About Patient Wellness

Improving treatments and care for the benefit of the community is a focus of The Repat Foundation – The Road Home. Read about some of the projects currently underway…

Current Research

Developing a new and improved urinary catheter

Dr Ingo Koeper, Research Leader in the Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Flinders University, is in the process of developing a urinary catheter with improved antibacterial properties.

Catheters are replaced relatively frequently to prevent bacterial growth – an uncomfortable process for patients. Dr Koeper and his team want to ensure catheters can be left in for longer, not only benefiting the patients but also as a cost saving for the health system.

Difficulty swallowing and Community Acquired Pneumonia

Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) increases with age and affects over 40% of otherwise healthy people aged 70 and over. Dysphagia can cause malnutrition and dehydration, as well as causing food, fluids and saliva to go into the lungs (aspiration) which in turn can lead to pneumonia – a significant cause of death in older people. Led by Dr Charles Cock, this study aims to compare the swallowing function of people 65 years and over, with and without Community Acquired Pneumonia. Increased knowledge of the link between these conditions will lead to improved outcomes for patients in the future.


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