Aged Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care

Research Project Title Investigators Brief Project Description ISLHD Sites/Departments [External organisations]
Tapering of large doses of opioids in non-cancer Geoff Murray Investigation of two interventions for tapering large doses of prescribed opioids in patients with non-cancer pain. Port Kembla Hospital and Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Inpatient Wards and Rehabilitation Outpatient Pain Management Clinic
A Smart Shoe System Jan Potter Motivating Healthy Sedentary Older Adults to Walk More Steps and Enabling Them to Walk Safely. Aged Care Services; [University of Wollongong]
Dementia Jan Potter Identifying causes of and treatments for dementia. Aged Care Services; [IHMRI]
Support for carers of dementia sufferers Jan Potter How can we best support family carers of dementia sufferers to ease the burden of nutrition-related care? Aged Care Services; [University of Wollongong]
Agents of Change: Improving care for people with dementia and their carers through implementing guidelines Karen Shepherd Improving care for people with dementia and their carers through implementing guidelines. Aged Care Services; [Flinders University]
Frailty Assessment in Elderly Jan Potter A systematic review of quantitative assessment methods and clinical approaches to frailty in the elderly. Aged Care Services; [University of Wollongong]
GAIT Assessment Stage 2 Jan Potter Assessment of gait in the elderly. Aged Care Services; [University of Wollongong]
Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australian residential aged care facilities Spiros Miyakis, Jan Potter A randomised controlled trial of Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australian residential aged care facilities: effect on patient outcomes and genetic profiles of antimicrobial resistance. Infectious Diseases, Aged Care Services; [IHMRI]
Imagining a better future: the outcomes of the wellness self-care program for healthcare staff Marie Tobin, Val Wilson, Alison Franklin, Jackie Donsante, Padmini Pai, Shamika Almeida, Alera Bowden To evaluate whether an 8 week wellness program increases job satisfaction and wellbeing at work. Bulli Hospital; [University of Wollongong]
Dementia in the acute setting Miriam Coyle Exploring perceptions and practice of dementia care in hospital. Aged Care Services
Carer stress in Palliative Care Annie Fanning Assessing carer stress in palliative care. Palliative Care
Implementation of clinical practice for cancer pain Greg Barclay Implementing clinical practice for cancer pain in adults to ensure equitable, cost-effective, evidence-based, person-centred care: A phase III pragmatic stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial of guidelines and screening with implementation strategies versus guidelines and screening alone to improve pain in adults with cancer attending outpatients oncology and palliative care centres. Wollongong Hospital, Palliative Care, and Cancer Services
Dying to Do Research Greg Barclay, Michael Barbato, Jan Potter, Wilf Yeo Reviewing Challenges to an In-Patient Study Conducted on Unresponsive Palliative Care Patients. Palliative Care, Port Kembla Hospital
Registered Nurses and Delirium Recognition in Older People in Hospital Miriam Coyle, Victoria Taynor, Pippa Burns A Clinical Nurse Consultant Workplace Study: Enabling RNs to recognise delirium in Older inpatients. Aged Care Services
Pain Management in People with Dementia Hui Chen Chang, Vani David, Nicole Britten, Loren De Vries Better Equipping HealthCare Professionals in Pain Management of People with Dementia. Aged Care Services
Interactive Education for Healthcare Practitioners on Delirium in Older People Miriam Coyle Evaluating the Impact of Interactive Education for Healthcare Practitioners and Older People at Risk of Delirium: A Literature Review. Aged Care Services
Nutritional status, functional capacity and frailty in community dwelling clients over the age of 65 on the Illawarra Transitional Aged Care Program (ITACS) Carly Zaremba, Shelly Casey, Rebecca Vearing This study aimed to explore the relationship between nutritional status, frailty and functional ability in community-dwelling older adults discharged from hospital, and to evaluate the effect of a 12-week transitional program on these three conditions. Port Kembla Hospital, Aged Care Services, and Nutrition & Dietetics
