UniSA’s Australian Centre for Asian Business encourages and supports innovative, high-quality research into Asian business structures and processes. Below are some of the current research projects supported by and affiliated with the Centre.

Aged care

The Australian government’s Productivity Commission estimates in Australia there will be 4 million people over 65 years old by 2027, with the figure doubling to over 8 million by 2057. As the government develops structural reforms and policies for the provision of long-term care, keeping the older population healthy, would reduce the economic and social burden on the country, as well as on public and private healthcare systems.

The ageing population will increasingly see more people moving to aged-care homes. For the residents of these homes, better wellbeing through improved quality of service will enhance their quality of life. Healthy residents can be more independent and can participate in a wider range of activities.

Healthy residents will also ensure aged-care homes will experience fewer problems brought on by poor health and wellbeing, thereby contributing to their efficient social and financial operation. Effective from 1 July 2019, the Federal government’s Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQS) put in place a set of quality standards for the aged-care industry1. Comprising a set of eight standards or criteria, this new quality framework focuses on outcomes for aged-care home residents and reflect the level of care and services the organisations are expected to provide.

Against this backdrop, ACAB’s aged-care research cluster aims to carry out projects that would inform policy makers and service providers in developing initiatives that ultimately go towards improving the health wellbeing of aged-care residents. These projects include:

  • Nutrition: Most aged-care home residents are dependent on in-house food for their nutritional requirements. However, malnutrition is a persistent problem in aged-care homes. This stream focuses on topics to help reduce malnutrition among residents.
  • Service Quality Standards: This stream focuses on individual standards to determine ways to raise the performance by aged-care service providers. Also, while ACQS has developed the standards framework, there is currently no recommended or standardised approach to measuring the performance against the standards. An industry standard and effective way to measure service quality against the ACQS standards will enable ACQS to monitor, gauge and help raise the overall service standards of the aged-care industry.
  • Workforce and Training: Having a qualified and competent workforce is important to providing quality care to aged-care home residents. This stream shall look at issues such as identification of skill gaps, development of training programs, staff motivation and implementation of effective incentive initiatives.

For more information contact Associate Professor Richard Lee.

Aged care quality standards, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

Asian entrepreneurs

The dynamism and responsiveness of entrepreneurs in Asia has given the region resilience, enabling it to achieve economic growth in a volatile world. These entrepreneurs, particularly the cohort of new millennials, have grown rapidly on a fast track of digitalisation and risen to the global prominence from vigorous ecosystems in this region. However, it is still unclear how Australian entrepreneurs may benefit from, and contribute to, their Asian counterparts by leveraging gender-equal and age-sensitive approaches to economic growth in emerging industry sectors such as arts. This research track, therefore, aims at exploring research opportunities in areas including Millennial entrepreneurs, Digital entrepreneurs, Ecosystem, Females entrepreneurs, Older entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurship in arts.

For more information contact Dr Ryan Tang.