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Our research streams

Diverse and Migrant Communities

Our research addresses the opportunities and challenges of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and LGBTIQ+ care needs in the increasingly diverse Australian population.

People from CALD and LGBTIQ+ backgrounds are at a greater risk of becoming socially isolated, with negative consequences for their health and wellbeing.

Social and Cultural Care

We are developing evidence-based practice and policy to support the adoption of sustainable socio-cultural models of care in the aged care sector.

We have a particular focus on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, in particular developing a social care category of service delivery to improve health and wellbeing and increase social support network.

Music and Arts Engagement

Our research explores evidence-based models which create a nexus between music-arts, health and community interaction. Innovative interventions aim to enhance quality of life through collaborations between musicians, community members, and health providers.

Digital Ageing and Inclusion

This research stream focuses on developing and evaluating the role of social technologies, including digital and virtual technologies in creating and supporting social connection. Digital literacy for older people is increasingly important to improve access to services, reduce social isolation and loneliness, and promote digital citizenship.

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