Professor Irene

Professor Irene Blackberry

John Richards Chair of Rural Ageing and Aged Care Research, Director, John Richards Centre

College of Science, Health and Engineering

La Trobe Rural Health School

Albury-Wodonga

Research centres

John Richards Initiative

Qualifications

BMed GradCert HealthProgEval PhD

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

President, Australian Association of Gerontology Victoria. Associate Editor, Primary Care Diabetes Europe. Members of NHMRC Research Translation Faculty, Hume Regional Diabetes Collaborative Network, Albury Wodonga Health Primary Care and Population Health Committee, Australian Diabetes Society, American Geriatrics Society, Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care

Area of study

Ageing and aged care

Brief profile

Prof Irene Blackberry is the John Richards Chair of Rural Ageing and Aged Care Research and Director of the John Richards Centre at La Trobe University, Wodonga since 2016. She has a medical background and health services researcher with significant expertise in designing and conducting complex multifactorial health services intervention. She is the President of Australian Association of Gerontology Victoria and an honorary Principal Research Fellow at the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne.

There are two major research streams to her work on chronic diseases and ageing, united by a focus on implementation studies of complex multi-factorial intervention across the community, primary and secondary care setting drawing on both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has published over 80 research papers and reports and attracted $13M of research funding.

 

Her current research focuses on improving care delivery for older people with complex chronic conditions in general practice and rural areas. Her research interests include dementia, public health, diabetes, chronic disease, primary care, telehealth, geriatric medicine, rural health and clinical nutrition. Prof Blackberry is available for postgraduate research supervision.

Research interests

Chronic disease

- Diabetes, nurse-led intervention, multimorbidity

Older people

- Health assessment, healthy ageing

Rural and Regional Health

- Health services in the rural and regional area, general practice, primary care

Consulting

General Practice Nursing training module in healthy ageing. Australian Medicare Local Alliance (2014). Aged care needs assessment. Macedon Ranges and North West Melbourne Medicare Local (2014)

Recent publications

1. Blackberry, I. Current trends and innovations in community care for older Australians. Innovation in Aging, Volume 1, Issue suppl_1, 1 July 2017, Pages 1037, https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.3780

2. Blackberry, I., Farmer, J., Morley, C., Mahoney, AM., Douglass, D., Torabi, T., Wilding, C., Morgan, D. Evaluation of service navigation and networking for dementia care in rural communities (SENDER) app. Innovation in Aging, Volume 1, Issue suppl_1, 1 July 2017, Pages 1351–1352, https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.4965

3. Yang, Y., Thang, L., Blackberry, I. Community-based care initiatives for elderly in Asia and Australia. Innovation in Aging, 1 (S1): 1036, https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.3775

4. Manski-Nankervis J, Furler J, Thuraisingam S, O’Neal D, Ginnivan L, Blackberry I. Overcoming clinical inertia in insulin initiation in primary care for patients with type 2 diabetes: 24-month follow-up of the Stepping Up trial. Primary Care Diabetes 2017 Oct;11(5):474-481. doi: 10.1016/j.pcd.2017.06.005 IF 1.570

5. Ervin K, Blackberry I, Haines H. Shared decision making in residential aged care: A framework synthesis. Open Journal of Nursing Vol.7 No.7, July 2017 DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2017.77062 IF .065

6. Mahoney, AM, LoGiudice D, Blackberry I. Preventing hypoglycaemia among older people with diabetes upon discharge from hospital. Primary Care Diabetes Journal of Australia accepted Jul 2017

7. Furler J, O’Neal D, Best J, Manski-Nankervis J, Ginnivan L, Young D, Liew D, May C, Gorelik A, Patterson E, Holmes-Truscott E, Speight J, Blackberry I. Supporting insulin initiation in type 2 diabetes in primary care: Results of the Stepping Up pragmatic cluster randomised controlled clinical trial. BMJ 2017;356:j783 IF 20.7

8. Holmes-Truscott E, Furler J, Blackberry I, O’Neal D, Speight J. Predictors of insulin uptake among adults with type 2 diabetes in the Stepping Up Study. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice accepted 2017 Jan. doi:10.1016/j.diabres.2017.01.002 IF 3.045

