About the Centre
The Adelaide Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care (G-TRAC) Centre vision is to be internationally renowned as an authoritative and collaborative research and training centre which delivers positive outcomes for the health and well-being of older people.
In partnership with consumers, aged and health care providers and other key stakeholders, we will pursue innovative education and research programs aimed at increasing the capacity, knowledge and skills of the clinical workforce involved in providing health and aged care to older people.
We are part of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence: Trans-disciplinary Frailty Research To Achieve Healthy Ageing. Website- https://health.adelaide.edu.au/cre-frailty/
Our Strategic Goals
- To promote innovation and best practice in the clinical care of older people by providing training, research and mentoring in geriatric medicine and gerontology
- To build, maintain and promote collaborative relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders to inform our training and research programs and facilitate the effective translation of research evidence into practice
Our Guiding Principles
- Respect: We will treat people with dignity and respect
- Inclusivity: We will strive to include our community and embrace diversity
- Collaboration: We will work with others to deliver positive outcomes
- Communication: We will achieve knowledge translation by communicating and sharing effectively
- Innovation: We will explore new frontiers in our research and training programs
- Excellence: We aim to excel in all we do
In 2005, the University of Adelaide academic geriatric medicine campus was located at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woodville, Adelaide, South Australia which is also home to the Aged & Extended Care Services (specialist geriatric medicine services). The predominant academic activity at that time was the 5th year undergraduate geriatric medicine teaching program delivered at both the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital campus.
In light of our ageing population, it was determined that there was a need to strengthen our teaching, training and research program not only in our hospitals but also in the community. At the same time, it was acknowledged that we needed to partner with our consumers and other primary and aged care stakeholders. With that in mind, innovative academic programs were developed and established. Over the next 10 years, we were able to secure multiple research and training grants from Commonwealth funding bodies and philanthropic organisations (e.g. hospital research foundation) to develop our programs.
This also included our partnership campus with Resthaven Inc. at Paradise made possible with funding from Health Workforce Australia and the federal Department of Health and Ageing. The establishment (27 February 2013) of this new academic site at Paradise enabled us to strengthen our relationship with our community and aged care stakeholders as well as provide for teaching and research activities from a community location. Video and photos of the centre opening can be viewed by clicking the links.
In 2015, we lead a bid and were awarded a five year capacity building grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council to establish a Centre of Research Excellence Grant: Frailty Trans-Disciplinary Research To Achieve Healthy Ageing.