Stand Out Report was established in 2016 by Dr Kate Barnett OAM to provide a customised technical writing service specialising in positive ageing and innovative models of aged care.

Profiling: Stand Out Report’s Managing Director

Dr Kate Barnett OAM,
Ph D, M Ed, B Arts, Dip Ed, Graduate Aust Institute of Company Directors, Member Aust Assoc Gerontology

  • Order of Australia 2018
  • Distinguished Alumna Flinders University 2017
  • Churchill Fellow 2014


Dr Kate Barnett established Stand Out Report in mid-2016, building on 30+ years as a social researcher specialising in ageing issues, with 20 of those years leading her own consultancy – Kate Barnett and Associates – and 10 years as Deputy Director of the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre (WISeR) at The University of Adelaide.

Kate Barnett’s key area of specialisation is ageing – including positive ageing, innovative aged care and culturally inclusive aged care. She has strong qualitative research and evaluation skills, and extensive experience in working with governments and aged care organisations at national and State level. Over three decades of working closely with the Australian aged care sector (policy and service providers and peak bodies) she has significant understanding of the service system, having observed at first hand its development since 1985 through to the present.

In recognition of her contribution to the fields of ageing and aged care, Kate Barnett has been honoured with an Order of Australia Medal (2018)Order of Australia Medal (2018) .
and a Flinders University Distinguished Alumni Medal (2017).

Stand Out Report: Ageing and Aged Care Projects

A significant component of Stand Out Report’s work to date has involved environmental scanning – analysing research findings, aged care policy and service design in a climate of reform, and their implications for aged care providers now and in the future.

Within this have been a number of projects analysing Baby Boomers’ expectations of ageing and the role services can play in supporting a positive experience of growing old.

This builds on a major research study she undertook for her Ph D which involved analysing the attitudes to ageing of people from seven different cultural groups and spiritual beliefs.

Co-Design for Positive Ageing

Key to understanding older people’s needs and expectations is co-design and Kate works regularly with experts in this field, particularly the Global Centre for Modern Ageing and COTASA’s Plug-In.

Kate is a Strategic Advisor for the GCMA and Co-Chair of their Human Ethics Research Committee.

Innovation and Positive Ageing

A significant amount of Kate Barnett’s work in the ageing and aged care field involves research that informs the design and evaluation of innovative models of care and service. In South Australia she has worked for the past two decades with leading providers Life Care, Helping Hand Aged Care, and the ACH Group as well as peak body COTA Australia and COTA SA. Most of her work with Helping Hand has focused on their highly innovative clinical education initiative while work with ACH Group has involved research design to inform innovative service models such as their restorative care program at ViTA and their Good Lives program.

Since late 2019 Kate has been the Australian Research Lead for a cross-national study of loneliness and social connection in retirement living communities. This is a collaboration involving Life Care, the University of Bath and UK retirement living provider Guild Living. Kate recently evaluated Life Care’s innovative Hoffman model of care, support and wellbeing, an international evidence-based model was delivered for the first time in Australia at Life Care Active and is being implemented across Life Care residential and retirement living communities.

Kate Barnett was a member of a Flinders University led team who were commissioned to prepare a report on innovative models of aged care that was commissioned by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Dr Barnett’s contribution focused on the role of the teaching nursing home model in the delivery of quality aged care,

In 2018 Kate prepared a report that drew together all of the work undertaken by the South Australian Innovation Hub in relation to quality, including its evidence-based Quality of Life Framework. The Hub is an industry community of practice driven by their shared commitment to translating ideas, innovation, learning and research into practice with a strong focus on achieving best outcomes for consumers.

Technology and Ageing

Kate Barnett specialises in the use of technology to maximise ageing well, aged care services, housing design, independent living and improved health outcomes. She was the Lead Writer of the Technology Roadmap for the Aged Care Sector a project undertaken by a small team of Flinders University researchers and led by the award winning Medical Devices Research Institute.

Kate continues to work with the Aged Care Industry IT Council (ACIITC) in the implementation of the Roadmap. In 2019 this involveda updating the literature review that informed the Roadmap, designing an evaluation of the Council’s new Technology Mentoring program and writing a submission to the Royal Commission on Aged Quality and Safety on the role of technology in enhancing aged care services.

In 2020 Kate has been working with the Council as the Research Lead for Australia’s first national digital maturity assessment of aged and community care providers and has been the Lead Writer for a number of reports associated with this project.

Teaching Nursing Home Model – Teaching Research and Aged Care Services (TRACS)

Kate Barnett is a recognised expert on the Teaching Nursing Home model, that is, partnerships between a) aged care providers and universities to undertake research designed to improve quality of care, and between b) aged care and education providers to provide best practice student clinical education and workforce development.

From 2012 to 2015 she led the national evaluation of TRACS (Teaching Research Aged Care Services), Australia’s first government funded program supporting the Teaching Nursing Home model, and involving 16 partnerships. Kate continues to work closely with TRACS providers and is part of an international network of researchers and service providers applying the model.

