Research collaboration to improve aged health

Improving the health of ageing Australians, coordinating care to prevent poor outcomes and incorporating personal experiences into decision making are the aims of a new collaborative venture driven by Flinders University and the Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN).

Along with the appointment of Stacey George as Professor in Healthy Ageing, Support and Care, a new strategic vision lead by her research team is building the capacity and capability for endeavours that directly respond to community needs in ageing.

Professor in Healthy Ageing, Support and Care, Stacey George.

The position will support evidence-based implementation of Australia’s Primary Health Care 10-Year Plan, 2022-2032, across Adelaide and facilitate rigorous evaluation, guided by implementation approaches, to evaluate both outcomes for older people and changes of practice.

Professor Stacey George says the plan has identified a gap in allied health and nursing services, particularly in aged care services.

“By engaging with industry, government, and other external organisations, we’ll be strengthening research collaborations and supporting the recruitment of international and domestic higher degree research students and fellowships,” says Professor George.

“Collaboration with the Caring Futures Institute will provide strategic leadership and vision through the development of research capacity and capability increasing research performance and responding to the needs and priorities of the University and APHN with evidence-based results.”

Established and funded by the Federal Government in 2015, Adelaide PHN is a not-for-profit organisation and one of 31 primary health networks operating across Australia – being one of two in South Australia.

Adelaide PHN Board Chair Tom Symonds says the organisations is delighted to welcome Professor Stacey George into the new role.

“This collaboration will go a long way in developing and expanding the research agenda,” says Mr Symoinds. “With the APHN as an industry partner and the Caring Futures Institute as the academic partner, a focus on building research capacity and capability will support the translation of research into practice and ultimately improved health outcomes for older people.”

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