Current & Completed Research

Current research

Area Study Role Collaborators
Aged care Evaluation of the Brightwater residential aged care facility refurbishment Lead Internal
Aged care Outcome measures in aged care: Development of the Brightwater Aged Care Outcomes Measurement Framework Lead Internal
Aged care Outcomes in aged care: Implementation and evaluation of the Brightwater Aged Care Outcomes Measurement and its impact Lead Internal
Aged care Nurse Practitioner led medication simplification in residential aged care Lead Monash University (Centre for Medicine Use & Safety)
Aged care Nutritional analysis of Brightwater menus in residential aged care Lead Internal
Aged care Quantifying contact networks for COVID-19 outbreak preparedness Chief Investigator Curtin University, Telethon Kids Institute, University of Melbourne, University of Western Australia
Aged care Reducing COVID-19 related risk in Residential Aged Care Facilities: A WA sector-wide approach for the culturally and linguistically diverse workforce and residents with cognitive impairment Lead University of Western Australia (School of Social Sciences; WA Centre for Health & Ageing)
Aged care The BAN-Dep Trial: A trial to decrease the prevalence of depression in older Australians Associate Investigator University of Western Australia (Medical School), University of Melbourne (Psychiatry), University of York (Psychiatry), Melbourne Health (Aged Care)
Aged care The cognitive basis of resilience in older adults living in the community Partner University of Western Australia (School of Psychological Science), Oxford University (Oxford Centre for Emotions & Affective Neuroscience)
Brain injury & Aged care An intervention to support children and youth impacted by a family member with an acquired brain injury or younger onset dementia Lead The University of Western Australia (School of Psychological Science)
Brain injury Characteristics of Brightwater clients with an acquired brain injury (1991-2017): Understanding influences of outcomes [data linkage study] Lead University of Western Australia (School of Population and Global Health)
Brain injury Measuring the complexity and outcomes of brain injury rehabilitation and support services at Brightwater (‘Complexity of ABI’ study):
Stage 1: Measuring the complexity of clients with an acquired brain injury
Stage 2: Evaluation of ABI client functional and psychosocial outcomes
Lead Internal
Brain injury Measuring client outcomes and service impact of the brain injury rehabilitation services
Stage 3: Service model evaluation
Stage 4: Measuring client outcomes and service impact
Lead Internal
Disability A continence service model to improve independence and quality of life, and reduce cost of care for catastrophically injured clients Lead Insurance Commission of Western Australia
Huntington’s Disease Nutrition and Huntington’s Disease: Comparison between specialised and non- specialised facilities Lead Internal

Current student research

Area Study Role Collaborators
Brain injury The impact of post-acute rehabilitation over time on community participation and functional independence outcomes for adults with acquired brain injury PhD Supervisor Curtin University (School of Allied Health)
Brain injury Augmenting communication among persons with aphasia: Can gesture lend a hand? Partner The University of Western Australia (School of Psychological Science)
Brain injury The relationship between thinking skills and daily functioning in adults with brain injuries Partner The University of Western Australia (School of Psychological Science)
Brain injury An investigation of apathy as a predictor of functional outcomes in individuals with acquired brain injury Partner The University of Western Australia (School of Psychological Science)
Brain injury Prospective memory as a neuropsychological predictor of outcome in adults with acquired brain injury Partner The University of Western Australia (School of Psychological Science)