9. Mudge A, Banks M, Barnett A, Blackberry I, Graves N, Green T, Harvey G, Hubbard R, Inouye S, Kurrle S, Lim K, McRae P, Peel N, Suna J, Young A. CHERISH (Collaboration for Hospitalised Elders Reducing the Impact of Stays in Hospital): Protocol for a multi-site improvement program to reduce geriatric syndromes in older inpatients. BMC Geriatrics. 2017; 17(11): 1-9 IF 2.371

10. Ervin, K, Blackberry, I. and Haines, H. ‘Developing a Taxonomy and Mapping Concepts of Shared Decision Making to Improve Clinicians Understanding’. Nursing & Care Open Access Journal, 2017;3:1.

11. Southurst R, Poorter JA, Wischer N, Blackberry I, Savy P. Consumer Directed Integrated Diabetes Care. Proceedings of National Rural Health Alliance Australia, 2017.

12. Blackberry I. Patient treatment and engagement in diabetes. In Patient treatment engagement textbook. O’Donohue W, James L and Snipes, C (Eds.) Springer, USA, 2017. ISBN 978-3-319-49206-3

13. Ervin K, Blackberry I, Haines H. Implementation of shared decision making in Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management 2016; 11: 2

14. Rasekaba T, Furler J, Blackberry I, Gray K, Lim K. Telemedicine for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (TeleGDM): A Mixed Method Study Protocol of Effects of an Online-Based GDM Support System on Health Service Utilisation, Maternal and Foetal Outcomes. JMIR Research Protocols 2016 Aug 9;5(3):e163. doi: 10.2196/resprot.6044.

15. Furler J, Ruddock G, Manski-Nankervis J, Blackberry I, Kennedy M. Identifying Risk for Diabetes in Adolescence (IRDA): A pilot study in general practice. Aus Family Practice. 2016 Aug;45(8):582-6 IF 1.515

16. Blackberry I. Primary Health Care and Community Health. In Public Health Textbook for undergraduate. Ed. Liamputtong P. Cambridge University Press, UK Jun 2016. ISBN 10: 1107559596

17. Manski-Nankervis J, Yates C, Blackberry I, Furler J, Cohen N, Gorelik A, Ginnivan L, Young D, Best J, O’Neal D. The impact of insulin initiation on glycaemic variability and the glucose profile in a type 2 diabetes primary health care cohort – Analysis of continuous glucose monitoring data from the INITIATION Study. Diabetic Medicine 2016 Jun;33(6):803-11. doi: 10.1111/dme.12979. IF 3.152

18. Holmes-Truscott E, Furler J, Blackberry I, O’Neal D, Speight J. Willingness to initiate insulin among adults with type 2 diabetes in Australian primary care: Results from the Stepping Up Study. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 2016 Apr;114:126-35. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2015.12.011 IF 3.045

19. Rasekaba T, Furler J, Blackberry I, Tacey M, Gray K, Lim K. A systematic review of telemedicine in gestational diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2015 Aug 1. pii: S0168-8227(15)00329-0. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2015.07.007 IF 3.045

20. Manski-Nankervis, J.A., Furler, J., Young, D., Patterson, E., Blackberry, I. Factors associated with relational coordination between health professionals involved in insulin initiation in the general practice setting for people with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2015 May 14. doi: 10.1111/jan.12681. IF 1.741

21. Halcomb E, Furler J, Hermiz O, Blackberry I, Smith J, Richmond R, Zwar N. Process evaluation of a practice nurse-led smoking cessation trial in Australian general practice: views of general practitioners and practice nurses. Family Practice 2015 Aug;32(4):468-73. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmv041. Epub 2015 May 29. IF 1.515

22. Blackberry ID, Furler JS, Best JD, Young D. Comment on O'Connor et Al. Randomized trial of telephone outreach to improve medication adherence and metabolic control in adults with diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2015 Mar;38(3):e45. doi: 10.2337/dc14-2599. IF 8.934

23. Zwar N, Richmond R, Halcolm E, Furler J, Smith J, Hermiz O, Blackberry I, Borland R. Quit in General Practice: a cluster randomised trial of enhanced in-practice support for smoking cessation. Fam Pract. 2015 Apr;32(2):173-80. IF 1.515

24. Furler J, Blackberry I, et al. Perspective: Optimising care and outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes - lessons from a translational research program on insulin initiation in general practice. Front Med (Lausanne). 2015 Jan 29;1:60. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2014.00060. eCollection 2014.

