An Inter-generational Learning and Living Campus: A New Model for Healthy Senior Living and Integrated School Communities across Urban and Regional Australia

Project dates: 01/03/2020 - 01/03/2025

This project acts upon recommendations from the Inquiry into the Quality of Care and Residential Aged Care in Australia IQCRAC (2018) by developing an inter-generational model for senior living within school campuses in consultation with industry partners.

The project differs from existing programs by establishing a policy-driven ‘shared campus facilities and services’ approach which is person-centred, health focused and socially inclusive. The model intends to be translatable across diverse Australian contexts, from urban realms where land is limited, and regionally, where closer engagement between generations will maintain social networks. The project further responds to urgent national workforce development needs and health training demand in senior living, and provides an integrated model for co-located school-based vocational pathways for youth in senior living settings.

The model aims to create intentional space for co-learning, co-care, co-fitness and co-creation benefiting health, well-being, and continued learning of residents and students. The vision is to deepen relationships, connectivity, and understandings between generations. This includes improving inter-cultural understanding and decreasing social isolation for seniors, consistent with the ‘Change of Culture’ recommendation of IQCRAC. The proposed model is to be developed between QUT, ACU, Deakin and Fulton Trotter Architects, senior living and education industry partners, and community representatives.

The model will be incrementally refined over three stages which seeks to contextualise the risks, impediments & benefits of co-situated senior living/educational settings. Initial stages will develop thematic understanding of societal, policy, operational, planning, and health & well-being factors. This knowledge will be applied to case study projects examining complex interrelationships and challenges across Australia. The research will be concluded by refining and evaluating the model with industry/community for use as a decision support tool for the sector.

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TEAM MEMBERS:

 

Chief Investigators

Professor Robin Drogemuller, QUT Science and Engineering Faculty (Lead)

Professor Evonne Miller, QUT, Creative Industries Faculty

Marissa Lindquist, QUT, Creative Industries Faculty

Dr Tanja Tyvimaa, QUT, The QUT Business School

Dr Andrea Blake, QUT, The Business School

Adjunct Professor Mark Trotter, QUT, Creative Industries

Professor Susanne Kuys, ACU, Faculty of Health Sciences

Associate Professor Gert-Jan Pepping, ACU, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr Ros Harrington, ACU, Faculty of Health Sciences

Professor Paul Sanders, Deakin University, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environment

 

Other Team Members

Dr Sara Omrani, QUT, Science and Engineering Faculty

Professor Sagadevan Mundree, QUT, Centre of Agriculture and Bioeconomies

 

External Partners

Dale Murray, Director Partnerships, Edmund Rice Education Australia

Chris Seiboth, Executive Lead Community Services, Lutheran Services

Tanya Crooks, Principal, Redeemer Lutheran College

Geoff Batkin, CEO, Wesley Mission Queensland 

John Ward, Director, Fulton Trotter Architects

Jane Briese, Minx Archticture

Katerina Dracopoulos, Past Co-Chari, Association of Learning Environments (Qld)

 

Further Details

NHMRC Marketing Brochure

Grandschools Marketing Brochure


Funding / Grants

  • NHMRC Ideas Grant (2020 - 2025)

Team

Other Team Members

Chief Investigators Professor Robin Drogemuller, QUT Science and Engineering Faculty (Lead) Professor Evonne Miller, QUT, Creative Industries Faculty Marissa Lindquist, QUT, Creative Industries Faculty Dr Tanja Tyvimaa, QUT, The QUT Business School Dr Andrea Blake, QUT, The Business School Ajunct Professor Mark Trotter, QUT, Creative Industries Professor Susanne Kuys, ACU, Faculty of Health Sciences Associate Professor Gert-Jan Pepping, ACU, Faculty of Health Sciences Dr Ros Harrington, ACU, Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Paul Sanders, Deakin University, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environment Other Team Members Dr Sara Omrani, QUT, Science and Engineering Faculty Professor Sagadevan Mundree, QUT, Centre of Agriculture and Bioeconomies External Partners Dale Murray, Director Partnerships, Edmund Rice Education Australia www.erea.edu.au Chris Seiboth, Executive Lead Community Services, Lutheran Services www.luteranservices.org.au Tanya Crooks, Principal, Redeemer Lutheran College www.redeemer.com.au Geoff Batkin, CEO, Wesley Mission Queensland www.wmq.org.au John Ward, Director, Fulton Trotter Architects www.fultontrotter.com.au Jane Briese, Minx Archticture www.minxarchitecture.com.au Katerina Dracopoulos, Past Co-Chari, Association of Learning Environments (Qld) www.a4le.org.au