Implementation or Education

Type: Toolkit

Changing Dementia Care Practices in Hospitals

Many research studies have determined that hospital staff are not well equipped to support the unique care needs of people with dementia. Authors of these studies recommend further education for staff. Following a two-year NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship, Associate Professor Grealish suggests that implementation science provides a wider range of change strategies than education alone. This presentation will review strategies that hold promise in the area of in-hospital dementia care.


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Laurie Grealish

Laurie Grealish works in a conjoint position between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health. In this role,

Laurie supports clinician initiated studies as well as leads a research program in the areas of preventing complications in hospitalised older people, end-of-life care, and work-based learning. She is an experienced academic, awarded for her research into work-based learning. Laurie was awarded an NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship (2016-17) to implement a delirium prevention program for older hospitalised adults. In 2016-2018, she is leading a Queensland Health supported project to improve the quality of discharge processes for older people with dementia.



  • Describe the benefits and limitations of implementation and education for changing dementia care practice;
  • Describe one model of implementation.


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