Bringing technologies to Australian aged care

This Australian Aged Care Technologies Collaborative (AACTC) brings together an interdisciplinary group of academics, industry partners and end-users, to create the first Australian collaborative dedicated to technologies within aged care services in acute care, residential care and community areas. We aim to increase efficiency, effectiveness and quality of care of older adults in ageing services through technologies.

For more information about the project, please contact Professor Wendy Moyle.

Aims

  • The identification of technological needs in aged care services
  • The identification and adaptation of existing technologies for aged care services
  • Development of new technologies for aged care services based on identified needs

Professor Wendy Moyle

Professor Moyle's expertise is in the areas of dementia, depression and delirium. She evaluates complementary therapies as well as new and existing technologies and their impact on reducing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, or improving quality of life.

Our team

Professor Elizabeth Beattie

Elizabeth Beattie is Professor of Aged and Dementia Care in the School of Nursing, QUT. She directs the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and Dementia Training Australia (Qld) and has an international reputation in education and research supporting people living with dementia.

John Butler

John Butler is a carer for his wife living with Alzheimer's disease, a Dementia Advocate for Dementia Australia as well as an Army Veteran and a Life Member the Australian Commando Association. He also worked as a Network Engineer in the Belrose Satellite Earth Station for 13 years.

Professor Glenda Cook

Glenda Cook is professor of nursing at Northumbria University, the UK. Her research portfolio seeks to understand older people’s needs and aspirations, and develop innovative approaches to address unmet need. Her research also supports the development of technology enabled homes and communities for older people to experience the best quality of life possible.

Professor Jin-Song Dong

Professor Jin-Song Dong is Research Professor at Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems, Griffith University. His research is in the areas of formal methods, model checking, semantic technology, safety & security critical systems, probabilistic reasoning and e-health. He is the co-investigator of the EU Horizon 2020 project on "City4age".

Dr Mohamed Estai

Dr Mohamed Estai is postdoc fellow at the Australian eHealth Research Centre, CSIRO. His research broadly focuses on the use of low-cost and user-friendly technology such as telehealth to help in the delivery of sustainable healthcare services.

Associate Professor Laurie Grealish

Associate Professor Laurie Grealish leads the subacute and aged nursing research program at Gold Coast Health. She researches in the areas of the care of older people in the health system, end-of-life care, and work-based learning. She is a past NHMRC TRIP Fellow.

Dr Nick Hird

Dr Nick Hird is co-founder and CEO of Aikomi, a Japanese start-up company developing digital technology to support psychosocial interventions for people living with dementia. He thrives on the creativity that comes from bringing people of different cultures together to solve problems that matter.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is a transformational leader and innovator in enabling healthy, active ageing across Australia. Paul is the Chief Opportunity Officer at BallyCara and is successfully leading strategic growth in the domains of home care, health and wellness services. Paul has tertiary qualifications in Human Services and Business.

Dr Cindy Jones

Dr Cindy Jones is an Associate Professor in Behavioural Sciences, Bond University and Adjunct Research Fellow, MHIQ. Her work examines the effectiveness of innovative health technology and psychosocial interventions to improve the health and well-being of people with dementia and their carers.

Dr Sue Keay

Dr Sue Keay set up the world's first robotic vision research centre, and now leads CSIRO's Data61 Cyber-Physical Systems program. She has been recognised as one of RoboHub's 2018 “25 Women in Robotics you need to know about" and as one of Queensland's most influential people (Courier Mail's Power 100).

Dr Penny King

Dr Penny King is the Director of Older Persons Mental Health at Robina Private Hospital. She is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychogeriatrician with a particular interest in older persons mental health and caring for people with cognitive disorders.

