Research conference aims for a healthier Gold Coast

Gold Coast Health clinicians and researchers will partner with academics from Griffith, Bond and Southern Cross universities for a three-day conference aimed at delivering better health outcomes for the Gold Coast through strong research collaborations.

The inaugural Gold Coast Health Research Week Conference kicks off on 27 November with a pre-conference event hosted by the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Across three days, conference attendees will participate in 10 themed sessions ranging in topic from changing service delivery, to building workforce capacity and supporting healthy habits, plus a range of workshops focused on building research capability and a public forum on dementia caregiving and technology.

Gold Coast Health’s Office for Research Governance and Development Acting Director Dr Greta Ridley said the health service had a strong and sustained focus on world class research to deliver improved patient care and health outcomes.

“We’ve developed a wonderful program of high-quality research presentations, networking opportunities, panel discussions and workshops for our Research Week conference,” Dr Ridley said.

“Our goal is to create a space in which academic and clinical collaborations can flourish so that residents of the Gold Coast will benefit from cutting edge healthcare.”

Members of the public are invited to the Dementia Caregiving and Technology Public Forum on Tuesday night (28 Nov) , to hear a range of presentations on research in dementia, including:

  • Griffith’s Professor Wendy Moyle will share research outcomes which show that robotic pet therapy can have positive benefits for people with dementia in long-term care, such as reduced anxiety and a decreased tendency to wander.
  • Professor Helen Chenery (Bond University): Smart communication technology and conversational breakdown in dementia – An interdisciplinary perspective
  • Dr Theresa Scott (University of Queensland): Dementia and driving
  • Dr Jacki Liddle (University of Queensland): We need the experts – Developing technology with people living with dementia and their care partners to support communication.

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