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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 Anne Wilkinson, 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 ‘at risk’ Elderly in an Independent Living Community
Professor Anne Wilkinson,Dr Joyce Hendricks, 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

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


  • Davies, H. et al (2018). A comparison of compliance in the estimation of body fluid status using daily fluid balance charting and body weight changes during continuous renal replacement therapy. Australian Critical Care.
  • Dermody, G., & Kovach, Christine R. (2018) Barriers to Promoting Mobility in Hospitalized Older Adults. Research in Gerontological Nursing. 2018;11(1):17-27.
  • Ewens, B., Hendricks, J., and Sundin, D. Surviving ICU: Stories of recovery. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing (online).
  • Vafeas, C., Jacob, E., & Jacob A. (2018) A younger onset dementia toolkit: Innovative practice, Dementia. International Journal of Social Research and Practice.
  • Vafeas, C., Graham, R., De Jong, G., Sharp, J., Ngune, I., & Maes, S. Alcohol consumption patterns of older adults: a study in a regional town in Western Australia. Contemporary Nurse journal.


  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Whitehead, L. (2017) The Family Experience of Fatigue in Heart Failure. Journal of Family Nursing.
  • Whitehead, L. Self-management of Type 2 Diabetes and Severe Mental Illness. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.
  • Schout, G., Meijer, E. & De Jong, G. (2017) Family Group Conferencing – Its added va lue in mental health care. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.
  • 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.



  • ABU-Qamar, M. (2015) Jordanians with diabetes: a qualitative content analysis of footwear practices. The Diabetic Foot Journal, 18 (3): 128- 134.
  • Andrew, L, Ewens, B. (2015). Enhancing the online learning experience using virtual interactive classrooms. Australian journal of Advanced 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 through Resilience Education, International Journal of University Teaching and Faculty Development 5 (2).
  • Coventry, L., Bremner, A., Williams, T., Celenza, A. The effect of presenting symptoms and patient characteristics on pre-hospital delay in MI patients presenting to ED by ambulance: A cohort study. Heart Lung and Circulation. 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 chest pain: A cohort study. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2015:24:796 - 805.
  • Karuncharernpanit, S., Hendricks, J., & Toye, C. (2015). Perceptions of exercise for older people living with dementia in Bangkok, Thailand: an exploratory qualitative study. International Journal of Older People Nursing, n/a-n/a.
  • Ngune, I., Jiwa, M., McManus, A. Parsons, R. (2015). Do Patients treated for Colorectal Cancer benefit from general practitioner support? A video vignette study. Journal of Internet medical research;174(11):e249.
  • Ngune, I., Jiwa, M., McManus, A., & Hughes, J. (2015). Do patients with long-term side effects of cancer treatment benefit from general practitioner 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 of colorectal 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. American journal of health behaviour, 39(2), 167 - 174.
  • Nolan, S., Hendricks, J., & Towell, A. (2015).Social networking sites (SNS); exploring their uses and associated value for adolescent 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 practice environment: A strategy for mental health nurse retention? International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2015.
  • Shoqirat N, & ABU-Qamar M. (2015). From placement to employment: Career preferences of Jordanian nursing students. Nurse Education in 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 disability in the self‑management of their diabetes: a qualitative NewZealand study. Health and Social Care in the Community. Early online view available 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. 4978/2015/131.
  • Witney, C., Hendricks, J., Cope, V., (2015). The specialist breast care nurse’s role in the identification and minimization of member distress in an online breast cancer support community. International Journal of Nursing and Clinical Practices, 2: 139.


  • Charlotte Chapman: A retrospective study into the communication surrounding the initiation and withdrawal of non-invasiveventilation (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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