Gabriele Di Perna

Manager Major Projects, Aged Care Services MercyCare WA

Aged Care Plenary Day One: Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

2:00 PM How do you make the change to Intergenerational Care? MercyCare Prepares the Way

MercyCare Western Australia is in the unique position to investigate Intergenerational care given they operate 13 early learning centres, 5 residential aged care facilities and 1 retirement village. They even have a campus that holds all three. Collaborating with Griffith University who are leading this research in Australia, they are preparing to co design a shared curriculum and develop a sustainable model of workforce training for integer generational care. This session will explore:

  • Groundwork and research behind this project 
  • How MercyCare are getting their workforce ready for this project
  • Breaking down institutional barriers to intergenerational care

Aged Care Plenary Day Two: Thursday, 22 July 2021

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

10:30 AM MercyCare Connect Study: Is Digital Technology Part of the Answer to Loneliness for Older Australians?

Loneliness, isolation and depression are all-too-common experiences for older Australians and MercyCare is working to empower seniors to reconnect with family, friends and community in an Australian-first study. Partnering with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) they are investigating the impact of digital technology on depression and loneliness in a cohort of 75 participants from Residential and Community Aged Care plus Retirement Villages.

This app allows the user to connect with family, friends, community and services, or engage in activities based on their unique interests.

This session will focus on:
  • Groundwork and research behind this project 
  • Findings from the research trial
  • Exploring if this app helped participants to deepen relationships with family and friends and increase confidence 

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Gabriele.

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