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Improving Outcomes for Adults with Chronic Health Conditions

At the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research, we undertake innovative research to develop knowledge, evaluate effectiveness and implement change in healthcare through interventions, treatments and knowledge to transform and shape policy and practice.


Innovative care delivery and person centered outcomes in:

  • Self-management;
  • Families;
  • Palliative care;
  • eHealth;
  • Mental Health; and
  • Clinical discovery.

Please view the sections below for a list of our projects and publications.


What predicts regression from Pre-diabetes to normal glucose regulation?
Professor Lisa Whitehead plus seven external colleagues
Funding: Health Research Council of New Zealand - $1,111,511.00

Development of Simulation Resources: Professional Carer Education.
Dr Beth Jacob, Professor AnneWilkinson, Dr Caroline Vafeas,  Dr Joyce Hendricks, Dr Vicki Cope
Funding: Dept. of Health WA - $99,956.00

Validation and impact of the four hour rule in the emergency department: a large data linkage study
Dr Nick Gibson with a number of external colleagues
Funding: NHMRC - $687,000

Insulin Stabilisation Ambulatory Program for Inpatients Discharged from Hospital – “Virtual Ward”
Dr Amanda Towell, Dr Linda Coventry, Gloria Daniels, Professor Di Twigg, Sue Davis, Narelle Cusack, Dr Nick Gibson, Kevin Murray
Funding: $25,500

Assessing the Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Targeted Advance Care Planning Interventions Among Patients with Severe Respiratory Disease in a Tertiary Hospital and a Rural Setting
Craig Sinclair, Kirstin Auret, Professor Anne Wilkinson, Dr. Fraiser Brims, Dr. Audrey Koay, Sharon Evans
Funding: SHRAC grant - $270,000.00

Younger Onset Dementia: An Education Package for Employed Carers
Dr Caroline Vafeas, Professor Anne Wilkinson, Dr Joyce Hendricks, Dr Beth Jacob, Dr Vicki Cope
Funding: Lovell Foundation - $50,000.00

Assessing the ‘atrisk’ Elderly in an Independent Living Community
Professor AnneWilkinson,Dr JoyceHendricks, Dr Caroline Vafeas, Professor Moira Sim
Funding: ECU Industry grant - $29,924.00

SW Seniors Expo
Dr Jennifer Sharp and ECU SW Team
Funding: Faculty Small Grant - $5000 and Annual Implementation costs

Prediabetes Intervention Package in (PIPI) Primary Care Study – A qualitative evaluation.
Professor Lisa Whitehead, Coppell, K., Abel, S.  
Funding: $19,836

2017

  • Ewens, B., Hendricks, J. & Sundin, D. (2017). Implications for research and practice of the biographic approach for storytelling. Nurse Researcher 24(3):19-24 · January 2017 DOI: 10.7748/nr.2017.e1396
  • Greenwood, M., Kendrick, T., Davies, H. & Gill, F. (2017) Hearing voices: Comparing two methods for analysis of focus group data, Applied Nursing Research, 35 (2017) 90-93.
  • Meijer, E., Schout, G., De Jong, G. & Abma, T. (2017) Regaining ownership and restoring belongingness: Impact of Family Group Conferencing in coercive psychiatry. Journal of Advanced Nursing. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.13270/full
  • Steinwandel, A., Gibson, N., Rippey, J., Towell, A., & Rosman, J. (2017) Journal of Renal Care Intradialytic hypotension – Use of ultrasound on the inferior vena cava by renal nurses. Journal of Renal Care January 2017  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/28120381/
  • Whitehead, L. (2017) First-episode genital herpes: interventions for men and women.  Nursing standard: official newspaper of the Royal College of Nursing, Volume 31, Issue 22 http://journals.rcni.com/doi/full/10.7748/ns.2017.e10802
  • Whitehead, L. (2017) The Family Experience of Fatigue in Heart Failure. Journal of Family Nursing. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1074840716684232
  • Whitehead, L. Self-management of Type 2 Diabetes and Severe Mental Illness. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01612840.2017.1328859
  • Schout, G., Meijer, E. & De Jong, G. (2017) Family Group Conferencing – Its added value in mental health care. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01612840.2017.1282996
  • Sin, J., Jordan, C., Barley, E., Henderson, C., Norman, I. & Whitehead, L.  (2017) Psychoeducation for Siblings of People with Severe Mental Illness, Issues in Mental Health Nursing.
  • Vafeas, C. & Jacob, E. (2017) Prescription for Life: an interactive resource for YOD, Australian Journal of Dementia Care, 6(1), 10.

