Greg Shaw serves as Director of International and Corporate Relations for the International Federation on Ageing. Prior to joining the IFA, he held senior management positions within the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, working with residential and community aged care programs in Western Australia. His long career with the Australian government included management of the Compliance, Complaint, and Accountability section of the Department, and management of quality of care and certification programs in residential and community care services.
With a strong background in science and health administration, Mr. Shaw’s earlier work focused on policy development and program implementation supporting the aged care needs of rural northern Australian communities. An advocate for marginalized community groups in the 1990s, he worked with many Aboriginal and ethnic communities to establish specifically tailored aged care homes and community aged care services for these groups.
Since joining the IFA, Mr. Shaw has been responsible for the development of Building Capacity in Health Care Programs in Africa, worked closely with the South African Human Rights Commission to establish an older person’s forum in the country, and collaborated with the government of Mauritius to establish an Observatory on Ageing.
Mr. Shaw represents the IFA at the United Nations, works closely with governments, and maintains the IFA’s elder abuse initiatives. These initiatives include the development of educational toolkits for youth, the convening of the 2011 International Forum on Sexual Safety of Older Women, and a high-level 2013 meeting to examine financial abuse of Canadian seniors.
Mr. Shaw has worked with other civil society organizations on the Global Thematic Consultations on Population Dynamics, Post-2015 Development Agenda to ensure the needs of older people are recognized.
Areas of Expertise (10)
Elder Abuse Prevention
Quality of Care
Curtin University: Public Health Administration 1994
Western Australian Institute of Technology: Land Surveying 1978
Wembley Technical College: Engineering Surveying 1974
- Ontario Securities Commission Senior Expert Advisory Committee (SERC)
- Toronto Police Service Community Advisory Committee
- City of Toronto Advisory Committee on Long-Term Care & Services
- Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) – LTC Innovation Expert Panel
- WHO Patient Safety Working Group
Media Appearances (4)
Aging in Canada: How well are we treating our elders?
According to Greg Shaw, who heads up the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), ageism is widespread in Canada – and a lot of it is rooted in a range of misconceptions many Canadians share about older people.
Calgary Herald online
“Older and younger Canadians need to find opportunities to connect more,” says Greg Shaw, Director, International and Corporate Relations of the International Federation on Ageing. “The simple act of getting to know someone from a different generation promotes positive attitudes and behaviours, and helps address misperceptions that inadvertently set in when people don’t have enough exposure to each other.”
Seniors, youth unite through anti-ageism film project
Such fears lie at the heart of ageism, something that Greg Shaw, a director at the International Federation of Ageing, says is probably one of the "most socially tolerated forms of discrimination in Canada."
Millennials team up with seniors for anti-ageism project
“This project is trying to bridge that gap between younger and older people,” said Greg Shaw, director of corporate relations for the International Federation on Ageing. “The simple act of getting to know someone of a different generation promotes positive attitudes and behaviours…There’s a knowledge-transfer that goes both ways.”
Event Appearances (5)
Ageing Populations and Emerging Trends in a Technological Era of Advancing Innovation
The 6th China International Senior Services Expo Beijing, China
The Global Ageing Population: Impact and Implementation of Agenda 2030
United Nations DPI Briefings New York, USA
Creating Age Friendly Environments
Municipal Governments of the Republic of Iran Tehran, Iran
Financial Abuse of Seniors
IFA and Government of Canada high-level meeting Toronto, Canada
Reframing Elder Abuse
Washington Academy of Medicine and US Administration on Aging Washington, D.C.
Featured Articles (1)
A study identifying the five (5) current and emerging issues for older people in Canada with some comparatives from across the globe.