Research projects

Research at Bethanie

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 10.05.45 amSupporting research that informs the provision of quality aged care services is part of Bethanie’s commitment to continuous improvement and corporate social responsibility.

Bethanie aims to facilitate quality academic research that has the potential to benefit our clients, staff, and business practices. This support may involve developing partnerships with academic institutions, as well as supporting our staff members in conducting their own research activity.

Since 2010, Bethanie has helped to facilitate a wide variety of research projects conducted by academics from a range of disciplines from the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Tasmania.

Recent examples:

  • We worked with Professor Keryln Carville in the School of Nursing at Curtin University to trial a special moisturiser with residents at our facilities. The use of this moisturiser resulted in a 50% reduction in skin tears among the residents using it, compared to those who weren’t. The moisturiser is now a standard part of the care provided at Bethanie.
  • We worked with the School of Nursing at University of Western Australia to turn an unused wing of our Bethanie Joondanna residential aged care facility into a Teaching Nursing Home. Between 2012 and 2016, this space provided students from a variety of disciplines including nursing, social work and medicine, the chance to interact with ‘patients’ who lived at the facility and volunteered their time.

Interested in conducting research with Bethanie?

There is a substantial amount of research currently being undertaken in areas relevant to the provision of aged care services in preparation for the future demands of our ageing population.

Bethanie is primarily interested in supporting research in the following broad areas, which have been selected because they are closely related to our strategic priorities and key clinical challenges:

  • Quality of life
  • Dementia
  • Palliative care
  • Wound management
  • Falls
  • Medication management
  • Infection control
  • Workforce development

The decision to support research is undertaken on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in conducting a research project with Bethanie, or you would like more information, please contact us by clicking here.