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The very picture of ageing

Researchers from the University of Western Australia have received a grant to explore the use of photographs as tools to help change perceptions about older people.

“Winning this grant will allow us to make important inroads in developing teaching and learning tools that can better prepare future health professionals to function within complex and ever-changing healthcare systems, which are challenged by our ageing population,” UWA lecturer and assistant professor Gabrielle Brand said.

Nursing and medical students will be involved in the new research, which aims to portray older people in a different light.

Images will showcase elderly people who are healthy right through to those who are dependent, and will be used to stimulate discussion in small groups. This will be done at the Beyond the Teaching Nursing Home: Community Partnership of Learning and Care environment.

Brand hopes the research will help enhance the quality of medical and nursing practice and education. She will work with professor Christopher Etherton-Beer, associate professor Rosemary Saunders and assistant professor Helen Dugmore on the project, which is funded through a WA Nurses Memorial Centre Charitable Trust grant.

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