to represent community interests on IRT Foundation
IRT Foundation has appointed University of Sunshine Coast Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Mike Hefferan as one of two community representatives on its governing Committee.
will provide community insight into the Foundation's operations, which include education, advocacy, research and grant initiatives to create opportunities for people to age without barriers.
is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and Professor of Property and Development at the University of the Sunshine Coast
, and an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
"IRT Foundation is thrilled that Professor Hefferan has joined our Committee as a community representative," said IRT Group Chief Executive, Nieves Murray.
"I have no doubt Professor Hefferan will be a strong advocate for a community-centric, evidence-based approach to achieving IRT Foundation objectives at a national level."
Today's announcement and visit by Professor Hefferan
follows a successful first round of IRT Foundation Community Grants.
Almost $150,000 is being invested in 20 community initiatives and projects in NSW, the ACT and South East Queensland to provide practical solutions for improving the lives of older Australians.
"The IRT Foundation
is a fresh approach to collaborating with community and industry organisations," Professor Hefferan
"I've come on board as I believe in the possibilities this new approach provides," he