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Research and scholarship

The clinic conducts, promotes and disseminates research on emotional health issues in late life. We coordinate student-based projects and conducts research funded by industry, government and internal grants.

Student-based projects

Students are provided opportunities to write commentaries, reviews and case studies for publication in peer reviewed journals. Students work in teams under the mentorship of experienced academics and clinicians.

Funded research

Research projects are conducted with funding by industry, government and internal grants. Research projects can also be commissioned by external agencies. For further information please contact Associate Professor Sunil Bhar.

The following projects are representatives of funded research.

  • DACS: Funded by the Australian Department of Health, the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund examines the benefits of a psychological counselling services for reducing depression and anxiety in older adults with dementia, who are living in residential age care facilities.
  • Augmented Reality: Funded by Dementia Australia, this project examines the impact of augmented reality technology for people with dementia.
  • EDIE: Funded by Dementia Australia, this project evaluates the extent to which staff and carers develop an enhanced appreciation of dementia care, when provided with an immersive training experience using virtual reality technology, called EDIE (Educational Dementia Immersive Experience).
  • Digital Storytelling: Co-Funded by Relationships Australia Victoria and a PhD scholarship, this project examines the impact of digital life stories on the wellbeing of older adults living in residential aged care settings, and on the attitudes and knowledge of staff about residents living in residential aged care settings.
  • Loneliness in older adults: Co-funded by Relationships Australia Victoria and Swinburne’s Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute, this project investigates the feasibility and acceptability of a digital prototype addressing loneliness in older adults.