A dedicated research institute for ageing and an aged care provider have joined forces to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.
The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) and ACH Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which aims to help both organisations to jointly pursue research goals, provide leadership, and promote excellence in the field of ageing and aged care.
NARI Acting Director, Associate Professor Frances Batchelor, said by working closely with an aged care organisation, NARI would be able to embed its research into everyday practice.
"In this way, evidence-based interventions can be rolled out directly into care homes and services, and we can make positive change," Associate Professor Batchelor said.
With both NARI and ACH Group focused on a consumer-led approach, the partnership will provide opportunities for new research, funding, and workforce capacity building, benefiting both parties and the older people they support.
ACH Group CEO Frank Weits said the company is passionate about re-imaging aged care, including developing new models, technology and innovations to meet the changing needs of its customers.
"This collaboration will support ACH Group to make practical changes that will have a lasting positive impact on residents, home care customers, and carers," he said.
NARI says this agreement will help drive much-needed improvements in aged care services, combining NARI's research-base and expertise with ACH Group's practical settings, to evolve and transform the delivery of services to and for older people.
"Through our connection with ACH Group, NARI will be able to work closely with older people, their families, and their carers to understand what is important to them, and what actually works. We're looking forward to creating long-lasting change for older people," Associate Professor Batchelor said.