New translational facilities
In 2022 we moved into our new state-of-the-art academic research facilities at Frankston Hospital’s Ngarnga Centre.
The multi-million dollar centre was made possible through a partnership between Monash University and Peninsula Health, which included a $2 million contribution from the Commonwealth Government for a dedicated space to house our Healthy Ageing Data Platform.
Our new space complements ongoing collaborative research between Monash University and Peninsula Health at Monash University’s Peninsula Campus and soon to be announced translational facilities which will include new simulated environments for healthy ageing researchers to test solutions to improve the care provided to our ageing communities.
NCHA Director, Professor Velandai Srikanth, Peninsula Health Chief Executive Felicity Topp, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and Monash University Professor Christina Mitchell (left to right) at the official opening of the Ngarnga Centre.
Research infrastructure and simulated environments
To push innovation and develop effective integrated care models for the future, we are establishing state-of-the-art simulation facilities across Monash University Peninsula campus and the surrounding area. These spaces will allow us to undertake research and test new approaches to healthcare that can accelerate discovery and drive the implementation of new practices into the community.
The facilities will include translational clinics and advanced simulation environments that will act as ‘test beds’ for developing and evaluating new models of care, with a particular focus on technology supporting in-home and community-based care.
Advanced assisted living and treatment simulation environments
The major component of the facility will be high-tech “test beds” to evaluate technology use and user behaviours in the environments of rehabilitation, aged care and independent living (retirement village setting). The test environment will include Retirement Lab, Aged Care Lab, Treatment Lab, Debrief and viewing rooms, Living Lab design workshop as well as visitor workstations.
Chair of the Infrastructure and Simulated Environments Working Group
Professor Terry Haines
Prof Terry Haines is Head of the School of Primary and Allied Health Care at the Monash University. He has a professional background in physiotherapy and health economics, and has worked in research roles embedded within health services for over 15 years before commencing as the Head of School in 2017. His primary research interest is in improving the allocation of health care resources to better meet emerging community needs and reducing waste.