2016 Events

MARC Take Care Colloquium

26 August, 2016

The MARC “Take Care” Colloquium was held on 26th August at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Function and Convention Centre to showcase innovations within MARC partner organisations in caring for carers. Covering the themes of formal and informal carers, presentations included workforce innovations that attract and retain health care and aged care workers, and support services that are available to carers in the community.

Speakers included:

  • Dr David Sykes, General Manager Learning & Development, Alzheimer’s Australia VIC
  • Anne Muldowney, Policy Advisor, Carers Victoria
  • Katherine Lawler, Acting Director Education & Research, Northern Health
  • Margaret Pozzebon, Speech Therapist, Melbourne Health

MARC Ageing and Technology Forum: Exploring Opportunities and Developing Ideas

21 July, 2016

The MARC Technology and Ageing Forum was held on 21st July, 2016 at the Royal Melbourne Hospital to generate ideas to solve key challenges in ageing and improve the experiences of older people. A diverse range of disciplines were represented at the forum – including health care workers, educators and community advocates, policy makers, academics, and engineers - enabling creative concepts to be shared and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration.

The workshop was facilitated by Dr Richard Caro of Tech-enhanced Life, a Public Benefit Corporation. Dr Caro has over 20 years experience at the intersection of technology and business, having developed a number of successful products and patents. He has a particular interest in the interaction between healthcare, ageing and technology.

The workshop was an opportunity for MARC members to share ideas and create projects that utilise technology within the research to practice themes of Healthy Ageing, Falls Prevention, Dementia, and End-of-Life Care.

MARC End of Life Care Forum

28 June, 2016

The MARC End of Life Care Forum was held on 28th June, 2016. This event, hosted by Mercy Health at Mercy Place Parkville, was an opportunity for aged care workers, healthcare workers, educators and policy makers to come together to share ideas about end of life and palliative care.

The opening presentation was delivered by Professor Colleen Doyle, Principal Research Fellow at NARI and Professor of Aged Care at the Australian Catholic University, on the new National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care, which will be published in August 2016 to guide best practice provision of spiritual care for all older people and set a framework to build confidence in the aged care workforce. Claire Kemp, Quality and Education Coordinator at Mercy Palliative Care, presented on the introduction of an end of life care pathway that has resulted in improved integration and collaboration between aged care facilities, palliative care providers, and in-reach services at local hospitals and increased completion of advance care plans to document end of life wishes for older people. Jennifer Zerafa, Wellcare Program Coordinator at Western Health, discussed the implementation of a complementary therapy program for people receiving palliative care services.

The presentations were followed by an interactive brainstorming session, facilitated by Maureen Walsh, National Learning Manager, Mercy Health, where participants had the opportunity to contribute to the design of a project aimed at improving the delivery of evidence based, person centred end of life care.

Above (L-R): Maureen Walsh - National Learning Manager, Mercy Health; Frances Batchelor - MARC Program Manager and Director Health Promotion, National Ageing Research Institute; Jennifer Zerafa - Wellcare Program Manager Western Health; Professor Colleen Doyle, Principal Research Fellow at NARI and Professor of Aged Care at the Australian Catholic University; Claire Kemp, Quality and Education Coordinator at Mercy Palliative Care