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Interdisciplinary innovation in aged care: the Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facility program


Robinson, AL and Lea, EJ and Elliott, Kate-Ellen and Annear, MJ and Eccleston, CEA and Doherty, KV, Interdisciplinary innovation in aged care: the Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facility program, IAGG 2017, 23-27 July 2017, San Francisco, California, USA (2017) [Conference Extract]

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In 2011 the Wicking Centre at UTAS initiated a program to develop Teaching Aged Care Facilities (TACF). The TACF program deployed an action research approach to support the implementation of large scale multi-disciplinary student placements, while concurrently executing a program of organisational development. The program findings reveal a 1400% increase in student placements, involving nine disciplines and 716 students across six RACFs over four years. Moreover, in four RACFs student placements have not only been sustained since 2014, but have expanded to include additional disciplines. Evidence of statistically significant improvements in dementia knowledge (p=.01) (DKAT2) and improvements in students’ collaborative practice (p=.01) and inter-professional attitudes (p=.02) (UWEIPQ) are apparent, while qualitative data indicates improved care for residents. A key outcome has been enhanced organisational research readiness, with 72 staff functioning as active research participants, such that it now includes a third stream related to care redesign.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Teaching aged care facilities; interdisciplinary education; student placements; dementia
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Robinson, AL (Professor Andrew Robinson)
UTAS Author:Lea, EJ (Dr Emma Lea)
UTAS Author:Elliott, Kate-Ellen (Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott)
UTAS Author:Annear, MJ (Dr Michael Annear)
UTAS Author:Eccleston, CEA (Dr Claire Eccleston)
UTAS Author:Doherty, KV (Dr Kathleen Doherty)
ID Code:121392
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2017-09-27
Last Modified:2017-11-27
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