PRMs Collaborative Conversation Series - Dr Timothy Lathlean

Timothy Lathlean

Dr Tim­o­thy Lath­lean

Affil­i­a­tion: Reg­istry of Senior Aus­tralians (ROSA) at SAHMRI.

Tim is a Post-doc­tor­al Research Fel­low with the Reg­istry of Senior Aus­tralians (ROSA) at SAHM­RI focus­ing on the MRFF-fund­ed Aus­tralian Con­sor­tium for Aged Care ‑Qual­i­ty Mea­sure­ment Tool­box (ACAC-QMET). Tim is also an Accred­it­ed Exer­cise Phys­i­ol­o­gist (AEP) with a focus on chron­ic dis­ease (neu­ro­mus­cu­lar, car­dio­vas­cu­lar) as well as sports injury.

Q&A with Dr Timothy

What inter­est­ed you about patient report­ed mea­sures research and/​or projects?

Through my clin­i­cal work as well as research ini­tia­tives, the impor­tance of patient report­ed mea­sures has been con­sis­tent­ly empha­sised. Whilst the mea­sure­ment of objec­tive data (e.g. phys­i­o­log­i­cal mea­sure­ments) is inter­est­ing and pro­vides key insights into health and per­for­mance, it is cru­cial that the patient expe­ri­ence is inte­grat­ed with such infor­ma­tion. I am inter­est­ed in patient report­ed mea­sures as they are para­mount in pro­vid­ing a more com­plete pic­ture that can help in deci­sion making.

What is your biggest achieve­ment in rela­tion to patient report­ed mea­sures research, or the appli­ca­tion of research into practice?

Plan­ning, under­tak­ing and writ­ing up a large cohort study for my PhD remains a key achieve­ment. Well­ness and load-relat­ed infor­ma­tion was pro­vid­ed by a unique cohort, which was able to pro­vide clar­i­ty as to what is opti­mal in reduc­ing the risk of injury (i.e. not too little/​not too much).

How do you approach col­lab­o­ra­tion with con­sumers, car­ers and com­mu­ni­ty? Or how do think we can work togeth­er to keep mak­ing advance­ments in this space?

I have been for­tu­nate to be involved with var­i­ous ini­tia­tives where there has been strong but infor­mal inter­ac­tion with con­sumers, car­ers and com­mu­ni­ty. One exam­ple has been a month­ly walk with a key con­sumer group. Anoth­er is a reg­u­lar month­ly one-to-one meet­ing with a con­sumer advo­cate to talk through research devel­op­ments and ensure that the infor­ma­tion being pro­vid­ed is imple­ment­ed appropriately.

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