Director - QUT Hub
Professor, Faculty of Health, School of Nursing, QUT
About Prof. Elizabeth Beattie
Professor Elizabeth Beattie is the Director of the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) – Carers and Consumers (based within the School of Nursing at QUT). Professor Beattie has extensive clinical and teaching experience in both geriatric and psychiatric nursing. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Sociology and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her doctoral work in nursing science entailed a study of the impact of a tailored nurse-patient communication intervention on the pattern and rhythm of wandering in persons with severe dementia.
Elizabeth was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Hartford Institute for Gerontological Nursing Research Summer Institute, at NYU, NYC.
For over eight years Professor Beattie held the position of Project Director in a NIH-funded research team at the University of Michigan testing the Need-driven Dementia Compromised Behavior Model. She is a member of the International Wandering Consortium (+VA Patient Safety Centre, Tampa, FL), Adjunct Associate Professor in the Hartford Centre for Gerontological Nursing Excellence in the University of Iowa, USA and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She is currently an investigator on a longitudinal study focused on determining the natural history of the development of risky wandering. Her work has been critically acclaimed in international research arenas and she has published widely in journals that focus on nursing and the care of older people.
As Director of the DCRC – CC, Professor Beattie is contributing to the development of robust interventions to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and those who care for them. Professor Beattie is currently working on studies designed to improve nutritional status and mealtime eating problems experienced by people with dementia and their family caregivers living at home.
Professor Beattie’s primary research interests lie in the area of the prevention of negative functional outcomes of behavioural issues in dementia, specifically elopement, getting lost, fatigue and nutritional issues, and in ethical issues related to decisional incapacity. She is passionate about helping young scholars develop knowledge and skills in dementia research, and connecting research outcomes to practice changes.
- Preparing carers of people with dementia living in the community for natural disasters: developing a guide for carers – The Carer Ready Guide (CaRed-Guide)
- Building delirium care for people with dementia into the emergency department (ED): Systematic development of the Delirium Action Response in ED (DARe-ED) intervention
- A supervised walking program to reduce risky wandering: A feasibility study
- What is "A Good Day Out"? Working towards optimal day centre respite care and ways to measure it.
- Listening to preferred music to reduce risky aspects of wandering: A pilot study
- Ensuring a smooth journey: Improving the accessibility of airports for travellers with dementia
- Resources for Home Carers
- Capacity Building for Care Research (CBCR) Program
- "Gate open for dementia-friendly travel", insite magazine, NZ. June 2017
- "World’s first dementia-friendly airport named in Australia", XINHUANET, China
- "Brisbane Airport named Australia’s first dementia-friendly airport at guide launch" QUT news June 2017
- ‘Dementia-friendly takes-off at Brisbane Airport’, Alzheimer’s Australia news, 20 June 2017
- Jeon, Y-H. et al 2016, 'Development and Validation of a Short Version of the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia for Screening Residents in Nursing Homes', The American Journal of Geria
- Beattie, E. et al. 2016, ' Living with dementia in Australia’s nursing homes: Multiple lenses on quality of life', Gerontologist,747-748. 01 November 2016.
- Maria, O. et al. 2016, 'Measuring person-centred care in the nursing home: philosophy, practices and physical environment', Gerontologist, 56: 744-745. 01 November 2016.
- Low, L-F. et al. 2016, 'Strategies for changing staff care practices" Australian Journal of Dementia Care Oct/Nov 2016 pp48-49
- Low, L-F. et al (2016) 'Strategies for changing staff care practices" Australian Journal of Dementia Care Oct/Nov 2016 pp48-49
- O’Reilly, M. et al. 2016, ‘Respite experiences help carers know they’re not alone’ Australian Journal of Dementia Care, Aug/Sep 2016 Vol 5, No 4
- Beyond Respite: Designing Effective Wellness Programs for Carers – Final Report
- Pachana, N., Beattie, E., Bryne, G. & Brodaty, H. (2020). COVID-19 and psychogeriatrics: the view from Australia. International Psychogeriatrics, online ahead of print.
- Scott, T., N., Liddle, J., Sidhu, R., Mitchell, G., Beattie, E., Gustafsson, L. & Pachana, N. (2020). Adaptation of the CarFreeMe driver retirement intervention to provide driving cessation support to older people living with dementia. Brain Impairment, accepted September 2020.
- *Xiao, L., McKechnie, S., Jeffers, L., De Bellis, A., Beattie, E., Low, L-F., Draper, B., Pot, A.M. & Messent, P. (2020). Stakeholders’ perspectives on adapting the World Health Organization iSupport for Dementia in Australia. Dementia, accepted August 2020.