Effective relationships in dementia community care: Promoting Independence though quality dementia care at home (the PITCH project).

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Department / Centre
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Anita Goh goha@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Briony Dow b.dow@nari.edu.au Personal web page
Dr Steven Savvas s.savvas@nari.edu.au

Summary This project focuses on developing a three-way triad tool (person with dementia, family carer, home care worker) to improve communication and relationships in community dementia care. This project will involve data collection in a RCT, developing the tool, and validity and reliability testing.

Project Details

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Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Ageing

Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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

Department / Centre


Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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