The Brotherhood of St Laurence has led a consortium developing a Centre of Excellence at Sumner House, our residential aged care facility in Fitzroy.

The project was a collaborative venture of RMIT University, the BSL Research and Policy Centre, the BSL Registered Training Organisation, the BSL Centre for Practice Knowledge and Sumner House itself.

This was one of 16 TRACS projects funded across Australia by the Department of Health and Ageing, each combining teaching, research, clinical care and service delivery in one location. The Sumner House project aimed to demonstrate a holistic approach to service delivery, training and mentoring that addresses the complex needs of residents. Both the Brotherhood of St Laurence and RMIT University conducted research as an integral part of the project.

Brotherhood research focused on conceptual frameworks for centres of excellence, information technology needs of Sumner House residents and an action research project evaluation. The RMIT research included an examination of the core competencies for aged care practice most highly valued by the Sumner House community.



Ashley Carr and Helen Kimberley 2016, Pursuing a vision for change in aged care: impacts and outcomes of the BSL–RMIT TRACS project – summary (PDF, 134 KB)

Paul Ramcharan, Christina David, Martyn Jones and Rosetta Moors 2015, I'm a person not a job: establishing core competencies for change in Brotherhood of St Laurence Residential Aged Care (PDF, 419 KB), RMIT University