Research Institute marks two decades of making a difference
Bolton Clarke Research Institute has marked its 20th year informing national and international policy and practice around health and ageing with the release of its 2021 Report.
The report outlines the continued growth of the Institute’s internationally recognised work to improve social connection, health and wellbeing and mental health. Key projects and collaborations encompass areas including frailty, reducing hospitalisation, mental health, dementia, wound care and palliative care as well as senior living design.
Bolton Clarke Chairman Pat McIntosh said having an in-house team of clinically experienced researchers was integral to the organisation’s focus on creating a social enterprise that supports the health, wellbeing, independence and quality of life of clients, residents and the broader community.
“The last two years have been an opportunity for the Institute to not only showcase its capabilities and depth of experience, but most importantly put it into action.
“The contribution and reputation of the Research Institute as a leader in championing positive ageing was recognised at the Royal Commission, where the team was called as expert witnesses and led the development of a paper on innovative models of care to inform the recommendations.
“The team also harnessed its expertise and fast-tracked its work on social isolation and loneliness in response to COVID-19 as these issues took on greater significance during the pandemic.”
In 2019-21 the Research Institute team, led by Judy Lowthian, has produced 47 peer-reviewed publications and 65 international, national and community research presentations and participated in 36 research collaborations.