Judy Lowthian

Judy is Principal Research Fellow in the RDNS Institute and a Senior Research fellow at Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She holds an honorary appointment with Alfred Health. Her research is underpinned by a clinical background in speech pathology rehabilitation and health service management in Australia and the UK. Her specific interest is health services research designed to improve the quality and safety of care for older patients, and the coordination and integration of services during transition to and from hospital. Areas of published scholarship include: epidemiological and intervention studies in pre-hospital and emergency care, evaluation studies of primary care and acute hospital programs, and medication safety in older patients. In the past five years, Judy has been the recipient of numerous competitive grants and prizes/awards, including an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. She serves on national and international committees that focus on improving geriatric emergency & acute care. Current research projects include: Hospitals and patients Working in Unity (HOW R U?), Older Women Living Alone (OWLa), Veteran Family’s Mental Health Toolkit.

Judy will be presenting The role of research in aged and health care services.

Aged care and health services for older people should have a strong foundation in research evidence. This is an important game changer for funders and consumers.  Through research we can answer such questions as: what type of service will deliver the best outcomes for older people? and Is the service cost-effective? In the era of consumer-directed care consumers need to (and want to) know that they will benefit from a service. Funders need to be assured that money is being well spent. This presentation will provide a case study of a research institute embedded within Australia’s largest independent not-for-profit health and aged care provider.  Our innovative research and knowledge translation approaches, using examples from our research into models of dementia care, social isolation and medication management, will demonstrate how we are contributing to the evidence based practice and policy game within our organisation and in the broader arena.

Tuesday Concurrent Session C3: Bringing a New Focus, 11.00am-11.30am