A caring future is one that can be measured by how well we care for those who are most vulnerable. The Caring Futures Institute has a very strong interest and footprint in making our aged care system the best in the world. And our research shows it could be, and it could be affordable, whilst meeting the quite complex needs of our diverse ageing community.
There are more than half a million people aged 85 years or older in Australia, and that number grows every year.
We are all going to get old, especially if we stay healthy through our middle years. So, everyone wants to know that they can grow old safely and be cared for with dignity and respect. If we have to get much support to stay home and still live a good life, then aged care becomes an important issue for the entire population.
Julie is developing tools to drive improvements in quality of care and quality of life to put older people firmly at the centre of all discussions about aged care and its delivery, financing and outcomes. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has highlighted the many failings of the aged care system. Caring Futures Institute researchers have highlighted the high expectations of the community and the indicators of quality of life that many people want to see measured and met.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has highlighted the many failings of the aged care system. Caring Futures Institute researchers have highlighted the high expectations of the community and the indicators of quality of life that many people want to see measured and met.
Professor Julie Ratcliffe and her team were contracted by the Royal Commission to research community expectations and opinions of quality in aged care and how much they would be willing to pay for that level of quality. It turns out, quite a lot.
Professor Sue Gordon and her colleagues in the ACH Group are working on how to improve services and care to older people. One way is to harness technology to make the home safer and an easier place to be when you are not as able as you used to be. My Smart Home is a great example of how we work with aged care organisations to research solutions in partnership.
Ageing in Australia can be challenging for many people, but it is sometimes made more so when your first language is not English, and you may be experiencing some cognitive decline. Professor Lily Xiao and her team have been researching how to best provide care to people with dementia who are in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Professor Xiao conducts her research in Australia and in China, so our expertise has international impact.
Frailty and isolation can be a significant problem for some older people. Two of our researchers are identifying strategies to reduce the negative experiences of ageing with research to see if social eating can reduce loneliness, and to better identify frailty and its consequences for older people.
Read more about our aged care research
An esteemed health economist, Julie leads research into quality of life for older people in aged care. Julie is developing tools to drive improvements in quality of care and quality of life to put older people firmly at the centre of all discussions about aged care and its delivery, financing and outcomes.
With a deep understanding of cross-cultural nursing and aged care, Lily has been influential both locally in Australia and internationally in culturally-appropriate, quality aged care. Lily works in the challenging area of cognitive decline for people who are ageing in cultures that may not meet their specific language and cultural needs.
Embedded within the ACH Group, Sue has a strong clinical research background as a Physiotherapist, and a clear agenda to create safe and high-quality aged care services. Sue is at the critical intersection where research needs to influence practice and where aged care clinicians and carers can influence the research needed to help them make positive changes in care.
A recognised international expert in implementation science, Prof Harvey is a leader in the field of knowledge translation and implementing research evidence into policy and practice through enabling clinical and organisational behaviour change.
CFI Researchers in this field
Associate Professor Lucy Lewis
Associate Professor Chris Barr
Associate Professor Sebastian Doeltgen
We can’t reinvent care alone. We need partners across industry, government, and the general public to co-design the projects and new support mechanisms. Let’s work together to understand the building blocks of care in our society.
We can make a difference together.
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