Australian Projects and Initiatives

While the results of these programs of research may not yet be known, awareness of work in progress can inform other works in the planning phase and serve to connect researchers with potential participants or future collaborators. The following projects were identified by the Knowledge Hub in September 2022. For current trials on meaningful lifestyle activities in aged care, try searching the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry.

Please contact us if you would like to register an Australian study or project focusing on meaningful lifestyle activities in an aged care setting.

Citizen Science: Impacts on health and wellbeing outcomes in older South Australians
Lead Organisation: University of South Australia
Status: In progress
Supporting partners: Government of South Australia Office for Ageing Well
Funding body: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health
This research project is exploring the physical and social benefits of older people (aged 50+) participating in environmental citizen science projects

Engagement, Lifestyle and Meaning Study (ELMS)
Lead Organisation: Flinders University
Status: In progress
Supporting partners: The City of Onkaparinga EHC Inc Office for Ageing Well, SA Health Oregon State University
Funding body: Australian Research Council Linkage Grant
The research project aimed to understand how older adults can effectively maintain engagement with life in the face of changes that occur with age.

Gardening for Good: Purpose-focused therapeutic horticulture and dementia
Lead Organisation: The University of the Sunshine Coast
Status: In progress
Supporting partners: Unknown
Funding body: Unknown
This study aims to investigate the benefits of community gardening for people living with dementia

The ENJOY project (Exercise interveNtion outdoor proJect in the cOmmunitY for older people)
Lead Organisation: National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)
Status: In progress
Supporting partners: Heart Foundation
Funding body: Gandel Philanthropy
This project aimed to promote physical activity among older people using an outdoor multimodal exercise equipment.