ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Supporting Aged Care in the Community (2021)


Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN), $30,000.


Associate Professor Maree Bernoth, Dr Elyce Green & Dr Joanna Esler

Research theme

Rural and Regional Communities


This six-month project is an evaluation of a program aimed at reducing the unnecessary admission of older people to emergency departments in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

The research team, led by Associate Professor Maree Bernoth, was asked by MPHN to submit an Expression of Interest to evaluate its new Supporting Aged Care in the Community program.

The research team represent a collaboration between the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health and the School of Management and Marketing. The evaluation will be completed in four phases and researchers will be working in collaboration with the hospital, ambulance service, aged care services in the Murrumbidgee, and residential aged care facilities.

The focus of the evaluation is the effect of the program on the experiences of older people and their families, experiences of local clinicians and rural health outcomes. The evaluation will also investigate cost efficiency and the use of resources.



Findings from the evaluation will be used for planning future iterations of the program and duplication across rural communities in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. There is potential for findings from all phases of the evaluation to contribute nationally to the reduction of unnecessary hospitalisation of older people through alternative service development and appropriate referral pathways.


Associate Professor Maree Bernoth

Wagga Wagga campus


February 2021