Professor Barbara Klein

Professor Barbara Klein´s expertise is on assistive technologies and robotic systems for the healthcare sector. Her research focuses on their participative design, acceptance and the necessary service development. She is spokeswoman of the interdisciplinary research centre FUTURE AGING at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Dr Jacki Liddle

Dr Jacki Liddle is a research fellow and occupational therapist researching quality of life, and participation. Her research investigates the needs and experiences of older people, people living with neurological conditions (dementia, Parkinson's disease, stroke) and co-designs supports and technology.

John Nakulski

John is Co-Founder and Marketing Director of Konnekt. The vision for Konnekt’s award-winning Videophone came from John’s struggle to help his Mum overcome dementia, mitigate loneliness and depression, see her grandkids, and stay in her own home longer.

Professor Tamara Ownsworth

Professor Tamara Ownsworth is a clinical neuropsychologist with research expertise in the assessment and management of neurological disorders across the lifespan. She is a Chief Investigator in the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery.

Professor Deborah Parker

Professor Deborah Parker is the Professor of Aged Care (Dementia) Nursing in the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney. Her primary areas of research are palliative care for older people, dementia and health services evaluation in aged care. Deborah is President of Palliative Care NSW and an active member of many professional organisations.

Tara Quirke

Tara Quirke is a Registered Nurse with over 40 years' experience, currently working as the Director of Nursing for a rural aged care facility. Having two close family members diagnosed with dementia inspired her to search for improvement in dementia care and education; ensuring people with dementia have their personal, civil and legal rights upheld.

Dr Nicole Robinson

Dr Nicole Robinson is a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision. She has previously worked on using humanoid robots in clinical trials and experimental studies by combining robotics and behavioural science in her experimental approach to research.

Professor Abdul Sattar

Abdul Sattar is a professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science. He is the founding director of the Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems, a cross-disciplinary centre at Griffith University. His current research is focused on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Life.

Professor David Shum

Professor David Shum is Chair Professor of Neuropsychology and Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research focuses on assessment and rehabilitation of higher-level cognitive functions in normal and brain-injured children and adults.

Dr Billy Sung

Dr Billy Sung is an early carer researcher who specialises in the study of emotion and the application of psychophysiological methodology in multiple disciplines including psychology, marketing, health, nursing, and robotics. He also leads the Consumer Research Lab at Curtin University that uses biometric measures to conduct consumer research.

Dr Michael Todorovic

Dr Mike Todorovic is a Senior Lecturer with a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience. His research focuses on Spinal Cord Injury and Neurodegenerative diseases. Mike has multiple awards for excellence in teaching and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Haitham Tuffaha

Dr Haitham Tuffaha is NHMRC and Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics. His research encompasses the economic evaluation of healthcare technologies and research prioritisation. He is the Chair of COSA-Epidemiology Group, Co-chair of ACTA Research Prioritisation Group, and Secretary of ISPOR-Australian Chapter.

Professor Lily Xiao

Professor Lily Xiao currently works at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Her teaching and research interest covers areas of cross-cultural dementia care, nursing care and support for people with dementia and their caregivers, and workforce development in aged care.

Higher Degree Research candidates

  • Jenny Murfield
  • Lihui Pu
  • Sarath Rathnayake
  • Najwan El-Safi

Upcoming events

  • Kick-off meeting, Griffith University (Nathan Campus), Tuesday 22 October

Funding

Australian Aged Care Technology Collaborative (AACTC) is supported by Menzies Health Institute Queensland Capacity Grant Scheme 2019:

(CIs) Moyle W, Ownsworth T, Jones C, Grealish L, Tuffaha H, Sattar A, Dong JS, Beattie E, Parker D, Sung B, Liddle J, Xiao L, Robinson N, Todorovic M, Estai M (AIs) King P, Johnson P, Keay S, Quirke T, Butler J, Nakulski J, Shum D, Cook G, Klein B, Hird N, Murfield J, Pu L, Rathnayake S, El-Safi N.  Australian Aged Care Technologies Collaborative (AACTC), 2019 MHIQ Capacity Grant Scheme, $200K.

Partners and collaborators

Contact: Professor Wendy Moyle