The Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing (AIPCA) is a dedicated research and consultancy organisation within the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University. Through research, consultancy and educational activities AIPCA advances knowledge and promotes quality improvement and consumer driven, evidence-based practice in all areas of primary health, community health and aged care. The Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing was constituted in September 2010, bringing together and building on the strengths of the Australian Institute for Primary Care, the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, and the John Richards Initiative.
Our goal is to make a significant, positive and enduring impact on the way health and community care is delivered and accessed.
Programs and Services
AIPCA provides independent research, expert advice and practical resources to help build better health systems and services. Our work is characterised by a collaborative multidisciplinary perspective underpinned by an evidence-based approach. We take pride in providing creative ideas and thinking as well as practical and relevant outcomes.
The Institute undertakes consultancy and project management, research and development, information, education and training services in the following areas:
- program evaluation
- primary care and community service program development
- data management and data analysis
- needs analysis and strategic planning
- quality improvement
- community consultation and participation
- outcome and performance measurement systems
- organisational development
- information technology and records administration
- client satisfaction
- service integration and coordination
- planning and delivering professional development programs
- consultancy and project management
- economic evaluation of health and community services
- management, budgeting, costing and payment systems.
Applied research programs are conducted through our specialist units. Institute staff can provide research degree supervision in areas such as:
- ageing and aged care (community, acute and residential term aged care services, dementia services, issues affecting carers, pain, retirement and other life transitions, survivors of genocide or mass trauma)
- consumer participation in health care, policy and systems
- health program evaluation
- understanding the impact and driving the agenda of health policy development and system reform
- the impact of e-health on consumers, services and systems
- workforce issues, particularly in an ageing society.