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Dr. Melinda Martin-Khan is a health scientist whose academic studies broadly include education, management, gerontology and biostatistics. She is employed full time in a co-joint appointment as a research fellow at the University of Queensland’s Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine (CRGM) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PA), and the Centre for Online Health (COH) at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH). In 2009, she completed a doctorate degree in the field of medicine, by examination the reliability of diagnosing dementia via video conferencing. Since that time she has published both original research and literature reviews in relevant fields; presented her work at national and international conferences and meetings; and been involved in securing over $5.3M in grant funding, including three NHMRC project grants. Dr. Martin-Khan is an Associate Fellow of interRAI and has made a significant contribution to the development of outcome quality indicators using the suite of interRAI assessment instruments. She has carried out studies which are based in acute care, emergency departments, and residential care. Her post-doctoral work was in the development of a quality framework for the care of older patients and patients with dementia, which was supported by an Alzheimer’s Australia Viertel Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. In the summer of 2012/13, Dr. Martin-Khan was Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing (Oxford University), supported by an Emerging Researchers Grant from the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Early Detection and Prevention (DCRC-EDP). Previously, Dr. Martin-Khan has had over 13 years administrative experience as a senior executive in aged care health services.
Research areas include Alzheimer's, dementia and the assessment of the care requirements of the elderly. Dr. Martin-Khan has been involved in a series of projects focused on developing quality indicators in acute care and emergency departments. The development process included field work and expert panel methodology. She is interested in additional work testing the connection between quality of care and improvements in care practice and outcomes. she has completed a series of projects which consider telemedicine and it's relevance to cognitive testing and patients with Dementia. A large RCT is currently underway which is focused on the impact on health outcomes resulting in the provision of telemedicine geriatric consultations in residential care. Further research is required which considers the uptake of services and implementation from a health policy perspective. she has an emerging field of research which is focused on aging and dementia, and health policy. The key areas of interest are consideration of evidence based practice and how it informs or influences health policy choices. Patients with dementia and their care needs (from early detection/prevention; diagnosis; to acute hospitalisation and residential care) has been a significant aspect of Dr. Martin-Khan's work. She is interested in continuing to explore the opportunities for improving detection, diagnosis and health care for patients with dementia.
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