Our Projects

We have produced research projects and publications that advance knowledge and promote quality improvement and consumer driven, evidence based practice in all areas of primary health, community health and aged care.

Ageing

Current

Dementia Training Australia

ACEBAC

Australian Government

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.

https://dta.com.au/

Team members: Margaret Winbolt, Chris While


Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning in general practice
– a training package for Practice Nurses

CHSD

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.

www.caresearch.com.au/advance

Team members: Virginia Lewis


Seniors Law - A health justice partnership

CHSD

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.

https://www.justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/seniors-law/get-help/health-justice-partnerships

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.

https://www.justiceconnect.org.au/sites/default/files/HJP_first%20year%20report_web.pdf

Team members: Virginia Lewis, Vanessa White


2015 - 2017

Advancing practice in the care of people with dementia

ACEBAC

Department of Social Services

2015-2016

Part of the DTSC's National Practice Improvement Program, a project funded under the Australian Government's Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants. It will deliver a program of education and support to aged care providers to facilitate knowledge transfer and practice improvement in the care of people with dementia in four critical care areas:

  • environmental design;
  • sexuality and dementia;
  • medication management;
  • responding to behavioural and
  • psychological symptoms of dementia

2011 - 2014

Personalised MP3

ACEBAC

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


Alzheimer's Australia
Evidence-based online resource package

ACEBAC

Alzheimer’s Australia

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.


e-Health

Current

Aged Care Assessment Program

e-Health Unit

Department of Health Victoria

Support for the Aged Care Assessment Program in Victoria, providing technical and system support for all assessment services/health services in Victoria in relation to My Aged Care

Team members: Janette Collier, Sharon Gibson


2015 - 2017

ACE HACC Software

e-Health Unit

Department of Health Victoria

2012 - 2015

Maintenance, upgrading and further development services in relation to ACE Home and Community Care software.

Team members: Janette Collier, Sharon Gibson


2011 - 2014

Broadband Enabled Innovation Program

CHSD, with e-Health Unit

Royal District Nursing Service

2011 - 2014

Healthy, Happy and at Home: NBN-enabled medication management from older adults living independently.

With the e-Health Unit.

Team members: Virginia Lewis, Janette Collier

Pre 2011

Business process review of selected ACAS in Victoria

e-Health Unit

Department of Health Victoria

A project to conduct a review on four Aged Care Assessment Services in order to transition to e-business.

Team members: Janette Collier with Effective Change Pty Ltd & Lincoln Centre

Evaluation

Current

Seniors Law – a Health Justice Partnership

CHSD

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.

https://www.justiceconnect.org.au/our-programs/seniors-law/get-help/health-justice-partnerships

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.

https://www.justiceconnect.org.au/sites/default/files/HJP_first%20year%20report_web.pdf

Team members: Virginia Lewis, Vanessa White


2015 - 2017

Melton Brimbank Legal Service and Djerriwarrh Community Health Service’s Health Justice Partnership: Mortgage Wellbeing Service

CHSD

Melton Brimbank Legal Service and Djerriwarrh Community Health Centre

2016 - 2017

The Mortgage Wellbeing Service is a Health Justice Partnership (HJP) between Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre and Djerriwarrh Community Health Service. It has been providing a holistic service delivery model for people with mortgage stress in the Melton area since early 2015, implementing a joint intake model of a lawyer, social worker and financial counsellor. AIPCA was contracted to conduct key stakeholder interviews and analyse data to support the evaluation of the HJP.

https://www.comm-unityplus.org.au/legal-services/our-projects/71-mortgage-wellbeing-service

Team members: Virginia Lewis, Vanessa White


CareSearch project

CHSD

CareSearch

2015 - 2017

A project to evaluate CareSearch: The Australian Palliative Care Knowledge Network.

Team members: Virginia Lewis


2011 - 2014

Assist and Support in Development and Implementation of an Evaluation Framework

CHSD

Australian Government Department of Health

2012 - 2013

Development and Implementation of an Evaluation Framework for Commonwealth Suicide Prevention Activities. With Australian Healthcare Associates.

