New Asia Pacific Aged Care Hub, (APACH)

A group of aged care specialists from India, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines, will be in Australia this month to gain valuable insights into aged care ecosystem in Australia.

They are part of the inaugural Asia Pacific Aged Care Hub, (APACH), which has been launched by ARIIA and Flinders University College of Business, Government and Law (CBGL), Caring Futures Institute (CFI) and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, (DFAT) to improve aged care across Asia Pacific countries.

This new initiative is focussed on capacity building for aged care in Asia-Pacific and networks of influence and leadership Australia and 15 fellowships have been awarded to a group of leading aged care specialists from across the Asia Pacific.

Overall, there are three components to the fellowship program:

  1. An aged care ecosystem online introductory workshop was held in July to meet the group and exchange information and ideas
  2. A two-week fact-finding visit to see first-hand contemporary aged care challenges and solutions in Australia
  3. An International multi-node hybrid policy forum on aged care will be organised in the fellows's home countries later this year.

The APACH fellows will be in Australia in August and September to gain valuable insights into the aged care ecosystems in Australia. They will participate in guest lectures, think tank sessions, industry visits to aged care facilities in metropolitan and rural areas, and State and Commonwealth Health Departments in Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney.

They will experience first-hand, Australian models of best practice in aged care, and learn about the requirements for workforce capability and adoption of technology based on evidenced practice from the Australian context.

This exchange of information will enable the APACH Fellows to:

  • Develop knowledge about different models of successful aged care delivery In Australia and across the Asia Pacific
  • See best practice examples of service delivery, research and cutting-edge technology in actual aged care settings in Australia
  • Consider what policy frameworks and reforms can be adopted or adapted within their own countries
  • Build networks of influence in the Asia Pacific region and develop leadership for aged care in their countries
  • Develop communication and collaboration skills to build partnerships across multiple sectors and countries.

We are looking forward to the APACH visit to Australia.