Case Study Afternoon: Integrated Allied Health for Older Adults with The University of Melbourne

University News | March 09, 2023

People are standing in line facing the camera, posing for a photo. The background is a projection of the workshop's poster.

Workshop organizers

On 11 February, the Faculty of Health Sciences, Hokkaido University (HU) and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne (UoM) jointly organised a hybrid event: Hokkaido University & The University of Melbourne Case Study Afternoon: Integrated Allied Healthcare for Older Adults. This was a follow-up event from our previous Case Study Afternoon: Snapshots from Australia and Japan – Integrated Allied Healthcare for Older Adults held last September, and budgeted by the universities’ Joint Research Workshops Fund. The event was designed to deliver essences of research workshop not only to allied healthcare professionals within and outside the Universities but also students, and attracted over 110 registrations including 40 students, 26 physiotherapists and 18 occupational therapists.

Poster of the workshop entitled "Integrated Allied Healthcare for Older Adults"

Workshop poster

Main organisers Drs Daisuke Sawamura (HU) and Marianne Coleman (UoM) welcomed Professor Rika Yano, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, HU and Professor Bruce Thompson, Head of Melbourne School of Health Sciences, UoM for opening remarks. Moderated by Dr. Kwang Cham (UoM), the 1st session Research Showcase shared presentations on involving people living with dementia in eyecare research by Dr. Coleman, followed by the practicalities of nutrition research in residential care by Dr. Sandra Iuliano (UoM), then diabetes care in an ageing society by Dr. Miho Sato (HU), and lastly future directions for collaborative allied health research and education with international partners by Dr Sawamura.

The following Group Discussion sessions were arranged for onsite and online participants separately and facilitated by Mr. Hiroshi Miura of Graduate School of Health Sciences, and Dr. Risa Takashima. Participants discussed challenges and opportunities for interprofessional allied health education, practice, research, and priorities for allied health research and training of future students who care of older adults. Dr. Marianne Coleman summarised the overall findings of the discussion groups, primarily a call for more interprofessional events such as this one, and shared training and education opportunities to learn about each other’s professions.

A flier of the seminar featuring a photo of the speaker, Dr. Marianne Coleman, entitled "The eyes as a window to the brain: What does this mean for neurohabilitation?"

Seminar flyer

Prior to the event, Dr. Coleman delivered a seminar: The eye as a window to the brain: what does this mean for neurorehabilitation? to 30 students and academics of health sciences. The UoM visitors paid a site visit to the University Museum, Higashi-naebo Hospital, Caress Sapporo Tokeidai Memorial Hospital, Caress Sapporo Premium Garden etc. and observed activities in care and rehabilitation facilities in Sapporo. They noted common reference to the Australian Diversional Therapy in  facilities, having an ideal ratio of patients and rehabilitation workers close to 1:1, and tranquil atmosphere of the facilities. For future collaborations, the research team talked about sustainable and practical international co-education offerings via the framework of Hokkaido Summer Institute.

(Faculty of Health Sciences & Institute for International Collaboration)