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Professor Elizabeth Beattie

Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing,
Research - Nursing

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Name
Professor Elizabeth Beattie
Position(s)
Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing,
Research - Nursing
IHBI Member
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - HHWB
Discipline *
Nursing
Phone
+61 7 3138 3389
Fax
+61 7 3138 5941
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (James Cook Uni. of North Qld)

Keywords

Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms, Decisional Capacity, Dementia, Interventions, Quality of Life, Residential Aged Care, Wandering

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Professor Elizabeth Beattie (RN, PhD, FGSA) has extensive clinical nursing, curriculum development, teaching and research experience in psychiatry and gerontology and has worked with people with dementia and their caregivers for over 25 years.  She is the Director, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers (2008-2014); Director of the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre (2013-2014) and Professor of Aged Care and Dementia, School of Nursing (2008-2014) all at the Queensland University of Technology.  Professor Beattie holds Adjunct or Honorary appointments at James Cook University and the University of Queensland in Australia, and the University of Iowa and Pennsylvania State University in USA. Professor Beattie has an international reputation in psychogeriatric nursing, specialising in dementia-related behavioural symptom aetiology and nonpharmacological intervention development.  She has extensive experience with research in the residential aged care sector, including complex multi-site investigations. Her collaborative work on understanding and managing wandering in long-term care is known and used internationally, as it is the only existing scale (Revised Algase Wandering Scale-Long Term Care) for measuring wandering behaviour. Another focus is on the quality of life in long-term care facilities, as evidenced by the recent completion of the first nationally representative examination of the quality of life of people with dementia in Australian residential aged care facilities. Professor Beattie has extensive involvement with the aged care and dementia communities via her associations with Alzheimer’s Australia Qld and the Alzheimer’s Australia Consumer Dementia Research Network. In her role as Director, Qld Dementia Training Study Centre she leads a program of research-based educational seminars promoting community interactions on clinical practice and research.  She works directly with two major residential aged care providers in establishing research-based clinical change programs and serves on the HREC of a large residential aged care provider.  She is also a member of the advisory groups for Qld DBMAS, the Qld Health Dementia Care Network and the DOHA-funded Dementia Behaviour Practice Guidelines revision group and was recently appointed to the Scientific Review Committee of Alzheimer’s Australia.

 Research Interests

  • etiology and management of challenging behaviors (e.g. wandering) associated with dementia
  • nutritional status, weight loss and energy expenditure in persons with dementia
  • decisional capacity and informed consent issues in dementia.
  • quality of life for persons with dementia and carers.
This information has been contributed by Professor Elizabeth Beattie.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
2010 Forum held on Gold Coast September 23-24, 2010 with 300+ delegates.
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2014
Details
Editorial Board Member for Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Research in Gerontological Nursing and International Journal of Older People Nursing
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2014
Details
Elected Fellow since 2002
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2014
Details
Assigners Academy for NHMRC

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Effect of an interactive therapeutic robotic animal on engagement, mood states, agitation and antipsychotic drug use in people with dementia: A cluster randomized controlled trial
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1065320
Start year
2014
Keywords
Dementia Care, Behavioural Problems, Older People, Residential Care, Alzheimer Disease, Stress Response, Sleep/Wake Patterns
Title
Telehealth in residential aged care facilities: a pragmatic randomised control trial
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1048098
Start year
2013
Keywords
geriatrics, nursing care, residential care, telemedicine, nursing homes, assessment
Title
The Effect of Foot Massage on Agitation in People Living with Dementia in Residential Care Settings: An RCT
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
597415
Start year
2010
Keywords

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