Queensland Seniors Week – HaBS experts available

16 Aug 2018

UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences experts are available to comment during Queensland Seniors Week, August 18 to August 26. Journalists can contact the experts below or search by topic or name at UQ Experts.

Professor Nancy Pachana, School of Psychology

Research interests: Assessment and cognitive-behavioural treatment of late-life anxiety; early detection of dementia; driving and dementia; women's health issues in later life; assessment and treatment of anxiety in Parkinson's Disease; assessment of competency in later life; therapeutic gardening and animal-assisted therapy; attitudes to ageing and mental health policy and ageing.

Contact: n.pachana@psy.uq.edu.au, +61 7 3365 6832, +61 405 790 054.

Professor Jill Wilson, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Her research areas relate to the interface between policy and practice in the areas of aged care, substitute and assisted decision making, models of aged care, cognitive impairment and service models in disability, elder abuse, assets and ageing, and end of life decision making. She has a long history of involvement in the governance of large non-government services and the establishment of services to meet emerging needs. She teaches in the areas of health and ageing, social work methods and field education.

Contact: wilsonj@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3365 1254, +61 7 3356 7665.

Dr Maree Peterson, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Dr Petersen is a lead investigator on a number of research projects concerned with housing and older people. A program of research over the past six years has comprised of three projects concerned with understanding older people's homelessness in Australia, addressing the housing and support needs of older women experiencing homelessness, and advocating for the intersection of housing, homelessness and aged care policy. Maree has a longstanding interest in older people's access to community aged care.

Contact: m.petersen@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3346 7314.

Dr Martin Sale, School of Health and Rehabilitation Services

Dr Sale investigates the human nervous system’s ability to change rapidly throughout life, which is important for learning, memory and recovery from brain injury. He’s interested in using emerging brain stimulation and imaging techniques to "artificially" induce plasticity in the human brain, to ultimately improve the treatment outcomes for various neurological conditions, particularly stroke.

Contact: m.sale@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3365 3008, +61 439 950 053.

Professor Louise Hickson, Head of the School and Health and Rehabilitation

She is also Co-Director of the Communication Disability Centre at UQ. Professor Hickson’s work focusses on the effects of hearing impairment on the lives of older people, how to measure outcomes in that population and the development of strategies and interventions that improve the uptake and outcomes of audiological rehabilitation.

Contact: l.hickson@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3365 7139, +61 403 366 021.

Dr Anthony Tuckett, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Anthony undertakes health services research: studying how social factors, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviours affect access and quality of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being. In the field of health care ethics, he has recently written in the area of moral distress in residential and community aged care, penned a number of editorials reflecting on the older person in crisis and arguing why ethics matters in aged care.

Contact: a.tuckett@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3346 6787.

Dr Jacki Liddle, School of Psychology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Services, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Jacki Liddle researches quality of life, participation and life transitions and investigates the needs and experiences of people living with neurological conditions (dementia, Parkinson's disease, stroke), older people and their caregivers. She is currently part of a multi-disciplinary team co-designing technology with people living with dementia and their care partners to support communication. Dr Liddle's PhD focused on researching the experiences related to retirement from driving for older people, which led to the development of the CarFreeMe program to improve outcomes related to driving cessation.

Contact: j.liddle@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3365 9765.

Media: UQ Communications, habs.media@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3365 7436

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