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    Middle aged and older adults’ perspectives of their own home environment: A qualitative systematic review protocol
    (College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, 2021) Dalistan, Roslyn ; Laver, Kate
    The number of middle and older aged Australians is projected to grow steadily over the coming decades (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018). The ageing of the population places immense pressure on public spending associated with the rising health costs and the ability of the health system to serve more numbers needing care Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2014). Due to health, economic and social circumstances faced by all Australians, the diversity of the older Australian population results in a complex range of circumstances access the ageing spectrum. The importance of open discussions with older people about how to remain in their own home is an increasingly important area of practice (Atwal, Spiliotopoulou, Plastow, McIntyre, & McKay, 2012; Kramer & Pfaffenbach, 2015). By understanding what home means to older people and the impact that changes towards their home environment can make, it is important in formulating strategies associated with ageing to ensure older people can remain at home as long as possible.
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    A community food education model for South Australia: a research briefing paper
    (Centre for Social Impact, Flinders University, 2022-11) Pettman, Tahna ; Dent, Carolyn ; McKinley, Kelly ; Goodwin-Smith, Ian ; Bogomolova, Svetlana
    This briefing paper by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Flinders responds to an initiative of Wellbeing SA to scope a community food education model for South Australia (SA). This paper directly addresses the recommendations in the Improving Individual and Household Food Security Outcomes in South Australia Final Report (Government of South Australia, 2018). Information on a diverse range of initiatives was synthesised from 102 published articles and 13 SA initiatives from the food relief sector, community centres, local governments, social enterprises, and other for-purpose/non-government organisations. There were several common ways to deliver community food education, which are presented in a 'typology' of three types: Curriculum initiatives, Capacity building initiatives and Community development initiatives, along with recommendations and opportunities.
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    Probabilistic Contaminant Source Assessment. A GMDSI Worked Example Report
    (National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University, 2022) Hugman, Rui ; Doherty, John ; Lotti, Francesca
    Preface: The Groundwater Modelling Decision Support Initiative (GMDSI) is an industry-funded and industry-aligned project focused on improving the role that groundwater modelling plays in supporting environmental management and decision-making. Over the life of the project, it will document a number of examples of decision-support groundwater modelling. These documented worked examples will attempt to demonstrate that by following the scientific method, and by employing modern, computer-based approaches to data assimilation, the uncertainties associated with groundwater model predictions can be both quantified and reduced. With realistic confidence intervals associated with predictions of management interest, the risks associated with different courses of management action can be properly assessed before critical decisions are made. GMDSI worked example reports, one of which you are now reading, are deliberately different from other modelling reports. They do not describe all of the nuances of a particular study site. They do not provide every construction and deployment detail of a particular model. In fact, they are not written for modelling specialists at all. Instead, a GMDSI worked example report is written with a broader audience in mind. Its intention is to convey concepts, rather than to record details of model construction. In doing so, it attempts to raise its readers’ awareness of modelling and data-assimilation possibilities that may prove useful in their own groundwater management contexts.
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    Dying, a normal part of life: what learners see as the one thing they could change in the workplace to more appropriately provide end-of-life care
    (Flinders University Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying, 2021-11) Rawlings, Deb ; Devery, Kim ; Tieman, Jennifer ; Winsall, Megan
    End-of-Life Essentials (EOLE) is a government funded project which aims to provide free peer-reviewed online education modules and implementation resources on end-of-life care to health professionals in acute hospitals in Australia. 'Dying, A Normal Part of Life' is an educational module featured in the suite of EOLE modules and includes education around the impact of end of life and dying on health care professionals working in acute hospitals, identifying common patterns of trajectories of dying, and discussing the reasons why dying in acute hospitals is often complex for professionals, patients, and families. This White Paper outlines and explores the results of the retrospective data analysis conducted for a two year period, 6th May 2017 to 5th May 2019. A total of 2232 learner statements responding to the free text response question posed at the end of the module: "Tomorrow, the one thing I can change to more appropriately provide end-of-life care is…" were extracted from the EOLE learning platform. The results identified the following themes as nominated practice change areas: Patient-centred care; Communication skills; Humanising healthcare; Recognise and talk about dying; Organisational factors.
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    The role of Indigenous Health Workers in ear health screening programs: a scoping review protocol
    (Flinders University, 2021-11-10) Poirier, Brianna ; Quirino, Leanne ; Allen, Michelle ; Wilson, Roland ; Stephens, Jacqueline
    Introduction Rates of ear disease and consequent hearing loss are greater for First Nations children than for their non-Indigenous counterparts in Australia, Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. While the First Nations health workforce is recognised as being vital to the provision of culturally appropriate health care to First Nations peoples and communities, there is a lack of information about Indigenous Health Workers’ role in ear health screening programs. A preliminary search of MEDLINE, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and JBI Evidence Synthesis was conducted and no current or underway systematic reviews or scoping reviews on the topic were identified. Review question What are IHWs’ perspectives about their roles, involvement, and training in the provision of ear health screening programs for First Nations peoples and communities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States?
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    Model-Based Assessment of Coastal Aquifer Management Options. A GMDSI worked example report
    (The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University, 2021-11-01) Hugman, Rui ; Doherty, John ; Standen, Kath
    This GMDSI report describes a model that was built to explore options for management of a coastal aquifer in southern Portugal. The aquifer is representative of many around the world; if extraction continues at its present rate, it is only a matter of time before it suffers a serious degradation in quality. Extraction must therefore be reduced. Alternatively, or as well, recharge must be enhanced. Enough data has been gathered over the last 20 years to support estimation of aquifer properties and inflows. These estimates are enabled by history-matching; however they are cloaked in uncertainty.