DCRC Centre Manager
PhD, BSc. (Hons)
About Dr. Tiffany Jessop
Tiffany graduated with a PhD in cell biology from UNSW and then moved into dementia care research 8 years ago with the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC).
Tiffany joined the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration in March 2012 as the Project Officer for the Dementia Services Evaluation Grants (DSEG) Program. This Program aimed to develop and implement a model for research capacity building within community based dementia services. Eleven organisations successfully completed the DSEG Program and the model has been further developed into the Dementia Service Providers’ Evaluation And Knowledge Exchange (SPEAKE) Program.
Tiffany then coordinated the Halting Antipsychotic use in Long-Term care (HALT) Project. HALT was a successful multidisciplinary project, with collaboration between people with dementia, families, RACFs, GPs, pharmacists and clinical specialists to achieve reductions in inappropriate antipsychotic use and associated adverse events. The intervention incorporated education and promotion of non-pharmacological approaches to managing changed behaviours and psychological symptoms in nursing home residents with dementia.
Tiffany’s continuing research focus is on improving care for people experiencing changed behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia including reducing the inappropriate use of psychotropic medicines and human rights for older people, in addition to managing the UNSW Medicine hub of the DCRC.
- Prolonged Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Long-Term Aged Care in Australia: A Snapshot From the HALT Project.(2020)
- Antipsychotic deprescription for older adults in long-term care: the HALT study
- A missed opportunity to improve practice around the use of restraints and consent in residential aged care: limitations of the Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019
- Prolonged Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Long-Term Aged Care in Australia: A Snapshot From the HALT Project.
- Halting Antipsychotic Use in Long-Term Care (HALT): A Single-Arm Longitudinal Study Aiming to Reduce Inappropriate Antipsychotic Use in Long-Term Care Residents With Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
- Why deprescribing antipsychotics in older people with dementia in long-term care is not always successful: insights from the HALT study
- Death, dying and dementia – a pivotal role for the GP.
- Approaches to Deprescribing Psychotropic Medications for Changed Behaviours in Long‑Term Care Residents Living with Dementia
- Nursing homes “no-returns” policy, when residents are discharged to the Emergency Department at 4am: what does the law say?
- Critical contextual elements in facilitating and achieving success with a person-centred care intervention to support antipsychotic deprescribing for older people in long-term care
- Jessop, T. et al. 2017, HALT Protocol paper
- Jessop, T, et al. 2017, 'Halting Antipsychotic Use in Long Term care (HALT): a single arm longitudinal study aiming to reduce inappropriate antipsychotic use in long term care residents with Beha
- Heffernan, M. et al. 2016, "Tools to build care workers’ evaluation skills" Australian Journal of Dementia Care Oct/Nov 2016 p59
- Jessop, T. 2016, "Trial HALTS unnecessary use of antipsychotics" Australian Journal of Dementia Care Oct/Nov 2016 pp40-42
- "Researchers Successfully Decrease Use of Antipsychotics in Dementia Care". Alzheimer's Association blog. July 2016
- "Trial halts sedation of dementia patients". SBS News online July 2016
- "Trial HALTs sedation of dementia patients". Alzheimer's Qld July 2016
- "Majority of nursing home dementia patients prescribed anti-psychotic drugs do not need them, study finds" ABC News July 2016
- "Stopping Systemic Sedation: Australian Researchers Successfully Decrease Use of Antipsychotics in Dementia Care". AAIC press release July 2016
- HALT Webinar "How you can understand, prevent, and remedy Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)"
- Tiffany Jessop. Ageism behind society’s response to COVID-19. Apr 9, 2020. Hello Care Magazine
- Peisah, C and Jessop, T. A human rights response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care. Australian Journal of Dementia Care. February/March 2020 Vol 9 No 1.
- Jessop, T and Peisah, C. Raising awareness about choice and quality in dementia care. Australian Journal of Dementia Care Dec/Jan Vol 8 No. Published 6th December 2019, pp14-16
- Interviewed for the ABC Northern Tasmania Drive program with Piia Wirsu speaking about the Empowered Project and community seminars. 11th July 2018.
- Empowering consumers. Tiffany Jessop. Australian Journal of Dementia Care Vol 6 No 6 December 2017/January 2018.
- Interviewed by Hello Care at the Dementia Australia Conference, 2017, Melbourne. Published on the Aged Care Report Card Facebook page.