Hospital Care

Older people are the majority users of Victorian hospitals and health services. NARI's research in this area is driven by a continuing commitment to improving the experience of older people accessing health services and to facilitate the provision of the best possible care. NARI’s work in this area is enabled by strong links to government agencies and service providers.

Project leader for Improving Care for Older People in Hospital is Paulene Mackell.

Improving care for older people in hospital

NARI is collaborating with the Continuing Care team of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Victorian Health sector to update and expand the evidence-based resource Best care for older people everywhere: The Toolkit. This third edition will be web based and include new and updated information for clinicians and consumers.

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Evaluation of Health Services Guardianship Liaison Officer (HSGLO) pilot

The HSGLO pilot focused on working with health services to resolve guardianship and complex discharge decisions for older people.

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Exploratory Study of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Assessment and Planning Unit: pilot results and suggestions for further research

Due to the increase in hospital admissions and a reduction in inpatient beds over recent years hospitals have had to consider structural reforms and implement new models of care such as assessment and planning units (APUs) or medical assessment and planning units (MAPUs).

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Development of fact sheets for clinicians, service managers and quality teams to improve the care of older people in hospital.

Fact sheets for professionals are being created in collaboration with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services about improving care of older people in hospital. Topics include care related to cognitive impairment, multimorbidity, adverse events, advance care planning and comprehensive assessment.

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Evaluation of the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service Hospital Extension

The Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) is providing mentoring support to a sample of acute hospitals throughout Victoria. The key objectives of the Mentorship Program are to trial and evaluate appropriate DBMAS roles and models for BPSD capacity building in the hospital sector.