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The Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA), formerly known as the Registry of Older South Australians, monitors the health, service utilisation, medication use, mortality, and other outcomes of people receiving aged care services in South Australia. ROSA’s efficient model leverages existing information, bringing together diverse datasets collected by different organisations throughout the country, to provide us with a whole picture of the ageing pathway. ROSA will produce evidence to guide decision-making for quality, coordinated, efficient, innovative and age-friendly services and practices.

ROSA was established in 2017 by the Healthy Ageing Research Consortium (HARC), a cross-sectoral partnership of researchers, clinicians, aged care providers and consumer advocacy groups. The Consortium is coordinated under the auspices of the SA Academic Health Science and Translation Centre and is a collaboration between 13 organisations: the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), 3 universities (University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, and Flinders University), 5 industry partners (Helping Hand, Silver Chain, ECH, Adelaide PHN, Country SA PHN), 2 consumer health advocacy groups (COTA SA, HCA SA), SA NT DataLink, and SA Health.

The Key Objectives of the Healthy Ageing Research Consortium are:

  • Establish and maintain the Registry of Senior Australians* (ROSA), which will generate a unique data collection with analytic capability to guide evidence-driven decision making for quality, coordinated, efficient and age-friendly services and practices;

  • Support the conduct of health and medical research to answer the questions of industry, NGO and government sectors in relation to positive and healthy ageing;

  • Produce evidence for cost-effective service innovations, models of care and other solutions for the sector;

  • Enable the monitoring of the quality of ageing over time;

  • Promote community engagement and intergenerational learning;

  • Generate direct employment change through research, changes in business and service delivery models, plus broader economic development opportunities generated by positive ageing; and

  • Establish a ‘Living Laboratory’, which will provide a resource for trialing new and emerging ideas.

The ROSA’s framework adheres, where appropriate, to the 41 operating principles for clinical quality registries recommended by the Framework for Australian clinical quality registries. In summary, these principles define the need for a clinical quality registry to have a clear purpose and employ a methodologically sound design, appropriate data collection methods and approach, clearly specified data elements, risk adjustment capabilities, appropriate data quality monitoring, established organisation and governance, data custodianship agreements, appropriate ethics considerations, and clear output and publication plans.

*formerly known as the Registry of Older South Australians

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Acknowledgements: We would like to acknowledge the Healthy Ageing Research Consortium Investigator Team and the ROSA’s SAHMRI Research Team for ensuring the success of ROSA and support with this research.

We also acknowledge the South Australian Government who provide us with support (2017-2021) through the Department for Innovation and Skills to conduct this work, and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and SA Health for the provision of the raw data used in the ROSA.

We would also like to acknowledge all the ROSA participants, and the Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) for their role in facilitating the enrolment of our prospective cohort.