16 October 2020

Digital Health CRC will be part of the reference group advising our Participant, Flinders University, as it develops the business and operating model for a new $34 million Centre for Growth and Translational Research in Aged Care.

Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck announced last week that Flinders will work with consultancy firm Wells Advisory to establish and test a proof of concept for this comprehensive future research entity, tasked with the crucial mission of improving the lives of the elderly.

The consortium is led by Professor Sue Gordon, DHCRC’s Flagship Research and Education Director for Residential and Assisted Age Care. Sue is also Chair of Restorative Care at Flinders University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, a position co-funded by South Australian aged care provider ACH Group.

Professor Gordon says that the Centre has the potential to transform the quality and depth of aged care research.

“This represents the first step in achieving sector-wide improvements in workforce capability, models of care, care quality, as well as improvements in overall productivity, investment, commercialisation and the uptake of new technologies,” Professor Gordon said.  

“Importantly, there is a focus on translation, to ensure the improvements are applied across our ageing society – noting a quarter of our population will be aged 65 or over by 2053, and care needs are increasing as we live longer,” she said.

The initiative is a response to a 2018 report by the Aged Care Strategy Taskforce called  A Matter of Care – Australia’s aged care workforce strategy  which identified 14 strategic actions, including the establishment of an Aged Care  Centre for Growth and Translational Research (CGTR), to deliver improvements to the national aged care industry and align with the ongoing recommendations of the Aged Care Royal Commission.

In 2019, the Federal Government earmarked $34 million to establish the Centre, and this project to develop the Centre’s business and operational model, represents the first stage.