Entrepreneurs and health professionals join forces to solve problems surrounding healthy ageing

By / 6th of February, 2015

A CENTRE that combines entrepreneurial and health solutions to the problems of an ageing population has been formed in South Australia.

The new Ageing Well Think Tank will bring together expertise in health and business to find innovative solutions to the “wicked problems” surrounding healthy ageing.

An initiative of the University of Adelaide's School of Nursing and the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC), the think tank includes experts in health, academia and business from around Australia and overseas.

"The idea behind the new Think Tank is to help drive innovations to outcomes that will benefit older Australians and the health sector," says the ECIC's Adjunct Professor Murray Gillin AM, who is managing the initiative on behalf of co-Chairs Professor Alison Kitson (Dean, School of Nursing) and Professor Noel Lindsay (Director, ECIC).

"Baby Boomers represents a massive and immediate issue for healthcare and ageing.

"Rather than just accepting that this issue may be too big for anyone to handle, our new think tank brings together leaders in the business and health sectors, with practitioners, academics and policy makers, who are all concerned about the issues facing our nation."

Professor Gillin says issues to be considered include but are not limited to technology, finance, lifestyle, the built environment, nutrition and resources planning.

"We recognise that wicked problems are, by their very nature, large and complex – and scary. There will not be any one simple solution to these problems, and that's why leadership and innovation is needed at this time," Professor Gillin says.

"Innovations can only occur by bringing together the collective expertise and wisdom of people who are willing to help solve the problems. And in a practical sense, innovations can only work if the need for change is identified, recognised, resourced and acted upon."


The Ageing Well Think Tank will hold a major conference in Adelaide from 9-11 November: Boomers – Riding the Long Wave – 'Wicked Problem' and Opportunity Spaces. For more information, visit the Think Tank's website.