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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.

Industry Expertise (9)

Health and Wellness Non-Profit/Charitable Health Care - Services Elder Care Training and Development Social Services Corporate Leadership Public Policy Government Relations

Areas of Expertise (7)

Care Continuum Human Rights Inequality Women's Rights Population Ageing Public Policy and Advocacy Healthy Ageing

Accomplishments (11)

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

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.

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)

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

Media Appearances (2)

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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Event Appearances (1)

Keynote Speaker

Gerontech and Innovation Expo  Hong Kong


Sample Talks (1)

Building Age Friendly Communities