The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Australian home care provider ACH, which the organisations say will lead to joint research and funding opportunities.

Associate Professor Frances Batchelor and ACH CEO Frank Weits (supplied image)

NARI Acting Director Associate Professor Frances Batchelor says the partnership will improve service delivery, build capacity and promote better health and wellbeing for aged care consumers.

“By working closely with an aged care organisation like ACH Group, NARI will be able to embed our research into everyday practice,” she said.

“In this way, evidence-based interventions can be rolled out directly into care homes and services.”

The two organisations are already working together in relation to 2 projects, including the PITCH project, to evaluate the benefits of dementia training for home care workers. 

“We are also working together on the BEFRIENDAS project, which is looking at improvements in mental health for residents in aged care who are paired up with volunteers in a ‘befriending’ capacity,” a spokeswoman told Community Care Review.

Consumer led approach

NARI and ACH Group say they are both focused on a consumer-led approach.

“ACH Group has recently developed a research and development strategy, and our new alliance with NARI will enhance our strong commitment to being evidence-based and data informed,” CEO of ACH Group, Frank Weits, said.

“This collaboration will support ACH Group to make practical changes that will have a lasting positive impact on residents, home care customers, and carers.”

NARI the this agreement will combining NARI’s research-base with ACH’s practical settings, to evolve and transform the delivery of services to and for older people.

“Through our connection with ACH Group, NARI will be able to work closely with older people, their families, and their carers to understand what is important to them, and what actually works. We’re looking forward to creating long-lasting change for older people,” Associate Professor Batchelor said.

Main image: Associate Professor Frances Batchelor and ACH CEO Frank Weits sign the MOU (supplied image)

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