15 August 2019

New ARC Research Hub to focus on personalised in-home care 


A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub is working to address the growing need for effective, affordable and safe personalised in-home and in-residential care solutions using technology to create a ‘smart home’ for focused assisted living. 

ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas welcomed the official opening of the ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living at Deakin University today by Minister for Education Dan Tehan and Minister for Housing Michael Sukkar.

The Australian Government awarded $3 million over five years through the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme for the ARC Research Hub, which will focus on improved in-home and in-care treatments to boost the mental and physical wellness of Australians. 

“The ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living, supported by strong industry partners will build and adapt personalised technologies, developing support infrastructure for ‘intelligent sensed spaces’ for homes and managed care facilities,” said Professor Thomas.

In launching the Hub today, Minister for Education, Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government was funding research to address the growing need for personalised and practical in-home care.

“This Hub will develop new technologies that will improve the quality of life for Australians that need support to stay in their home, from young adults living with disability, people recovering from brain injury, through to older people in our communities,” Mr Tehan said.

The ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living is led by Deakin University, collaborating with Flinders University; The University of New South Wales; Monash University; and University of Technology Sydney. It will also collaborate with participating organisations: University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Dublin City University; Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen, Nuremberg; The University of Auckland; Auckland University of Technology; Technical University of Denmark; Uniting AgeWell Ltd; Aged Care & Housing Group Inc; GoAct Pty Ltd; C-Born Software Systems Pty Ltd; iCetana Pty Ltd; Black Dog Institute; Neoproducts Pty Ltd; Dementia Australia; and Uniting (NSW/ACT).

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme fosters collaborative research activity between the Australian higher education sector and industry, designed to focus on strategic outcomes that are not independently realisable.

For more information about this ARC Research Hub, please visit the ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living website

For more information about the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, visit the ARC website.

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