ACU National forges aged care partnership

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Melbourne, 24 January, 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU National) has partnered with Catholic Homes for the Elderly (CHE) to jointly fund and appoint an Associate Professor of Aged Care in Victoria.

The appointee, to be based both at ACU National’s Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s) and at various CHE facilities, will conduct evidence-based research into local aged care services to help inform industry policy and best practice.

The position is expected to be advertised in February.

ACU National Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Gabrielle McMullen said she was delighted the University could collaborate with CHE to achieve a common goal.

“ACU National has a proud tradition in nursing and midwifery education, including aged care nursing, so this partnership with Catholic Homes for the Elderly is a perfect fit,” Professor McMullen said.

“In appointing an Associate Professor of Aged Care, we are jointly confirming our commitment to improve education, research and development in this important area of health care, for the benefit of a priority group within the community.

“ACU National and CHE share similar missions – including upholding human dignity, enhancing quality of life and caring for the disadvantaged – so this partnership is a promising opportunity for both organisations to jointly pursue our respective goals in these areas.”

CHE Chief Executive Officer Joan Donoghue said she hoped the Associate Professor of Aged Care position would raise the profile of aged care both within the health care sector and beyond.

“Having an Associate Professor of Aged Care on board will significantly boost the profile of aged care services at both an academic and community level,” Ms Donoghue said.

“This partnership is a first for Catholic Homes for the Elderly, so we at CHE are very excited about the possibilities.

“It is an important step in our program to develop a strong holistic model of care which will deliver real benefits to our residents.”

CHE is an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and provides an integrated range of aged care and accommodation services to more than 880 people.

Australian Catholic University (ACU National) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.


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