Research and Innovation

Southern Cross Care (Vic) supports innovation and continuous improvement in the aged care sector.

We commission and take part in research that supports positive ageing approaches, within our own organisation and across the sector. We then use research findings to improve the quality of the services and support we provide.

We commit to research and innovation by:

  • Employing a full-time Dementia Consultant.
  • Contributing to research programs conducted by external organisations, including universities, Alzheimer’s Australia and Carers Victoria.
  • Participating in postgraduate student research.
  • Sharing knowledge with the aged care sector through our involvement with aged care peak bodies
  • Partnering with other organisations such as the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) to support research initiatives.

Recent research projects

Recent projects that we have collaborated on include:

  • Research on the benefits and calming effects of music on residents, clients living with dementia, using portable MP3 players.
  • A study to ascertain if physical activity can impact positively on mood and overall wellbeing.
  • A project to deliver a Consumer Directed Care model that is responsive to the needs of people living in rural and remote locations, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people and communities.
  • A framework and self-assessment tool to improve the quality of services delivered to packaged care and HACC recipients who are living with dementia.

All research is subject to an ethics review process that ensures the highest possible standards, to protect privacy and to ensure the best interests of our clients and residents.