Gladstone a focus for innovative approaches to disability insurance and aged care
Gladstone will be a focus of research, training and social innovation projects throughout the transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and MyAgedCare (MAC).
The city’s new role comes about thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed by CQUniversity Australia and the Gladstone Community Linking Agency.
CQUni Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman says his institution is looking forward to researching alongside GCLA, a key not-for-profit organisation, to deepen understanding of the changes heralded by the NDIS and MAC.
“CQUniversity researchers and students have plenty to gain by observing GCLA’s journey as it moves from a traditional service and funding model to an open ‘marketplace’ where the person-centred approach is the guiding philosophy,” Professor Bowman says.
“We are pledging to provide GCLA and its stakeholders with in-depth research to underpin evidence-based practice as well access to professional expertise and industry-relevant training opportunities.
“We will be looking for opportunities for social innovation befitting our status as Australia’s first Ashoka U Changemaker Campus.”
GCLA CEO Tracey Alexander says her organisation will create educationally-relevant placement opportunities for CQUniversity students and Continuing Professional Development opportunities for CQUni staff, encompassing all areas of the business.
“We will provide projects relevant to curriculum for each student which could focus on disability and aged care service delivery, marketing, social media and website design, community nursing, accounting processes and efficiencies, business management systems and change management, and a range of other areas,” Ms Alexander says.
“By facilitating and developing effective education, training and research partnerships we can create better outcomes for consumers of our services while ensuring that work in the disability and aged care sector will be seen as a preferred career pathway.”