Research centre to reinforce the future of aged care

The $34 million Aged Care Centre for Growth and Translational Research to open 2022 at Flinders University in Adelaide will help ensure research leads to tangible outcomes for the aged care sector.

 

Its work will initially focus on four priority areas:

  • dementia care
  • restorative care and rehabilitation
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • social isolation.

 

The first step in establishing the centre will be developing a new knowledge and implementation hub.

 

“This web-based hub will give the aged care sector access to information and products that set out practically how aged care can be delivered in the best possible way, based on comprehensive, evidence-based research,” Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Richard Colbeck said.

 

First round of applications at the centre open in February 2022. This will include support for aged care workers to trial new ways of delivering care.

 

“Workers in aged care will have the opportunity to share their learnings with other services through communities of practice and open forums on the knowledge hub,” Mr Colbeck said.

 

The focus of the research will be on how care and clinical activities are organised, delivered by different workers, and deployed in different care settings.

The centre will also support sector-wide improvements in care quality by increasing and expanding the capacity of the aged care workforce to access, understand and use research outcomes in their day-to-day work.

 

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling said the national centre will enable collaboration between university researchers, industry partners and the aged care workforce to effectively address real and meaningful systemic changes for ageing Australians.

 

“The Aged Care Centre for Growth and Translational Research will bring together aged care staff and our researchers to carry out projects in collaboration with our industry partners, directly facilitating improvements in the sector,” Prof. Stirling said.

 

“We’ll apply the research through education and training programs to introduce innovations and improve caring practices.”

 

Mr Colbeck said the centre would evolve into an industry-led independent body.

 

“The Australian Government has provided funding over three years, and a key goal is for the centre to work towards self-sufficiency from 1 July 2024.”

 

The centre is expected to be operational by February 2022.

 

16 December 2021.