Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in Geriatric Evaluation and Management Clinics

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Future
Department
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Andrea Maier andrea.maier@unimelb.edu.au + 61383872137 Personal web page
A/Professor Kwang Lim

Project Details

Elderly patients generally present to hospitals with complex health problems. A Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) allows for a proper treatment plan and long-term follow up and is therewith a critical component of characterising older patients, involving a multidisciplinary assessment of psychological, cognitive, gait/balance, nutrition, spiritual, social, and biomedical factors. The CGA is based on the premise that systematic evolution of these factors can lead to the identification of treatable health issues and optimisation of patient outcomes. However, the CGA is not well defined and a standardised version has not been developed.

Aims: This PhD project will evaluate patients at the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) clinic with an extensive CGA. In this longitudinal cohort study, approximately 1,000 patients will be recruited over two years and followed-up for six months. The primary aim of this study is to characterise the descriptive epidemiology of geriatric inpatients in the GEM clinic and assess what factors are associated with post-discharge health outcomes such as mortality, readmissions, and major clinical events. Because a wealth of data on patient characteristics will be collected, the broad scope of this data will allow us to explore a variety of possible secondary aims as they relate to characteristics and outcomes of geriatric inpatients. Modifiable risk factors will be targeted by dedicated interventions.

Research Environment: @AgeMelbourne Research Group, led by Professor Andrea Maier, conducts innovative, translational and multi-disciplinary research in Gerontology and Biogerontology. The group's mission is to prolong the healthy lifespan of an individual by the prevention of age-related diseases. Ageing is the major risk factor of age-related diseases resulting in multimorbidity of the majority of the population aged 60 years and over. Understanding the basis of the human ageing process and its influence on age-related diseases is the starting point for establishing targeted interventions. @AgeMelbourne is currently conducting four large, longitudinal, studies examining the clinical and biological phenotypes of geriatric populations in inpatient and outpatient settings. All @AgeMelbourne studies demonstrate a strong translational component, that is, improving diagnostics and therapies for age-related diseases based on a solid methodological and biological understanding. The @AgeMelbourne Research Group includes an internationally-recognised and dedicated team of academic research staff and students with a diverse background of clinical research skills and knowledge, making it an exciting and inspiring group to work with.

Selection Criteria:

  • Undergraduate education in science/biomedical science, statistics, biostatistics or epidemiology
  • First Class Honours in a discipline relevant to the Research Scope
  • Competitive academic track record
  • Strong interest in academic research
  • Capacity to work independently as a part of a research group

Funding: @Age Melbourne Postgraduate Research Scholarship is equivalent to APA rate (AU$ 26,288 per annum). A waiver of the tuition fees may be considered for a competitive international candidate.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the supervisor to discuss your options.


School Research Themes

Musculoskeletal



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

@AgeMelbourne

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital