Leading retirement village provider Aveo has partnered with one of the country’s top universities in a collective mission to redefine retirement living and support positive ageing in Australia.
The Enhanced Living Program will see The University of Queensland and Aveo co-create a range of health and research projects to assist and support positive ageing across Aveo’s portfolio of integrated retirement living communities.
Following a successful launch of GP clinics at Aveo Durack and The Clayfield this month, the first-of-its-kind partnership will soon extend to a number of South East Queensland villages, with future plans to reach all 13,000 Aveo residents nationally.
Aveo’s Executive 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 by integrating best-practice care solutions for Aveo’s residents with research and education.
“A major factor in Aveo’s transformation into a pure retirement group has been the company-wide commitment to enhancing care and support services for our residents,” Mr Eldering said.
“Partnering with UQ gives Aveo a distinct advantage by allowing seamless connections with top quality health practitioners and building greater on-site services while also helping shape university talent, and fostering 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. It’s not just about treating the sick, but building positive and healthy retirement communities with the support services available to accommodate residents changing care needs and choices over time.”
The opportunity will allow Aveo to consolidate its care services whilst enabling UQ HealthCare to offer greater employment and real world placement opportunities. As a first step, UQ Health Care will govern Aveo’s onsite medical centres prior to opening up access to a wide range of disciplines and research areas.
UQ Health Care Chief Executive, Darryl Grundy, said the partnership would help translate current UQ clinical research exploring cognitive, physical, mental and social well-being into a sustainable ‘ageing in place’ program.
“The ageing population is one of the fastest growing areas for health care over the next 50 years,” Mr Grundy said.
Having streamlined operations at the Aveo Durack and The Clayfield medical centres, Mr Grundy hopes to soon offer dental screenings and will next year roll-out psychology clinics led by internationally renowned clinical geropsychologist, Professor Nancy Pachana.
“This is only the beginning of the Enhanced Living Program which will bring together the best minds across UQ, including in areas of health, medicine, architecture, engineering, and technology, to lead cutting-edge research projects into slowing the declines associated with ageing,” he said.
“Integrating research, education and practice with UQs talented resources will help inform future care programs and ultimately influence policy targeting older persons in the future.”