#812: Dr. Julia Brassolotto: Determining Current State of Rural Seniors Healthcare

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Dr. Julia Brassolotto at the University of Lethbridge holds the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Translational Health Research Chair in Rural Health and Well-being.

She begins the five year appointment with an investigation into the delivery of long term care for seniors in rural Alberta.

 So there are two major areas of focus at this stage. And one of them is the organization of work.  So looking at who does what work and under what conditions and with what implications.   So we see that there are all kinds of complex networks  of care that happen in long term care across Canada.  So the division of labour between RN’s, registered nurses, licenced practical nurses, care aides and family members, volunteers.    So we want to see in rural areas what that makeup of carers looks like because we want to make sure it’s sustainable and that it’s not coming at the expense of carer’s own financial well being , in the case of some unpaid carers, or mental health in terms of nurse burnout and moral distress.

Dr. Julia Brassolotto says once she’s established the current state of care, she’ll expand into other areas like provisions for homecare and dementia.

Thanks today to Alberta Innovates Health Solutions.




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In March, 2016 the consolidation of Alberta Innovates was announced and on November 1, a single, integrated innovation powerhouse, Alberta Innovates, was formed. Two applied research subsidiaries – Innotech Alberta and C-Fer Technologies –  serve public and private sector interests.

The Alberta Innovates system was first created in January 2010, as part of an overall innovation framework developed within the Alberta Research and Innovation Act. At that time, four corporations were established:

  • Bio Solutions
  • Energy and Environment Solutions
  • Health Solutions
  • Technology Futures.

The Alberta Innovates system has a 90-year legacy. Our expertise is built on the successes of:

  • Alberta Institute for Agriculture
  • Forestry and the Environment
  • Alberta Agricultural Research Institute
  • Alberta Forestry Research Institute
  • Alberta Life Sciences Institute
  • Alberta Ingenuity
  • Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
  • Alberta Research Council
  • iCORE
  • nanoAlberta
  • Alberta Water Research Institute (AWRI)
  • Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI)
  • Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority (AOSTRA).


Program Date: 2016-10-06