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Biography

Caroline qualified as an occupational therapist in London, England in 1981. After many years as a practitioner and manager, Caroline completed an honours degree in Health Studies (Occupational Therapy) in the UK. Moving to Ireland in 2001, Caroline continued as a community therapist and a manager, completing a Masters (1st class) in rehabilitation studies from University College Dublin. Caroline moved to Australia in 2009 as a lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the University of Newcastle. Caroline completed her post graduate certificate in tertiary education and registered for her PhD in 2011. The title of her PhD is 'The 21st century learner in occupational therapy: Developing competence in practice education. Caroline has published on practice education and clinical reasoning.

Qualifications

  • Master of Science (Rehabilitation), University College, Dublin - Ireland, 31/12/2004
  • Diploma of Occupational Therapy, College of Occupational Therapists - London, 31/12/1981
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)(Hlth Stud-Occ Ther), Anatomical Society of Australia and New Zealand, 31/10/1993
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 11/12/2009

Research

Research keywords

  • Competence
  • Generation Y
  • Practice education
  • Practice reasoning
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke

Research expertise

Caroline is a PhD candidate with the University of Newcastle Australia. The title of her reserach is xxxx. Caroline has also supervised honours students on practice education for 6 health professions

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110321Rehabilitation And Therapy (Excl. Physiotherapy)40
110399Clinical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified30
119999Medical And Health Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified30

Collaboration

Primary research collaborations are within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Caroline has three PhD supervisors from Occupational Therapy, Radiation Therapy and Occupational Health and Safety.

Interdisciplinary collaboration includes delivering an annual suite of courses for practice educators from 6 health disciplines. Interdisciplinary research in practice education has also been completed (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Medical Radiation Sciences).

Caroline also has collaborated with A/Professor Natasha Lannin and Professor Anne Cusick( University of Wollongong) on stroke rehabilitation research.

Caroline is involved in inter-university research between University of Newcastle and University of South Australia.

Caroline is part of a Project Leadership Team, delivering on the creation of a student website. This is funded by an Office of Learning and Teaching Grant. Collaborations exist between the Project Leadership Team and four other universities (James Cook University, University of Western Sydney, Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University). The project mentor is Professor David Boud (University of Technology, Sydney).

Administrative

Administrative expertise

From 2009- 2011 Caroline co-ordinated the following courses:

With the new revised occupational therapy program Caroline co-ordinates the following courses

Caroline is chair of the Practice Education Development Group which is made up of the practice education administrator, students, practice educators and occupational therapy managers.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Assessment
  • Assistive technology
  • Community occupational therapy
  • Competence
  • Physical disability
  • Practice education
  • Rehabilitation
  • Wheelchairs and seating

Teaching expertise

Caroline teaches second year occupational therapy students, focussing on physcial disability, acute and community care, rehabilitation, health promotion and assistive technology including wheelchairs and seating. Carol prepares leads on practice education in the program.

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Publications

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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Ryan SE, Hills CM, 'Context and how it influences our professional thinking', Clinical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy: Controversies in Practice, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford 63-76 (2012) [B2]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

Journal article (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Hills C, Ryan S, Warren-Forward H, Smith DR, 'Managing "Generation Y' occupational therapists: Optimising their potential', AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, 60 267-275 (2013) [C1]
2013Hills C, Boshoff K, Jewell K, 'Preferred teaching and learning approaches of students considered ¿Generation Y¿ in health professions pre registration education: A comprehensive systematic review protocol.', The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, , n. 5, p. 140 -156, jun. 2013, [S.l.], v. 11 140-156 (2013) [C3]
2012Hills CM, Ryan SE, Smith DR, Warren-Forward H, 'The impact of Generation Y' occupational therapy students on practice education', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59 156-163 (2012) [C1]
2012Smith DR, Hills CM, Ryan SE, 'Tobacco use among occupational therapy students', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75 349 (2012) [C3]

