The MARC Model - Collaborating for policy and practice change to improve the lives of older people. The story so far. 

Presenter: Debra O'Connor and Sue Williams, NARI

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About the presentation

MARC (the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration), established 6 years ago led by NARI, comprises 20 partners who have come together to bridge the gap between research and practice and policy to drive change in the health and aged care system. This unique and innovative model of collaboration includes experts in the field of ageing and ageing research, and organisations and people all whom have a passionate commitment to improving the lives of older people. This presentation will highlight the structure and design of the collaboration, the enablers and challenges faced in the creation, development and growth of the collaboration, and the engagement and activities undertaken. Finally it will consider and discuss the future. MARC can provide a sustainable and replicable model for ongoing translation of evidence that ensures older people receive the best possible care and support through services, programs and policies which support health and an optimal quality of life. 

About the presenter

Debra O'Connor is the Deputy Director of NARI and Director of the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration (MARC). As the Deputy Director, Ms O’Connor leads the business development and operational functioning of NARI. As the MARC Divisional Director of MARC since 2016, Ms O’Connor leads the collaboration of multiple partner organisations supported by a NARI based team of researchers.  MARC is a unique collaboration in ageing in Australia. Originally qualifying as a social worker Debra O’Connor’s career has included senior management roles in primary health services as well as developing and co-ordinating tertiary courses in health promotion and health systems at undergraduate and post graduate level. She is a Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT University and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is the NARI Company Secretary.  

Sue Williams is a physiotherapist working in both research and clinical practice for nearly three decades. Her research interests include balance, falls prevention, stroke rehabilitation, workforce redesign, service delivery and the well-being of older people. At NARI, Sue has worked as a physiotherapist and as a project manager on numerous research projects. She is an active member of the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration team at NARI.

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