The past year have been a time of expansion and growth for NARI - expansion in the scope and reach of our research and growth in numbers of staff, students and research participants.
Our research has been across many different issues from health reform, physical activity, falls prevention, pain, models of care, healthy ageing and technology.
Director Associate Professor Briony Dow said that there were 45 major projects underway at the Institute. These included four NHMRC projects, two of which are directed by NARI, three NARI-led dementia and aged care projects, and a growing portfolio of smaller projects which shine a light on often neglected areas.
“This portfolio is immensely valuable to us as it allows us to foreshadow trends, and deepen our knowledge of ageing issues,” she said.
Sharing research findings and knowledge gained from NARI’s research has been a major focus of the year with over 190 publications including peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reports published.
NARI’s revitalised education program has seen more people attend weekly seminars, specialised workshops, the David Simmons Address and the 40th Annual Seminar. In all, over 1,000 aged care and health professionals have been engaged in NARI-led education.
“Our deep knowledge and ability to translate research into practical guides has seen our work being commissioned several organisations, including Dementia Training Australia, to develop workshops with accompanying facilitator guides,” Associate Professor Dow said.
Internationally, NARI’s expertise is increasingly called upon. The past 12 months has seen NARI participate in government hosted trade missions, international conferences in China, Thailand, Japan, USA and Canada. A new MOU is currently being established to further NARI’s work in China with partners Health Australasia.
“Our media presence continues to increase across national, metropolitan mainstream radio and newspapers, radio and in the specialist media as we are called on to comment on policy issues, healthy ageing, and conversations about our work in elder abuse, and future directions of aged care,” Associate Professor Dow said.