New Peninsula Health Futures Hub to help deliver better care for vulnerable Australians

Professor David Copolov AO, Professor Velandai Srikanth, The Honourable Greg Hunt MP, Chris Crewther MP and Dr Tim Williams at the Peninsula Health Futures Hub announcement.

Local communities on the Peninsula will be the first to see the direct benefit of new research from the Monash Health Futures Hub, but they certainly won’t be the only ones.

This partnership between Monash University and Peninsula Health, the Hub will focus on designing and delivering new, better integrated models of care for some of the region’s most vulnerable people. Successful models could then be scaled up and rolled out across Australia.

The Hub will focus particularly on improving outcomes in including aged care, mental health and addiction –  key community health issues for both the local area and across the nation.

The Hub will develop ways to enable better health care for older people in their own environments, whether it be at home or in residential aged care.

“State-of-the-art “living labs” and technology will be used to simulate such health care delivery and provide the community with the ability to be involved in designing the best models of care.

These new care models will focus on delivering greater independence so people can stay at home for longer and avoid unnecessary hospitalisations.

The project has received strong support from the local community along with all levels of government. In January the Federal Opposition Health Spokeswoman Catherine King committed $21 million in funding to the project, and the project today received $32 million funding commitment from the Federal Government as part of a $496 million health funding announcement.