The Healthy Ageing Project

The Healthy Ageing Research Consortium is a cross-sectoral partnership of researchers, clinicians, aged care providers and consumer advocacy groups working together to establish the Registry of Older South Australians (ROSA). Supported by the South Australian Government through the Premier’s Research and Industry Fund, this ambitious undertaking will provide a unique data resource that will allow evidence-driven decision-making to improve the lives of all South Australians accessing aged care services.

ROSA is designed to monitor the health, service utilisation, medication use, mortality, and other outcomes of people receiving aged care services in South Australia. ROSA’s efficient model leverages existing information, bringing together diverse datasets collected by different organisations throughout the country, to provide us with a whole picture of the ageing pathway.

ROSA will produce evidence to guide decision-making for quality, coordinated, efficient, innovative and age-friendly services and practices. Importantly, ROSA is partnering with end-users and consumer advocates to ensure that the research it conducts will address questions that are relevant to our ageing community, as well as to Government, NGO, Industry and researchers and will provide solutions with real-world impact.

ROSA also has a ‘Living Lab’ component, which will provide the support and infrastructure for trialling innovative and emerging ideas to improve the health and wellbeing of older South Australians. 

Who we are:

The ROSA is coordinated under the auspices of the  SA Academic Health Science and Translation Centre. It is a collaboration between the  South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), 3 universities (University of Adelaide University of South Australia, and  Flinders University), 5 industry partners ( Helping Hand Silver Chain Adelaide PHN Country SA PHNECH), 2 consumer health advocacy groups (COTA SAHCASA), SA NT DataLink, and SA Health

Our key objectives are to:

  • Establish and maintain the ROSA, which will generate a unique data collection with analytic capability to guide evidence-driven decision making for quality, coordinated, efficient and age-friendly services and practices;
  • Support the conduct of health and medical research to answer the questions of industry, NGO and government sectors in relation to positive and healthy ageing;
  • Produce evidence for cost-effective service innovations, models of care and other solutions for the sector;
  • Enable the monitoring of the quality of ageing over time;
  • Promote community engagement and intergenerational learning;
  • Generate direct employment change through research, changes in business and service delivery models, plus broader economic development opportunities generated by positive ageing; and
  • Establish a ‘Living Laboratory’, which will provide a resource for trialling new and emerging ideas.

The ROSA Team:

Current ROSA Steering Committee members:

  • Prof Steve Wesselingh (SAHMRI)
  • Ms Liddy Griffith (SAHMRI)
  • A/Prof Craig Whitehead (Flinders University & SA Health)
  • Prof Renuka Visvanathan (University of Adelaide & SA Health)
  • Prof Julie Ratcliffe (University of South Australia)
  • Prof Andrew Beer (University of South Australia)
  • Prof Karen Reynolds (Flinders University)
  • Ms Jeanette Walters (SA Health)
  • Ms Jane Mussared (COTA SA)
  • Ms Ellen Kerrins (HCASA)
  • Mr Andrew Stanley (SA NT DataLink)
  • Ms Megan Corlis (Helping Hand)
  • Ms Amber Watt (ECH)
  • A/Prof Caroline Miller (SAHMRI)
  • Ms Tracy Maynard (Country SA PHN)
  • Prof Keith Evans (Silver Chain)
  • TBA (Adelaide PHN)

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