Aged care in Australia is being transformed with Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia (ARIIA) Grants.
High-quality projects that support adoption of best-practice evidence and innovative technology in the delivery of aged care services have received grants from ARIIA.
Established as Australia’s first dedicated aged care translational research funder, ARIIA aims to build aged care sector workforce capabilities to shape the future of aged care delivery across Australia.
Since August last year, 16 recipients have received funding for projects to make a significant difference in several priority areas identified by the aged care sector.
ARIIA Research Director, Professor Sue Gordon, said that ARIIA Grant recipients will collaborate and work together to deliver improvements in both rural and metropolitan regions.
‘I look forward to seeing how the recipients can translate their research outcomes into real practical solutions over the next twelve months,’ said Professor Gordon.
SA Innovation Hub, Kalyra, Bene Aged Care, Barossa Village, Resthaven, Be Well Co, Flinders University and Council on the Ageing (South Australia) for their project to retain female aged care workers aged 50 years and over.
Aged Care & Housing Group, Dementia Training Australia, Queensland University of Technology and Flinders University for their project to support aged care staff to better engage with people with dementia.
Helping Hand Aged Care Incorporated and the University of Notre Dame (Western Australia) for their project designed to retrofit dementia-friendly aged care environments for improvements.
Deakin University, SilVR Adventures and Villa Maria Catholic Homes Limited for their virtual reality project for people living with mild dementia in aged care.
National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) and Silverchain for their technology-supported home-based care project.
Dossy Company, Uniting Agewell, University of Melbourne and Two Bulls for their video app that connects aged care residents with families.
The University of Sydney, Frank Whiddon Masonic Homes of NSW and Uniting AgeWell for their project that evaluates programs for mobility and falls, to enable improvements.
The Violet Initiative, Hammond Care, Estia Health and the University of Wollongong for their workforce training program to reduce social isolation between caregivers of people in the last stage of their life and their families.
Hammond Care, the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney for their palliative and end-of-life care compassionate care training program for aged care staff.
Flinders University, the Australian Nursing Home Foundation, Chinese Australian Services Society and the Chinese Welfare Services of SA for their skills training program for Chinese carers of people with dementia.
The University of South Australia, Tanunda Lutheran Home, Tyree Foundation Institute of Health Engineering, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and Healthy Care Services for their digital pharmacist service to manage medicine harms in residential aged care.
Dementia Australia, BUPA and Deakin University for their project that uses technology to transform workforce capability to improve the quality of care delivered to people living with dementia.
Gretel Analytics, Peninsula Health and Monash University for their toolkit to build social license into the implementation of activity monitoring in residential aged care.
Southern Cross Care, Bond University and Robert Gordon University for their project that aims to enable better discharge pathways for older people following short-term restorative programs.
The James Anthony Group and Anglicare SA for their video calling device that enables two-way audio communication between those in aged care and their families.
Bay & Basin Community Resources, ExSitu, the University of Wollongong and Carers NSW for their care plan blueprint to address the unique challenges for ageing people living in regional areas.
The ARIIA Grants program provides opportunities for aged care providers, in collaboration with research organisations, to progress innovation and ideas.
For more information please visit ariia.org.au