The Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration (MARC) aims to improve the lives of older people through the rapid translation of research into policy and practice to influence practice and systemic change. MARC is a unique consortium of partners, bringing together health and aged care services, universities, research and advocacy organisations, and the broader community.
Our focus is on addressing issues of importance to older people, their carers, health professionals and the wider community, including preventing falls, improving dementia care, promoting healthy ageing and independence and improving the experience for older people at the end of their life.
Our Partners and Supporters
MARC is led by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) and consists of Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria, Austin Health, Melbourne Primary Care Network, Mercy Health, Northern Health, Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincent’s Health, Telstra, University of Melbourne, and Western Health.
Ageing is often viewed negatively and as a low priority in health care, policy and government. Efforts to address the challenges of an ageing population have been done haphazardly and inefficiently, in isolation or in competition and with duplication of effort. It has been widely acknowledged that current systems are not designed to provide optimal support for older people.
Working as a strategic partnership, we are combining resources and expertise to influence policy and practice in Victoria and beyond for the benefit of older people.
Research is currently funded by financial contributions from the partner organisations, philanthropy, donations and the Victorian Government. MARC is managed by NARI, a centre of excellence in ageing research. We are particularly grateful to the Wicking Trust for agreeing to support this Collaboration for the next five years.
By pooling knowledge and effort from experts in a diversity of areas, MARC can achieve better outcomes for older people by supporting their independence as long as possible, preventing problems commonly associated with ageing, and at the end of life, experience a good death. Our funds go towards coordinating collaborative research projects, facilitating educational events and hosting large public forums to bring ageing issues to the forefront and bridge the research –practice/policy divide.
MARC is formed from organisations that are key stakeholders in the field of ageing, across all settings and service types. This enables MARC to reach older people, 20,000 staff in partner organisations, community, university and government entities.
Since commencement in September 2014, MARC has become a formal collaboration with a governance structure, membership criteria and terms of reference adopted by all members. Collaborative projects addressing key issues affecting older people are underway and large public forums have been undertaken to share knowledge about ageing. Our initial activities have already led to practice change, but there is still more to do.