The latest in ageing research from three of WA’s early career researchers
The Australian Association of Gerontology presents a unique opportunity to learn about the latest research on:
•Adult day services: Their impact upon the occupational experiences of people with early stage dementia and their primary carers.
•Falls prevention for older people recently discharged from hospital –evidence and exploration
•Combined vision and hearing impairment in the aged care sector –development of a screening tool using a Delphi method.
Janice du Preez completed her Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours degree in May 2015 and immediately commenced her doctoral dissertation by research. Her qualitative research project explores the occupational participation experiences of people with early stage dementia and their primary carers in the home and in the community. The study further explores how attendance at an adult day service impacts upon the occupational experiences of the attendees and their primary carers. Janice appreciates the platform that research dissemination affords her to advocate for the “voiceless” and marginalised in society.
Janice will speak about her PhD research, which aimed to explore the occupational participation (engagement in everyday activities that are individually meaningful) experiences of people with dementia in their home environments and while attending adult day services. The influence of care recipient adult day service attendance on the occupational participation of their primary carers will also be discussed.
Chiara Naseri is completing her final year of PhD at Curtin University. She was awarded a prestigious NHMRC funded Scholarship in 2016 through the School of physiotherapy and Exercise Science and her research forms a part of a large NHMRC project led by A/Prof Anne-Marie Hill. Chiara is evaluating a falls prevention education intervention for older adults returning home from hospital (n=390). While the majority of Chiara’s clinical experience is in geriatric rehabilitation, she has an interest in falls prevention education and collaborating across disciplines to enhance older adults’ self-efficacy to remain safe and maintain their quality of life. She also provides lectures and training for occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
Chiara will outline the current evidence of effective falls prevention interventions
for older people in the post-discharge period and explore the concept of older
people's engagement in falls prevention strategies.
Matthew Wittorff has worked in the disability sector as an occupational therapist andthen as a manager for over 17 years. He is currently General Manager of Disability Professional Services at Senses Australia, a not-for-profit disability service organisation. Matthew is passionate about improving the lives of people with disability and ensuring services are evidenced based, to ensure the best possible
Matthew will speak about his PhD research, which aimed to develop a screening tool to identify older people with a combined vision and hearing impairment. To date, no such valid and reliable tool exists for the Australia population.
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Event Date & Time: Tuesday 8th May 2018 5.00-6.30pm
Event Location: Grace Vaughan House, 227 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park, WA
Registrations Open: 8th Mar 18 1:00 AM
Registrations Close: 1st May 18 5:15 PM
Places Available: 60
AAG Members: Free
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