DR Sue Malta

DR Sue Malta




  • I am a sociologist with research interests in ageing, sexual health and wellbeing, technology, social connection/isolation, and ageism amongst others. My PhD investigated love, sex and intimacy in new late-life romantic relationships, both online and offline. I currently work in the Sexual Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, on the Sexual Health and Ageing, Perspectives and Education (SHAPE) project addressing sexual health issues in primary care; and I am an Academic Coordinator and Lecturer in the Masters of Ageing course. I am also an Honorary Research Fellow, in the Social Gerontology Division at the National Ageing Research Institute, where I work on projects involving the care and wellbeing of older adults; and an Adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne University where I collaborate on projects addressing sexual health promotion and ageing. I was recently a collaborator on the La Trobe University, Australian Research Council Discovery project, Sex, Age & Me. As an early career researcher I have published widely, with three chapters and >30 publications (including >10 as first-author). My 2017 chapter “Older people as cyber-sexual beings: Online and internet dating” which I co-authored with Dr Summer Roberts, appeared in Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People (Routledge), and was the subject of a Masterclass at the 2018 International Federation of Ageing conference in Toronto (which I co-facilitated with Sharron Hinchliff). My most recent chapter “Not so ubiquitous: Digital inclusion and older adults in Australia” with co-author Associate Professor Raelene Wilding was published in Digital Inclusion: An International Comparative Analysis (eds) R. Massimo and B. Mutsvairo. In 2018, I was also the co-editor of a special edition of the Journal of Sociology entitled “Contesting Boomageddon? Identity, politics and economy in the global milieu” (with C. Curryer & M. Fine). In 2019, I will co-edit a special edi   


Member of

  • International Federation on Ageing (IFA). Associate Member 2018 -
  • Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC). Member 2018 -
  • Sexual Health Society of Victoria (SHSOV). Member 2016 -
  • Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG). Member 2012 -
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). Member 2005 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Swinburne University of Technology 2014
  • BA (Hons), Swinburne University of Technology 2005
  • BSocSci (Psych), Swinburne University of Technology 2004


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to supervise projects concerning sex, sexuality, intimacy, relationships and ageing, addressing sexual health and wellbeing in primary care; ageism and public perceptions of ageing; redefining ageing; loneliness, social isolation, connection and social support; acculturation and reacculturation in later life; technology and ageing; online dating and so on