My name is Rachel Ambagtsheer and I’m a Research Fellow and Ph.D. candidate with Torrens University Australia, based in Adelaide at the Wakefield Street Campus.
Over my career – which has spanned the university, not-for-profit and government sectors – I’ve maintained a strong interest in older people’s health and wellbeing. My current research focus is on frailty and specifically exploring the appropriateness of introducing frailty screening into Australian general practice settings (a project led by Torrens University Vice-Chancellor Professor Justin Beilby). The project is a collaborative one conducted through the NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing, led by Professor Renuka Visvanathan.
Ultimately, we’re hoping to raise awareness among the Australian public and health service providers that frailty is a treatable condition, and even reversible in some cases, through the application of appropriate interventions. Beyond this, we also aim to inform policy and practice, an important consideration within the health and well-being space.
I’ve also recently worked on the Photovoice project, a collaborative project conducted with a group of both Torrens and non-Torrens academics, that paired Torrens Media Design undergraduate students with older people living in a retirement village. The idea behind it was to capture what older people think keeps them well, safe and connected through photography.
For me, the Laureate Network’s Here for Good message is about enacting positive change in the world. Research and the knowledge translation that should accompany it can really help advance that cause, as it can assist us in targeting those efforts to have maximum impact, as well as evaluating how well we have done, and where we might look to improve in the future.
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