From the Director

Rami KamelThe National Centre for Healthy Ageing (NCHA), a partnership between Peninsula Health and Monash University and supported by the Commonwealth government, has been established to create a centralised hub for innovation and transformation of healthcare practices.

We are creating an environment where the best researchers, industry experts and members of the community can come together with a meaningful vision of improving the health outcomes of all Australians as they age.

Our vision is supported by three integral pillars; Data Platform, Living Labs and Translational Facilities; driving Centre activity through advanced and integrated data systems, collaborative research projects and simulation facilities and treatment labs.

The response to the first round of Living Lab projects has been extremely encouraging and I envisage that we will see the same levels of interest and diversity of applications this year.

2020 has been a year like no other, with the onset of COVID 19 showing the vulnerability of our age care and health care systems. The training of more than 2600 personnel in a preventative program for Residential Aged Care Facilities to manage future outbreaks, as well as the forecasting of hospitalisations rates during COVID using advanced analysis techniques, showcased just a few of the many capabilities our researchers possess to respond to current and critical issues.

The new Academic and Research Centre at the Frankston Hospital is expected to be completed at the end of 2021 and will house our Data Platform and other functional facilities to provide the best learning and research environment.

Consultation has commenced establishing advanced simulation facilities and translational clinics. These spaces will see new approaches being researched and tested to accelerate the discovery and implementation of new practices in the community.

We continuously seek collaborations with researchers, health care organisations, industry partners, health professionals and community groups. The activities of the NCHA today will deliver innovations that support healthy ageing in the future.

Rami Kamel
September, 2021