Minister Hunt opens new facilities for healthy ageing research

The National Centre for Healthy Ageing (NCHA) has a new home located within the brand-new purpose-built Ngarnga (pronounced Nun-Run-Gah) Centre research facilities at Frankston Hospital.

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 the NCHA Healthy Ageing Data Platform.

The 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.

Director of the NCHA, Professor Velandai Srikanth was joined by the Minister for Health and Aged Care and Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt; the Member for Dunkley, Peta Murphy; Monash University Dean, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor Christina Mitchell and Peninsula Health Chief Executive, Ms Felicity Topp to officially open the new space.

Professor Mitchell said “The new health data and implementation platform will consist of new state of the art physical and data infrastructure for secure data storage.  The platform will be a resource for multiple research areas including addiction, mental health, and ageing research.”

The opening of the new facilities coincided with the $450,000 announcement of three new Living Labs research projects to be funded by the NCHA. Projects which are set to focus on delivering real world improvements to how our older and vulnerable populations, including those living with dementia and homelessness, are able to access care.

Professor Srikanth congratulated recipients, saying he was looking forward to working with the research teams and the Commonwealth to create meaningful improvements to the health and wellbeing of older Australians.

“The NCHA is a nationally significant initiative. Studies such as these newly funded Living Labs projects that seek to improve, innovate and integrate health care models towards healthier ageing, are likely to have national and international impact, and should be lauded and supported.”

More information on the Living Labs program can be found at the National Centre for Healthy Ageing (NCHA) website www.ncha.org.au

Minister Hunt tours the Ngarnga Centre, and new home of the NCHA Healthy Ageing Data Platform team.

Director of the NCHA, Professor Velandai Srikanth was joined by the Minister for Health and Aged Care and Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt; Monash University Dean, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor Christina Mitchell and Peninsula Health Chief Executive, Ms Felicity Topp to officially open the new space.