Dementia Research Fellows at HammondCare

Dementia Care Sydney

There is a growing shortage of people who have experience with dementia. But there are a number of people who have a great deal of knowledge about the disease and can help make a difference. This article introduces some of them. They include Professor Melanie Lovell, Associate Professor Josephine Clayton, Professor Andrew Cole and Dr Christopher Poulos. These individuals have all been involved in research in the field of dementia and can share their knowledge with you.

Professor Melanie Lovell

Dementia care is an integral part of treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at HammondCare are currently involved in a number of clinical trials to improve the quality¬†Dementia Care Sydney of life of people living with dementia. Professor Lovell has also conducted many scientific studies and contributed to several publications. She also serves as a clinical senior lecturer at Sydney Medical School. In addition to her clinical practice, Professor Lovell contributes to many different research groups, including the Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine.

Associate Professor Josephine Clayton

Research into dementia and its effects on health is an area of growing importance for the Australian population. Associate Professor Josephine Clayton has spearheaded research into the dementia care of older people. Through her research, she is helping to shape the way the health care system works and educates future health professionals. This position involves assisting Professor Clayton in her research and provides high level support to the team. As a Research Fellow, you will also be responsible for assisting Professor Clayton with research projects, including writing research funding applications and data analysis. You will also be working with fellow post-doctoral researchers, developing research skills and experience.

Professor Andrew Cole

A new dementia care facility is coming to Sydney: The Meadows. This Y-shaped facility offers care to those with mild to moderate dementia in cottages that look just like homes. Dementia patients have en suite facilities in their own rooms, and carers meet around a central kitchen counter. The facility does not have the usual facilities that can aggravate the dementia condition. It is designed to provide a more home-like atmosphere for residents.

Professor Christopher Poulos

Associate Professor Christopher Poulos has been appointed as the inaugural Hammond Chair of Positive Ageing and Care at the University of New South Wales, starting in mid-March. The Chair is supported by a grant from the Department of Health and Ageing through the HammondCare organisation. This post will act as the centrepiece of the HammondCare Clinical Training Centre, which will host student placements and research.

Associate Professor Janine Stevenson

Research is an essential part of dementia care. As a Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Associate Professor Janine Stevenson at Dementia Care Sydney is a leader in the field. She is also a published author, and has lectured extensively to health practitioners. Currently, she is the Chair of the Age and Ageing Clinical Academic Group at the University of Sydney. She has presented her research at a variety of national and international conferences.

Visiting Research Fellow Kirsty Beilharz

Music and its role in improving quality of life is a powerful topic in aged care, according to Visiting Research Fellow Kirsty Beileharz at Dementia Care Sydney. Kirsty Beilharz is a composer and former Director of Music Engagement at HammondCare. She has also conducted research on the impact of music on the well-being of elderly people with dementia.


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