Dr Annmarie Hosie, Committee Member
Dr Annmarie Hosie is a registered nurse and early career researcher who brings her clinical and research expertise in palliative and aged care to PCNA.
Currently, she works as a post-doctoral research fellow within the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative at the University of Technology, where she leads and contributes to innovative programs of research into improving cognition, symptoms and care for persons with advanced illness. Delirium prevention, assessment and treatment is her especial focus.
In 2018, increased awareness of delirium’s serious adverse impacts led the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to list it as a hospital-acquired complication which warrants mitigation strategies, and to develop the Delirium Clinical Care Standard. The findings of Annmarie’s doctoral research informed the inclusion of patients receiving palliative care in the scope of this Standard. Her current research further aligns with this national agenda through a world-first pilot cluster randomised controlled trial of delirium prevention in palliative care units.
Annmarie also leads a program of research into methods to improve informed consent and participation in research by people with impaired decision-making capacity. This latter work aligns with international and Australian moves to demonstrate greater respect for the capacities and dignity of persons with cognitive impairment through supported and shared decision-making, and will inform future clinical trials of interventions for older people with advanced illness and cognitive impairment.
Annmarie’s research is driven by the ultimate goal of improving palliative and aged care for patients and their families, in Australia and worldwide.