Dr Margaret MacAndrew

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Bach App Science (Nursing); Grad Cert (Aged Care and Dementia)

DCRC role / affiliation

DCRC-CC, PhD Student


Margaret (Margie) has a degree in Applied Science (Nursing) and a Graduate Certificate in Aged Care and Dementia. She joined the DCRC:CC as a research assistant in 2010 and was primarily involved in the Respite Care in Dementia: Consumer and Provider Perspectives study.

As the recipient of the DCRC:CC Masters by Research Scholarship in 2011, Margaret commenced the Masters by Research degree at Queensland University of Technology and articulated to a PhD in October 2012.

Her thesis is a descriptive study of wandering-related boundary transgression or intrusion in persons with dementia in residential aged care. Anecdotal evidence suggests that boundary transgression is a troubling behaviour that is difficult to manage in residential aged care and may cause adverse outcomes for the person with dementia who wanders and their co-residents. However this association has not yet been studied. Describing boundary transgression in people with dementia in residential aged care is an essential step before future management strategies to ameliorate this behaviour and improve quality of life can be developed.