CareTrack Aged

CareTrack Aged

Landmark research into the level of appropriate care provided to people in Australia's residential aged care facilities.

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Project Members - Macquarie University

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite - Professor and Director

Professor Andrew Georgiou - Professor

Professor Frances Rapport - Professor

Dr Gaston Arnolda - Research Fellow

Professor Johanna Westbrook - Professor and Director

Dr Louise Wiles - Visiting Fellow

Miss Pei Ting - Biostatistician

Mr Peter Hibbert - Program Manager and Associate Professor

Rebecca Mitchell Associate Professor

Project members - external

Professor Ian Cameron, University of Sydney

Professor Alison Kitson, University of Adelaide

Professor Richard Reed, Flinders University of South Australia

Professor Len Gray, University of Queensland

Project main description

With Australia’s population ageing rapidly, the number of people aged over 85 is projected to double in the next 25 years. Our current aged care system needs to keep up with future demands and be positioned to maintain quality care. Older people in residential aged care facilities are the sickest and frailest cohort of any age group and have the highest rates of disability.

CareTrack Aged will for the first time answer the question, what proportion of care encounters delivered to older Australians in residential aged care facilities (RACF) are appropriate i.e. in line with the evidence? The study will also measure quality of life for residents.

CareTrack Aged builds on the ground breaking research in AIHI’s earlier highly respected population-based appropriateness studies, CareTack Australia and CareTrack Kids.

Looking specifically at RACFs, CareTrack Aged will assess whether care provided in these centres is consistent with the evidence for best clinical practice. The research will focus on 15 conditions that are frequently managed in RACFs such as delirium, dementia, depression, pain management and medication management. The project will also assess the quality of life of residents in RACFs, encompassing concepts that relate to older peoples’ attachments such as love and friendship, security, enjoyment and control.

CareTrack Aged is a 4 year project funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.


Braithwaite J, Hibbert P, Jaffe A, White L, Cowell C, Harris M, Runciman W, Hallahan AR, Wheaton G, Williams H, Murphy E, Molloy C, Wiles L, Ramanathan S, Arnolda G, Ting HP, Hooper TD, Szabo N, Wakefield JG, Hughes CF, Schmiede A, Dalton C, Dalton S, Holt J, Donaldson L, Kelley E, Lilford R, Lachman P, Muething S. The quality of health care for children in Australia. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2018; 319(11):1113-24.

Runciman WB, Hunt TD, Hannaford NA, Hibbert PD, Westbrook JI, Coiera EW, Day RO, Hindmarsh DM, McGlynn EA, Braithwaite J. CareTrack: assessing the appropriateness of health care delivery in Australia. Med J Aust. 2012;197(2):100-5

Georgiou A, Marks A, Braithwaite J, Westbrook JI. Gaps, disconnections, and discontinuities-the role of information exchange in the delivery of quality long-term care. Gerontologist. 2013;53(5):770-9.

Hooper TD, Hibbert PD, Mealing N, Wiles LK, Jaffe A, White L, Cowell CT, Harris MF, Runciman WB, Goldstein S, Hallahan AR, Wakefield JG, Murphy E, Lau A, Wheaton G, Williams HM, Hughes C, Braithwaite J. CareTrack Kids-part 2. Assessing the appropriateness of the healthcare delivered to Australian children: study protocol for a retrospective medical record review. BMJ Open. 2015;5(4):e007749.

Wiles LK, Hooper TD, Hibbert PD, White L, Mealing N, Jaffe A, Cowell CT, Harris MF, Runciman WB, Goldstein S, Hallahan AR, Wakefield JG, Murphy E, Lau A, Wheaton G, Williams HM, Hughes C, Braithwaite J. CareTrack Kids-part 1. Assessing the appropriateness of healthcare delivered to Australian children: study protocol for clinical indicator development. BMJ Open. 2015;5(4):e007748

Braithwaite J, Hibbert P, Blakely B, Plumb J, Hannaford N, Long JC, Marks D. Health system frameworks and performance indicators in eight countries: A comparative international analysis. SAGE Open Medicine. 2017;5:2050312116686516.

Project sponsors

National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant

Related projects

CareTrack Australia

CareTrack Kids

Related stream of research

Patient Safety and Appropriateness of Care

Implementation Science

Human Factors and Resilience

Project status



Program Director: Peter Hibbert
Phone: 0414 253 461

Centres related to this project

Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research

Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science

Content owner: Australian Institute of Health Innovation Last updated: 30 Jan 2019 11:39am

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