Amplifying Voices from the Royal Commission into Aged Care

Project dates: 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is a singular opportunity to reform Australian aged care and redress the marginalisation of aged care residents—a vulnerable demographic whose voices too often go unheard. Using innovative arts-based forms of storytelling, this project explores how non-traditional approaches can provide older Australians with more visibility in aged care policy debates. Combining media analysis with poetic inquiry, participatory photography, citizen storytelling, and interactive art, this project amplifies the voices of residents and engages policy makers, providers, and the public in a reflexive, inclusive conversation about the past, present and future of aged care.


Dr TJ Thomson’s QUT study on the negative representation of ageing and aged care mentioned in a National Press Club address by outgoing Age Discrimination Commissioner, Kay Patterson, ABC TV

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Professor Sarah Holland-Batt, winner of the 2023 Stella Prize, discusses the reality of death and the use of poetry as an act of thinking about uncomfortable topics, ABC Radio

Chief Investigators

Prof. Evonne Miller, QUT
Prof. Sarah Holland-Batt, QUT
Dr T.J. Thomson, QUT
A/Prof. Jen Seevinck, QUT
Prof. Merryn Gott, The University of Auckland

Team Members

Sam Regi
Dr. Sarah Johnstone

Funding / Grants

  • ARC Discovery Project (DP210100859) [$310,672] (2020 - 2023)