“Failure to maintain”: do hospitals cause suffering in older people?

Today Palliverse talks to Assistant Professor Kasia Bail (@Kasia_Bail) from the University of Canberra. Kasia is a nurse, a researcher, a kung fu instructor and a drummer in a metal band. She came to our attention via social media when we noticed her crowdfunding campaign for the next stage of her research into nursing care of complex, hospitalised older people. Here at Palliverse we are fans of crowdfunding, although we’re yet to use it for research purposes!

Kasia’s research aims to improve sustainable acute care health delivery for an ageing population, while her clinical experience includes general medical and acute palliative care. In her PhD, Kasia developed an approach to measure nurse-sensitive outcomes, which is currently being used to evaluate a Government-funded implementation of a cognitive identifier. Kasia has a passion for identifying and researching the structures and processes which impede or enable quality patient care, and sharing her learning and inquiry with nursing students, industry and professional groups. Here, Palliverse asks her about her latest research project and dipping her toe into the world of social media.


Dr Kasia Bail (image via Dr Bail)

Your research has led to a new concept in the care of older people with complex medical problems, “Failure to Maintain”. What does this mean? Continue reading

Call for abstracts – 2016 AAG Conference #AAGConf16


While we’re on the subject of conferences being held in Canberra this year, the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) are extending the closing date for abstract submissions for their November conference, until Friday 29th April 2016.

The conference theme is “Capitalising on the Ageing Dividend: Reimagining Our Future” and submissions are welcome on a variety of ageing-related topics, including palliative care and end-of-life care.

What’s cool about the abstract submissions? Authors are asked to submit a 100-character “Tweetable” along with their abstract.

Visit the AAG website for more details on the conference and abstract submissions.


Photo: ‘The National Library of Australia and the Canberra Balloon Festival, March 2011‘ by Grey Nomad Australia, licensed under CC BY 2.0 Generic.

Funding opportunity for emerging researchers in ageing

Applications for the Australian Association of Gerontology’s R M Gibson Scientific Research Fund are now open. “The aim of the R M Gibson Scientific Research Fund is to encourage good research particularly from newer researchers in the fields of ageing across all disciplines. The R M Gibson Scientific Research Fund will distribute $15,000 amongst three cutting edge research projects in 2015.”

For more information see the AAG website.