Evidence for change CDPC conference

Seminar audience

Research teams, dementia advocates, stakeholders and collaborators attended the “Evidence for change, improving dementia care” 2018 Annual conference in Canberra on 16-17 October, to hear about research on improving care for people with dementia.

CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council, Professor Anne Kelso AO, welcomed the attendees of the two-day conference where project teams presented on evidence to improve and change practice, models of care and systems.

With the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety slated to begin in early 2019, the issue of how we can use research to change practice, models of care and systems to improve the quality of aged care is crucial.

CDPC Director, Professor Sue Kurrle spoke about the CDPC’s strong focus of involving consumers and industry partners in the research process to facilitate the implementation of knowledge; from research into clinical guidelines, reablement, workforce training to medication management.

In the “Promoting function and maintaining independence” session Professor Chris Poulos, who is a consultant physician in rehabilitation medicine at one of CDPC’s aged care partners, HammondCare, spoke about the challenges of implementing reablement programs.

“The real world is always more complex than the research environment, which needs to balance affordability against ‘dose’”.

Professor Poulos also stressed the importance of not only introducing ‘evidence-informed’ programs but the need to also evaluate their effectiveness, once implemented.

In this stream Professor Lindy Clemson, Lead Investigator of the Care of Persons with Dementia in the Environment (COPE) project team emphasised the benefits the program provides to participants in improving and maintaining functional dependence with functional decline being a key feature and risk factor of dementia.

The “Putting the person first – tools to make it a reality” session covered research from supported decision making, public attitudes to dementia to best models of care for people with dementia.

Professor Sarah Hilmer in the “Medication Management” session spoke about the role of goals of care in medication deprescribing for people with dementia and the clinical tools her project team developed that make it easier for clinicians to reduce inappropriate medication prescribing to people with dementia.

In the final session, “Empowering the workforce to drive change” Annaliese Blair spoke about the longitudinal study of aged care staff and patients on what constitutes quality of care.

"The recent distressing disclosures of staff care in aged care facilities has highlighted the important role of staff on quality of care and life for of people in aged care," she said.

Link to the full list of CDPC 2018 Conference presentations here.
Link to the photos below here.