David Wallace Address
AAG is honoured to have Professor Billie Giles-Corti delivering the 2017 David Wallace Address.
Professor Billie Giles-Corti is the Director of the Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT University, and an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne. For two decades she and a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and post-graduate research students have been studying the impact of the built environment on social and health and wellbeing outcomes. A leading public health researcher in Australia who is recognised internationally for her research, Professor Giles-Corti has published over 300 articles and reports and for the last three years has been named as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (ranking her in the top 1% in the social sciences field). She is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, an Honorary Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Public Health Association, and in 2008 was a Fulbright Senior Scholar. She works on research projects across Australia as well as in Canada and the UK, including an evaluation of the impact of relocating low-income families into social and affordable housing in the athletes’ village as part of the London Olympic Legacy.
The David Wallace Address was established to honour the life of Dr David Wallace, a founding member of the AAG and a pioneer of gerontology and geriatric medicine in Australia.
A physician from Goulburn in New South Wales (NSW), David is primarily credited with founding the national association known as the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG). After attending the 4th International Congress of Gerontology in Italy in 1957, Dr Wallace returned to Australia with the aim of setting up an Australian Society of Gerontology.
David was actively involved in the AAG throughout his life; he was the first secretary of the Association and President from 1969-71.
The David Wallace Address is presented each year at the AAG Conference. The occasion of the address is accompanied by the presentation to the speaker of the David Wallace Medal.