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Bridging the communication gap between primary care providers and aged care residents to minimise preventable ED admissions

• Background: Residents of aged care homes represent one of the sickest and most vulnerable members of the community. One third of residents of ACH are from a non-English speaking background with limited English proficiency (LEP), which makes them a particularly at risk population. Effective communication with residents is a requirement for the delivery of equitable and high quality primary health care (PHC). Yet, there is a known lack of utilisation of Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS) in on-language specific aged care homes (NLSACH). • The overarching project will: 1) use multiple data sources to investigate the relationship between linguistic discordance and unplanned emergency department transfers for LEP residents, 2) identify barriers to the uptake of TIS by PHC providers attending NLSACH. • Student projects will be created based on the students skills and interests (quant or qual or mixed methods), and the student project outputs will have real world relevance and be incorporated in to the larger study to develop guidelines to address linguistic discordance by improving the utilisation of TIS in NLSACH. • Your Supervisors at have an outstanding track record across a breadth of topic areas, and are from two Faculties - Medicine and Arts. Your Supervisors are very experienced, highly trained and accredited with Monash Graduate Education to supervise a range of research candidates. The project is fortunate to have its own biostatistician (Dr Joanne Enticott), social scientist trained in qualitative methods (Dr Shiva Vasi) and Senior lecturer in Interpreting and Translating Studies (Jim Hlavac ). Drs Vasi and Enticott are based at the Notting Hill campus (which is where most students are based), and are able to provide assistance regarding data collection, analysis and interpretation. Early career research support groups and training are also available. The project provides a supportive environment for researchers, with supervision and mentorship of a designated academic supervisor, regular team meetings, excellent study facilities and parking on site.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
Refugee and migrant health, aged care, interpreting services, health interpreting
School of Primary and Allied Health Care » General Practice
Available options 
Masters by research
Graduate Diploma
Short projects
Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Physical location 
Notting Hill

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