From the Director

Welcome to the National Centre for Healthy Ageing (NCHA).

At the NCHA, a partnership between Monash University and Peninsula Health thanks to investment by the Commonwealth, we have been building significant research infrastructure and capability to lead the transformation of health for our ageing community.

I would like to particularly highlight the innovative programs of work being created in the “engine room” of the Living Labs, the fantastic capacity being created by our Healthy Ageing Data Platform to support and lead these initiatives, and the extensive consultation and planning well underway for developing some very unique Translational and Simulation facilities with advanced technology.

With our Living Labs programs, we aim to shift the trajectory of health related to ageing for our communities by exploring new ways to enhance not just their physical wellbeing, but also their mental and emotional wellbeing – through the lifespan. Towards this, our teams have been engaging with the community at large, people seeking healthcare, as well as support organisations and industry – to co-develop solutions for important national priorities. The Living Labs initiatives funded in the last year, are clear examples of these kinds of interdisciplinary partnerships, and we look forward to the outcomes that arise from them. We look forward to a series of collaborative workshops in early 2022 that will generate the next major set of thematic Living Labs programs.

The Healthy Ageing Data Platform is unique and well advanced. It combines the power of electronic health data with information collected on scale at a state and national level to generate answers for big issues in the field – providing a complete picture of the health of the community, access to healthcare, and key outcome data for the Living Labs programs.

Finally, our plans for developing first-in-nation Translational and Simulation facilities to support healthy ageing are well underway across Monash University Peninsula Campus, Peninsula Health and the surrounding precinct. These extremely unique facilities, supported by advanced technology, will accelerate discovery of solutions by the Living Labs programs.

We look forward to keeping you informed of NCHA activities, and look to engage with people and organisations invested in the pursuit of healthy ageing for Australians and the wider international community.

Wishing you all a safe, happy and productive 2022.

Professor Velandai Srikanth