In My Shoes: empathy levels and safety attitudes of staff towards older patients Alera Bowden, Valerie Wilson, Victoria Traynor, Rita Chang Investigating the empathy levels and safety attitudes of staff towards older patients through participation in an age simulation educational initiative. Bulli District Hospital, Aged Care Service; [University of Wollongong]
Fruit-derived anthocyanins in for Mild Cognitive Impairment: RCT Zoe Fitzgerald, Jan Potter, Amelia Paterson, Karen Charlton The effect of a dietary intervention with fruit-derived anthocyanins in participants attending a cognitive rehabilitation group for Mild Cognitive Impairment: A randomised controlled trial. Aged Care Services, Rehabilitation Services; [University of Wollongong]
BiSpectral (BIS) study Greg Barclay, Michael Barbato, Jan Potter, Wilf Yeo Correlation betwewen observational scales of comfort and sedation and Bispectral Index (BIS) Scores. Palliative Care
Carer Administration of scut medication Teresa Gillies Investigation into carer administration of scut medication in unstable community palliative care patients. Palliative Care
Breathing & Fatigue Helen McMullen, Lee McCleary The impact of timely Allied Health services to palliative care patients seen in Karinya at DBH. David Berry Hospital
Karinya, Occupational Therapy, Allied Health
Palliative Care Home Support Package Program Greg Barclay, Jan Potter, Paul Van den Dolder Economic Evaluation of the Palliative Care Home Support Packages Program. Palliative Care, Aged Care Services, Integrated Primary and Community Health Services; [South Western Sydney Local Health District]
Pain assessment in elderly with cognitive impairment Vani David Can pain assessment be improved in elderly with cognitive impairment in the acute care setting? Aged Care Services
Geriatrician in Practice (GIP) Programme Jeremy Christley, Karen Shepherd, Tabitha Hartwell, Narelle Evry, Jose Cuenca The GIP programme, conducted collaboratively with ISLHD Aged Care Services, COORDINARE and General Practices in the Shoalhaven area, is based on the physician in the practice model and focuses on dementia assessment and Aged Care Services, Research Central; [COORDINARE]
Action research project (Falls) Vani David, Miriam Nonu, Jo McLoughlin, Vanessa Wallin, Denise Edgar To reduce falls in 4 wards within ISLHD using a reflective practice model for staff and for patients. Wollongong Hospital and Shellharbour Hospital Medical Wards, Aged Care Services
Pain assessment in cognitively impaired inpatients Vani David, Sonia Markocic, Valerie Wilson, Rachel Mikleus, Lina Madathikudiyil, Paul Thomas, Nicole Davies Can pain assessment be improved in cognitively impaired patients in the acute care setting? Aged Care Services
Virtual Reality and Robotics Therapy in Subacute Stroke Patients Huang X, Murray GR, Naghdy F, Naghdy G, Du H Effectiveness of incorporating virtual reality in to robot assisted hand function therapy in subacute stroke patients. Rehabilitation Service; [University of Wollongong]
Last days of Life Linda Kurti, Greg Barclay, Jan Potter, Paul Van den Dolder Evaluation of the Last-days-of-life Home Support Services and the Paediatric Palliative Care Programme. This project was undertaken to evaluate the Last-days-of-life Home Support Service and the NSW Paediatric Palliative Care Programme. Home Support, Paediatric Palliative Care; [URBIS]
Economic Evaluation of the Palliative Care Home Support Packages Program Gareth Lucas, Greg Barclay Provided symptoms can be adequately controlled, up to 90% of people at the end of life prefer to be cared for and, often, to die at home. Cost-effective models of care are required to support patient preferences for end-of-life care. In 2010, a prospective cost-effective analysis of the Palliative Care Extended Packages at Home (PEACH) pilot randomised controlled trial was conducted.
The results from this study will provide important information on the value for money of the PEACH program, informing future health service delivery and healthcare funding allocation decisions in NSW, Australia and internationally.
Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Palliative Care Service