Victoria Traynor

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AIMS AND BACKGROUND Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia care nurses working in the community with carers of those who have a dementia. The aim of the competency project (2000-2003) was threefold. Firstly to work collaboratively with these specialist nurses to facilitate the development a competency framework that reflects the needs of the Admiral Nursing(More)
Older Australians are increasingly reliant on automobiles as their sole form of transport. As our population is ageing and the prevalence of dementia is increasing, it is anticipated that the number of drivers with dementia will rise over time. Much of the literature relating to driving and dementia focuses on safety rather than mobility. The objective of(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to review dementia nursing competencies. The objectives were to explain the relevancy of dementia competencies across care settings and levels of practice. BACKGROUND Dementia is strongly associated with increasing age and as the world population ages there is an imperative to ensure the healthcare workforce(More)
AIMS The aims of this study are to examine the knowledge, skills and attitudes of student nurses about the value and purpose of portfolios and their relevance for professional development. BACKGROUND Portfolios have become an integral aspect of student centred learning within nursing. The literature is generally positive about the benefits of portfolios(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of cognitive training, specifically computerized cognitive training (CCT) and virtual reality cognitive training (VRCT), programs for individuals living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia and therefore at high risk of cognitive decline. After searching a range of academic databases (CINHAL,(More)
BACKGROUND Physical exercise interventions have benefits for older individuals and improve the health and well-being of individuals living with a dementia, specifically those living in nursing homes. PURPOSE Report evidence from randomized controlled trials and cluster randomized control trials that evaluated the effects of physical exercise interventions(More)
When the patient presents with the words, "I've got a pain in the gut", what are the most common diagnoses and how often does the problem remain undiagnosed? This paper describes what usually happens at encounters initiated by patient presentation of abdominal pain and is based on the results of the Australian Morbidity and Treatment Survey 1990-1991.
More detailed analysis of this data will continue. It will be combined with other more specific studies to provide a more focused view of some aspects of general practice. Requests for individual analyses of selected data will be accepted by the Family Medicine Research Unit. Contact Helena Britt on (02) 745 2633. The Unit has provided Australian Family(More)
AIM To understand why some women adjust successfully in later life while others, in similar circumstances, become overwhelmed by life and dislike their old age. METHOD Qualitative data were generated from field notes of participant observation carried out over ten months. In-depth interviews were also carried out with 11 young older and frail older women,(More)
BACKGROUND As our population ages, the proportion of drivers with dementia will continue to rise. Increasingly, health professionals are faced with the clinical dilemma of determining fitness to drive. Unfortunately, the management of drivers with dementia is fraught with hazards. OBJECTIVE This article attempts to provide an overview of the complex issue(More)