Warrigal, UOW renew partnership to drive innovation

Warrigal and University of Wollongong have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to focus on research and capacity building.

New South Wales regional aged care and retirement living provider Warrigal and University of Wollongong have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to focus on research and capacity building.

The ongoing partnership aims to facilitate clinical experiences for students, promote research engagements to enhance understanding and support for aged care, and foster a collaborative approach to addressing the challenges faced by healthcare providers across all stages of life.

Alissa Walsh

Warrigal is excited to partner with UOW in driving positive change and innovation in aged care, said Warrigal acting chief executive officer Alissa Walsh.

“This collaboration empowers us to provide top-notch care to our residents while nurturing the skills of future healthcare professionals. Together, we are committed to making a lasting impact on the wellbeing of older people and ensuring a brighter future for aged care services in our community,” Ms Walsh said.

The partnership will target the development of innovative clinical placement models across health disciplines – including nursing, medicine, exercise science, nutrition and dietetics – and foster flexibility in meeting the evolving workforce needs of the aged care sector.

It will also see Warrigal and UOW exploring research opportunities aimed at instigating innovations in aged care and working together to translate research findings into practice to positively impact the lives of older individuals.

Professor Eileen McLaughlin

UOW and Warrigal working together will make tangible, real-world impacts in supporting people working in the aged care sector as well as older people receiving care, said Senior Professor Eileen McLaughlin – who is executive dean of UOW’s science, medicine and health faculty.

“UOW has a strong history in working with partners in health settings to empower our students as the workforce of the future. Creating new knowledge in partnership with Warrigal will allow us continue our focus on research quality, engagement and impact while working with our communities to support their needs and experiences in health,” she said.

Main image: Warrigal participated as an exhibitor at UOW’s recent Care Fair as part of the STEM and Health Careers Expo

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