Aged care

The Australian aged care system includes a variety of residential and community care services providing extensive support to older people and their families. NARI's research in this area is enabled by strong links to service providers and a continuing commitment to improving the experience of people within the aged care system.

For further information on these projects, please contact Associate Professor Briony Dow:

“What Older People Want?” Outcomes from a consultation with older consumers about their priorities for research in ageing

Dementia, mental health, use of technology and the need for better person-focused health care are among the priorities for research in ageing according to Victorian consumers. The year-long study highlights consumers’ hopes for better quality of life in older age, the wish for independence and choice, maintaining physical and mental health.

Priority of Access tool for Local Government HACC services

Demand for Local Government HACC services has seen the need for a consistent approach to determining priority of access. NARI in conjunction with Local Government HACC providers in Victoria and the Victorian Department of Human Services (Western Metropolitan Region, WMR) developed a priority of access tool.

BEFRIENDAS Study: The impact of befriending on depression, anxiety, social support and loneliness in older adults living in residential aged care facilities

Funded by the NHMRC and beyondblue, the BEFRIENDAS study is comparing a befriending intervention to treatment as usual for people living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) experiencing depression, anxiety and loneliness. Befriending is non-directive emotional and social support that is provided by a volunteer.

Tapestry of care

NARI is collaborating with Royal Freemasons Ltd in the implementation and evaluation of an enhanced model of care for residential aged care.

Mapping the Journey in Residential Aged Care for Residents with Dementia

Royal Freemasons has partnered with NARI to investigate new approaches to deliver consumer directed residential aged care. NARI will evaluate the enhanced care program for residential services which includes Transition Maps, an information-rich yet simple tool to map, track and coordinate a resident’s journey in care.