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.
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
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)
Funding / Grants
- NHMRC Ideas Grant (2020 - 2025)