In this ground-breaking book, Professor Tracey McDonald, RSL LifeCare Chair of Ageing at the Australian Catholic University, explores some of the many issues arising from an ageing population, ageing veterans and community health. Many of the projects presented in the book have been awarded Better Practice Awards by the Australian Government and provide inspiration to aged care service providers keen to improve their services. Professor McDonald has developed practice-driven research, an approach that fully involves clinical nurses and carers in striving to understand the work they are doing, and to improve on it. This approach has been developed in collaboration with the clinical nurses, therapists and managers at RSL LifeCare, and addresses the issues of relevance and appropriateness of research in solving practical, day-to-day problems within the Aged Care setting. It will appeal to all involved with the aged care industry, particularly managers and leaders at all levels, and also bridges the theory-practice gap by providing an overview of practice-driven research for health sciences students within the Australian University environment.
Professor Tracey McDonald has been involved in nursing, health and aged care since 1965 in various ways including tertiary education, management, policy development and legislation review. Her Ministerial appointment to the Australian National Lead Clinicians Group builds on her active involvement in social policy and ageing with United Nations Expert groups, and World Health Organisation involvement on the Expert Research Review Panel and the World Alliance for Patient Safety.She is a reviewer with the National Health and Medical Research Council and chairs the Royal College of Nursing Australia Faculty of Health and Wellbeing in Ageing.
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Explores the many issues arising from an ageing population
Presents a new research approach practice-driven research that fully involves clinical nurses and carers striving to understand the work they are doing and to improve upon it