Professor Alison Mudge

Adjunct Professor

Centre for Health Services Research
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

Professor Alison Mudge is a clinician researcher based in the large Department of Internal Medicine and Aged Care at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Her applied research focused on understanding and improving inpatient and post-hospital care for frail older Australians through coordinated multidiscipinary approaches. This has involved research and improvement collaborations with multiple healthcare disciplines (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, exercise science) and medical subspecialties (e.g. geriatrics, rehabilitation medicine, cardiology, vascular surgery, palliative care, anaesthetics, gastroenterology).

Alison was inaugural Clinical Director of the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) where she advocated strongly for the importance of implementation science approaches, and she has led numerous workshops and mentoring sessions in implementation science and practice including a seminar series within the Queensland Healthcare Improvement Fellowship program. She has been a Metro North Clinician Research Fellow and led competitive grants from NHMRC and MRFF. She advocates for clinician scientists and for authentic consumer engagement in research and service improvement, and is a highly respected undergraduate and gradute educator. She has served on the steering committee for leading Queensland clinical networks inlcuding the Statewide Older Persons's Health Clinical Network and Queensland Dementia, Ageing and Frailty Network, advocating successfully for changes to policy and practice to improve health and wellbeing of older Queenslanders.

Research Impacts

Professor Mudge's research has had impact on clinical practice and health policy. Her PhD research demonstrating clinical improvement in outcomes with introduction of a structured multidisciplinary team model in general medicine led to a permanent change in the model of care that has been emulated in other sites. Her multi-site EJECTION-HF study demonstrated the safety of early cardiac rehabilitation following acute heart failure. With her multidisicpinary team she has led the development, evaluation and scale-up up the Eat Walk Engage delirium prevention program, now preventing thousands of cases of delirium throughout Queensland. The project she led through the Statewide Older Persons Health Clinical Network on "How older-person friendly are Queesnland hospitals?" informed the Health Minister's Priority Frail Older Persons' Program, investing an additional $30 million per annum in acute care for older Queenslanders.

Qualifications

  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Publications

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Supervision

  • (2015) Master Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Chan, Nicole I., Tan, Joseph and Mudge, Alison M. (2023). A Critical Signal: New Atrial Fibrillation in an Inpatient. Beyond Evidence-Based Medicine. (pp. 71-73) Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-99-4440-8_17

  • Tan, Joseph, Chan, Nicole I. and Mudge, Alison M. (2023). A Delicate Balance: Weighing Risks and Benefits in Frail Patients. Beyond Evidence-Based Medicine. (pp. 67-69) Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-99-4440-8_16

  • Tan, Joseph, Chan, Nicole I. and Mudge, Alison M. (2023). A Good Death: Respecting Goals of Care. Beyond Evidence-Based Medicine. (pp. 139-141) Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-99-4440-8_33

  • Mudge, Alison M., Chan, Nicole I. and Tan, Joseph (2023). Agitating for Better Care: Minimise Sedatives in Delirium. Beyond Evidence-Based Medicine. (pp. 89-91) Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-99-4440-8_21

  • Chan, Nicole I., Tan, Joseph and Mudge, Alison M. (2023). First Do No Harm: Beware the Prescribing Cascade. Beyond Evidence-Based Medicine. (pp. 63-65) Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-99-4440-8_15

  • Chan, Nicole I., Tan, Joseph and Mudge, Alison M. (2023). Keep an Open Mind: Assessing Unsteadiness in Older People. Beyond Evidence-Based Medicine. (pp. 55-57) Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-99-4440-8_13

  • Chan, Nicole I., Tan, Joseph and Mudge, Alison M. (2023). Right Time and Place: Cognitive Testing in Hospital. Beyond Evidence-Based Medicine. (pp. 59-61) Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-99-4440-8_14

  • Chan, Nicole I., Tan, Joseph and Mudge, Alison M. (2023). Taboo Clues: Learning from Bodily Functions. Beyond Evidence-Based Medicine. (pp. 75-77) Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-99-4440-8_18

  • Mudge, Alison M., Chan, Nicole I. and Tan, Joseph (2023). The Skeleton in the Closet: Preventing Hospital-Associated Malnutrition. Beyond Evidence-Based Medicine. (pp. 27-29) Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-99-4440-8_7

  • Mudge, Alison, Young, Adrienne, Cahill, Margaret and Treleaven, Elise (2021). Nutrition and delirium. Interdisciplinary nutritional management and care for older adults: an evidence-based practical guide for nurses. (pp. 237-248) edited by Ólöf G. Geirsdóttir and Jack J. Bell. New York, NY, United States: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-63892-4_19

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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