Research Conversation: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

Published: Thursday 3rd July 2014

The fourth consecutive Faculty of Health Sciences Research Conversation on 26 June was chaired by National Head of School Professor Mary Courtney with presentations by Professor Paul Fulbrook, Professor Colleen Doyle and Dr Muhammad Aziz Rahman.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine has extensive research expertise across a number of health research areas. This session covered research topics being undertaken in intensive care, aged care and epidemiology.

Professor Paul Fulbrook is a Professor of Nursing with over 20 years experience working in the nursing environment (primarily in critical care) in the contexts of education, research and practice development. Professor Fulbrook presented on a series of projects and baseline studies in regards to how interventions impact pressure injuries. His research on Pressure injury prevention covers risk assessment studies, cluster projects and surveys that identify knowledge gaps raised in higher education forums. An overview of these various research projects highlights the importance of prevalence studies, which moves on to knowledge and literature research, followed by an analysis of current tools used and intervention studies.

Professor Colleen Doyle joined ACU as Professor of Aged Care for Catholic Homes in 2012 and is concurrently a Principal Research Fellow at the National Ageing Research Institute. Her research project, Evaluation of telephone support for older adults living in the community, involves funding and collaborations by various institutions including the Department of Health, beyondblue and Windermere Foundation, amongst others. Professor Doyle presented on the various stages of her study which included: Strategies to improve awareness and prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); Awareness of depression and anxiety in pulmonary rehabilitation clinic attendees; Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) of telephone support for older people with COPD; Systematic review of telephone and internet support for people living with dementia and; Field trial of telephone and internet support for people living with dementia.

Dr Muhammad Aziz Rahman is a Senior Research Fellow at St Vincent’s Centre for Nursing Research (SVCNR) and the Cardiovascular Research Centre (CvRC). Dr Rahman presented on the hot topic of global tobacco control policies as part of his research project titled Challenge in tobacco control. He gave an insight on tobacco advertising in different parts of the world, various forms of smoking such as Bidi or Sheesha and perspectives of smoking cessation support from hospital guidelines. While quitting smoking is a cost effective solution, it is less effective than other interventions. Tobacco control serves as a vaccine which could prevent 1 in 10 deaths worldwide, but his research shows that there is a need for effective support for smoking cessation.

Research Conversation workshops are presented via videoconference to all ACU campuses, serving as a platform for the exchange of research interests and projects among the Faculty and wider university staff, postgraduate and higher degree research students. Previous workshops have covered research topics on Allied Health, Cognitive Psychology and Environmental Science.

The School of Physiotherapy will be presenting at the next Research Conversion on Thursday 21 August at 3.30pm.

The ACU Videoconference room venues are Melbourne campus – Rm 5.30; North Sydney campus – Tenison Woods House Lvl 16; Brisbane campus – Ac.22, Strathfield campus – Rm E2.45; Canberra campus – Rm 110 and Ballarat campus – Rm 503.

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