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Dr Caroline Vafeas

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 3482, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.417
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3482
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 2323
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.417  


Caroline is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery.


  • 2011 - present: Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, ECU
  • 2007 - 2011: Lecturer, School of Nursing Midwifery & Post Graduate Medicine, ECU
  • 2006: Staff Development Educator, Royal Perth Hospital
  • 2003-2006: Silver Chain
  • 2001-2003: Senior Lecturer University of Brighton, UK
  • 1988-2001: District Nursing Sister, Eastbourne & County Community Trust, UK

Professional Associations

  • Royal College of Nursing Australia

Research Areas and Interests

  • Dementia
  • Older Adults and Aged Care
  • Nurse Migration
  • Mentoring Undergraduate Student Nurses.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training, Other WA higher ed institution, 2006.
  • Certificate of Registration, Other WA higher ed institution, 2003.
  • Degree of Master of Arts in Nursing Studies & Education, England, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Science with Second Class Honours (Upper Div), England, 1996.


Recent Research Grants

  • Development of Simulation Resources,  Department of Health WA,  Simulated Learning Environments Research Grants 2016,  2016,  $99,956.
  • 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.
  • Younger Onset Dementia: Younger Onset Dementia: An Education Package for Paid Carers,  The Lovell Foundation,  Trevor Mast Research Scholarship,  2016,  $100,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Vafeas, C., Jacob, E., Jacob, A., (2019), A younger onset dementia toolkit: Innovative practice. Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice, 1-9, DOI: 10.1177/1471301217738402.
  • Vafeas, C., Hendricks, J., (2018), A heuristic study of UK nurse’s migration to WA: Living the dream downunder. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 25(1), 89-95, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier BV, DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2017.04.001.
  • Graf, A., Ewens, B., Vafeas, C., Delves, L., Hayward, C., Nannup, N., Baum, G., (2018), Closing the gap: A whole of school approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusivity in higher education. Nurse Education in Practice, 30(May 2018), 86-90, DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.04.001.
  • Vafeas, C., Graham, R., De Jong, G., Sharp, J., Ngune, I., Maes, S., (2017), Alcohol consumption patterns of older adults: A study in a regional town in Western Australia. Contemporary Nurse, 53(6), 647-657, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2017.1421051.
  • Vafeas, C., Hendricks, J., (2017), Applying heuristic inquiry to nurse migration from the UK to Australia. Nurse Researcher, 24(3), 13-18, RCN Publishing Company Ltd, DOI: 10.7748/nr.2017.e1475.
  • Ewens, B., Geale, S., Vafeas, C., Foxall, F., Loessl, B., Smyth, A., McCafferty, C., (2016), Humanising the curriculum: The role of a Virtual World. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(12), 80-88, DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v6n12p80.
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