Rural Victoria is ageing faster, with older residents having higher rates of disease and injury, poorer health outcomes and dying younger, than those in metropolitan Melbourne.

Hospitals and health care has become complex, fragmented, busy and expensive. Older people often tell multiple staff their medical history, sometimes on the same day. Different doctors, in different hospitals repeat the same tests or prescribe multiple medicines. Older people decline in mobility, thinking skills and the ability to care for themselves when in hospital, unrelated to their illnesses.

The project will co-design a fit-for-purpose age-friendly approach to care in the Indigo Shire. The project team will work with experts in the United States, local academics, older people and carers and all members of the health team across the Indigo health network, to improve person-centred health care, reduce variations in practice and service duplication.

At the end of this project an ‘Indigo Age-Friendly Health System Model’ will have been established, as well as the commitment from all key stakeholders, with a view to put the model into practice in northeast Victoria, as a trial for the rest of Victoria.

Lead organisation

Beechworth Health

Partners

Albury Wodonga Health
Gateway Health
Indigo North Health
North East Health Wangaratta
Yackandandah Health