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Bolton Clarke Research Institute

Better Evidence: Better Health and Wellbeing

The Bolton Clarke Research Institute is our own research and innovation hub.

It has forged a national and international reputation for high impact community health and aged care research.

Our Research Institute identifies practical solutions to enable greater independence, quality of life and choice about healthcare options for our customers and the wider community.

Our four key principles place people at the centre of our approach:

  1. Person-centred: ensuring that all care respects and is tailored to the needs, values and preferences of the individual whether a client, resident, family member, carer or a member of the wider community
  2. Co-design: bringing together the experience of all stakeholders to identify opportunities for improvement and make changes to a service, program, product or system
  3. Translate research into practice: moving current research and evidence into routine care through knowledge translation and implementation
  4. National approach: our research program has a national focus across home care, retirement living and residential aged care

Ultimately, our research aims to support our clients' ability to lead fuller and more satisfying lives with support from Bolton Clarke at home support, residential aged care and retirement living services.

Our research priorities

Our research projects concentrate on four key areas that underpin healthy ageing.

Optimising health and wellbeing

  • Improving management of common chronic conditions
  • Identifying, developing and evaluating preventative activities to support people to stay as independent as possible

Combatting loneliness and isolation

  • Services and supports identifying, addressing and/or preventing loneliness and isolation in older people

Addressing mental health

  • Assisting people experiencing mental ill-health such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, alcohol and substance abuse; and their family and care providers

Evaluating the implementation of assistive technology

  • Co-designing the implementation and evaluation of technologies to maintain and improve function and independence

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About the Team

The Bolton Clarke Research Institute comprises a multi-disciplinary team of research fellows and officers, and is underpinned by a strong governance framework including an ethics committee.

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Our research publications and conference presentations

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More about research at Bolton Clarke

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Conducting research with Bolton Clarke

The BCRI welcomes collaboration with external researchers to undertake research at Bolton Clarke.

All research undertaken at Bolton Clarke must include involvement and collaboration with the BCRI from the early stages of project development, and:

  1. Be relevant to our communities, staff, organisation and the broader aged care industry;
  2. Fill a gap in existing research/knowledge, with the aim of leading to positive change in care delivery;
  3. Have the approval of the Bolton Clarke HREC and the relevant Bolton Clarke stream business leader (facilitated by BCRI).

All research project applications must undergo a 3 step review process, where appropriate, before commencement. The Research Review and Governance Committee (RRGC) Co-ordinator will facilitate this process and field any enquiries about Research Governance at BC, contact the RRGC Co-ordinator.

For information about whether the project is a Quality Improvement or a research project, please review the following document:

For comprehensive detail about this process and the RRGC please see:

To learn more about the RRGC Process, hear from Dr Rajna Ogrin

Please submit research proposals approximately 4 weeks prior to HREC meeting dates, preferably earlier to engage in a process of codesign with BCRI.


Step 1: Initial review

An initial review of your proposal will be conducted by the RRGC, the relevant Business Stream lead and Head of Research, to assess the proposal for relevance and capacity within the business. Allow 2 weeks to complete this step.

To facilitate this step please send the follow documents to the RRGC Co-ordinator:

Step 2: Peer Review

After RRGC, Business Stream and Head of Research approvals have been obtained at Step 1, your research proposal will undergo peer review by members of the BCRI and relevant experts within the organization. The peer review will be facilitated by the RRGC Co-ordinator and requires 2 weeks.

The following documents will be required for the peer review:

The review process will identify whether the project is suitable to progress to:

  1. HREC review with no or minimal changes required - applicants will be advised what changes, if any, would be appropriate; or
  2. requires amendments as advised by BCRI reviewers and re-review by the RRGC Co-ordinator - the review process will continue until the application meets the requirements for HREC submission; or
  3. not suitable to progress to HREC review - the application cannot proceed to HREC submission.

Step 3: HREC

The RRGC Co-ordinator will facilitate your submission to the HREC and ensure all the required documentation is provided. All documents listed in the HREC Checklist will need to be completed.

Find out more information about the Bolton Clarke HREC

Information for Consumers

Bolton Clarke wants to work with the people we support to make sure that we keep improving the care and services we provide for you and others in the community. Research is an essential part of making these improvements. 

For more information about how research at Bolton Clarke works see:

For Community Members - Taking Part in Research