Current Projects

Visiting Pharmacist

The Visiting Pharmacist for Older People Living in the Community project implements and evaluates a novel model employing the expertise of a pharmacist to support older people, their carers and other healthcare professionals to support safe and effective medicines care in the community.

The pharmacist takes a comprehensive medicines history, reconciles all medicines and generates an accurate and current record of the person’s medicines regimen that can be shared with the entire health professional team. The pharmacist also provides specialist support and advice to the client, their carer(s) and the health team to promote person centred care, maximising the person’s independence with medicines management and reducing the risk of preventable adverse medicines events and errors.

Although this trial has not yet been completed, initial responses are showing a real need for this position and very positive outcomes for all involved.

DSS Diversity Education

Understanding and supporting the diverse needs of older Australians, and thus tailoring service provision to meet these needs, is an important component of enhancing the care experience for older Australians. This project aims to increase the knowledge, skills and uptake of knowledge into practice of aged care workers regarding awareness and actions related to diversity.

Twenty-four one-day workshops will be delivered nationally to approximately 600 aged care workers. The workshops will be evaluated through surveys and interviews, using an evidence-based evaluation framework, to assess knowledge, skills and uptake into practice of diversity principles. This will be done from the perspective of aged care workers (including registered and enrolled nurses, home care workers, allied health professionals and service and policy managers) and older Australians receiving care.

Injectable Therapy Initiation

In Australia, injectable therapy initiation and stabilisation is still rarely undertaken in the community setting, prolonging the time people with type 2 diabetes spend with sub-optimal blood-glucose levels and increasing their risks of long-term complications.

RDNS is leading a collaboration to shift care away from acute and sub-acute care settings by linking nurses working in the community with general practitioners, credentialed diabetes educators and endocrinologists to broaden the skills of the workforce and provide much needed support to the sub-acute sector. If successful, this model of care will reduce current delays to initiation of injection therapies and improve glycaemic management.

Wellness and Re-enablement

In order to make the mental health and physical care services more effective and accessible for those who live with mental illness, RDNS and Mental Illness Fellowship are trialling an integrated holistic wellness and re-enablement model of care.

The ‘wellness’ approach relates to the state of optimal health, especially when proper diet, exercise and meaningful social engagement are incorporated and there is a relationship between the quality of physical needs and social enviornment. ‘Re-enablement’ on the other hand refers to the assistance provided to an individual to accommodate their health issue by learning, re-learning or engaging with skills to effectively manage their condition in order to participate in everyday life.

NHMRC Partnership Centre

The NHMRC Partnership Centre – Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People (known as the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre – CDPC) will deliver nine major impacts that will contribute to improved quality of care for older people with dementia and their carers, and better evidence and information for service providers and decision makers.

These major impacts are based on key issues identified by the funding partners in conjunction with the investigator team and they relate to the following themes: improved service planning; developing and implementing new approaches to support informal carers; assisting with the end-of-life decision making process; reducing stigma; building the size and quality of the aged care workforce; improving regulations; promoting responsible medication management; developing and disseminating up-to-date clinical guidelines; and implementing proven models of care.

www.sydney.edu.au/medicine/cdpc

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