South Australian aged care provider ACH Group is partnering with the Victoria-based National Ageing Research Institute.
The partnership, which has been formally acknowledged through a Memorandum of Understanding, will provide opportunities for new research, funding and workforce capacity building.
ACH Group has recently developed a research and development strategy and it’s hoped that its alliance with NARI will enhance its commitment to being “evidence-based and data informed”, said ACH Group CEO Frank Weits.
“ACH Group is passionate about re-imagining aged care, including developing new models, technology and innovations to meet the challenging needs of our customers,” said Mr Weits. “This collaboration will support ACH Group to make practical changes that will have a lasting positive impact on residents, home care customers, and carers.”
Building relationships with industry bodies allows for vital progress to be made with the input and consideration of older people and their carers, said NARI acting director Associate Professor Frances Batchelor. “This new agreement will help us continue our strategic approach to knowledge transfer, education, training and upskilling of health professionals.”
By combining NARI’s research expertise with ACH Group’s real-world settings, the partnership aims to drive improvements in the quality and delivery of aged care services.
“Through our connection with ACH Group, NARI will be able to work closely with older people, their families and their carers to understand what is important to them, and what actually works,” said Associate Professor Batchelor. “We’re looking forward to creating long-lasting change for older people.”
Main image: ACH Group CEO Frank Weits and NARI acting director Associate Professor Frances Batchelor