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New research hub seeks to use tech to improve aged care

The Australian Research Council and Deakin University have announced the opening of the ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living, which will look to find solutions to the growing need for better quality aged care.

Using ‘smart home’ technology the research hub will focus on improved in-home and in-care treatments to boost the mental and physical wellness of Australians.

ARC chief executive Professor Sue Thomas said: “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.”

In launching the Hub, 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,” Tehan said.

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