Completed research

2020

Study Collaborators Years
Assessment of food and mealtime satisfaction in residential aged care; a trigger for change Internal 2019-2020
Food additives and severe dementia in the elderly: Effect on agitation Internal 2019-2020
Measures of nutrition across Brightwater residential aged care Internal 2019-2020
Prevalence, impact and management of cognitive sensory impairment in people living in supported residential care settings in Australia, UK & South Africa University of Manchester, Ear Science Institute Australia, Lions Eye Institute 2019-2020
Prevalence, patterns, and predictors of multimorbidity in adults with acquired brain injury at admission to staged community-based rehabilitation Internal 2019-2020
Quality of life after an acquired brain injury: A retrospective analysis of Brightwater clients undergoing graduated slow-stream rehabilitation University of Western Australia (Medicine School) 2017-2020
The role of the Nurse Practitioner in managing medication complexity Internal 2019-2020
PhD: A multidimensional investigation of metacognition and its association with outcomes in individuals with acquired brain injury University of Western Australia (School of Psychological Science) 2018-2020
PhD: Neuropsychological predictors of outcome following acquired brain injury in adults University of Western Australia (School of Psychological Science) 2016-2020

2019

Study Collaborators Years
A discourse intervention for people with traumatic brain injury Curtin University (School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology) 2018-2019
Advance care planning for persons with dementia through supported decision making University of Western Australia (School of Primary, Aboriginal and rural health; School of Psychology; Rural Clinical School), University of Sydney University of Technology Sydney, SA Health 2016-2019
Brightwater approach to Palliative Care: An evidence based, organisation wide service model Internal 2018-2019
Clinical communication and handover in Residential Aged Care Edith Cowan University (School of Medical and Health Sciences) 2019
Continence and brain injury: Improving independence and quality of life, and reducing cost of care Insurance Commission of Western Australia 2018-2019
Executive functions and discourse performance in people with cognitive-communication deficits Curtin University (School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology) 2019
GRASP Program - Evaluation of occupational based upper limb rehabilitation with Brightwater clients Curtin University (School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology) 2018-2019
Identification and recommendations of educational resources for families of persons with acquired brain injury Curtin University (School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology) 2018-2019
Improving cognitive and functional capacity older people through an exercise prescription approach University of South Australia (School of Health Sciences), Edith Cowan University, Helping Hand (SA) 2017-2019
Knowledge attitudes and practices of healthcare professionals in the management of sensory impairment with concurrent dementia University of Western Australia (School of Medicine) 2019
Music-based GAIT training in an acquired brain injury population University of Western Australia (School of Human Sciences) 2019
Occupational therapists’ perceptions of risk in aged care Edith Cowan University (School of Medical and Health Sciences) 2019
Randomised trial to improve the quality of life of people with dementia (RAPID trial) University of Western Australia (Western Australia Centre for Health & Ageing) 2017-2019
Residential aged care workers’ perspectives on the dignity of risk Edith Cowan University (School of Medical and Health Sciences)  
The influence of type of stroke on rehabilitation outcomes in a community setting: Considerations for rehabilitation planning Internal 2019
The relationship between thinking skills & daily functioning in adults with brain injuries University of Western Australia (School of Psychological Science) 2014-2019
Time between injury and community rehabilitation following acquired brain injury: Impact on functional outcomes and independence Kings College London (Regional Hyperacute Rehabilitation Unit, Northwick Park Hospital) 2019
Transforming risk: Understanding positive risk for people with a disability or acquired brain injury Curtin University (School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology) 2018-2019
Wound management clinical trial for clients receiving care under Home Care Packages Internal 2019
Translating evidence-based outcomes measures into practice at Brightwater Disability services Internal 2018-2019
Understanding comorbidities of people with an acquired brain injury to inform treatment decisions Internal 2018-2019
Using assistive technologies to improve independence and reduce cost of care for residents (and people) with a traumatic brain injury undergoing community rehabilitation Insurance Commission of Western Australia 2018-2019
Yarning together: Developing a culturally secure rehabilitation approach for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury Edith Cowan University (School of Medical and Health Sciences) 2018-2019

