Speaking frankly: Love, sex and intimacy in later life
Why do we associate love, sex and romance exclusively with young people?
Why do we look at older adults and assume they are past ‘it’?
In this online presentation, social researcher Dr Sue Malta speaks frankly about these topics and more. She challenges the notion that romance, intimacy and sex are only for the young and presents findings from past research which clearly shows that older people are falling in love, having sex and loving it.
Sue will address:
- What is ‘normal’ ageing these days?
- Stereotypes / assumptions around ageing and sex
- What does the research say?
- Why is sex good for you in later life?
- How can / do older adults meet each other? What is the impact of technology on ageing and sex?
- Sex and sexual health: What about condoms and lubrication?
- Speaking to healthcare professionals about sex and ageing
Free online event – everyone welcome!
About Dr Sue Malta
Dr Sue Malta is a social researcher within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne. Sue investigates a diverse range of health and wellbeing issues with different professional, clinical, patient and population groups within hospitals, general practice, aged and community care settings.
Sue has published widely and is regularly featured on radio and in the media regarding her work on sex and ageing. She is also regularly called upon to provide seminars and education sessions to health professionals and consumer groups and is motivated by the need to challenge the assumptions and stereotypes about ageing and intimacy and to highlight the importance of positive sexuality in later life.
Amongst many things, Sue currently works as the Senior Researcher/Project Manager overseeing a new Centre of Research Excellence in Breast Cancer; as well as Twins Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence. She is also a Researcher within the Sexual Health Unit, all housed within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne.
Sue Malta’s work has encompassed a wide range of projects including the following – click on the links below for further information:
About the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH) was established as Australia’s first School of Population Health, bringing together programs and expertise in genetic and molecular epidemiology, epidemiology and biostatistics, koori health, international mental health, women’s health, health social sciences, health program evaluation, sexual health and rural health. The School was developed to strengthen capacity and services to meet health needs and improve quality and equity of care in the community through public health research, teaching and engagement. It incorporates teaching, research and engagement activities.
Today, the School is headed by Professor Nancy Baxter, a clinical epidemiologist, general surgeon and health services researcher, and a sought-after contributor to public media, particularly in regard to Australia’s response to COVID-19.