With the foundation, she has been able to create education modules for aged care chefs.
This has included working directly with Maggie and her team in Sydney to develop and film some of these modules.
“Working with the Maggie Beer Foundation has given me the opportunity to work directly with cooks and chefs in aged care,” Morgan says.
“This real-world application and/or translation of research into practice is what excites me the most.”
Morgan’s PhD research and partnership with The Maggie Beer Foundation has also allowed her to connect with aged care stakeholders, so that she can receive criticisms and feedback in real-time.
The findings of the PhD research have produced mixed results, with some areas doing well and others requiring improvement.
Many aged care homes are finding it difficult to measure how residents are responding to menu changes. With her research, Morgan wants to help solve this issue.
“My hope is that this research will help to demystify food service satisfaction and give homes the tools they need to measure change, most especially quality improvement,” she says.
Challenging the norm to evoke change
Morgan’s research has allowed her to challenge her own knowledge, and to think of new ideas and possibilities.
“Meeting the challenges that research presents has developed my critical thinking, resilience, and creativity,” she says.
Morgan is passionate about the real-world applications of her research, and that is what both her PhD and working with aged care homes allow her to do.
The Nutrition and Dietetics unit at Flinders is providing Morgan with a rewarding work environment for her PhD.
“The thing I enjoy the most about doing a PhD at Flinders are my peers, mentors, and colleagues,” she says.
“The team culture is that when one of us rise, we all do, and as such there is an endless amount of support and encouragement.”
Despite her research achievements, Morgan says that there is still work to be done.
“There is certainly a lot more research to be done in improving the food service in aged care homes,” she says.