Travelling Study Fellowship on Canada and Social Isolation

October 23, 2017

Martin Malcolm, NHS Western Isles Head of Public Health Intelligence, presents at SFU's Digital Health Hub

Martin Malcolm, Head of Public Health Intelligence & Information Services at the Western Isles Health Board of the Scottish NHS in Scotland   

UK-based Martin Malcolm visited the Digital Health Hub on Simon Fraser's Surrey campus to speak with local West Coast AGE-WELL and STAR Institute members, as well as those affiliated with the Mechatronics department and the School of Interactive Arts and Technology.

Martin was awarded a Travelling Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to visit organizations in Canada to gather research/evidence around efforts in tackling social isolation/loneliness among older people and its impacts upon health with a view to translating this into improvements in practice in the UK. Martin was particularly keen to learn from projects utilising ICT in their attempts to tackle social isolation, as this he feels offers great potential for rural areas such as in Scotland, UK. 

Martin was very interested in meeting with those working in the technology and aging field, to learn of research and innovations that have been undertaken in this area. While at the Digital Health Hub, Martin gave a presentation on his work in Scotland and the remote islands context where he is based, followed by a roundtable discussion.