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We’re working with government and policy makers to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable older Australians through advocacy campaigns and events that educate and inspire. IRT Foundation works within the context of a rapidly ageing society and increasing demand for aged care and related services within the community. We also recognise that a significant proportion of older Australians lack the personal, social and economic resources needed to age well. In order to more efficiently meet the needs of our ageing population, IRT Foundation has recently adopted a Social Impact model with a focus on demonstrating meaningful and measurable outcomes.

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Connecting people with purpose

IRT Foundation is committed to delivering a Social Impact by creating outcomes for our clients. Our Theory of Change shows the key areas in which we are measuring improvements in social outcomes for the populations we work with.

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Coming along to an IRT Foundation event is a great way to support our work.

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Mature workforce participation advocacy

We’re working with the Australian Human Rights Commission to increase mature workforce participation, and the Benevolent Society to tackle ageism and make sure EveryAGE Counts.

Latest news from IRT


Seven Questions for Kellie Marshall

Kellie Marshall is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and the newest member of the IRT Group Board.

24 January 20
Careers & Study
IRT Peakhurst art class students Maureen Falconer and Pat Lusty
IRT Peakhurst art class students Maureen Falconer and Pat Lusty

Art therapy inspires home care customers

Art therapy at IRT Peakhurst has helped a group of home care customers discover hidden talents and form new friendships.

24 January 20
Staying at Home

Upcoming IRT
Foundation events


IRT Foundation Bunnings Sausage Sizzle - February

Come on down to Bunnings Warrawong for an epic snag on Friday 28 February, with all profits to support IRT Foundation’s Homelessness program. We’ll be…

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Community Grants

We support grassroots community projects that combat disadvantage and help seniors stay socially engaged. Since 2014 IRT Foundation’s invested almost $400,000 in more than 40 projects, including these 2017 recipients.

3Bridges Community Limited - Seniors with Dementia Move and Grove program

A new an innovative project that will offer a range of movement and musical therapies for people living with dementia, focussing on people from CALD backgrounds in the Sydney region. 

ACT Chinese Australian Association Inc - Chinese Harmony Club

Will promote active ageing for seniors with a focus on health and re-enablement in the Chinese Community of Canberra. The project will draw upon traditional Chinese cultural activities and innovative technology to build an integrative framework for the program.

Warrawong Residents Forum - Cooking on a budget​

A 12-week course for seniors from a disadvantaged area of NSW, who will be learning how to cook healthy, delicious meals on a budget. After the course is finished, participants will continue to meet once a month to cook and socialise together.

Legal Aid ACT - Elder Assistance Outreach Program

Will allow Legal Aid ACT to create an outreach solicitor position in the Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit of The Canberra Hospital. The solicitor will work collaboratively with existing Canberra Hospital social work staff to provide direct, holistic, on-the-ground advice to older Australians experiencing, or in danger of experiencing, elder abuse. This provides the chance to reduce, or prevent the abuse from occurring. 

Milton Ulladulla Men's Shed Incorporated - Learn to Participate

Will provide much needed computing facilities to support workshops with on-line resources, such as instructional videos and briefing notes, on site. The workshops enhance members’ social relations and participation and while building self-esteem and confidence for presenters as they share their expertise. 

Nowra and Bomaderry Meals on Wheels Service Incorporated - Wheels to Meals

This program provides monthly restaurant outings for socially isolated seniors in the Shoalhaven region. A different venue is selected each month to allow for variety of surroundings and fare. This much-needed service would have been cut without IRT Foundation funding.

Bundanon Trust - 60+ Performance-Heads Up​

Will develop an interactive performance event with older residents of the Shoalhaven Heads community, including those who have a lived experience of depression and anxiety or who are vulnerable to mental ill health due to social isolation. A core team of professional artists will guide participants through community consultation, interviews, creative development, performance making and a public presentation. Participants will combine their knowledge, life experience and expertise to challenge the stereotypes and perceptions of what it means to be old or older and to celebrate the richness of lived experience in all its forms through the power of contemporary performance making.

Australian Foundation for Disability - Social Activities for Elderly People with Disabilities and High Support needs

Will encourage ageing People with Disabilities who attend programs across Afford’s Organisation the opportunity to participate in a number of social activities in their local communities, enabling them to form new friendships and activities in their transition to retirement years. This project will introduce ageing clients with disabilities to new projects such as walking groups, book clubs, exercise club garden clubs and internet workshops. 

Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre Inc - YOUR Meeting Place: Young & Old Uniting & Relating

Will reinvent their already popular community lunch held each Wednesday to broaden the experience beyond just ‘providing a nutritious meal’. The lunch will expand to include entertainment and activities supporting the social, physical and psychological needs of older members of the community whilst encouraging and enabling them to maintain their independence and ultimately stay in their own homes longer.

Polio Australia Incorporated - Polio Health and Wellness Retreat​

Will provides a four day residential program where up to 70 polio survivors and their families/carers are introduced to self-management strategies for the post-polio body, the healthy mind, and the spirit. This ‘crash course’ on the Late Effects of Polio also provides workshop facilitators with ‘lived expert’ knowledge to share with any other polio patients/clients they may see in future. 

Read our Policy Position Papers

Want to learn more about the issues impacting older Australians experiencing disadvantage? Check out our Policy Positions Papers.
We make it easy for you to understand and support our advocacy.

March 2018

The below paper submits a number of recommendations to the NSW Government to assist older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in NSW.

November 2017

The paper summarises the potential impact on older Australians following an amendment to Schedule 9 of the Social Security Act 1991, specifying the activity requirement jobseekers need to satisfy.

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