Dementia Training Australia
2016 - 2019
La Trobe University (ACEBAC) is one of six members of the Dementia Training Australia consortium. Funded by the Australian Government, led by the University of Wollongong and comprising of Alzheimer's Australia, La Trobe University, the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Tasmania and the University of Western Australia Dementia Training Australia aims to improve the quality of care and support provided to people living with dementia and their families through providing development opportunities for existing and future professional carers of people living with dementia across all care settings.
This is achieved through a dedicated range of courses, workshops, seminars, scholarships, support, and curriculum development that translates contemporary knowledge into practical, effective approaches to helping people living with dementia and their families. Our programs are designed for health and aged care staff who provide care for people living with dementia such as general practitioners, nurses, aged care and dementia service providers, medical specialists, psychologists and psychiatrists, allied health professionals, and tertiary institutions. Our goal is to enhance the knowledge and skills base of the current and future dementia care workforce, creating a nationally cohesive approach to dementia care.
Team members: Margaret Winbolt, Chris While
Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning in general practice
– a training package for Practice Nurses
HammondCare Health and Hospitals
2016 - 2020
Advance is a national, federally funded program designed to introduce advance care planning into general practices in a sensitive and routine way. It will also help identify people who may benefit from a thorough assessment of their supportive care needs and consideration of early referral to palliative care. HammondCare invited Associate Professor Virginia Lewis to offer external evaluation advice to the Advance project. As an external evaluator, Virginia has provided the project with:
- Assistance with choosing an appropriate evaluation framework.
- Advice and input regarding draft study design, draft evaluation protocol, draft ethics application documents, draft surveys, and draft qualitative interview questions.
- Advice and input regarding the qualitative and quantitative analysis (to be conducted by the evaluation officer).
- An independent review of the evaluation process.
As a consequence of this working relationship, Virginia is now a CI on a newly funded project with HammondCare and other collaborators from the University of Sydney, Flinders University (CareSearch), Austin Health, University of Queensland, University of Technology Sydney, and University of Wollongong. It will include:
- Consultation with relevant health professional bodies to identify the highest priority groups of clinicians for the new program and to tailor the resources and training for their specific needs.
- Development of online learning resources for the new groups of clinicians.
- Individual tele-mentoring for participating clinicians from across Australia.
- Grants and train-the-trainer support for champion networks to deliver face-to-face training and to support implementation of the model into clinical practice.
Evaluation of the program, Australian Government Department of Health, National Palliative Care Project. The Advance Project: Initiating palliative care and advance care planning through training and resources for primary and chronic/complex care clinicians.
Team members: Virginia Lewis
Seniors Law - A health justice partnership
Victorian Legal Service Board
2015 - 2018
The Seniors Law Health Justice Partnership was established by Justice Connect Seniors Law and cohealth to provide assistance to older people experiencing elder abuse and other legal issues.
The service operates as an embedded model, with a lawyer based in the community health centre and acting as a member of a number of health teams where elder abuse is likely to be identified. AIPCA has been working with this Health Justice Partnership from the funding application stage and was involved at all stages—supporting monitoring and evaluation, developing the evaluation and monitoring framework, developing tools to be used for data collection from health professionals, pro bono lawyers, and clients, data collection, data analysis and report writing.
The HJP is seeking further funding for the service to operate beyond 2018.
Results from the evaluation will be reported in early 2018.
Team members: Virginia Lewis, Vanessa White
Southern Cross Care
2011 - 2012
The aim of this project was to determine if and when an MP3 player is provided to informal caregivers of people with dementia, the use of the device by the person with dementia enables their caregivers to undertake activities that give them brief respite from the high level of vigilance often needed in caring for their family member, both at home and in public spaces. This project was conducted in collaboration with Southern Cross Care (Vic.) who funded the project. Findings from the study were launched in September 2013.
With the Centre for Health Systems Development
Team members: Margaret Winbolt, Virginia Lewis
Evidence-based online resource package
2012 - 2013
The development of an evidence-based on-line resource package to improve staff-family relationships for people living with dementia in residential aged care. With University of Tasmania and Griffith University.