Excelsia College

School of Social Work

Dr Kofi Awuviry-Newton | Excelsia

Social Science Lecturer

Dr Kofi Awuviry-Newton

 PhD, BA, Graduate

Contact Details

Telephone Number

02 9000 9604



Biographical details

Dr Kofi Awuviry-Newton is a social worker and social gerontologist with expertise in applying mixed methods into studying the healthy ageing. Kofi has spent 7 years in practising social work in the areas of correctional services, ageing, disability, family wellbeing and gerontological education. Kofi has extensive experience teaching in public health, social work and gerontology from the University of Wollongong, Western Sydney University, University of Newcastle, and Acknowledge Education in Australia. Kofi sees issues in a multidirectional lens and apply critical thinking in research and educating students. 

Profile of Dr Kofi Awuviry-Newton


Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, Federation University, 2022, Australia. 

PhD Gerontology and Geriatrics, University of Newcastle, 2021, Australia. 

Bachelor of Social Work, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 2015, Ghana. 

Awards and Honours

Kofi is a recipient of the University of Newcastle Postgraduate Research Scholarship and University of Newcastle Research Scholarship. He is also a receiver of travel grants from the Center for Education and Population and Ageing Research (CEPAR) and the Emerging Researchers in Ageing in Australia. Kofi received a research grant in an amount of $25,000 with some researcher of the University of Wollongong to conduct research on the integration of refugees’ migrants in the communities. 

Research interests

 Social work education; Long-term care; Health systems research; Disability Ageing 


Australian Association of Gerontology 

January 2017-till date: A member 

Canadian Association of Gerontology 

October 2019-till date: A member 

Selected publications

1. Awuviry-Newton, K., Tavener, M., Wales, K., & Byles, J. (2022). Using ethics of care as the theoretical lens to understand lived experiences of caregivers of older adults experiencing functional difficulties. Plos one, 17(5), e0267658. 

2. Asiamah, N., Lowry, R., Khan, H. T., & Awuviry-Newton, K. (2022). Associations between social support provided and walkability among older adults: health self-consciousness as a moderator. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 104691. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2022.104691. 

3. Awuviry-Newton, K., Amoah, D., Tavener, M., Afram, A. A., Dintrans, P. V., Byles, J., & Kowal, P. (2022). Food Insecurity and Functional Disability Among Older Adults in Ghana: The Role of Sex and Physical Activity. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2022.01.065 

4. Gyasi, R. M., Abass, K., Frempong, F., Obodai, J., Asamoah, E., Obeng, B., & Awuviry-Newton, K. (2022). Food insecurity and geriatric functional limitations: Observational analysis from the AgeHeaPsyWel–HeaSeeB Survey. Experimental Gerontology, 111707. 

5. Awuviry-Newton, K., Ofori-Dua, K., Deku, C. S., Abekah-Carter, K., Awortwe, V., & Oti, G. O. (2022). Prevalence and determinants of care needs among older people in Ghana. PloS one, 17(2), e0263965. 

6. Janssen, H., Awuviry-Newton, K., Simpson, D., Denham, A., Bird, M. L., Haracz, K., … & Bernhardt, J. (2021, October). Exercising, Socialising and Thinking: Environmental Enrichment Model (ESTEEM) After Stroke: Preferences of people living with stroke for a model of environmental enrichment to continue peer-supported stroke recovery in the community. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (Vol. 16, No. 1_ SUPPL, pp. 14-14). 1 OLIVERS YARD, 55 CITY ROAD, LONDON EC1Y 1SP, ENGLAND: SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD. 

7. Asante, E. A., Awuviry-Newton, K., & Abekah-Carter, K. (2021). Social Networks in Limbo. The Experiences of Older Adults During COVID-19 in Ghana. Front. Public Health, 9, 772933. 

8. Awuviry-Newton, K., Nkansah, J. O., Newton, A., & Abekah-Carter, K. (2021). Older people’s long-term care experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana: a qualitative descriptive study. International Journal of Care and Caring. 

