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Dr. Jane Barratt - International Federation on Ageing. Toronto, ON, CA

Dr. Jane Barratt Dr. Jane Barratt

Secretary General | International Federation on Ageing

Toronto, ON, CANADA

As Secretary General of the IFA Dr Barratt is an internationaly respected speaker on age related issues across the globe.






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Jane Barratt is the Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing comprising government and non government members in 62 countries and representing some 50 million older people. She brings to this position over 35 years experience in both public and private sectors in the fields of public health, community and aged care, and ageing and disability. Dr Barratt has strived to strengthen the roles and relationships between government, NGOs, academia and the private sector in order to help shape and influence policy to improve the quality of life of older people. She is a strong contributor to the international dialogue on the intersection of social, cultural and physical environments that impact on the lives of older people.

Dr Barratt is a Churchill Fellow, representative of the IFA at the United Nations Economic and Social Council and directly responsible for the formal relations with the Ageing and Life Course Department, World Health Organization. She holds adjunct academic positions, executive positions on ministerial, government and non-government committees and the corporate sectors internationally and has many years experience in organizational management, staff development and the analysis of operations leading to improvements in policies, programs and client outcomes in the areas of health, ageing and disability.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Fostering Healthy Ageing

Healthy Ageing

Public Policy and Advocacy

Population Ageing

Women's Rights


Human Rights

Care Continuum

Accomplishments (11)

Senior Research Officer, Department of Public Health (professional)

From 1997 to 1999

Corporate Development Manager, Carepoint Industrial Health Services (professional)

From 1998 to 1999

General Manager, Community Care Division, St Yves Group (professional)

From 2000 to 2002

Director Metanoia Concepts (professional)

From 2002 to 2003

Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (professional)

From 2003 to present

Adjunct Assoc Professor (professional)

Centre for International Health at the Curtin University, Canada, 2002 to present

Ajunct Research Fellow (professional)

Social science, Education and Humanities at the Murdoch University, Canada 2002 to present

Main Delegate at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (professional)

2003 to present

National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health Research Development Scholarship (professional)

To conduct research into the factors that affect the provision of home care service to people with disabilities.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship (professional)

To investigate innovative programs for people with disabilities and their carers.

Global Health Scholar - The Peter A.Silverman Centre for International Health (professional)

Education (5)

University of Western Australia: Doctorate, Public Health 1996

Western Australian Institute of Technology : Certificate, Dental Therapy 1975

University of Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom: Master, Social Science 1987

Western Australian Institute of Technology: Bachelor, Applied Science 1979

University of Western Australia: Doctor of Philosophy, Home Care Services for People with Disabilities 1996

Global Health Scholar – The Peter A. Silverman Centre for International Health - 2009 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship [To investigate innovative programs for people with disabilities and their carers] - 1998 Best Scientific Paper [Applying ‘the measurement difference’ to policy planning. 19th National Conference of ‘OT Australia'] - 1997 National Health & Medical Research Council Public Health Research Development Scholarship, Australia - 1993-95

Affiliations (3)

  • UNESCO (Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)
  • World Health Organization
  • United Nations

Media Appearances (3)

How to change attitudes around ageism

The Weekly Times  online


Secretary-General of the International Federation on Ageing, Dr Jane Barratt, puts it like this: “We have this misconception that all older people are frail and vulnerable or that they belong to senior citizens clubs....

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West Aussie heads up International Federation on Ageing

Have-A-Go News  print


NOT many West Australian are in charge of major international organisations, but there is one exception. Dr Jane Barratt has been Secretary General of the Toronto (Canada) based International Federation of Ageing (IFA) for 15 years. Dr Barratt graduated from the University of WA and completed her PhD at Curtin University as well as a Masters’ degree from a UK Univer-sity and set out on a career in aged care and disability.

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Everyone Benefits from an Age-Friendly Environment

Personal Health News  print


Self authored Increased life expectancy is to be celebrated, but only when individuals have the optimal opportunity to live in relatively good health and with a high quality of life. By the year 2050, the number of people aged 60 years and over is projected to be at least 2.1 billion, up from 900 million in 2015. It’s vital to plan for a world where all citizens can experience “healthy ageing” and be enabled to do whatever it is they want to do. The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) has nearly 900 members from over 39 countries. This growing organization has the power to shape and influence age-related policy by putting initiatives into practice for citizens of all ages. Emerging and established leaders of age-friendly communities have recently had the opportunity to further develop their skills through the pilot Age-friendly Environments Mentorship Programme, MENTOR-AFE. Existing experts share their knowledge and experience to develop mentees’ skills to lead, influence, and implement age-friendly environments, and, in doing so, reinforce their own leadership and expertise. The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is driving the agenda for the world’s aging population which is grounded on respecting and protecting the rights of older people. Adaptations and innovations in the housing sector, urban planning, transportation, community hubs, and health services, as well as civic participation, should be core to a community for all ages.

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Event Appearances (1)

Keynote Speaker

Gerontech and Innovation Expo  Hong Kong


Sample Talks (1)

Building Age Friendly Communities