ARIIA announces recipients of first-round grants

The Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia (ARIIA) has announced its first-round recipients, with five entities receiving the funding – three of which are related to dementia care.

The ARIIA Grants Program consists of at least six rounds and is designed to support the development of an aged care workforce, including training for workers and administrators to help with the uptake of technology and care improvements. Details on the ARIIA Innovation Training Program can be found here.

First-round grant recipients include:

  • SA Innovation Hub, Kalyra, Bene Aged Care, Barossa Village, Resthaven, Be Well Co, Flinders University and Council on the Ageing (South Australia), for their project to implement interventions to support the retention of female workers aged 50 years and over in the aged-care workforce (Urgent and Critical Need).
  • Aged Care & Housing Group, Dementia Training Australia, Queensland University of Technology and Flinders University, for their engagement matter project to support aged care frontline staff to engage meaningfully with people with dementia in a sustainable and effective way (Dementia Care).
  • Helping Hand Aged Care Incorporated and the University of Notre Dame (Western Australia), for their project designed to retrofit dementia-friendly environments and educate staff to become determinants of positive outcomes for people living with dementia in aged care (Dementia Care).
  • Deakin University, SilVR Adventures and Villa Maria Catholic Homes Limited, for their project to implement an innovative virtual reality experience for people living with mild dementia in aged care (Dementia Care).
Colin Pudsey, Founder of SilVR Adventures also took out Inside Ageing’s 2020 Future of Ageing award for Technology – Health & Wellbeing
  • National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) and Silverchain, for their project to implement technology-supported home-based care for older Australians (Urgent and Critical Need).

ARIIA Research Director, Professor Sue Gordon says that the ARIIA Grants will enable the recipients to undertake projects and make a significant difference in the identified priority areas in the aged care sector.

“We had a very high standard of applications, and I am looking forward to seeing how the recipients can translate their research outcomes into practical, real-world solutions with efficiency and immediacy that is previously unheard of.

“Historically, it takes about 17 years to translate research discovery and evidence into practice, and even then, only about 14% of research evidence is fully implemented and integrated.

“We cannot wait that long, so ARIIA Grant recipients must undertake their project over a twelve-month period, so we can see how the research discoveries translate into real work changes, in real-time,” Prof Gordon added.

Round 2 recipients will be announced soon, and Round 3 is currently open, and applications close on 18 November 2022. For further information click here.


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