“At the heart of it is deeper
relationships, more connectivity
and more understanding between
Mark Trotter – Chief Investigator | Director, Fulton Trotter Architects
The GrandSchools Project
The GrandSchools project is an Australian project federally funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The GrandSchools project acts upon recommendations from the Inquiry into the Quality of Care and Residential Aged Care in Australia IQCRAC (2018) by developing an inter-generational model for senior living within school campuses in consultation with industry partners.
The project differs from existing programs by establishing an economic policy-driven ‘shared campus facilities and services’ approach which is person-centred, health focused and socially inclusive. The model intends to be translatable across diverse Australian contexts, from urban realms where land is limited, and regionally, where closer engagement between generations will maintain social networks.
The GrandSchools Project further responds to urgent national workforce development needs and health training demand in senior living, and provides an integrated model for co-located school-based vocational pathways for youth in senior living settings.
The model aims to create intentional space for co-learning, co-care, co-fitness and co-creation benefiting health, well-being, and continued learning of residents and students.
The vision is to deepen relationships, connectivity, and understandings between generations. This includes improving inter-cultural understanding and decreasing social isolation for seniors, consistent with the ‘Change of Culture’ recommendation of IQCRAC.
The proposed model is to be developed between Queensland University of Technology, Australian Catholic University and Deakin University researchers, Fulton Trotter Architects, Minx Architecture and senior living and education industry partners, Redeemer Lutheran College, Lutheran Services, Wesley Mission Queensland, Edmund Rice Education Australia and Learning Environments Australasia Queensland.
The model will be incrementally refined over three stages which seeks to contextualise the risks, impediments & benefits of co-situated senior living/educational settings. This knowledge will be applied to case study projects examining complex interrelationships and challenges across Australia.
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