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Professor Anne Wilkinson

Anne is the Chair of Palliative and Supportive Care within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Current Teaching

  • Effective Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Healthcare Settings


  • 2000-2007: Senior Health Policy Analyst, The RAND Corporation, 1200 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA, 22202-5050 and Director, Palliative Care Policy Center, a division of RAND Health.

Prior to her move to Perth, she served as a Senior Health Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation, an internationally recognized public policy think tank in Washington, DC, where she led numerous nationally funded research projects and was a Co-founder, along with Dr. Joanne Lynn, an internationally known Geriatrician and hospice physician, of the Palliative Care Policy Center (PCPC), a clinical quality improvement, education, and health services/public policy research centre in the Health Division at the RAND Corporation.

  • 1996-2000: Associate Research Professor of Health Care Sciences and Medicine, The George Washington University Medical School and Medical Center, 2175 K St., N.W., Suite 820, Washington, D.C., USA.
  • 1989-1996: Senior Research Associate, Institute for Health and Aging, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
  • 1991-1993: Senior Research Associate and Co-Administrator, Special Care Unit Coordinating Center, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA.

A particular area of focus has been “action” research and she has led numerous quality improvement initiatives in advanced chronic illness and end of life (both national and regional) involving over 400 health care providers in the US. She has published numerous articles on her research focusing on the reform of health care systems to more effectively support appropriate advanced chronic illness and end of life care, and she is a principal author of two volumes on quality improvement at the end of life: The Common Sense Guide to Improving Palliative Care and Improving Care for The End of Life, both published by Oxford University Press in 2007.

Professional Memberships

  • Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Cost and Quality of End-of-Life care
  • Advanced Chronic Illness
  • Palliative Care/Hospice
  • Caregiving
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Health Services research and delivery
  • Epidemiology of aging
  • Caregiving to Advanced Chronic Illness patients
  • Quality Improvement in End-of-Life health care


  • Doctor of Philosophy Urban Studies, United States of America, 1989.
  • Bachelor of Arts, United States of America, 1971.


