people consulting



Keeping Things Flowing: Findings from participatory action research investigating the practice model for a rural dementia outreach service

Atosha Clancy is a social worker and team leader of the Dementia Outreach Service. She is an experienced clinician, providing individual and group services to people living with dementia and their families. Atosha chairs the far north coast Dementia Pathways Forum and works with the community services to build a cohesive sector response for people living with dementia.

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Give me something I can use: An exploration of how senior nurses and midwives, in a Regional setting, acquire and integrate coaching skills into routine practice: a grounded theory study

Rae has 30 years experience in health including clinical, educational, managerial and executive roles both in the public and private sectors. She has a Degree in Health Science (BHSc) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) majoring in Workforce Development. She has a strong commitment to the provision of quality care through improving the leadership capacity of nurses and midwives as evidenced by this study.

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Rural Collaborative Guideline Implementation: Evaluation of a hub and spoke multidisciplinary team model of care for orthogeriatric inpatients: a before and after study of adherence to clinical practice guidelines

Tracey Drabsch is a senior physiotherapist in sub-acute care for the Western New South Wales Local Health District. She has extensive experience in rehabilitation and an interest in the provision of evidence based care for people in rural communities. Tracey is also an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at Charles Sturt University.

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An exploration of patient experiences accessing an Emergency Department for a mental health crisis. An untold story.

Kim is a Clinical Nurse Consultant working in mental health services and currently based at the Mid North Coast LHD at Coffs Harbour. At the time of the project, Kim had a long career in mental health with Southern NSW LHD. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science (Nursing) and Master of Nursing (Mental Health – Nurse Practitioner) award. Kim is passionate about engaging supporting general hospital staff in learning and developing skills to assist people who may be experiencing mental health problems, and this project provided the opportunity to convey to others what its really like to come to an ED in crisis.

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Medication discrepancies after discharge from a rural district hospital: What medications are our patients taking at home?

Julie is a pharmacist with over 30 years experience in the NSW public hospital system. At present she is Director of Pharmacy at Shoalhaven Hospital, Nowra. She has a long standing interest in medication management and patient education and particularly in the continuity of care from hospital to the home.

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Are the chips really down? A repeat cross sectional study on the impact of the NSW Healthy Schools Canteen Strategy and its influence on school food service

Anne Hills is a Community Nutritionist working on the Lower Mid North Coast of HNE Health. Anne has worked in both a clinical and community setting and has implemented a wide range of successful community nutrition programs around prevention of childhood obesity and improving health outcomes in disadvantaged sectors. She has a special interest in school aged nutrition and is a previous board member of the Healthy Kids Association.




Rural parents' experiences following their child's traumatic brain injury

Deborah Hoban is a Paediatric Rehabilitation Coordinator With the Mid Western Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program located within Western NSW Local Health District

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Understanding how the experience of living with Hepatitis C impacts on accessing hepatitis C treatment for people who are clients of a rural opiate treatment unit

Katherine is the Hepatitis C clinical nurse specialist for Bathurst in the Western NSW Local Health District. Her main role is to improve access to treatment for people living with Hepatitis C, knowing there are high rates of hepatitis c in the area including the OTU. This research has helped her become more aware of the burden that a Hepatitis C diagnosis carries with it and will definitely change some of her work practices for this complex group of clients.

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Parkes Healthy Kids Study: BMI at pre-school immunisation and Healthy Kids Check, nurse and parent perception and level of concern

Monica Murray is the Manager of Community & Allied Health Services in Parkes & Forbes, which is part of the Western NSW Local Health District.

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Does online learning click with nurses? A qualitative study

Kim Riley is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Aged Care and Rehabilitation Services Clinical Network in Hunter New England Area Health Service. Kim has extensive experience in rural health and she has qualifications in general nursing, midwifery, child and family health (Karitane), Critical Care, Public Health, Health Service Management and Gerontology.

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Is using telehealth to deliver a phase 2 Chronic Disease Rehabilitation program (education & exercise components) a feasible, appropriate and acceptable model of care?

Belinda Robinson is a Nurse Unit Manager at Inverell Community Health, Hunter New England Health District. She has 20 years’ experience working in Community Health and has a special interest in Chronic Disease Rehabilitation.

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Hand Grip Strength (HGS) as an indicator of nutritional status in patients in a rural hospital 

Bridget Thompson is a senior dietitian in the Bega Valley Health Service. For 30 years she has worked in Bega in rural NSW – a job that allows her to specialise as a generalist dietitian and also follow other areas of interest, including renal, oncology, and nutritional support. She enjoys working with students and in 2005 completed a graduate certificate in Clinical Education (CSU).

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Addressing the burden of disease: Is it possible to create and implement a structured Cardiac Rehabilitation program in a small rural village, which is effective and meets the expressed needs of clients.

Barbara has over 30 years’ experience in Health, and has recently been appointed as the Health Service Manager at Menindee Health Service in Far West LHD. Barbara has worked at Menindee for 11 years, and was previously the Nurse Practitioner for the service. Barbara trained as a Registered Nurse at the Broken Hill and District Hospital, is a Midwife, and has a Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing, a Bachelor of Social Science (Welfare), a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice (Rural and Remote), a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Management and Education, and a Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner). Barbara is passionate about remote health and increasing access to services for people in remote areas.

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