2018

Study Collaborators Years
Can using assistive technology for continence difficulties have a positive impact on psychosocial wellbeing in the traumatic brain injury population? Curtin University (School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science) 2018
Identifying barriers and priority areas for building workforce capacity in pharmacoepidemiology research University of Western Australia (School of Population and Global Health), University of New South Wales (Centre for Big Data Research in Health) 2017-2018
Investigating the perspectives of older adults in residential aged care on issues related to oral health-related quality of life Edith Cowan University (School of Medical and Health Sciences) 2018
The impact of a tailored dance program on physical activity, sedentary behaviour, physical function, attitudes and perceived benefits for older adults living in residential aged care facilities Curtin University (School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science) 2018
Professional views and experiences in facilitating decision making among people with dementia University of Western Australia (School of Primary, Aboriginal and rural health; School of Psychology; Office of research enterprise), University of Sydney (Faculty of Law), HammondCare (NSW), Helping Hand (SA) 2016-2018
Understanding community views on supported decision making University of Western Australia (School of Primary, Aboriginal and rural health; School of Psychology; Office of research enterprise, Law School, Rural Clinical School), University of Sydney (Faculty of Law), University of Western Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, HammondCare (NSW), Helping Hand (SA) 2016-2018

2017

Study Collaborators Years
An interprofessional education toolkit for staff in residential aged care University of Western Australia (School of Population Health; School of Medicine; Office of Research Enterprise) 2016-2017
Increasing productivity opportunities for people with acquired brain injury: Evaluating the impact of the Giving Back Program Curtin University (School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology) 2016-2017
Investigating the impact of ‘Nil by Mouth’ recommendations on prevalence of cerumen impaction and hearing acuity in elderly adults University of Western Australia (Medical School) 2017
Matching expectations to experiences of family members of people with acquired brain injury after the first year of rehabilitation Curtin University (School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology) 2016-2017
Oral hygiene in residential aged care facilities: Perspectives of carers and stakeholders University of Western Australia (School of Medicine) 2017
Self-efficacy to complete personal self-care activities of daily living among women with acquired brain injury: Evaluating the outcomes of the Pride and Vanity project Curtin University (School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology) 2016-2017
Understanding the impact of socialisation robots on the social engagement of older adults with cognitive decline University of Western Australia (School of Surgery); Surgical Realities Ltd; Alzheimers WA 2016-2017

2016

Study Collaborators Years
Evaluating the outcomes for Interprofessional Education programs in residential aged care University of Western Australia (School of Population Health; School of Medicine; Office of Research Enterprise) 2013-2016
Overview of Brightwater’s resident participants from the INSPIRED Study: demographics, clinical determinants, quality of life and consumer preferences Flinders University (Discipline of Rehabilitation, Aged and Extended Care), Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, National Health and Medical Research Council 2014-2016

Frequently asked questions

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  • Can I volunteer with the Brightwater Research Centre?

    Yes!

    Volunteers help our research centre with data collection, data analysis, literature reviews and more.

    Please visit our Research Volunteers page for more information.

  • What sort of research do you conduct?

    All of our research is focused on improving the quality of life of our residents and clients, therefore most of our research is practical and applied in a care/community setting.

    Our priorities are brain health, brain injury rehabilitation, independence, ageing well, dementia care, quality of life, Huntington’s disease and nutrition.

    For more information, see our Current Research page.

  • What are the steps involved in gaining approval to conduct research at Brightwater?

    Step 1

    Complete the Brightwater Research Enquiry
    Note: Enquiries are to be submitted one week prior to scheduled meeting dates. The outcome of the research enquiry will be within one week of these dates

    Step 2

    If your research enquiry is considered feasible for Brightwater, you will be invited to complete the Brightwater Research Application form.
    Note: Research applications go to the Brightwater Research Centre or Steering Committee for approval

    Step 3

    Once your research application is approved, complete all required legal and administrative documentation.

    Step 4

    Commence your research study!

     

  • Can I donate to the Brightwater Research Centre?

    Donations can be used to fund research studies at Brightwater.

    Click here to learn more about donations.

  • Can I partner with Brightwater for my research project?

    Please submit the Brightwater Research Enquiry.

    You will be informed of the outcome of the enquiry within one week of the scheduled meeting dates.