The Secrets of Healthy Ageing series

Join us to learn about The Secrets of Healthy Ageing.

Professor Cassandra Szoeke is one of our CSIRO Alumni members and Director of the Healthy Ageing Program at the University of Melbourne.

CSIRO Alumni is hosting a series of online talks with Professor Szoeke to delve further into the Secrets of Healthy Ageing.

Expert guest speakers will join us for each topic and Peggy Stasinos, CSIRO Strategic Global Partnerships, will guide the discussion. These events are online and attendees can submit questions during the talk for the Q&A at the end of session.


Event series calendar:

Click on the links to previous events to read more about the presentations and watch highlights reels.

If you are keen to receive an invitation to future events, please contact to be added to our mailing list.

Mar 2022: The Secrets of Healthy Ageing

Sept 2022: The Secrets of Healthy Ageing and the Hormone Story

Dec 2022: Secrets of a Healthy Brain

May 2024: The Secrets of Healthy Bones – register here


Future events, dates TBC

Secrets of Healthy Nutrition

Secrets of Healthy Hearts


Professor Cassandra Szoeke

PhD, FRACP, MBBS BSc (Hons), GAICD, AMAM, AFAIDH. Centre for Medical Research, Royal Melbourne Hospital. Healthy Ageing Program, University of Melbourne

Professor Cassandra Szoeke is a Full Academic Professor, Clinician, Speaker and Author. As Principal Investigator of the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project, the longest study of women’s health in Australia, she authored the book Secrets of Women’s Healthy Ageing, which was highly commended in the Educational Publishing Awards Australia and Best-selling title in 100 years of Melbourne University Publishing in the genre of Medicine. She is a general physician, consultant neurologist and multi-award-winning clinical researcher.

She has several hundred published articles in the medical literature and several book chapters in medical textbooks. She has worked in the Commonwealth Science Industry and Research Organisation, Public Hospital system and as non-executive board director for the Department of Health, including holding roles as Chair of Quality & Safety and Chair of Education, Training and Research Committees.

In addition to her medical qualifications and fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians she has a BSc with Honours in Genetics and PhD in Epidemiology, and her postdoctoral studies at Stanford University CA, focused on public health and policy. Her sabbatical at Oxford University focused on sex-specific medicine. She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Digital Health and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She has held many significant academic positions and teaching roles for academic institutions and specialist colleges and has successfully graduated more than 60 higher research degree candidates since 2008.

She has represented Australia on several major international collaborative efforts including Australian clinical representative role in the world-wide Alzheimer’s Disease, Clinical lead on the Global burden of Dementia and on the science advisory of the International Women’s Brain Project and inaugural lead of the Asia Pacific node. She spent more than two decades working in Healthy Ageing at the University of Melbourne including more than a decade as Director of the Healthy Ageing Program at the University of Melbourne.

She has worked in the public and private health system in clinical, leadership and governance roles as board director appointed by the state health minister. She has contributed to development of national health policies, sat on the Council of the Australian Medical Association, was appointed to Medical Panels by the Department of Health (Victoria) and she has held Chief Medical Officer roles for the Australian Healthy Ageing Organisation and the National Council of Women.

Professor Cassandra Szoeke biography

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The Healthy Ageing Project Population Youth-senior (AgeHAPPY) is an online heath survey for Australians. Our mission is to improve the understanding of health across a lifespan to promote healthy ageing and prevent disease.

Our vision is for all Australians to maintain lifelong healthy ageing. Chronic disease is the largest cause of death and disability in Australian society and through-out the western world. The information collected will allow us to understand the impact of social and behavioural factors on health. This will influence policies and practice toward better prevention and early detection of health issues, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Through administering our online health survey, we can collect valuable demographic, clinical, behavourial and lifestyle data which allows us to analyse the impact of factors on health and ageing.


Secrets of Women’s Healthy Ageing

Secrets of Women’s Healthy Ageing draws on the findings of a unique study that has focused on the health of more than four hundred women in their mid-to-late lives. Over the past thirty years a team of international investigators has compiled a remarkable amount of data, aiming to raise awareness of modifiable risk factors in women’s health. Their findings cover brain, heart and gut health, diet, sleep, exercise, and the benefits of socialising. But importantly, they highlight how the results relate directly to women’s wellbeing.

In Secrets of Women’s Healthy Ageing Cassandra Szoeke shares the wisdom revealed by this comprehensive study, showing how to promote overall wellness and providing the key ingredients for living a long and healthy life.

CSIRO Alumni special offer for registered guests:

Melbourne University Press is offering 20% off RRP $32.99 on the best selling Secrets of Women’s Healthy Ageing by Professor Cassandra Szoeke.

To place your order, email Dominika at MUP: with the below details.

+ Number of copies you would like to order

+ Delivery address. Delivery is free for orders of $50+ to one address within Australia