Ageing Research Forum 2019

In an exciting new partnership, Western Alliance has joined forces with the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration (MARC) to improve health outcomes across Western Victoria through targeted ageing research initiatives. Led by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), MARC is a unique consortium of partners, bringing together health and aged care services, universities, research and advocacy organisations, and the broader community to improve the lives of older people through the rapid translation of research.

The partnership was launched through the Western Victorian Ageing Research Forum, which was held at South West Healthcare in Warrnambool on September 6th. The forum saw over 40 passionate health professionals, consumers, researchers and policy makers gather to identify the key regional issues in ageing and to generate potential research ideas to address these issues. To set the scene, keynote presentations were delivered by three industry experts; Professor Briony Dow (NARI), Professor Alison Hutchinson (Deakin University) and Professor Colette Browning (Federation University). Through robust discussion in several workshops, participants identified a number a key themes for ageing research in the region, which included:

  • Workforce (Attraction, retention and development)
  • Service gaps, access, data and information sharing
  • Isolation & mental health, Ageism and identity
  • Chronic disease and multimorbidity in ageing
  • Models of care for people with dementia & cognitive decline,
  • Choice (person centred care) vs risk

A number of research questions were proposed, and these are currently being scoped against the literature. A shortlist will then be distributed as part of an expression of interest, with Western Alliance and MARC to jointly fund research projects on these topics.

The forum also saw the creation of the Western Alliance Ageing Research Hub, which will be the basis for further research initiatives and professional development in ageing across Western Victoria.

A special thanks to our guest speakers, to Debra O’Connor (Director of MARC) and her team for their support and collaboration, and to South West Healthcare for hosting the forum.

You can view the presentations given on the day below:

Colette Browning_ Ageing Research Forum 2019x

Briony Dow_Ageing Research Forum 2019x

Alison Hutchinson_Ageing Research Forum 2019x

Debra O’Connor_Ageing Research Forum 2019x