Alana Officer

Senior Health Advisor, World Health Organization (WHO)

Alana Officer is a Senior Health Advisor at the World Health Organization (WHO), where she oversees the WHO’s work on Age-Friendly Cities and communities combating ageism. Officer joined the Department of Ageing and Life in July 2014, and coordinated the development of the World report on ageing and health which provided the scientific basis for the Global strategy and action plane on ageing and health, adopted by the WHO in 2016. Prior to that, Officer coordinated the WHO’s work on disability and rehabilitation from 2007 to 2014, and worked on resources such as the WHO global disability action place 2014-2021 including “Better health for all people with disability (2014)”, “The International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury  (2013)”, and the World Report on disability (2011)” amongst many others. Officer started her career as a clinician in Australia and England before holding a number of technical and managerial positions working on disability, health and development in Central Africa, Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and the Western Pacific. She holds degrees in Applied Sciences, Exercise and Science and Public Health.