people consulting



"Physiotherapy outpatient's chronic pain management ...... realizing the potential"

Shelley is a physiotherapist currently working in physiotherapy outpatients and transition care at Ballina Community Health. Shelley has an interest in chronic pain management going back 15 years. Her research has enabled her to combine both chronic pain management and physiotherapy outpatients to see what is happening in rural and regional services.

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Are there barriers to rural families having discussions about their organ and tissue donation wishes?

Mary is a Clinical Nurse specialist for Organ and Tissue Donation for the NNSW LHD.  Raising awareness within the community and encouraging family discussions about organ donation is paramount to improving organ donation rates in Australia.  HETI has provided an opportunity to explore if barriers exist which prevent rural families from initiating this important conversation, thereby contributing to a body of evidence which did not previously exist.

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Bariatric Patient Journey

Cathie Cummins is an Occupational Therapist working in Work Health and Safety and Manual Handling coordination at Wagga Wagga Health Service in MLHD. She has worked in a range of areas and enjoyed challenges across community developmental disability services, staff development, tertiary education, injury management, aged care and manual handling.

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Evaluation of the Project:The Journey of Aboriginal Children and their Families throughout the Northern Child Health Network

Leanne Fitzgerald is a Child & Family Health Nurse at  Inverell Community Health in Hunter New England Local Health District.

Dallas Waters is an Aboriginal Health Worker at Maclean Community Health in Northern NSW Local Health District.

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Single leg squats predict independent stair negotiation ability in older patients referred for a physiotherapy mobility assessment at a rural hospital

Rowena currently works as a Rehabilitation Physiotherapist in the Shoalhaven area on the NSW South Coast. The opportunity provided by HETI - Rural to conduct her own research project has enabled Rowena to combine her passion for research to improve rural physiotherapy clinical practices. She has completed a graduate certificate in clinical rehabilitation and is currently completing postgraduate studies in biostatistics.

Best Report Award winner for 2010 Candidates

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Nurses Experience of activating a rapid response system in general rural hospital wards

Dot is a Registered Nurse with over thirty years intensive care nursing, the majority of her experience has been gained in rural healthcare facilities. During the implementation phase of the 'Between the Flags' program she recognised a deficit of research around the use of rapid response systems by rural nurses.

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CLUBFOOT IN THE BUSH - The management and outcomes of infants who received their initial Ponseti casting for idiopathic congenital clubfoot in a regional centre compared to those treated exclusively at a tertiary Children's Hospital.

Kay is a specialist paediatric physiotherapist lucky enough to live and work in gorgeous Coffs Harbour. She is passionate that regional children with special needs should have equitable access to health services, achieving the same outcomes as children in metropolitan centres.

Report High Commendation for 2010 Candidates

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"We Do What We Can" - Health Workers' Management of Incontinent Clients in Rural NSW

For the past 8 years Louise has been the working in continence and stomal therapy for the Western NSW LHD, based in Bathurst. In 2011 she was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner.  She has worked for over 18 years in various  community health settings in rural and remote NSW and is passionate about working with rural clients to help  improve their quality of life.

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"To do or not to do? That is the question." An investigation into the enablers and barriers North Coast Area Health Service midwives encounter when integrating the skills and knowledge learnt in short courses and workshops into their clinical practice.

Chalta has been working as a Research & Evaluation Officer in the Northern NSW Health Promotion Unit for 7 years. This HETI scholarship has enabled Chalta to learn how to do qualitative research and she used this newfound knowledge to study knowledge transfer in midwives using Grounded Theory.

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The role of practice nurses in their management of patients with Chronic Heart Failure in rural New South Wales and the potential for the expansion of this role

Anne has worked as Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Shoalhaven Heart Failure Service for the last 10 years. Her roles include coordinating a multidisciplinary group program and maintenance exercise program and liaisons with medical, nursing and allied health professionals across the continuum of care. Outcomes for those enrolled with the service include improved QOL and functionality with reduced presentations, admissions and length of stay to the acute sector.

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Evaluating the effectiveness of a self-directed learning package in increasing palliative care knowledge and confidence for health care workers in rural aged care facilities.

Steven Pitman is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with Mercy Health in Albury. Working with rural primary health care professionals, Steven has an interest in capacity building and education in regards to care of individuals at the end of life.

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"Back in the usual normal world" - Barriers and enablers to exercise and community participation after stroke: the role of community health and support services

Amanda is a physiotherapist currently working at Grafton Base Hospital. Amanda has a background and interest in rehabilitation and stroke recovery.

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Screening Drug and Alcohol participants for mild cognitive impairment: why, how and does it matter?

Kate has worked in the drug and alcohol field since 1998, with qualifications of Dip App Science (Nursing), Ba Soc Sc (Mediation and Counselling), and post grad studies in Addictions. Her working background in the drug and alcohol field has been as a Registered Nurse, Youth Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Adult Drug and Alcohol Counsellor and Senior Case Manager (current). Since 2001 she has been with the Magistrates early Referral into Treatment program (MERIT), a Court diversion treatment program. Kate believes fundamentally in change and the capacity of an individual can determine their change process...she also believes in the power of the human story... everyone has one...

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