Why do we exist?
A national consortium of Australia’s leading researchers in aged care and implementation science has formed to answer key research questions that underpin, inform and monitor the policy response and implementation of the recommendations and invaluable work of the Royal Commission and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission. The research we propose will be large scale and will build on our extensive experience in aged care, quality and safety monitoring, health care, quality use of medicines, and other important areas needed to improve the care provided to older Australians in the aged care sector. Our national consortium leverages well-established collaborations supported through multiple National Health and Medical Research Council and Medical Research Future Fund grants, and long term experience working with the aged care providers and consumers.
Consortium members have extensive expertise in aged care safety and quality systems; measurement and indicators; aged care informatics; medication management systems in residential aged care facilities; decision-support for providers, policymakers, clinicians and front line staff; big data; evidenced-based care; resident quality of care and experience; and implementation of best practice in aged care settings.
We aim to provide the evidence base for an aged care system which every Australian can be proud of, with best practices embedded throughout to deliver safe, high-quality, individualised care that improves quality of life, care, and health outcomes for Australia’s aged care population.