Collaborating Centre for
OLDER PERSON'S CARE
Older persons care

Older Person's Care

The Collaborative Centre for Older Person's Care (CCOPC) collaborates on research and scholarly activity relating to the provision of optimal care for older people in the acute, residential and community care settings.

Program Leader - Professor Isabel Higgins

Overview

The CCOPC collaborates on research and scholarly activity relating to the provision of optimal care for older people in the acute, residential and community care settings.

We respond to issues and concerns in pursuit of Person Centred Care for older people. We seek to understand the experience of older adults and their families or significant others in a range of contexts in which they deal with and manage their health concerns. Under-pinning our research is the imperative to build research evidence and capacity, work within a multi disciplinary framework and give nursing input and direction to policy and practice.

We actively seek collaborations that aim to have a maximum impact on health outcomes for older people. We make a contribution to the research community and scholarship within local, regional, national and international discussion groups and conferences.

Objectives

  • To conduct research that optimizes outcomes for older people in acute, residential and community care settings.
  • To collaborate on interdisciplinary research programs that informs policy and practice in relation to older person care.
  • To build capacity for the future within the community of older people and for a new generation of researchers.
  • To contribute to national and international debate on the health concerns and issues relating to older people.

Research themes

  • Pain and symptom management
    • Prevention of delirium
    • Assessment and management of pain
    • Evaluation, uptake and utility of clinical guidelines
  • Life transitions & end of life care
    • Nutrition & hydration at the end of life
    • Advance care planning
    • Ethical and moral issues in end of life care
  • Family and carers
    • Family member's and carer's needs
  • Models of care
    • Nurse led models of care for older people
    • Self-management of chronic disease
  • Professional and practice issues
    • Attitudes of health care workers towards older people
  • Workforce planning and development
    • Evaluation of clinical practice and standards
  • Our students
    • Family member experiences with older people in acute care settings
    • Pain assessment and management in older people in acute care settings and residential care
    • Cancer pain management
    • Ethical and moral issues in end of life care
    • Thai Chi & yoga in residential care
    • Diabetes and older women

Methodologies

Expertise includes qualitative methodologies, quantitative approaches, and mixed methods. In particular, we have experience in using action research, phenomenology, ethnography, critical ethnography, discourse analysis, case study, evaluation studies and RCTs in acute health care and residential aged care settings.