25. Zwar N, Richmond R, Halcomb E, Furler J, Smith J, Hermiz O, Blackberry I, Jayasinghe U, Borland R. Supporting Smoking Cessation In Primary Care: Results Of The Quit In General Practice Study. 2014, Respirology, P. 23-23

26. Zwar N, Richmond RL, Halcomb E, Furler J, Smith J, Hermiz O, Blackberry I, et al. Supporting smoking cessation in Australian primary care: Results of the Quit in General Practice study. Global Heart. 2014;9(1):e232.

27. Manski-Nankervis JA, Blackberry I, Young D, O'Neal D, Patterson E, Furler J. Relational coordination amongst health professionals involved in insulin initiation for people with type 2 diabetes in general practice: an exploratory survey. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Nov 1;14:515 1.606

28. Blackberry ID, Furler JS, Ginnivan L, et al. Examining the efficacy of a support algorithm for commencing patients with type 2 diabetes on a basal / prandial insulin regimen in the primary care setting with retrospective continuous glucose monitoring as an adjunct: INITIATION STUDY. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2014; Sep 8. IF 3.045

29. Blackberry ID, Furler JS, Ginnivan L, et al. Examining the efficacy of a support algorithm for commencing patients with type 2 diabetes on a basal / prandial insulin regimen in the primary care setting with retrospective continuous glucose monitoring as an adjunct: INITIATION STUDY PROTOCOL. BMC Family Practice 2014 May 3;15:82 IF 1.641

30. Furler JS, Young D, Best J, Patterson E, O’Neal D, Liew D, Speight J, Segal L, May C, Manski-Nankervis J, Holmes-Truscott E, Ginnivan L, Blackberry I. Can primary care team-based transition to insulin improve outcomes in adults with type 2 diabetes? The Stepping Up to Insulin cluster randomised controlled trial protocol. Implementation Science 2014;9:20 IF 3.201

Older publications

1.      Russell MA, Hill KD, Blackberry I, Day LM, Dharmage SC. The reliability and predictive accuracy of the falls risk for older people in the community assessment (FROP-Com) tool. Age and Ageing 2008;37:634-9

2.      Furler J, Walker C, Blackberry I, Dunning T, Sulaiman N, Dunbar J, Best J, Young D. The emotional context of self-management in chronic illness: A qualitative study of the role of health professional support in the self-management of type 2 diabetes. BMC Health Services Research 2008;8

3.      Young D, Furler J, Vale M, Walker C, Segal L, Dunning P, Best J, Blackberry I, Audehm R, Sulaiman N, Dunbar J, Chondros P. Patient Engagement and Coaching for Health: The PEACH study - A cluster randomised controlled trial using the telephone to coach people with type 2 diabetes to engage with their GPs to improve diabetes care: A study protocol. BMC Family Practice 2007;8

4.      Russell MA, Hill KD, Blackberry I, Day LL, Dharmage SC. Falls risk and functional decline in older fallers discharged directly from emergency departments. Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 2006;61:1090-5

5.      Blackberry I and Wahlqvist ML. Nutrition and prevention of non-communicable diseases.  Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 2005. ISBN:3-8055-8015-0

6.      Wahlqvist ML, Darmadi-Blackberry I, Kouris-Blazos A, Jolley D, Steen B, Lukito W, Horie Y. Does diet matter for survival in long-lived cultures? Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2005;14:2-6

7.      Darmadi-Blackberry I, Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Lukito W, Horie K, Horie Y. Legumes: The most important dietary predictor of survival in older people of different ethnicities. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2004;13:217-20

8.      Wahlqvist ML, Darmadi-Blackberry I, Savige GS, Kouris-Blazos A, Trichopoulos D. Age-fitness. How achievable with food? Forum Nutr 2003;56:258-61

