New research report outlines thought leadership and innovation in relationship-based care

HammondCare’s commitment to a vision of continuous improvement in the care of those most in need in areas such as complex dementia, palliative care and positive ageing has been demonstrated in its latest research report.

HammondCare, regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative health and aged care providers, has outlined details of 36 research projects; 38 grants, awards and education studies; and 85 publications and presentations in the period covered by the Research Report 2020.

HammondCare Chief Executive Mike Baird said the COVID-19 pandemic had posed challenges but the research work of clinicians, academics and allied health professionals located across HammondCare services continued regardless.

“Our excellent research program plays an important role in increasing our knowledge and understanding of what best practise care is so we can deliver on our mission to improve quality of life for people in need,” Mr Baird said.

HammondCare Executive Director Research, Associate Professor Colm Cunningham, said data-driven, evidence-based research was vital to supporting HammondCare’s Models of Care that put the needs of individuals first.

“Members of the research team at HammondCare have remained focused and productive, displaying their passion for building expertise as thought leaders in relationship-based care,” A/Prof Cunningham said.

Examples of some to the research underway or completed during the period include:

  • Effectiveness of resistance and aerobic exercise for people with cancer-related pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
  • Optimising end-of-life care for people living with dementia: a qualitative study of residential aged care staff perspectives.
  • Understanding spiritual encounters and requirements of patients living with serious illnesses.
  • Virtual reality in the treatment of cancer-related pain.
  • Paramedics delivering palliative and end of life care in community-based settings: a systematic integrated review.
  • The Advance Project: Initiating advance care planning and palliative care for people living with dementia through training and resources for care providers.

A/Prof Cunningham said the support of donors and supporters like the HammondCare Foundation, Cancer Australia, the Ian Potter Foundation and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) had been essential to many projects.

In the report, Mr Baird acknowledged the work of former Head of Research Professor Chris Poulos, who stepped down last year to focus on his research passion in positive aging, reablement and rehabilitation. The Research Report 2020 “reflects his incredible leadership of our research strategy”, Mr Baird said.

To download of copy of the Research Report 2020, click here.