People celebrating the launch of the John Richards Centre. The John Richards Centre (JRC) for Rural Ageing Research was launched at the La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus on 13 March 2018, as the first independent research centre under the La Trobe Rural Health School.

The vision of the JRC is to provide global leadership in rural ageing and aged care research that makes a difference to the lives of older people living in rural communities.

Professor Irene Blackberry, Director of the JRC, says the main research themes of the JRC are:

  • Health and Aged Care
  • Ageing in Place
  • the Aged Care Workforce
  • Technology and Older People.

The JRC is comprised of a staff of 14 (8.0 FTE) and 9 Higher Degree Research students and generated $2.5 Million in research income in 2017.

The JRC is located in Albury-Wodonga and Bendigo.