ACU and RSL LifeCare renew Chair of Ageing

Thursday, 10 April 2008

10 April 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) Vice Chancellor Greg Craven and Chairman of the Board of RSL LifeCare Rod White renewed their commitment to fully fund the Chair of Ageing at the University's North Sydney Campus (Mackillop) this week.

The agreement forms part of an ongoing affiliation established in April 2004 to foster leading edge research in aged care with a particular focus on aged and community care nursing in the veteran population.

ACU Professor Tracey McDonald renewed her commitment to the professorial goals of enhancing the education, training and professional accountability of RSL LifeCare staff, develop a research program focused on improved resident outcomes for residents of aged care services and demonstrate quality and care outcomes for residents.

“The strength of the Chair is that it is in 'ageing' rather than just 'aged care' which, by definition, is more clinically focused. Under the 'ageing' banner my projects to date have covered veterans, nursing, health and ageing policy at state, national and international levels (recently with the United Nations); economics of aged care management; quality benchmarking for the industry and nursing models of practice within this non-hospital practice context,” says Tracey.

The partnership provides ACU students with clinical placements in aged care, palliative care, mental health, community health and exercise science and supports the implementation of research projects such as ‘successful ageing’. Recently Ron Thompson, Chief Executive of RSL LifeCare accepted an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professorship in recognition of his significant contributions to the advancement of nursing and aged care research at ACU.

RSL LifeCare is located on 100 acres of ocean and lakes-view land on the Collaroy Plateau in Narrabeen. There are approximately 1300 residents on site and the organisation has recently expanded to include several other aged care and retirement villages around NSW. Through this affiliation students and researchers have access to this stimulating environment which has been recognised as among the very best exemplars of aged care provision.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) - 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.