Research at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

Palliative Care and End of Life Research projects

 

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem has regularly performed small research and quality projects which have been presented both orally and as posters at national and international conferences, but we have recognised the great potential and need to develop our research capabilities and output. Through collaboration with other Calvary sites, Cabrini Health and Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative we have started to work towards achieving our goals. Our research team currently consists of the specialist palliative medical staff.

The development of palliative care research at Bethlehem is a key strategic goal. Although relatively new and growing in palliative care research, Bethlehem has a strong history of research in progressive neurological diseases, particularly Huntington’s disease and Motor Neurone Disease. The neurological research team consists of neurologists, research nurses, psychologists and neuropsychologists.

Main areas of research in palliative patients at Bethlehem includes rehabilitation in palliative patients and community palliative care (use of medications, non-malignant disease, presentations to emergency department). We are a site for the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative RAPID pharmaco- vigilance studies.

Dr Scott King

MBBS, FRACGP, PGDipMed, FAChPM, AFRACMA

Lead Researcher

Clinical Director of Palliative Medicine at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

Having completed specialist training in Palliative Medicine in 2009 Scott commenced work at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem (CHCB) and has been the Clinical Director since 2011. In addition to his work at CHCB he has also held specialist positions at Alfred Health, Eastern Health and Cabrini Health where he was the Medical Director Palliative Care for 2 years. Through his role at CHCB he has provided specialist support to community services that provide palliative care in central and east Gippsland for 4 years.

Scott brings a wealth of clinical experience to his role as a lead researcher with the new Institute and is a passionate advocate of the importance of education and research in Palliative Care. He sees the development and strengthening of the research capabilities in Palliative Care across Calvary as a major priority.

Scott has presented at national and international conferences and was recently published in a peer review journal, he holds an Adjunct Senior Clinical Lecturer position at the University of Notre Dame as well as lecturing at the University of Melbourne and Latrobe University

Current Studies

Avoidable ED presentations of specialist palliative care patients – a collaboration with Clare Holland House, ACT: Professor Liz Forbat, Dr Michael Chapman, Dr Scott King, Ms Kate Maher, Dr Andrew Skeels

Motor Neurone Disease – What happens in the terminal phase of the illness? A retrospective, inpatient, clinical audit. Dr Akshay Kulkarni, Dr Heidi Gregory, Dr Scott Kin

A novel distance-education approach to supporting cancer carers looking after patients with advanced disease.

Publications

  • Dedge A, Oates L, Gregroy H, King S. Effective Change Management in an Australian Community Palliative Care Service. British Journal of Community Nursing. 2017;22:536-541. doi.org/10.12968.bjcn.2017.22.536
  • Runacres FI, William L, Ingram A, Franco M, Yoong J & Poon P (2017) ‘Tuberculosis at the end of life’, European Journal of Palliative Care, vol 24, No 1, p. 7-10.
  • Yoong, J.Chandra, R. V.William, L.Franco, M.Goldschlager, T.Runacres, F. & Poon, P. (2017) ‘Percutaneous sacroplasty for painful bone mestastses: a case report’, Pain Practice, 7(7):945-951
  • Runacres, FI, Gregory H & Ugalde A (2017) ‘The horse has bolted I suspect: a qualitative study of clinicians’ attitudes and perceptions regarding palliative rehabilitation’, Palliative Medicine, vol 31 (7), pp. 642-650.
  • Runacres, FI, Gregory, H & Ugalde, A (2015) ‘Restorative Care for Palliative Care Patients: a retrospective clinical audit of outcomes for patients admitted to an inpatient palliative care unit’, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, Vol 6, pp. 97-100.
  • Runacres, FI (2014) ‘Six weeks in Soweto: an Australian experience of palliative medicine in South Africa’, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Vol 17, No. 8. p. 969-70.
  • Runacres, FI, Gregory, H & Ugalde, A (2014), ‘Restorative care for palliative care patients: a retrospective clinical audit of outcomes for patients admitted to an Australian inpatient palliative care unit’, Palliative Medicine, Vol 28, No. 6, p. 660.
  • Runacres, FI, Gregory, H & Ugalde, A (2013), Restorative care for advanced cancer patients: a retrospective clinical audit of outcomes for patients admitted to an inpatient palliative care unit’, Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol. 9, p. 143.
  • Li, C, Cotton P & Runacres, F (2016) “Transitioning to Fellowship – growing the future of palliative medicine’, Melbourne Australia
  • Runacres, FI (2013) “Enhancing palliative care provision in the Hume region of Victoria: results of a pilot study”, Hume Palliative Care Consortium, Shepparton.
  • Australian Palliative Care Conference 2007
    “Is home death a good measure of quality of care?”
    Fischer J, Bryan T, King S
  • Australian Palliative Care Conference 2011
    “Methadone titration in the outpatient setting.”
    McLeod F, King S
  • 19th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, Canada, 2012.
    “Emergency Medication in a Community Palliative Care Service”
    King S, Scholes S, Whyte E
  • Australian Palliative Care Conference 2013
    “Anticipatory Medications in a Community Palliative Care Service”
    King S, Dredge A.
  • Australian Palliative Care Conference 2015
    “Changing Opioid Routes or Formulation- development of a switching table to guide safe practice.”
    Chen K, Runacres F, King S.
  • Australian Palliative Care Conference 2017
    “Opioid Rotation from Targin to OxyContin in Palliative Care”
    King S, Sulaksana T, Runacres F, Curtis C, Gregory H
  • Australian Palliative Care Conference 2007
    “Levomepromazine vs Metoclopramide in the treatment of nausea and vomiting in a palliative population.”
    King S, Ellerton K
  • Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine Conference September 2010.
    “Dying in the preferred place of death: A prospective audit in a community palliative care service”
    King S
  • Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine Conference September 2010.
    “Emergency “Just in Case” medication in a community serviec”
    King S, Scholes S, Whyte L
  • Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine Conference September 2016
    “A comparison of patients with non-malignant versus malignant disease referred to a specialist palliative care program: a retrospective audit.”
    Katz N., Runacres F., King S., Gregory H.
    (Oral presentation by Dr Katz).