Marita Chisholm Bio

 

Name

 

Marita Chisholm

  

 

Qualifications

 

Bachelor of Nursing – La Trobe University 

Graduate Diploma  in Health Science (Gerontology) – La Trobe University 

Master of Health Science (Gerontology) – La Trobe University

 

Organisation

 

School of Rural Health, Monash University

Role in Organisation

PhD student

Research Assistant

Research  Interests

1.    Ageing and Dementia

2.    Aged and Community Care Services

3.    Rural Health

4.    Workforce

5.    Elder Abuse

Brief Bio 

Marita has a nursing background and graduated from La Trobe University with a Master of Health Science in 2003.   Marita commenced work at the Office of Research in June 2009 as a Research Assistant, working with Professor John Humphreys and Dr Deborah Russell examining workforce turnover and retention amongst allied health professionals.

Marita commenced her PhD in February 2012 and is another valued team member of the CRERRPHC. Marita was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship, and was recently awarded an Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation PhD Top Up Scholarship. Marita’s research focus is on access to care and support services in rural Victorian communities for people with dementia and their carers.

As dementia is progressive and irreversible, it is important that sufferers and their carers are able to access care and support services to meet their needs, in ways that are timely and appropriate. Marita’s research aims to explore the experiences of people with dementia and their carers when accessing care and support services in rural Victorian communities by: (1) describing the pathways taken when accessing care and support services along the care continuum, identifying the barriers and facilitators to access; and (2) describing the health literacy and information needs of carers, to ensure information is provided in such a way that improves access to care and support services for both the person with dementia and their carer. The overall objective of this work is to inform policies to improve access to care and support services for people with dementia and their carers living in rural Victorian communities.

Recent publications 

  1. Chisholm, M., Russell, D. Humphreys, J. (2011).  Measuring rural allied health workforce turnover or retention:  what are the patterns, determinants and costs?, Australian Journal of Rural Health,  19(2): 81-88.
  2. Russell, D., Humphreys, J.S., Ward, B., Chisholm, M., Buykx, P., McGrail, M. & Wakerman, J. (in press). Helping policymakers address rural health access problems, Australian Journal of Rural Health.