Prof Elizabeth Beattie
Phone: 07 3138 3389
Personal Profile Linkhttp://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/beattiee
QualificationsPhD (James Cook Uni. of North Qld)
DCRC role / affiliationDCRC-CC, Centre Director
Other roles / affiliationsProfessor, Faculty of Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, QUT
Professor Elizabeth Beattie is the Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC) - Carers and Consumers (based within the School of Nursing at QUT). Professor Beattie has extensive clinical and teaching experience in both geriatric and psychiatric nursing. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Sociology and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her doctoral work in nursing science entailed a study of the impact of a tailored nurse-patient communication intervention on the pattern and rhythm of wandering in persons with severe dementia.
For over eight years Professor Beattie held the position of Project Director in a NIH-funded research team at the University of Michigan testing the Need-driven Dementia Compromised Behavior Model. She is a member of the International Wandering Consortium (+VA Patient Safety Centre, Tampa, FL), Adjunct Associate Professor in the Hartford Centre for Gerontological Nursing Excellence in the University of Iowa, USA and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She is currently an investigator on a longitudinal study focused on determining the natural history of the development of risky wandering. Her work has been critically acclaimed in international research arenas and she has published widely in journals that focus on nursing and the care of older people.
Professor Beattie's primary research interests lie in the area of the prevention of negative functional outcomes of behavioural issues in dementia, specifically elopement, getting lost, fatigue and nutritional issues, and in ethical issues related to decisional incapacity. She is passionate about helping young scholars develop knowledge and skills in dementia research, and connecting research outcomes to practice changes.
As Director of the DCRC - CC, Professor Beattie is contributing to the development of robust interventions to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and those who care for them. Professor Beattie is currently working on studies designed to improve nutritional status and mealtime eating problems experienced by people with dementia and their family caregivers living at home.
- Predictors of complicated grief and health outcomes in family caregivers of people with dementia - Joint AAR/DCRC Postgraduate Research Scholarship
- A trial of the Home Independence Program targeted for people living with dementia (HIP-D): Improving quality of life
- The Australian Experience and Management of Dementia-related Stigma
- The effect of PARO on social engagement, communication, and quality of life in people living with dementia in residential care
- A national survey of research in residential aged care: Activity, Access and Issues
- Respite Care in Dementia: Consumer and Provider Perspectives
- Responding to sexuality in residential aged care: The development of an assessment tool for people with dementia
- Improving Stress and Sleep in Persons with Dementia: A feasibility test of the LASER-AD Intervention
- Understanding dementia in urban, rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland
- Participation, Purpose and Performance: A choir intervention for people with dementia
- Impacting the quality of care of people with dementia in the acute hospital setting: An educational intervention
- Identifying factors that influence boundary transgression in dementia
- The knowledge and attitudes of healthcare workers and other health facility staff in a large regional health district regarding the care of people with dementia
- Improving anxiety assessment and management in people with dementia: Validation of an informant measure and pilot testing of a multi-component behavioural intervention.
- Beyond respite: designing effective wellness programs for caregivers
- Examining perceived stigma in persons with progressive memory loss such as dementia: An Australian study
- Assessment of Depression for Quality Care Study (ADEQUACIES)
- Knowledge Translation: Pain and dementia: an application to practice: an example
- Quality of life and care in RACFs (Dementia QoL-Care)
- HIP-D Facilitator and Participant Workbook
- e-Support and Mentoring of current DCRC: CC graduate students
- Guide on sexuality in RACFs
- Carers and Partnering with GPs
- Residential Placement Transitions: Understanding the Experiences of Carers of People with Dementia
- Carers' strategies for caring for people with dementia who wander
- A survey of dementia in veterans and non-veterans
- Infrequent flyers? Exploring the issue of air travel and dementia from the perspective of people with dementia, their carers, airline staff and airport services.
- Knowledge Translation: Opportunities for Primary Practice (from the perspective of the Practice Nurse): Dementia Prevention and Early Diagnosis
- Resources for Home Carers
- Ensuring a smooth journey: Improving the accessibility of airports for travellers with dementia
- Listening to preferred music to reduce risky aspects of wandering: A pilot study
- What is "A Good Day Out"? Working towards optimal day centre respite care and ways to measure it.
- Building delirium care for people with dementia into the emergency department (ED): Systematic development of the Delirium Action Response in ED (DARe-ED) intervention
- A supervised walking program to reduce risky wandering: A feasibility study