UWA Social Care and Ageing Living Lab
Driving innovation and policy development in the aged care and disability sector
Upcoming and past events
- Research Forum on Ageing (2020) – 17/12/2020): Ageing and Aged Care Workforce: Opportunity, Diversity and Training
- Research Forum on Ageing (2019) - Diversity and Innovation: applied research and policy on Ageing - Program
- Research Forum on Ageing (2018): Leading Innovation through Diversity Forum: Bridging research, policy and practice for age-friendly care
- Inaugural Research Forum on Ageing (2017)
- Deliver timely research and policy responses to the growing critical issue of ageing
- The establishment of a UWA Social Care and Social Ageing Living Lab is particularly timely given the Federal Government’s recent launch of a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Of particular concern to the sector are the alarming rates of social isolation and loneliness among older people, and the challenge of providing social support and care services.
- Lead social technological innovation
- The UWA Living Lab will contribute much needed social innovation and policy development in the sector, by leveraging and evaluating the potential role of technology in social and aged care, through the co-design Living Lab methodology.
- Champion the social dimensions of care and ageing
- By featuring the social and relational aspects of care and ageing, the UWA Living Lab will complement existing ageing-related research centres in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, including collaboration with HMS Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program.
- Social isolation and loneliness
Increasing age and disability are often associated with a decrease in the size of social support networks. Older adults, particularly those from migrant backgrounds and/or of diverse sexualities, are at a greater risk of becoming socially isolated, with negative consequences for health and wellbeing. Relatedly, younger people often have limited opportunities to engage with older residents in the community.
- Social care
- There is growing awareness of the importance of social support networks in healthy ageing, and the lack of policy, funding and resources to support it.
- Meeting the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly diverse Australian population, where one in three older people are born overseas, as well as growing awareness of LGBTQI needs in aged and disability care.
We recognise the importance, potential, and complexity of ‘high’ and ‘low’ technology in creating and supporting social connection and inclusion, and in reducing isolation, as well as the need to critically evaluate interventions.
Using the Living Lab approach acknowledges the importance of designing social technologies through engaging diverse communities in user-experience research through the process of technology co-design and co-development.
This approach supports digital citizenship and inclusion of older people by increasing social connectivity, public participation, and access to services, infrastructure and resources.
- Research associates
- FABLE research entity collaborators
Migration, Mobility and Belonging Network
Africa Research and Engagement Centre
UWA Centre for Policy Impact
Australian Urban Design Research Centre and School of Design
Law and Technology (Law Innovation Hub)
- UWA research entity collaborators
UWA Medical Humanities Network
UWA Centre for Health and Ageing and Centre for Ageing and Mental Health
UWA Faculty of Science
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