9.      Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Darmadi I, Purba M. Nutrition and the elderly - the global perspective.  South Africa Journal of Clinical Nutrition February 2000;13(1):28S-31S

10.  Darmadi I, Wahlqvist ML, Horie Y, Horie K, Sugase K, Kouris-Blazos A, Wattanapenpaiboon N.  Food and nutrient intakes and overall survival of elderly Japanese. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000;9(1):7-11

11.  Furler J, Blackberry I, Manski-Nankervis J, O’Neal D. Commencing Insulin therapy for people with Type 2 Diabetes in General Practice. Diabetes management journal, Feb 2014

12.  O’Neal D, Blackberry I, Jenkins A, Furler J. Overcoming the Delay in Insulin Initiation in People with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes management journal, July 2013

13.  Darmadi-Blackberry I, Wahlqvist ML. Magnesium in human health. Current Therapeutics 2002;43:35-8

14.  Darmadi-Blackberry I, Wahlqvist ML. Selenium in human health. Current Therapeutics 2001;42:58-62 

Research projects

Centre of Research Excellence in Primary Health Care Research In Multimorbidity and Mental Health in a Multi-Ethnic Population (PRIME). National Medical Research Council Grant Singapore. 2017-2020

Improving Detection and management of dEmentia in older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders attending Primary Care (IDEA-PC). NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Grants. 2017-2020

Virtual Dementia Friendly Rural Community project. Commonwealth Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund. 2017-2019

Improving Palliative care Education and Training Using Simulation in Dementia (IMPETUS-D). Commonwealth Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund. 2017-2019

Telehealth in gestational diabetes. RFA UD. 2017

CHERISH: better, cheaper hospital care. Partners: QUT, Queensland Health. Funding: QLD Government Accelerate partnerships grant.

Well Ageing Vision and Engagement, Wangaratta (WAVE). Partner: Northeast Health Wangaratta. Funding body: Transforming Human Societies RFA 2016-17, Northeast Health Wangaratta, and Foundation of Rural and Regional Renewal.

Yackandandah District & Healthy And Resilient Together (YD-HART). Partner: Beechworth Health Services. Funding body: Foundation of Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) 2016-18.

Patterns of rural-urban migration among older adults in China. Partner: Yang Cheng, Beijing Normal University. Funding body: China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University 2016-17.

Service Navigation and Networking for Dementia in rural communities (SENDER app). Partners: Swinburne University, Heathcote Health, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, and Rural Northwest Health. Partner: Funding body: La Trobe University Building Health Communities Research Focus Area 2016-2017.

Webster Bendigo Dementia Care Project. Partner: Swinburne University, La Trobe Rural Health School. Funding body: Sandhurst Trustees. 

Flying Doctor Telehealth Specialist Service. Partner: SMARRT partnership and Royal Flying Doctors Victoria. Funding: Victoria Specialist Telehealth Clinic Funding 2017-2018.

The use of online interpreter in dementia assessment. Partner: National Ageing Research Institute, Melbourne Health, ECCV. Funding:  Alzheimer’s Australia grant 2017-2018. 

HelpDem: Skilled Volunteers for Dementia. Partner: SMARRT. Funding: Foundation for Rural, Regional and Remote CARA grant 2017. 

Best practice care in small rural health services. Partner and funding: SMARRT partnership.

Transition into rural aged care services. Funding body: Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and La Trobe University 

Enhanced care pathway for older people in rural area. Partners: the University of Melbourne, National Ageing Research Institute and Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. Funding body: La Trobe University

Improving care for older people with dementia in rural area. Partners: ACEBAC and North West Rural Health. Funding body: La Trobe University

Chronic kidney disease prevalence and management in people with type 2 diabetes in Australian general practice Partner: University of Melbourne Department of General Practice and Monash University School of Pharmacy. Funding body: Shepherd Foundation

GP-OSMOTIC: A randomised trial of continuous glucose monitoring in primary care for poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. Partner: University of Melbourne Department of General Practice, Leicester Diabetes Centre UK and Diabetes Australia Victoria Funding body: National Health and Medical Research Council