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Centre for Growth and Translational Research launching

16th December 2021

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills OAM is thrilled by the Federal Government announcement of a new $34 million research centre to address real and meaningful systemic changes for the future of aged care delivery in Australia.

The announcement by Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Richard Colbeck, supports the promise of evidence based service improvements and support of older Australians living in Aged Care settings, in light of the findings from the Royal Commission.

The Aged Care Centre for Growth and Translational Research is scheduled to be operational from next year at Flinders University in Adelaide and will ensure vital research leads to tangible outcomes for the aged care sector.

Flinders University and consultancy firm Wells Advisory will jointly establish the centre, which will be positioned to identify critical areas of need within aged care workforce research, such as evidence- based models of care, guidelines and assistive technologies to improve workforce productivity and quality of care. Resulting in developing the capability of Australia’s aged care workforce and translating research and innovation into best practice.

Key priority research areas include Dementia, restorative care and rehabilitation, mental wellbeing, and social isolation.

As a part of her role as Director of the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council, Benetas CEO Sandra Hills was involved in the initial discussions outlining the launch of the centre.

She says, “The aged care industry is crying out for more forward thinking initiatives, and it was clear early on that a centre for priority research and knowledge sharing would benefit so many older Australians and their families for many years to come.

“I am proud to have played a part in supporting the development of the research centre and look forward to Benetas becoming a key partner in future research initiatives and ultimately applying the many benefits it can offer care delivery and the people who need it the most.”

Senator Colbeck said the centre was an important investment in improving the quality of aged care services.

“This is a big step forward when it comes to ensuring the needs of older Australians in care are not just met, but exceeded,” he said.

The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council will continue to play a significant role in the work of the Centre for Growth and Translational Research. Ongoing engagement of the aged care sector will also be critical to apply the learning of evidence based best practice to ensure consistency and sustainability of improved service offerings. To read more about the announcement you can access the media release from Minister Colbeck’s office here