2016

2015

  • ABU-Qamar, M. (2015) Jordanians with diabetes: a qualitativecontent analysis of footwear practices. The Diabetic Foot Journal, 18 (3): 128- 134.
  • Andrew, L, Ewens, B. (2015). Enhancing the onlinelearning experience using virtual interactive classrooms. Australian journal ofAdvanced Nursing (2015) (32) 4.
  • Cope, V., Jones, B.J., & Hendricks, J. (2015). 8 Things I Love about U (University) -Resilience Portraits of Nurse Academics and Academic Development throughResilience Education, International Journal of University Teaching and FacultyDevelopment 5 (2).
  • Coventry, L., Bremner, A., Williams, T., Celenza, A. The effect ofpresenting symptoms and patient characteristics on pre-hospital delay in MIpatients presenting to ED by ambulance: A cohort study. Heart Lung andCirculation. 2015:24; 943 - 950.
  • Coventry, L., Bremner, A., Williams, T., Celenza, A., Jacobs, I.,Finn, J. Characteristics and outcomes of MI patients with and without chestpain: A cohort study. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2015:24:796 - 805.
  • Karuncharernpanit, S., Hendricks, J., & Toye, C. (2015). Perceptionsof exercise for older people living with dementia in Bangkok, Thailand: anexploratory qualitative study. International Journal of Older People Nursing, n/a-n/a.
  • Ngune, I., Jiwa, M., McManus, A. Parsons, R. (2015). DoPatients treated for Colorectal Cancer benefit from general practitionersupport? A video vignette study. Journal of Internet medical research;174(11):e249.
  • Ngune, I., Jiwa, M., McManus, A., & Hughes, J. (2015). Dopatients with long-term side effects of cancer treatment benefit from generalpractitioner support? A literature review. International journal of integratedcare, 15.
  • Ngune, I., Jiwa, M., McManus, A., Parsons, R., & Hodder,R. (2015). A trial of a self-assessment tool of problems following treatment ofcolorectal cancer: a prospective study in Australia primary care. EuropeanJournal of Cancer Care, n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12340.
  • Ngune, I., Jiwa, M., McManus, A., Parsons, R., & Hodder, R.(2015). Predicting General Practice Attendance for Follow-up Cancer Care. Americanjournal of health behaviour, 39(2), 167 - 174.
  • Nolan, S., Hendricks, J., & Towell, A. (2015).Social networking sites (SNS); exploring their uses and associated value foradolescent mothers in Western Australia in terms of social support provisionand building social capital. Midwifery, 31(9), 912 - 919.
  • Redknap, R., Twigg, D., Rock, D., & Towell, A. (2015). Nursing practiceenvironment: A strategy for mental health nurse retention? InternationalJournal of Mental Health Nursing, 2015.
  • Shoqirat N, & ABU-Qamar M. (2015). From placement toemployment: Career preferences of Jordanian nursing students. Nurse Educationin Practice. 15(5): 366 - 72. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2015.03.013.
  • Tripp, H., Conder, J.,Hale, L., & Whitehead, L.(2015). Role of key workers in supporting people with intellectual disabilityin the self‑management of their diabetes: a qualitative NewZealand study. Health and Social Care in the Community. Early online viewavailable doi: 10.1111/hsc.12262.
  • Witney, C., Hendricks, J., & Cope, V. (2015).The specialist breast care nurse within an online community: adding the 16thmoment of care. International Journal for Human Caring, 19(1), 33 - 40.
  • Witney, C., Hendricks, J., Cope, V. (2015).Munchausen by Internet and nursing practice: An ethnonetnographic case study.International Journal of Nursing and Clinical Practices.2:131.http://dx.doi.org/10.15344/2394- 4978/2015/131.
  • Witney, C., Hendricks, J., Cope, V., (2015). The specialistbreast care nurse’s role in the identification and minimization of memberdistress in an online breast cancer support community. International Journal ofNursing and Clinical Practices, 2: 139.http://dx.doi.org/10.15344/2394-4978/2015/139.

PhD

  • Charlotte Chapman: A retrospective study into the communication surrounding the initiation and withdrawal of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in patients with motor neurone disease.
  • Amanda Cole-Heath
  • Patricia Cook
  • Fiona Foxall: Shall we let them die? An exploration of the factors that affect decision-making concerning the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment in ICU.
  • Katherine Gallagher: Factors Influencing Resilience Among Haematological Cancer Survivors.
  • Julian James: The Treatment of Childhood Trauma: Essential Elements and Evidence-based Outcome Measures of Residential Treatment Programs.
  • Christine Mackey: The relationship between basal body temperature and patient outcomes in haematology patients experiencing febrile neutropenia.
  • Ahmad Mousa
  • Simone Muller: The influence of carer burden on the early admission of elderly individuals living with dementia into a residential aged care facility.
  • Lorna Rogers
  • Rebecca Schultz
  • Ulrich Steinwandel: Do inferior vena cava ultrasound measurements (IVC-US) by nursing staff improve assessment and management of intravascular volume status in the satellite haemodialysis clinic settings?

Masters by Research

  • Sushma Bhandari Kunwar
  • Melanie Buhlmann: Moving on after living with the impact of critical incidents in health care – an interpretive description of the perception of nurses and midwives.
  • Tracy Coward
  • Saskia Maes
  • Karen McCarthy: Evaluation of a ward-based Nurse Clinical Educator role on undergraduate nursing student outcomes and clinical nursing preceptor experiences.
  • Perry Mickle: Haemoglobin monitoring in Hip Fracture patients.
  • Dianne Tomlinson: An exploration of laryngomalacia: A qualitative case study.
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