Recent Research Grants

  • Quality of end-of-life care in hospital: A multi-faceted study of end-of-life care and perceptions of bereaved family and clinical staff.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2017 Open Round,  2018 - 2019,  $149,270.
  • Systematic Review of the Impact of Nurse Certification on Patient Outcomes,  Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation,  Certification Systematic Research Review Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $19,838.
  • The Impact of Fitness Levels and Leisure-Time Exercise Patterns on the Risk of Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders among New Graduate Registered Nurses in Western Australia,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2014 - 2018,  $8,737.
  • Development of Simulation Resources,  Department of Health WA,  Simulated Learning Environments Research Grants 2016,  2016,  $99,956.
  • Younger Onset Dementia: Younger Onset Dementia: An Education Package for Paid Carers,  The Lovell Foundation,  Trevor Mast Research Scholarship,  2016,  $50,000.
  • Assessing the ?at risk? Elderly in an Independent Living Community Setting,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 1),  2015 - 2016,  $176,110.
  • An Exploration of Factors Influencing Medical Decision-Making for Seriously Ill Patients in the Acute Care Hospital,  University of Western Australia,  Grant - CaPCREU 2012,  2012 - 2015,  $22,724.
  • Evaluating the impact of a dedicated patient/family care room on multidisciplinary staff who care for dying patients and their families in an acute oncology ward,  University of Western Australia,  Grant - CaPCREU 2012,  2012 - 2014,  $17,918.
  • A retrospective investigation of Factors Influencing Medical Decision-Making for Seriously Ill Patients in the Acute Care Hospital,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014,  $18,168.
  • Quality-of-Life Measurement as a Clinical Aid in Cancer Management and Palliative Care - mentor funds only,  University of Western Australia,  Grant - CaPCREU 2012 Mentor Funds,  2012 - 2014,  $6,818.
  • Quality-of-Life Measurement as a Clinical Aid in Cancer Management and Palliative Care,  University of Western Australia,  Grant - CaPCREU 2012,  2012 - 2014,  $17,465.
  • Investigating the impact of an end-of-life pathway on intensity of care and costs during the final days of life,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2011 - 2013,  $68,954.
  • A Retrospective Cohort Pilot Study of Intensity and Costs of End-of-Life Care in an Acute Care hospital in Western Australia. ,  University of Western Australia,  Grant - CaPCREU,  2010 - 2013,  $15,673.
  • The Cancer Foundation of Western Australia Chair in Palliative Care.,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2001 - 2013,  $1,228,000.
  • An Evaluation of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Care of the Terminally Ill in Rural Western Australia: Pre Trial Evaluation,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2009 - 2012,  $129,785.
  • An Evaluation of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Care of the Terminally Ill in Rural Western Australia,  Department of Health WA,  SHRAC Research Translation Projects,  2009 - 2010,  $77,000.
  • Mapping Cancer Prevalence and Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Western Australia,  WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $10,687.
  • Pilot Project Testing the Feasibility of Measuring QoL at the End of Life of Dying Patients in the Acute Care Hospital,  WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $13,293.
  • Provision of an E-learning package,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2009,  $18,000.
  • Care giving for Advanced Congestive Heart Failure and Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease Patients,  Rand Corporation,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $43,577.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Pugh, J., Gelder, L., Williams, A., Twigg, D., Wilkinson, A., Blazevich, T., (2015), Validity and reliability of an online extended version of the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ-E2) to measure nurses' fitness. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(23-24), 3550-3563, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12971.
  • Wooltorton, S., Wilkinson, A., Horwitz, P., Bahn, S., Redmond, J., Dooley, J., (2015), Sustainability and action research in universities: Towards knowledge for organisational transformation. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 16(4), 424-439, United Kingdom, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1108/IJSHE-09-2013-0111.
  • Wilkinson, A., Johnson, C., Walker, H., Colgan, V., Arnet, H., Rai, T., (2015), Evaluating the Liverpool Care Pathway for care of the terminally ill in rural Australia. Supportive Care in Cancer, 23(11), 3173-3181, Heidelberg, Germany, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s00520-015-2697-6.
  • Johnson, J., Smith, G., Wilkinson, A., (2015), Factors that influence the decision-making of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team when choosing a discharge destination for stroke survivors. Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 37(2), 26-32, Pembroke, Canada, Pappin Communications.
  • Wilkinson, A., Matzo, M., (2015), Nursing Education for Disaster Preparedness and Response. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 46(2), 65-73, New Jersey, USA, Slack Incorporated, DOI: 10.3928/00220124-20150126-01.
  • O'Connell, D., Goldsbury, D., Davidson, P., Girgis, A., Phillips, J., Piza, M., Wilkinson, A., Ingham, J., (2014), Acute hospital-based services utilisation during the last year of life in New South Wales, Australia: methods for a population-based study. BMJ Open, 4(3), Article e004455, England, BMJ Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004455.
  • Wilkinson, A., Slatyer, S., McCullough, K., Williams, A., (2014), Exploring the Quality of Life at the End of Life (QUAL-E) Instrument with Australian Palliative Care Hospital Patients: Hurdles and directions. Journal of Palliative Care, 30(1 ), 16-23, Montreal, Canada , Institut universitaire de geriatrie de Montreal.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Impact Of Implementing A Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Education Package In Jordan
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  De Concentv Amisso Qvaerendo: An Investigation Into The Relative Benefits Of Three Different Types Of Ambient Music On The Observed Agitated Behaviour And Quality Of Life Of Dementia Sufferers In Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Factors That Influence The Decision-making Of An Integrated Rehabilitation Team When Choosing A Post-hospital Discharge Destination For Survivors Of Stroke
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Motherhood First: An Interpretive Description Of The Experience Of Mature Age Female Students With Dependent Children At One Regional University Campus In Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Factors Influencing Resilience Among Haematological Cancer Survivors

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Internet Use And Its Impacts On Secondary School Students In Chiang Mail, Thailand.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Paediatric Nursing: An Investigation Of The Effect Of Specialist Paediatric Nurse Education On The Quality Of Children's Nursing Care In Western Australia
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