Is Australia’s Aged and Community Care Industry technologically innovative?

April 23, 2020

Understanding the shape of the aged and community care industry’s use of technology and innovative capabilities to delivering care has never been more imperative.

Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council National Forum to be held by Webinar on 28 April 10:00am AEST. Dr George Margelis, ACIIT Chair, will be sharing findings from the ACIITC updated 2019, Aged and Community Sector Technology and Innovative Practice Report.

The ACIITC has recently been awarded a grant from the Department of Health (DoH) to further investigate the technology and innovation readiness and capabilities of the Aged & Community Care sectors. The Capabilities in Aged & Community Care Readiness an Evaluation of Innovation & Technology (CAREIT) project is aiming to understand the use of:

  • Business support and administrative systems;
  • Reporting and online access to government;
  • Surveillance and monitoring technologies;
  • Telehealth; and
  • Smart Care Technologies.

An outline of the CAREIT project will be presented at the ACIITC Forum providing Aged & Community Care organisations attendees with the opportunity for feedback.

Other forum presenters include: Dr Isobel Frean, Senior Consultant, Digital Health CRC, who will be presenting on the research collaborations between CRC and ACIITC; and Dr. Kate Barnett OAM, will also present her findings from an Environmental Scan of the Innovation & Technology in Aged & Community Care Sector.

“Dr George Margelis, Chair of Aged Care Industry IT Council (ACIITC) commented, “The Capabilities in Aged & Community Care Readiness an Evaluation of Innovation & Technology (CAREIT) Research is a unique opportunity for the Aged and Community Care industry to provide input into the future directions, investment and programs needed to ensure that Australia leads the way in providing innovative and high-quality care, services and support to older people and their carers.

The pace of technological change is rapid and the previous research undertaken by the ACIITC has spotlighted the importance that our industry gets our priorities and investment in innovation and technology on target. ACIITC has in-depth researched the workforce, workflow and practice implications of high levels of incorporation of innovation and technology as well as the important financial considerations related to return on investment.”

Dr Margelis issued an open invitation to the aged and community care industry, “I hope many service providers are able to join ACIITC in our free online forums on the 28 April and I June. I also encourage you all to contribute to our Industry Focused Survey which will be released in early May.”

ACIITC Aged and Community Care Industry Technology and Innovation National Forum – Zoom Webinar event is free of charge and registrations can be made by clicking here.

To register your interest in participating in the Capabilities in Aged & Community Care Readiness an Evaluation of Innovation & Technology (CAREIT) industry survey please email