The Asia Pacific Aged Care Hub (APACH) initiative has been established to improve aged care across the region.
The group of 15 aged care specialists from India, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines, has been participating in an online conference workshop in July, guest lectures, think-tank sessions and industry visits to aged care homes and government health departments in Adelaide and surrounds, Canberra and Sydney as part of the inaugural APACH.
Over two weeks in August, the fellows experienced firsthand Australian models of best practice in aged care and learned about the requirements for workforce capability and adoption of technology based on evidenced practice from the Australian context. They have also had an opportunity to hear about mistakes and the lessons learned. The commonality is that older people want to have relationship-based person-centred care, and they want to stay in their homes for as long as they possibly can.
The APACH is a capacity-building initiative of the Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia (ARIIA), Flinders University College of Business, Government and Law and Caring Futures Institute with funding support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The aim of the program is to bring together people from the Asia Pacific region, who are working in aged care, to share learnings and understandings of what works well at a system level and on the ground.
Download the APACH itinerary and view APACH Fellows bios below.