HammondCare releases 2016 research report

HammondCare has released its latest research report, featuring updates on more than 76 projects across palliative care, dementia, ageing, rehabilitation, pain management, advance care planning and spirituality.

RR 2016 v2Head of HammondCare’s Research and Aged Care Clinical Services, Professor Chris Poulos, said research allowed the organisation to build the knowledge and skills necessary to improve care services, manage resources effectively and encourage creativity and co-operation.

“A large component of the research we do makes its way into routine care,” he said.

“By putting existing research findings into real world practices, and then evaluating the outcomes, we are on a continual pathway of innovation and growth.

“HammondCare has never stood still in pursuit of improving outcomes for patients and residents. Our commitment to sharing our knowledge and working with other aged care and healthcare providers has resulted in a number of national and international organisations adopting and implementing findings from our research.”

In 2016 HammondCare secured more than $3 million in grants and funding for research projects, including $1.4 million for the HammondCare-led consortium for the Advance Project, a national training program for general practice nurses to improve advance care planning and palliative care.

Highlights of the report include

  • HammondCare staff involved in 51 peer-reviewed journal articles, 14 technical reports and 11 industry and magazine articles
  • Attendance and presentation at 125 academic conferences and industry seminars
  • 15 academic degrees supervision and supervision of nine higher research degrees.
  • 76 research projects in the fields of: palliative care, dementia, restorative care, rehabilitation, pain management, advance care planning and the spiritual aspects of care.

Notable projects from the report

  1. Let’s talk about it: A survey of staff at Neringah Hospital, with a focus on the sexuality of people receiving palliative care. Staff provided suggestions and insights on how to best approach the topic
  2. Going to stay at home: This project provided a six-day intensive residential carer education program designed to provide family carers, who have a family member with dementia, the tools to manage their journey. The success of the GTSAH project has seen it replicated by an aged care provider in the Netherlands-
  3. Carer wellbeing guide: Focused on helping dementia carers to understand the importance of their own wellbeing and providing strategies for improving wellbeing. The guide emphasises the impact this can have on the standard of care the person with dementia receives
  4. Cannabis survey: A survey conducted on 200+ patients exploring not only the need for cannabis-based trials, but the patients’ views and approaches to the treatment
  5. Intervene Two: This project addresses barriers that reduce the ability of care staff to engage in pain management for people living with dementia in residential care.

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