Meet the Team - Helping Hand

Meet the Team



Meet the expert team behind the Research and Development unit.


Megan Corlis is the current Director of Research and Development at Helping Hand. Megan has worked at Helping Hand for over 20 years and has held positions such as Residential Site Manager, Community Services Manager and Acting General Manager. She has been in her current role for over 10 years.

Megan is an adjunct in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia (UniSA) and is an active participant in a number of committees and projects with the university.

Megan has a vast and diverse experience in ageing having worked in the public sector for a number of years in clinical and management roles. Her experience includes Geriatric Assessment, Acute Medical Care and Palliative Care.

Megan works to increase the profile of older people in the community so they can actively participate in society and exercise their rights. She looks to achieve this through research, partnerships and design which engages with older people and focuses on people as individuals.

Several highlights of Megan’s career have been:

  • Worked to create the first external Enterprising Partnership between UniSA and Helping Hand
  • Lead industry end-user for the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC)
  • Participant in ARC Engagement & Impact Assessment on the Health and Life Sciences Panel (ARC EI)
  • Worked closely with Dr Alexandre Kalache (current President of the International Longevity Centre in Brazil, previously Director of Ageing and Health Programs WHO) who was South Australia’s Thinker in Residence for Age Friendly Communities
  • The inaugural Manager of the first ‘Ageing in Place’ residential site in Australia which directly impacted to combine hostels and nursing homes in the Aged Care Act 1997

Professional Interests

  • Use of technology in an ageing environment
  • Research into organisational culture
  • Older people’s rights and recognition
  • Age Friendly Communities

Professional Involvement

Selected Publications
Sluggett J, Page, AT, Chen E, Ilomäki J, Corlis M, Van Emden J, Hogan M, Caporale T, Hilmer S, Bell S (2018) Simplifying unnecessarily complex medication regimens for older people with and without dementia receiving care at home: protocol for a pre-post intervention study, Trials

Gibb H, Freeman M, Ballantyne A, Corlis M (2016) The role of teamwork motivations in care delivery: A cultural analysis of team behaviours in aged care (being considered for publication), The Gerontologist

Sluggett J, Ilomäki J, Seaman K, Corlis M, Bell S (2016) Medication management in Australian residential aged care: policy, practice and research, Pharmacological Research

Gill L, McCaffrey N, Cameron I, Ratcliffe J, Kaambwa B, Corlis M, Fiebig J, Gresham M (2015) Consumer Directed Care in Australia: early perceptions and experiences of staff, clients and carers Health and Social Care in the Community

Hall C, Corlis M, Ballantyne A, May E, (2014) Working beyond the silos: using partnerships to achieve improvements and maintain standards (yet to be published)

Loffler H, Corlis M, Ballantyne A (2014) Workplace experience in residential aged care desirable place to work and learn for under-graduate students (yet to be published)

Ballantyne A, Trenwith L, Zubrinich S, Corlis M (2010) I feel less lonely: what older people say about participating in a social networking website, Quality in Ageing and Older Adults 11(3): 25-35

Stanley M, Moyle W, Ballantyne A, Jaworski K, Corlis M, Oxlade D, Stoll A, Young B (2010) Nowadays you don’t even see your neighbours: loneliness in the everyday lives of older Australians, Health and Social Care in the Community, Vol 18, Issue 4, pages 407-414

Cheek J, Corlis M, Radoslovich H (2009) Connecting what we know with what we do: building a community of research and practice, International Journal of Older People, Vol 4, Issue 3, Pge 233-288.

 Megan Corlis on LinkedIn

 Megan Corlis on Twitter

mcorlis@helpinghand.org.au

Jan Van Emden works closely with members of the Research and Development team to advise and assist with business and financial analysis and practices. He manages certain research activities, particularly those supporting students undertaking research or project work, as well as post-graduate and post-doctoral research. He also assists the Manager of Student Participation in negotiating agreements with training providers and in the management of student requests.

Jan has a background in physiotherapy service provision, management and education. He has worked within acute healthcare facilities as well as aged care residential and community based settings, within urban metropolitan areas as well as rural and remote locations in Australia and the USA.

