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Healthcare PlexusCall:Journeys in Aging and Illness: A Critical Perspective
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When: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
1 PM -2 PM ET
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Healthcare PlexusCall

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 1-2 pm ET

Topic: Journeys in Aging and Illness: A Critical Perspective

Guest: Dr. Carmel Martin



Around the world, the complex challenge of providing appropriate, compassionate healthcare in the last two years of life, or a longer period of chronic illness, is a conundrum without simple answers.

Carmel Martin reflects on the what led her to this work:

My journey in illness and disability started when I was a practicing family and public health physician and had a major episode of hemolytic uremic syndrome. The experience of the awfulness and powerlessness of illness completely changed my perspective. It motivated my doctorate on the Care of Chronic illness in General Practice. While I am very impressed by the achievements of the healthy aging and successful aging movements, I have at heart deep concerns about the care of illness when it emerges in individual and cohort journeys.

On this call Carmel will look critically at some key ideas in trajectories in aging studies, focusing on the dynamics of healthy aging and the burden of aging and illness. Complexity Science provides a way of understanding and acting with respect to these dynamics. She will make a case for a reframing of illness and aging as a more positive construct – as a journey incorporating gentle human actions and non-linear science to support illness in aging.

Associate Professor Carmel M Martin, MBBS, MSc, PhD, MRCGP, FRACGP, FAFPHM, Clinical lead of the PaJR (Personal Journey Record System) project, a Visiting Professor, Department  of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and an active primary care physician.

She is an Australian medical graduate from the University of Queensland. She completed her Masters in Community Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London) and her PhD at the Australian National University. Her research in Australia, Canada and Ireland has focused on reforms related to primary health care and chronic care, the nature of health in body, mind, society and the environment, and meaning and sense-making about personal health. Her PhD on the care of chronic illness in general practice explored the nature of the experience of illness and care associated with multi-morbidity from the perspectives of those afflicted and their primary care physician as the key users of care. This PhD led to a wide range of systems based interventions, underpinned by complex adaptive systems theory and social constructionist perspectives in Australia, Canada and Ireland. She is joint chief editor of the Forum on Systems and Complexity in Medicine and Healthcare in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice with Joachim Sturmberg. They have jointly edited the Handbook on Systems and Complexity in Health

She has an extensive experience of health service innovation and service development in Primary Care.  A particular focus is to improve chronic illness care around trajectories of illness and wellness using complex systems theory and IT systems. She has a start-up company called PHC Research Ltd with her husband, Kevin Smith, who is a computer scientist and they are part of an Irish, Welsh, German and Israeli consortium who have submitted a proposal called “Mi Journey” to the EU’s H2020 PHC-25-2015 PERSONALISING HEALTH AND CARE Call, with results due in September 2015.

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