MARC plans for 2019

MARC’s impact looks set to be strengthened this year as it welcomes Federation University, Ballarat as a member and extends collaborations across Victoria.

The collaboration will build on its achievements over the last three years and specifically, work closely with its newly formed Community Advisory Group; increase the number of presentations at conferences, services and among partners, and look to diversify its funding, according to Debra O’Connor, Director of MARC.

“The past year saw MARC complete two projects, End of Life Care and a dementia project, and we want now to add to our suite of projects that are providing insight and answers to important health issues affecting older people,” Ms O’Connor said.

The collaboration has also had its first evaluation conducted by Professor David Dunt. A recent meeting heard from MARC researcher Sue Williams about the research dynamics and processes underpinning MARC’s direction, while Professor Alison Hutchinson discussed how MARC can apply and gain from Integrated Knowledge Translation methodology.

New for 2019 will be the introduction of small projects by PhD students and others thanks to MARC scholarships and seed funding program.

“These small, flexible projects are critical as they will allow us to test concepts before taking them to the next stage,” Ms O’Connor said.

Academic, health or aged care organisations in Victoria who wish to know more about MARC or considering joining can contact Debra O'Connor at d.oconnor@nari.edu.au