About the Residential Aged Care Communiqué
The Residential Aged Care (RAC) Communiqué is an electronic publication containing narrative case reports about lessons learned from Coroners’ investigations into preventable deaths in Residential Aged Care settings. In October 2006, the State Minister for Ageing (Victoria) launched the inaugural edition. Each edition of the RAC Communiqué focuses on a single theme relevant to the clinicians and care staff in aged care (e.g. physical restraint, falls), and provides up to three investigated and closed case summaries. Commentaries from recognised experts deliver relevant information about optimal clinical practice, and electronic references to key national and international resources are included. The RAC Communiqué is a resource for educating, engaging and motivating staff to make patient and resident care safer. It addresses the entire socio-technical system of health care from policy to the bedside. The RAC Communiqué is published free, distributed electronically every quarter, and uses cases from local, interstate, and international jurisdictions to explore the challenges that clinicians, carers, and managers face every day in providing care to aged care residents. The RAC Communiqué is written, edited, published and distributed by Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.
Meet the team
Joseph Ibrahim

Professor Joseph Ibrahim

Editor in Chief

Professor Joseph Ibrahim commenced at VIFM in 2002 and contributes clinical and academic expertise in his role at the Prevention Research Unit within the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University. Joseph’s research and education focus is the role of medico-legal death investigations for improving patient safety, and the prevention of injury to older people living in Residential Aged Care. Joseph is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

Joseph’s current research interests include: patient safety and human factors; quality of clinical care and performance indicators; dementia; and effects of extreme heat on the health in older persons. Joseph founded and is the current editor of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué (2006 onwards) and a former regional editor for the International Journal for Quality in Health Care (2000-2004). Joseph also co-led the establishment of the Coronial Communiqué (2003-2010).

Joseph contributes to the education activities of the Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Joseph also has an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University.

Carmel Young

Carmel Young

Consultant Editor

Carmel Young is a registered nurse with a special interest in risk management. She currently works in a regional health service. Carmel is also employed by the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, where she works with the Health Law and Ageing Research Unit investigating premature and preventable deaths of older people and nursing home residents. Carmel has had leadership roles in Emergency Departments and Medical wards in Metropolitan hospitals.

Nicola Cunningham

Nicola Cunningham

Consultant Editor

Dr Nicola Cunningham is a Forensic Physician at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) and an Emergency Physician at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. Her clinical roles provide insight into community and hospital medicine, and the interface between these areas, as well as a unique perspective on the medico-legal aspects of clinical practice gained by managing a wide variety of forensic cases.

Nicola is responsible for the Forensic Medicine Registrar Program at the VIFM and has a keen interest in improving the management of forensic cases, having presented and published nationally and internationally on this topic. She is the current medico-legal editor of the Emergency Medicine Australasia journal (EMA), and a section editor for an international textbook of Emergency Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. She has a Master of Forensic Medicine, holding honorary appointments at both the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and Monash University, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Her ongoing interests include raising awareness of latent system errors in forensic medicine, and educating front line clinical staff in the safe management of cases, including the identification of potential medico-legal issues.

 

Rhonda Nay

Rhonda Nay

Consultant Editor

Professor (Emeritus) Rhonda Nay RN, PhD; FAAG; FRCN

LaTrobe University, College of Science, Health and Engineering, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Rhonda has significant experience and expertise in care of older people. Rhonda’s research interest is in person centred, evidence based care environments for older people, especially people with dementia.

Rhonda has been a member of numerous government and professional committees including the Commonwealth Aged Care Workforce Committee and the AHCA Reference Group on Continuum of Care, the National Advisory Committee on Ageing. She has led and/or been a senior consultant on a large number of research projects. Rhonda has supervised 18 doctoral students to successful completion and published extensively.

Alexander Gillard

Alexander Gillard

Managing Editor

Alexander Gillard commenced working at the VIFM in 2011 and has been involved in a number of projects associated with the delivery of educational and training activities in the Department of Clinical Forensic Medicine.

Alexander has a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing) and a Master of Multimedia. He has a keen interest in digital print, film, usability design and interactive multimedia.