In 2019, in response to interest expressed by Commissioners in the model, she wrote a submission to the Royal Commission on Aged Care Quality and Safety on the role of TRACS in building quality aged care services. In 2020, she was part of an expert panel convened on this topic by the Royal Commission.

In 2014 Kate was awarded a Churchill Fellowship which enabled her to study the model in north America where it originated in the 1990s.

Recent publications in the research literature based on this work:

Corlis M, Barnett K, Loffler H, May E, Gilbert-Hunt S & Van Emden J (2019) Partnering to provide interprofessional education in aged care, Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice , 17, 100277. DOI:
Loffler H, Barnett K, Corlis M, Howard S & Van Emden J (2018) Student participation at Helping Hand Aged Care: taking clinical placement to the next level, Jl of Research in Nursing , 23(2-3) 290-305.
Barnett K, Moretti C & Howard S (2018) Enabling Aged Care Teaching and Research: The TRACS Footprint, Jl of Research in Nursing, 23(2-3) 267-287.


Stand Out Report was commissioned for several major evaluations in the aged care and multicultural fields.

  • Evaluation of Life Care’s innovative program of health and wellbeing promotion.
  • Review of the Helping Hand Aged Care Student Engagement and Participation Program. Presented as a Discussion Paper to inform the ongoing development of the Program.
  • A series of evaluations of the MCCSA (Multicultural Communities’ Council of SA) community capacity building initiatives.
  • Evaluation (in partnership with Rosie Bonnin Creative Consulting) of the cultural inclusivity of COTA SA’s Strength for Life program.
  • National evaluation of Elder Abuse advocacy and prevention programs in Australia, commissioned by the OPAN (Older Persons’ Advocacy Network).

  • Evaluation of the ACH Group’s Muslim Aged Care Project.

Research writing

  • Discussion Paper overviewing the development of Ethnic Link Services and its innovative model of care from 1989 to 2016
  • Analysis of 20 ACH Group’s CIMPACT quality reviews to identify organisational and workforce strengths and areas needing improvement.
  • Analysis of Census data and provision of guidance and writing relating to future aged care directions in Strathalbyn, South Australia. Commissioned by the Hon Isobel Redmond MP, Member for Heysen.

Stand Out Report: Writing

One of the key features for which Stand Out Report has gained a strong national reputation is in writing – being able to produce fluent and succinctly written reports regardless of the complexity of content involved. Writing has been commissioned for a diversity of audiences – governments, business, not-for-profits and the wider community –and Stand Out Report is known for an ability to target varying levels of capacity without losing valuable content.
There has been an overwhelming response to the establishment of Stand Out Report and a variety of writing projects have been commissioned since mid-2016, including:

  • Being the Lead Writer role for major national strategies, such as, the national Technology Roadmap for Aged Care in Australia.
  • Reviewing research literature and writing either a traditional Literature Review, or a user-friendly Discussion Paper, or Strategy Paper to inform decision making.
  • Creating reports from draft content.
  • Rewriting and restructuring reports or other documents that require expert help.
  • Preparing brief documents, such as, Press Releases and promotional material.
  • Writing grants and tenders.

Technical Writing Commissions

  • Lead Writer for the ACIITC (Aged Care Industry IT Council) led CARE-IT national project identifying a digital maturity benchmark for the aged care sector (to be released late November 2020).
  • Preparation of literature reviews focused on ageing and technology for the ACIITC (Aged Care Industry IT Council), the most recent in 2020.
  • Lead Writer for Australia’s first Technology Roadmap for Aged Care Commissioned by ACIITC (Aged Care Industry IT Council).
  • Writing and editing of the SA Office for the Ageing’s Housing for Life: Designed for Living Policy Statement (2017).
  • Writing and editing of the Annual Report 2016-17 of the Office of the Public Advocate SA (March-October 2017).

Discussion Papers based on Literature Reviews

Discussion papers drawing on the research literature, and analysing recent theories of ageing include:

  • A Discussion Paper prepared for the Aged Care Industry IT Council (ACIITC) as part of their digital maturity benchmarking project of the aged care industry (CARE-IT). This combined findings from an environmental scan and the major survey undertaken for the project.
  • A paper prepared for the Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience, SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute) linked and analysed theories of ageing and theories of wellbeing and resilience.
  • A paper commissioned by LifeCare (Adelaide) that analysed research focused on attitudes to ageing and expectations of the aged care system and their implications for service providers.
  • Preparation of an Options Paper for the Elder Abuse Network, based on national consultation with agencies working on this issue, a review of literature and the development of recommended future directions for a national advocacy body.
  • Preparation of an environmental scan discussion paper on the naval shipbuilding industry in Australia, for a major international shipbuilding company.
  • Preparation of an environmental scan discussion paper on workforce demand and supply in the mining industry for a major mining company.