Inclusion, enquiry, collaboration, respect, leadership
To facilitate, support and implement multidisciplinary education and research across the health care continuum in collaboration with local, national and international partners and industry.
- To conduct programs of research that encompass quality, safety and risk management to enhance personalised care and optimise outcomes for people who use Barwon Health services.
- To mentor and support nurses, allied health and other health professionals to participate in research activities.
- To translate relevant research findings into education programs, healthcare policy and clinical practice.
- To establish multidisciplinary local, national and international research collaborations, including within Barwon Health, Deakin University, the Western Alliance and industry.
Current programs of research
Our research addresses national priority areas such as:
- Diabetes and its related complications/consequences i.e. cardiovascular disease, incontinence, frailty, polypharmacy, falls, dementia and hypoglycaemia, which are associated with high service use and health care costs and reduced life expectancy. Increasing age is a risk factor for diabetes and its complications: 280 Australians with diabetes die every day: one person with diabetes in the world dies every six seconds. Type 2 diabetes is the most significant cause of disease, treatment, medicine and self-care burdens.
- Embedding evidence into service delivery to address the fundamental care needs of older people with complex care needs, with a specific focus on the care of older people with continence issues and those with a diagnosis of dementia.
- Consumer engagement and communication.
Our research is organised into three main research programs that focus on helping people live positively, proactively identify and manage risk, and maintain dignity and quality of life and achieve a ‘good death’. The program areas are inter-related and encompass a range of specific research projects. The three programs are:
- Diabetes, ageing and palliative and end of life care
- Continence care and ageing
- Communication for quality and safety in health care
Current research projects
- Developing information to enable older persons with diabetes, their families and healthcare professionals to discuss palliative and end of life care
- Communication and language concerning palliative and end of life care
- Enhancing personal and continence care to promote physiological autonomy and manage risk for people who are care-dependent