people consulting



Specialling in delirium and dementia: a cross-sectional study

Kerry is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Discharge Planning at Coffs Harbour Health Campus. Kerry has a Bachelor of Applied Science, a post graduate diploma in Geriatrics and a Master of Aged Care. Kerry has worked across all health care settings including public, private and community health. Areas of interest include aged care, palliative care and medical nursing.

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The change to radiotherapy utilisation in a rural area after the establishment of a local service

Sally Butler works as a radiation nurse at Central West Cancer Service in Orange. The idea for the project was formed after a number of patients told her they would not have had radiotherapy if the new service at Orange did not exist. Sally hopes to pursue a career in research and is currently completing a Master of Biostatistics.

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Attitudes of Hope, Care and Joy: Stories of Collaborative Learning Mentors

Marijke is a speech pathologist and student educator at Albury Community Health. She has lived in rural areas for most of her life. Her work in recent years has focussed on harnessing the opportunities that present for rural, remote and Indigenous communities by combining student collaborative learning and community engagement.

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Life, love and lymphoedema

Let's get on with it

A rural cancer patient experience

Clare is a Physiotherapist with 25 years of experience working in the Shoalhaven on the South Coast of NSW for ISLHD with a passion for evidence based practice. More recently when working in the field of lymphoedema management it became evident that the predominately quantitative research base was neglecting the lived experience for these people sparking her interest in qualitative methodology.

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Is the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance associated with enhanced clinical practice in rural NSW?

Angela Firth holds a Bachelor of Applied Science – Speech Pathology and a Master of Public Health. Angela is employed as Allied Health Projects Coordinator for Western NSW Local Health District, and supports the clinical practice of Allied Health Assistant staff. Her research investigated the association between the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance qualification and the clinical roles of Allied Health Assistants in rural NSW.

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The Effectiveness of Student-Delivered Speech Pathology Intervention in Schools: An Initial Investigation

Leonie is a Paediatric Speech Pathologist working at Murwillumbah Community Health and a Speech Pathology Clinical Educator for Griffith and Southern Cross Universities. She initiated the Community Health in Schools Student Clinics through the Leading for Better Patient Outcomes program.

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Exploring Infant Feeding Choices in the Northern NSW Aboriginal Community

Catherine is a Midwife and Registered Nurse with 20 years experience. For the past ten years Catherine has had the privilege of working with Aboriginal mothers, babies and families as the Community Midwife for the Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service. She recently became a Midwifery Educator with the HETI Training and Support Unit.

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Foresight instead of hindsight: An ideal model for designing an Electronic Health Record System for contemporary occupational therapy practice 

Nick is an occupational therapist working in Tweed-Byron service group. He has an undergraduate medical degree in China and a postgraduate occupational therapy degree from the University of Sydney. With a strong interest in IT technology, Nick is enthusiastic and passionate about applying modern IT technology in improving the quality and efficiency of clinical service.

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"Keeping Them Warm" - A randomised controlled trial of two passive perioperative warming methods

Michael has a diverse background in nursing throughout Germany, Switzerland and Australia. He completed a graduate certificate and ‘Leading for a Better Patient Outcome’. In 2007 Michael published an article on the prevention of venous thromboembolism in the ACORN Journal. Michael has a strong interest in evidence based practice and clinical education. He currently works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the operating theatre of a rural base hospital.

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"The key to unlocking what is in your head" Clinical Supervision for Midwives a Grounded Theory Study

Bev has worked across all areas of midwifery for over 25 years, supporting childbearing women and families and is currently a Clinical Midwifery Specialist at The Tweed Hospital. Having experienced the benefits of reflective clinical supervision in her own practice, Bev now gains satisfaction from helping other midwives with this important self care strategy.

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The experiences of rural residents in choosing to have dialysis in a hospital setting

Michelle is a Clinical Nurse Consultant for the renal network of Orange, Bathurst and Forbes. She has a BN with Distinction, GDipHlthAInfSys and GradCertAcuteCareNurs (Renal). Michelle is passionate about her role with special interest in the areas of pre-dialysis and dialysis access.

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Do my feelings count?  Caring for people who present with alcohol related illness or injury to a small rural coastal hospital - the emergency nurse’s experience.

Elizabeth is the Nurse Manager at Byron District Hospital and has a Master’s degree in Health Sciences. Elizabeth is passionate about supporting nurses and providing evidence based nursing care to patients.

Elizabeth manages a ward that includes the provision of in-patient alcohol and drug withdrawal services. Her research focused on emergency nurses’ experiences of caring for alcohol intoxicated patients in the ED and what knowledge and support they require to implement alcohol brief intervention education as a public health initiative

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Doing what I have to do: Experiences of colorectal cancer in rural NSW

Rachel Pitt is a Nurse Practitioner in Manning Cancer and Palliative Services in Taree. She is passionate about equity of quality services for the rural cancer patient. She obtained her Masters of Nursing (NP) in 2012. Originally training in London in the 1980s she emigrated to Australia in 1999.

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Does the introduction of a standard paediatric observation chart (SPOC) and a targeted intervention improve pain assessment and management in children with long bone fracture in the emergency departments of a rural local health district?

Helen Stevens is a Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant for Hunter New England Local Health District and the Northern Child Health Network. Helen has worked with children all of her career and is passionate about the provision of high quality and evidence based health care for rural children.

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Unheard Voices: non-service using mothers perceptions of their adolescents' social and emotional wellbeing

Lauren is an Occupational Therapist with a Master’s degree in Adolescent Mental Health. She currently works in youth mental health promotion on the mid north coast of NSW. Lauren was prompted to focus her research on an area of difficulty in her clinical practice, engaging parents of adolescents. Lauren is committed to improving the mental health of adolescents to reduce the impact of mental illness and to ensure mental ill health is treated early.

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