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Healthy Ageing Forum

February 2017

Thirty five participants attended the MARC Healthy Ageing Forum at Kensington Town Hall.

MARC organisations – University of Melbourne, Austin Health, DHHS/local council, Alzheimer’s Australia, NARI, Western Health, Mercy Health together with older people, clinicians, case managers, students, researchers and policy makers attended the event.

The forum resulted in 63 Healthy Ageing themed project ideas being generated. They included all domains, all settings. All ideas are being reviewed and a summary of the potential projects will be presented to the MARC Steering Committee on 24th March 2017.

Speakers included Dr Sue Malta on Healthy Ageing and Sexuality, Deepa Prahbu on Consumer Wearables, and Anita Goh on Healthy Lifestyles to support brain health.

More details here: Healthy Ageing Forum summary

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


New Perspectives in Ageing

21 May, 2015

The Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration (MARC) brought together 100 of Melbourne’s top ageing researchers, service deliverers and policy makers for its first colloquium to discuss four critical areas of age on Thursday 21 May 2015.

The day-long colloquium focussed on End of Life and Palliative Care, Dementia, Falls and Healthy Ageing. Dr Frances Batchelor, MARC’s project manager, said the aim of the colloquium was to hear the latest research in each of the priority areas and to identify gaps and crossover research.

“The colloquium is about sharing information. No one person has all the answers and what MARC sets out to do is to introduce new thinking and research about ageing to researchers and others with an interest in solutions.”

The speakers included:

  • Dr Charmaine Foo, Palliative Care Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital – Advances in symptom management in Palliative Care
  • Professor David Ames, CEO, NARI, - Alzheimer’s disease – what’s true and what’s new
  • Dr Cathy Said, Austin Health – Preparing people at high risk of falls to for discharge following rehabilitation: do we meet the guidelines?
  • Dr Kathryn Ellis, University of Melbourne – Lifestyle factors and cognition.