a Federation Medal "for outstanding service as a researcher to ageing and aged care issues".

Centenary of Federation Medal