Upcoming Events

13 Jun 17

AAG Western Australian Student and Early Career Researchers Cutting Edge Research Event

Come along and hear from students and early career researchers as they explore a variety of topics surrounding ageing and gerontology. This is a great opportunity to learn about the latest research in this area but also to engage with practitioners, network and meet some old friends. There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions, discuss and network while learning about the latest

Presentations include:

  • Preventing falls in residential care
  • Optimising the living environment for people in residential care
  • Person centred planning in dementia care

Topics & Speakers

Preventing falls in residential care - Jacqui Francis-Coad (University of Notre Dame)

Preventing falls in residential aged care is a challenge as older people have complex care needs, the workforce is diversely skilled and resources are constrained. Jacqui's research reports on a project that implemented and operated a falls prevention ‘Community of Practice’ (CoP) from within a residential aged care organisation across 13 geographically diverse sites. The CoP brought together university researchers and clinical staff, including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and care managers, all with an interest in falls prevention to share their ideas and expertise and action change. The CoP was evaluated at member, site and organisation levels, together with its impact on falls outcomes. Findings from this research will be presented. ​

To refurbish or not to refurbish - that is the question…. - Samantha Neylon

As an experienced Occupational Therapist, Sam developed Brightwater’s Seating and Equipment Clinic (Seatec) which has provided a wide range of valuable specialist clinical services (including Postural Care) to both older and younger people with disabilities for many years. Recently Sam developed a Living Environment service to look at evidence based interventions which enable people (particularly older people) to function optimally in their residential surroundings which in turn enhances their abilities and wellbeing.

Sam’s study aims to contribute to our understanding of how to optimise the living environment for people in residential aged care facilities and to inform the development of minor refurbishment guidelines which will enhance the abilities and wellbeing of the people who live within them. We need to move away from sole attention to aesthetics and move towards evidence based interventions with a particular focus on understanding the environment in an aged care facility through the eyes of the people who live there.

Person centred planning in dementia care - Sheridan Read

Little is known about the views of people with dementia as they live with this condition, yet an in-depth understanding of these views is critical to inform policy and planning initiatives. Sheridan’s research explores the experiences and expectations of people with dementia. It also separately investigates perspectives of their family caregivers, whose advocacy becomes increasingly important as dementia impacts upon the ability to communicate. This qualitative study provides these views to help ensure the basis for a well-informed ‘person centred’ focus to support people experiencing dementia in years to come.

Sheridan Read is a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin University. She has a keen interest in advocating for people living with dementia and has worked in the field for over 15 years. Her PhD topic explores person centred planning in dementia care from the perspectives of people living with dementia and family carers. She has received funding support from the Western Australian Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust to complete the study. Sheridan is currently employed by Curtin University as a Research Assistant and is working on a project which aims to develop an intervention to support family carers of older hospital patients experiencing delirium. She also has experience as a sessional academic. Sheridan is the student representative on the WA Division of the Australian Association of Gerontology and is also a part of the Australian Hartford Consortium in Nursing Care of Older People.

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Event Details

To download the copy of the flyer, please click here.

Event Date & Time: Tuesday, 13th June 2017,05:00pm-06:30pm

Event Location: Curtin University, WA
School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science
Building 408, Level 4, Room 4505

Registrations Open: 16th May 17 10:00 AM

Registrations Close: 12th Jun 17 4:00 PM

Places Available: 43

Your Investment

Member $ Free
Concession/Student (Member) $ Free
Non-member $ 40
Concession/Student (Non-members) $ 40






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