2021 MHIQ Healthcare Practice and Survivorship for Dementia Month

2021 MHIQ Healthcare Practice and Survivorship for Dementia Month

Principal speaker

Dr Mike Todorovic

Other speakers

Dr Lihui Pu Dr Katarzyna Lion Professor Wendy Moyle

2021 Menzies Health Institute Queensland Program Seminar Series

Healthcare Practice and Survivorship for Dementia Month

Day 1 - Monday 27 September 2021

Presenter 1: Dr Mike Todorovic

Title: What do we know about pain in the older person and people with dementia?

Seminar Overview -

Contrary to popular belief, pain is not a normal process of aging. However, the risk of experiencing pain, and dementia, significantly increase with age. Nursing home studies have shown that greater than 50% of residents experience pain regularly, with most of these individuals having a diagnosis of dementia. This presentation will review what we know about pain in the older person and examine why those with dementia are at an increased risk.

Speaker Biography -

Dr Mike Todorovic is a Senior Lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and an active researcher within the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. His research focuses on understanding and treating neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr Todorovic is an active health communicator and medical educator with a fortnightly segment on ABC Radio QLD and NSW, a successful medical podcast, and a YouTube channel that has garnered over 200,000 subscribers and 15 million views.

Presenter 2: Dr Lihui Pu

Title: Can a Robotic Seal support people living with dementia and chronic pain?

Seminar Overview -

Up to 80% of people with dementia in residential aged care facilities experience some type of pain. However, because of their declining brain function and abilities, they may be less able to communicate to their carers that they are in pain. This can result in under-treatment of their pain, and reduced quality of life. This presentation will discuss the benefits of interaction with a robotic seal (PARO) to reduce pain and medication use in residents living with dementia.

Speaker Biography -

Dr Lihui Pu is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. Her work has focused on the use of technologies, including the social robot PARO to support older people, in particular people with dementia with chronic pain. She is currently working on using technologies (the PainChek app and PARO robot) to support pain assessment and management in people living with dementia.

Day 2 - Tuesday 28 September 2021

Presenter 1: Dr Katarzyna Lion

Title: How coronavirus restrictions impacted people living with dementia and their carers in Australia.

Seminar Overview -

The coronavirus pandemic related changes and restrictions resulted in changes to aged care services delivery, both within home and residential settings. Therefore, they impacted the everyday life of people living with dementia and their families. This presentation will focus on describing informal carers' perspectives on implemented changes and restrictions, their experiences, challenges faced, and their feelings during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic in Australia.

Speaker Biography -

Dr Katarzyna Lion is a Research Fellow at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. Her research expertise covers the aspects of improving quality of life, care and reducing the level of stigmatisation among people diagnosed with dementia and their informal carers.

She has been involved in many research projects focusing on novel and innovative approaches to care and support of people living with dementia in Europe. Currently, she is looking into developing a dementia-dedicated stigma tool and testing technological solutions to improve quality of care for people living with dementia.

Presenter 2: Professor Wendy Moyle

Title: Consumer and provider perspectives on technologies used within Australian aged care.

Seminar Overview -

An ageing population demands different resources, brings unique challenges, and benefits, and has an economic impact. Technology may help us manage some of these challenges and realise the benefits. This presentation presents the findings of a cross-sectional survey of the aged care technology needs from the perspectives of consumers and providers. We recruited a convenience sample of individuals 18 years or older who identified as an older adult (n=133); informal family caregiver of an older adult (n= 27); and/or clinician, healthcare practitioner, and aged care service provider (n=148). We identified seven themes: increased use of technology due to COVID-19 requirements for isolation; the need for simpler technology; challenges of accessing government-funded Australian aged care services online; time, cost and privacy as barriers to use; improved awareness and training; the importance of in-person connection; and streamlining aged care administration systems. Technologies used in aged care are currently not meeting end-user needs.

Speaker Biography -

Professor Wendy Moyle is the Program Director, Healthcare Practice & Survivorship in MHIQ and Professor of Nursing, at Griffith University. Wendy's research expertise is in dementia, depression, and delirium. Her research focuses on finding evidence for best practice in care of older people and those with dementia and improving quality of life. She has a keen interest in technologies, and, within a social robotics laboratory, she develops and evaluates assistive technologies and social robots.

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Day 1 - Monday, 27 September 2021




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