Research improved services for older people

Lauren Consumers

Published May 15 2024

Waiting for services gets harder as we age and can have a domino effect on other important aspects of healthy living and ageing, like mental health.

Today we welcomed over 30 aged care professionals and consumers at our forum in partnership with the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration (MARC) to research the evidence and impacts of waiting for services for older people.

Two of our consumers shared their experiences at the forum and participants workshopped ideas for solutions. 

Led by the National Ageing Research Institute, MARC is collaboration between health, research, aged care and advocacy organisations. It aims to provide practical, innovative solutions to urgent issues affecting older people, their carers and health professionals.

Last year we collaborated with MARC to develop a new training resource to help aged care staff recognise the signs of prolonged grief disorder, which affects 21% of bereaved older people. Part of the PG65+ project, it features 10 micro-learning lessons. It is available on the EdApp mobile app. Survey results show staff increased their knowledge and confidence to support adults with prolonged grief disorder, and that the app is user-friendly.

We look forward to continuing to work closely with the National Ageing Research Institute and the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration, and to sharing the outcomes of the forum.