Research Interests

  • Research activities that link researchers and clients together
  • Optimising resources to support older people living with cognitive and related functional decline
  • The development and adaptation of new technologies for older people
  • Safety and wellness for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Professional Interests

  • Facilitating student experiences within the aged care environment
  • Improving health and wellbeing through individually targeted activity plans
  • Development of resource conservation and management practices
  • Finding ways of doing more with limited budgets

Professional Involvement

  • UniSA Physiotherapy Education & Training Advisory Panel Member
  • SA Physiotherapy Clinical Placements Working Party Member
  • NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre Systems Based Investigator and Executive Committee member
  • Expert Advisory Panel Member for “Supporting the Wellbeing of Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples” research project

Publications
Sluggett J, Page, AT, Chen E, Ilomäki J, Corlis M, Van Emden J, Hogan M, Caporale T, Hilmer S, Bell S (2018) Simplifying unnecessarily complex medication regimens for older people with and without dementia receiving care at home: protocol for a pre-post intervention study, Trials

Davy C, Kite E, Aitken G, Dodd G, Rigney J, Hayes J, & Van Emden J. (2016). What keeps you strong? A systematic review identifying how primary health‐care and aged‐care services can support the well‐being of older Indigenous peoples. Australasian journal on ageing, 35(2), 90-97.

jvanemden@helpinghand.org.au

Helen Radoslovich joined Helping Hand in 2001, having previously worked in a variety of government roles and as a private consultant. Her work included policy development, strategic planning, evaluation, consultation and research across a range of community services in both metropolitan and rural areas.

Her current responsibilities include high level policy advice on strategic and government matters, support for major projects, developing discussion and position statements on topics such as diversity, inclusion and reablement.

Her formal qualifications are in mathematics and social research.

Professional Interests

  • Consumer and carer engagement
  • Diversity and inclusion

Professional Involvement

  • Expert Advisory Panel Member for “Supporting the Wellbeing of Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples” research project

Publications
Cheek J, Corlis M, Radoslovich H (2009) Connecting what we do with what we know: building a community of research and practice. International Journal of Older People Nursing 4, 233–238

 Helen Radoslovich on LinkedIn

hradoslovich@helpinghand.org.au

Helen Loffler is the Manager of Student Participation at Helping Hand. Student experiences from secondary, vocational and tertiary education providers are coordinated and delivered across Helping Hand to promote quality outcomes for residents, and quality learning experiences in aged care.

Helen’s initial role as an Interprofessional Clinical Facilitator has resulted in an interprofessional education program, and a variety of student led health service clinics within Helping Hand. Helping Hand hosts more than 1000 student placements per year and aims to work in partnership with vocational and tertiary education institutions and providers to maximise industry engagement for quality workforce outcomes.

Helen is a Registered Nurse who has worked within acute, community and residential aged care settings. She has a background in vocational and tertiary education and training within the health and aged care setting and is currently an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer at UniSA.

Professional Interests

  • Aged care VET workforce and industry engagement policy and reform
  • Transitioning students and health workers into the aged care workforce
  • Collaborative approaches to clinical and work placement learning within the workplace
  • Training and education approaches specific to culturally and linguistically diverse students

Professional Involvement

  • Keishin-Gakeun Educational Group, Tokyo 2015 Short-module training for long term care professionals, Consultant
  • NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre – Activity 9 Interprofessional Education, Steering Committee Member
  • Teaching Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) Partnership – ReSEe: VET project component coordinator
  • UniSA School of Health Sciences, Clinical Exercise Physiology Program Advisory Committee, Member
  • Aged and Community Services Workforce Committee, Quality Skills and Attraction working group, Member
  • Flinders University Undergraduate Nursing Course Advisory Committee, Member

Publications
Loffler H, Corlis M Ballantyne A (2014) Workplace experience in residential aged care desirable place to work and learn for under-graduate students (yet to be published)

hloffler@helpinghand.org.au

Emily Sherpa works closely with members of the Research and Development team to provide project management and support. Emily supports senior project staff in implementing and running designated projects.

Emily has worked on a broad range of projects including running consumer and carer engagement/continuous improvement activities across the organisation, assisting Independent Living residents to learn how to use iPads, running a pilot project for residents to work with an Art Therapist to make handmade books and assisting a film crew at Lightsview for the Aged Care Awareness website.

Emily has a background in project management, fine art, administration and working with local and overseas NGOs. Emily spent much of her 20’s living and volunteering in Nepal both in metropolitan and rural communities. Emily has a passion for art, people and culture.

Professional Interests

  • Art and Ageing
  • Positive Ageing
  • Consumer engagement
  • Purposeful ageing

 Emily Sherpa on LinkedIn

esherpa@helpinghand.org.au