2019 Strategic Innovation Program awardees

The AAG Research Trust would like to congratulate the 2019 awardees.

A/Prof Nola Reis
Affiliation: University of Technology Sydney
Project Title: Advance Planning for Research Participation: Views of Older Consumers and Stakeholder Consensus Recommendations
Awarded: $29,985

Pictured with Prof Linda Rosenman, Chair of the Trustees of the AAG Research Trust at the 2019 National Conference in Sydney

The project aims to: (1) Elicit the views of people aged 65 years and older on the process of advance research planning (ARP) and the content of advance research directives (ARDs),including: (i) community-dwelling older adults with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or dementia; (ii) community-dwelling older adults with other chronic conditions (eg, stroke, cancer); (iii) residents living in aged care facilities; and (iv) preferred supporters/decision-makers for health matters for individuals in each of these groups (i-iii). (2) Use a facilitated workshop and consensus process with key stakeholders in dementia, ageing and healthcare research, policymaking,advocacy and service delivery to: (i) develop consensus recommendations for strategies at policy, institutional, practitioner and consumer levels to implement ARP, and (ii) co-develop anARD template and accompanying guidance materials. Aim 1 findings will inform Aim 2 activities.

Dr Jacqueline Allen
Affiliation: Monash University School of Nursing and Midwifery
Project Title: ‘Supporting carers’ navigation of older adults’ care transitions to the community
Awarded: $29,988

Pictured with Anthony Brown, Chair of AAG NSW Division at the 2019 National Conference in Sydney

Research aim:
1. To understand informal carer roles and needs during the care transitions of older adults to the community

Research objectives:
1. To use experience-based co-design to engage stakeholders in collaboration
2. To conduct interviews with informal carers and health providers to understand the
informal carer role and needs, as well as the enablers and barriers to the inclusion of
informal carers in transitional care
3. To develop a conceptual model of the informal carer role and their needs in care
transitions of older adults
4. To develop and test a survey to capture information about informal carer roles and needs.

Awarded in partnership with Dementia Australia Research Foundation (DARF)

Dr Emily Reeve
Affiliation: School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences University of South Australia
Project Title: Consumer and clinician led priority setting for the NNIDR MEDicines and DEMentia (MEDDEM)
Awarded: $29,989

The aim of this project is to identify the top 10 unanswered questions in the field of quality use of medicines (QUM) in people with dementia. These questions will be prioritised by Australians living with dementia, their carers, and health care providers (clinicians).
1. To create a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) between researchers, partner organisations and people living with dementia, their carers, and clinicians who provide dementia treatment, care and support;
2. To identify important evidence uncertainties (gaps) regarding QUM in people with dementia;
3. To prioritise the uncertainties which are of greatest importance to improve the care of people with dementia in Australia according to people with dementia and those who care for them;
4. To inform health research funders, advocacy groups and policy makers about the unanswered questions, with the aim of directing future research funding, research efforts, and policy and practice change.

March 2022 - Update

The AAG Research Trust is pleased to recognise that Emily has successfully completed her project. To mark the event a webinar featuring Maree McCabe AM (Dementia Australia CEO), Emily Reeve (Project Lead) and Ron Sinclair (consumer advocate) was held on 23rd March.

To watch a recording click here

For more information about the project and the continuance of this research click here