Team members: Virginia Lewis


Pre 2011

Evaluation of the Aboriginal CRC

CHSD

CRC for Aboriginal Health

2009 - 2010

An evaluation of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health that focuses on identification of impacts and outcomes from CRCAH-related activity.


Mental health

Current

2015 - 2017

Mental Health Service System Community Partnerships Program

CHSD

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

2013 - 2015

Advice and Support to Evaluation of Mental Health Services System Community Partnerships Program for Victorian Transcultural Mental Health.

Team members: Virginia Lewis


2011 - 2014

Commonwealth Suicide Prevention Activities

CHSD

Australian Department of Health & Ageing

2012 - 2013

Development and implementation of an evaluation framework for Commonwealth Suicide Prevention Activities.

Team members: Virginia Lewis


Pre 2011

Evaluation of the Loddon Campaspe Southern Mallee Community Mental Health Plan

CHSD

Central Victorian Health Alliance

2009

The Loddon Campaspe Southern Mallee Community Mental Health Plan (2006 to 2009) was developed to facilitate improvements to mental health services, and consequently to mental health, for clients living in the region. The evaluation focused on: the process of implementation, including investigating the value of working together across sectors; and developing some recommendations to inform the post-2009 mental health plan for the region.


Primary health

Current

OPTIMISE – Collaborative Improvement of Primary Health Care Delivery to the Australian Refugee Community

CHSD

National Health & Medical Research Council

2016 - 2020

OPTIMISE is a four-year research project funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Partnerships for Better Health Grants Scheme, which brings together academics and organisations from across the refugee health sector to develop and test innovative solutions to improve the delivery of accessible, coordinated and high quality primary care to refugees and asylum-seekers. Working in collaboration with Monash University, University of NSW, and a range of relevant partners, we are implementing and evaluating a model of practice facilitation across three regions in Australia that receive a high number of refugee and asylum-seeker settlement: North Western Melbourne, South Eastern Melbourne, and South-Western Sydney.

Partners in our region (North Western Melbourne) include:

North Western Melbourne PHN, cohealth (a large community health centre), AMES (Settlement Services), Department of Health & Human Services Victoria, and the Victorian Refugee Health Network.

Team members: Virginia Lewis, Geraldine Marsh


2015 - 2017

DTSC GP education component of Alzheimer's Australia project

ACEBAC

Department of Social Services

2015

Supporting GPs and practice nurses in the timely diagnosis of dementia. This project will respond to the Government's priority on improving timely diagnosis of dementia by delivering accredited continuing professional development training on dementia assessment, diagnosis and management to 6000 GPs and 2,500 practice nurses throughout Australia.


2011 - 2014

Targeted Programs for Vulnerable Clients

CHSD

APHCRI

2012 - 2013

Overcoming barriers for transitioning vulnerable clients from targeted programs to mainstream.

Team members: Virginia Lewis


Pre 2011

A Way Forward for Consumer, Carer and Community Engagement in Primary Health 2007­­–2010

CHSD

Department of Human Services Victoria

2007 - 2008

A project to undertake a review of present practices and to develop recommendations about how the Primary Health Branch can continue to support effective consumer, carer and community participation in the primary care sector until 2010.


Strategic

Current

2015 - 2017

Best practice in Spinal Cord Injury

CHSD

National Trauma Research Institute

2014 - 2015

Conduct of workshops to develop and implement clinical best practice in spinal cord injury.

Team members: Virginia Lewis


Service Plan and Model of Care

CHSD

Ballarat Community Health Services

2015 - 2016

A project to develop a service plan and model of care.

Team members: Jenny Macmillan


2011 - 2014

Clinical Placement Assessment Instruments Harmonisation Project

CHSD

James Cook University

2012 - 2013

Research and develop strategy for future harmonisation of Competency Based Clinical Placement Assessment Instruments.

Team members: Virginia Lewis, Jenny Macmillan


Pre 2011

Consultations and Report for the Review of the NHMRC Roadmap

CHSD

National Health & Medical Research Council

2008

With Flinders University, a strategic framework for improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through research.