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National Ageing Research Institute and innovAGEING Form Knowledge Alliance Partnership

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The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) today joined innovAGEING’s (iA) Knowledge Alliance partnership program, which aims to link research with current industry practices.

The Alliance seeks to foster collaboration to highlight the importance and impact of innovation in aged care and disseminate NARI research findings to the iA network.

“We are particularly excited with today’s partnership as NARI has, for the last four decades, been at the forefront of applying research to improve health outcomes and aged care practice for positive ageing for older Australians,” said Merlin Kong, Head of innovAGEING.

“With iA’s focus on reinterpreting the concept of ageing in relation to the design and delivery of services, NARI’s research interests and vision for a world where older persons are respected, healthy and included is very much aligned to our network’s interests.

“NARI’s focus interests are complementary to iA’s, and these include initiatives such as: a virtual exercise class using avatars, e-interpreting for the diagnosis of dementia, and development of a language translation app for individuals receiving home care.

This Knowledge Alliance partnership will also see Dr Frances Batchelor join the iA Experts-In-Residence program. She is currently Senior Research Fellow, Director of Clinical Gerontology at NARI, and Research Program Manager of the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration, a NARI-led collaboration of health services, aged care providers, universities, primary care and advocacy bodies.

Associate Professor Briony Dow, Director of NARI, said she felt that the partnership with iA was very important. NARI views iA as terrific platform to enable all parties to share information and communicate about cutting edge developments in research and practice to ensure that research will best meet the needs of older people.

“We believe that good evidence should underpin innovation in aged care and NARI will look forward to working with innovAGEING to achieve this. “  Associate Professor Dow said.

This new collaboration is not the first time that NARI and innovAGEING have worked together. NARI was the first presenter to kick off iA’s Innovation Hub at LASA’s National Congress last October, which saw approximately half of Congress attendees visiting the Hub.

This is iA’s second partnership, the first being with RMIT University last October.

For more information:
David O’Sullivan, Leading Age Services Australia, E: davido@lasa.asn.au, Ph: 0427 138 024