Health students at The University of Queensland will be offered greater employment and practical placement opportunities as the result of a partnership with retirement village provider Aveo.
UQ Health Care Chief Executive Darryl Grundy said The Enhanced Living Program was the first of its kind, and would become one of UQ’s most significant health and research projects regarding healthy ageing.
He said the collaboration would help translate current research about cognitive, physical, mental and social well-being.
“Following a successful launch at Aveo locations at Durack and Clayfield, the partnership will now extend to a number of other retirement villages in south-east Queensland,” Mr Grundy said.
“This partnership offers students the opportunity to gain experience outside a traditional hospital or medical setting, and allows them to translate latest research into best practice standards.
“It also fosters knowledge sharing between residents and young professionals, and we know lifelong learning and intergenerational interaction are key components of positive ageing.”
UQ Health Care will govern Aveo’s onsite medical centres before extending the relationship across a wide range of disciplines and research areas.
UQ Health Care hopes to soon offer dental screenings and will next year roll-out psychology clinics led byProfessor Nancy Pachana of the UQ Ageing Mind Initiative.
“This is only the beginning of the Enhanced Living Program which will bring together the best minds across UQ,” Mr Grundy said.
“It will include the areas of health, medicine, architecture, engineering, and technology, to lead cutting-edge research projects into slowing the declines associated with ageing.
“Integrating research, education and practice with UQ’s talented resources will help inform future care programs and ultimately influence policy targeting older persons in the future.”
Aveo’s General Manager of Integrated Retirement Communities Jason Eldering said the partnership would further cement Aveo’s position as a leading care and service provider for older Australians.
“Partnering with UQ gives Aveo a distinct advantage by allowing seamless connections with top quality health practitioners,” Mr Eldering said.
“At the same time we help shape university talent, build greater on-site services, and foster collaboration to help us achieve a true continuum-of-care concept for our residents.
“UQ shares our vision and passion for innovation, with a focus on promoting evidence-based care solutions throughout all stages of the ageing process to build positive and healthy retirement communities.”