UWA Social Care and Social Ageing Living Lab
Driving innovation and policy development in the aged care and disability sector
A 'social ageing' approach to aged care emphasises the role and value of the relationships in an individual’s social support network (formal and informal), including with the environment (physical and structural), as well as the use of technologies to mediate local, virtual and distant support networks. The approach supports the development of collaborative communities of care that extend older people’s support networks.
The Living Lab focuses on developing and evaluating the role of technology in creating and supporting the social connection and inclusion of older people, across both residential and community living, including promoting digital citizenship. It will have particular expertise in diversity issues, including migration, cultural and linguistic diversity, and LGBTQI status, as well as formal, informal, professional, local, distant and virtual support networks.
This initiative is the first WA member of the Australian Living Labs Network. Living Labs feature person-centred, co-design, and social innovation methodologies that bring together academics, industry partners and end-users to respond to critical issues. Through research-led collaboration, evaluation and consultancies, the Centre will facilitate partnerships with industry and government stakeholders and build capacity in research and training.Co-convenors
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