Benetas has appointed a new Research and Innovation Manager as it seeks to expand its research projects and innovation in aged care.

Following an extensive search, Dr Catherine Joyce commenced in the role last week.

Dr Catherine Joyce

Dr Catherine Joyce

Dr Joyce has led a range of health services research projects focused on older people including studies into fall prevention and chronic wound management, and how older people use Emergency Departments.

Benetas Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Hill, said the organisation has always prioritised research that serves to improve aged care services and models of care and having Dr Joyce on board will only enhance this.

Benetas’ investment in its Research and Innovation department is part of the organisation’s contribution to its social dividend, which also includes extensive pastoral and client support programs, Ms Hill said.

Its research is focused on five priority areas that impact not only Benetas clients but the broader aged care industry: ageing well, consumer directed care, services and care improvement, workforce sustainability, and technology.

The not-for-profit organisation recently launched the Positive Ageing Resource Centre which uses a frailty screening tool and customised questions to assess where individuals could use support in managing the effects of ageing.

Another project underway is an evaluation of the use of sensors installed beneath a natural floor surface to detect and prevent falls, focusing on how the technology impacts falls frequency and response times, fear of falling and quality of life.