9. Aregbeshola, B. S., Onifade, O. M., & Awuviry-Newton, K. (2021). Prevalence and correlates of anaemia among children aged 6 to 59 months in Nigeria. World Nutrition, 12(3), 58-74. 

10. Asiamah, N., Vieira, E. R., Kouveliotis, K., Gasana, J., Awuviry-Newton, K., & Eduafo, R. (2021). Associations between older African academics’ physical activity, walkability and mental health: a social distancing perspective. Health promotion international. 

11. Asare-Doku, W., Donnir, G. M., Ae-Ngibise, K., Peprah, J., Awuviry-Newton, K., & Acquah, F. (2021). Psychiatric Disorders among the Military in West Africa: A Systematic Narrative Review. Behavioral Sciences, 11(10), 138. 

12. Newton, Abraham; Awuviry-Newton, K; Nkansah, Jacob Oppong & Abekah-Carter, Kwamina (2021). Understanding older adults’ functioning and health-seeking behaviour during COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana: A Qualitative Descriptive Study, Health and Social care in the community. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13452 

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13. Awuviry-Newton, K; Wales, Kylie; Tavener, Meredith; Kowal, Paul & Byles, Julie (2021). Functional difficulties and toileting among older adults in Ghana: evidence from the World Health Organisation Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) Ghana Wave 1. Ageing and Society, 1-23. doi:10.1017/S0144686X21000453 

14. Awuviry-Newton, K., Tavener, M., Wales, K., Denham, A. M., & Byles, J. (2021). A meta-synthesis of care and support for older adults in Africa. Journal of Family Studies, 1-22. 

15. Awuviry-Newton, K., Ofori-Dua, K., & Newton, A. (2021). Understanding Transportation difficulty among older adults in Ghana from the perspective of the World Health Organizations (WHO) Healthy Ageing framework: Lessons for Improving Social Work Practice with Older Adults. British Journal of Social Work. 10.1093/bjsw/bcaa247. 

16. Nkansah, B; Awuviry-Newton, K; Gyasi, Moses; Newton, Abraham & Boateng, Akosua Serwaa-Adomako (2021). Who doesn’t have challenges? I have a lot of challenges”: Exploring the challenges and coping strategies of neglected older adults in Ghana, 1-12, Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology. 

17. Awuviry-Newton, K., Ofori-Dua, K., & Newton, A. (2020). Correlates of older adult inpatients’ personal care provision to people with functional difficulties in Ghana. PloS one, 15(10), e0238693. 

18. Awuviry-Newton, K., Tavener, M., Wales, K., & Byles, J. (2020). The roles and capacities of social workers in the lives of older adults seeking healthcare and their caregivers in Ghana. Health and Social Care in the Community https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13121 

19. Awuviry-Newton, K; Kylie, Wales, Tavener, Meredith & Byles, Julie (2020). Do factors across the World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework explain perceived caregiver availability for community-dwelling older adults in Ghana? Plos One 

20. Awuviry-Newton, K., Tavener, M., Wales, K., & Byles, J. (2020). Interpretative phenomenological analysis of the lived experiences older adults regarding their functional activities in Ghana. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health https://doi.org/10.1177/2150132720931110 

21. Awuviry-Newton, K., Nkansah, J.O, & Ofori-Dua, K. (2020). Attributions of elder neglect: A phenomenological study of older people in Ghana. Health and Social Care in the Community, DOI:10.1111/hsc.13028. 

22. Ampofo, A. G., Adumatta, A. D., Owusu, E., & Awuviry-Newton, K. (2020). A cross-sectional study of barriers to cervical cancer screening uptake in Ghana: An application of the health belief model. PloS one, 15(4), e0231459. 

23. Barnie, A. J., Nyarko, A. S., Dapaah, J. M., Appiah, S. C. Y., & Awuviry-Newton, K. (2017). Understanding Youth Violence in Kumasi: Does Community Socialization Matter? A Cross-Sectional Study. Urban Studies Research, 2017.