Associate Professor Lyn Phillipson recognised by the dementia centre for research collaboration

The Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) has awarded UOW Associate Professor Lyn Phillipson a research grant for a project which helps enhance communication between people with dementia and their care providers.

The Implementing Research Evidence into Practice Grant, worth $50,000, is intended to support the implementation into practice of an existing dementia product or program that has previously been developed and piloted.

Professor Phillipson’s project Adaption, implementation and evaluation of the ‘Talking Mats for Supported Home Care Planning’ intervention for people with dementia focuses on training and studying the use of ‘Talking Mats’ within two aged care providers to promote greater engagement of people with dementia in the active planning of what supports they want from their ‘consumer directed’care packages.

Talking Mats, developed by speech and language pathologists at the University of Stirling in Scotland, are a visual tool to aide thinking and provide support for people with communication difficulties to express their views about things that matter to them. The mats can be physical or digital and use picture symbols to help people communicate. They can have a positive impact on the quality of life of people with dementia.

Professor Phillipson, an award-winning public health academic in the School of Health and Society, says she is delighted to be awarded the DCRC grant.

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