Co-authors: DEREK SMITH, SUSAN RYAN

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Conference (22 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Lannin NA, Hills C, Cusick A, Kinnear B, Bowring G, 'Increasing practice after stroke to optimise upper limb rehabilitation: a phase II randomised trial', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2013) [E3]
2012Ryan SE, Hills CM, Nguyen K, Studdert CL, 'Researching learners' needs for modifying a curriculum', Abstracts. 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2012Ryan SE, Hills CM, Nguyen K, Studdert CL, 'Evidencing graduating competency: Student and practice educator views on resources required while on placement', Abstracts. 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2012Studdert CL, Ryan SE, Hills CM, Nguyen K, 'Creating an occupational therapy student-centred website to support and evidence competency development', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Glasgow, Scotland (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2012Hills CM, Ryan SE, Nguyen K, Studdert CL, 'Development of a web based framework to evidence graduating competency for Australian Occupational Therapy students', Conference Abstracts. 2012 OT State Conference, Cairns, Queensland (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2012Ryan SE, Studdert CL, Nguyen K, Hills CM, 'Understanding professional reasoning in the continuum of practice', Abstracts. 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2012Ryan SE, Studdert CL, Hills CM, Nguyen K, 'Investigating and developing an occupational therapy student-focused website to progress and evidence competency', Abstracts. 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2012Francis A, Hills CM, Buxton AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Johnston CL, 'Characteristics of an ideal practice educator: Perspectives from five health professions', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Glasgow, Scotland (2012) [E3]
2012Ryan SE, Hills CM, Studdert CL, Nguyen K, 'The challenge of combining competencies and holistic practice in a web-portal', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Glasgow, Scotland (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2012Hills CM, Ryan SE, Studdert CL, Nguyen K, 'Evidencing graduating competency in occupational therapy: Resources and thresholds to evidence competence', Threshold Concepts. From Personal Practice to Communities of Practice, Dublin, Ireland (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2012Studdert CL, Ryan SE, Hills CM, Nguyen K, 'Creating an occupational therapy student-centred website and e-portfolio using a threshold level framework to evidence competence and professional development', Threshold Concepts: From Personal Practice to Communities of Practice, Dublin, Ireland (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2012Hills CM, 'Changing the way students evidence their competencies', Occupational Therapy Australia 2012 NSW Forum, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Nguyen K, Studdert CL, Ryan SE, Hills CM, 'Converting graduating competencies into a holistic practice framework for occupational therapy students', ANZAHPE 2012. Conference Proceedings & Programme, Rotorua, New Zealand (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2011Ryan SE, Hills CM, Buxton AJ, 'Generation 'Y's in peer-assisted learning: Developing creative thinking', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Gold Coast (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN, TONY BUXTON

2011Ryan SE, Hills CM, Buxton AJ, 'Redesigning learning sessions and assignments for 'Generation Y' students', The British Journal of Occupational Therapy: 2011 Conference Abstract Supplement, Brighton (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN, TONY BUXTON

2011Hills CM, Ryan SE, 'Practice educators' views of 'generation Y' students from Australia', The British Journal of Occupational Therapy: 2011 Conference Abstract Supplement, Brighton (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2011Ryan SE, Hills CM, Buxton AJ, Smith DR, 'Generation 'Y' research: Informing & changing educational practices', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]
2011Ryan SE, Hills CM, Buxton AJ, 'Generation 'Y' students on practice: Practice educators' views', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Gold Coast (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN, TONY BUXTON

2010Ryan SE, Hills CM, 'As complex as a rubrik cube: Generation 'Y' as occupational therapy students in Australia', 15th World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference, Santiago, Chile (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2010Ryan SE, Hills CM, 'Work, study or play? The balance of life phenomenon', College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2010, Brighton, UK (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2010Ryan SE, Hills CM, 'The 'Generation Y' phenomenon: professional lessons learnt and global implications', College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2010, Brighton, UK (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2009Ryan SE, Hills CM, McMullen-Roach S, 'Creating professional identity: Initiating and participating with Gen 'Y' occupational therapy students', Inaugural Conference for OT Australia NSW-ACT 2009: Conference Abstract Handbook, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Ryan S, Studdert CL, Sijpkes P, Hills C, Nguyen K, 'Creating student-focussed, web-learning resources to support the development of and provide evidence of occupational therapy students¿ graduating competencies', Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching, 88 (2013) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$304,479

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2013 (2 grants)

Enhancing and expanding quality clinical supervision through the dissemination and evaluation of a student-focussed, competency-based website$65,000
Funding Body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Project Team
Professor Susan Ryan, Mrs Catherine Studdert, Mr Kim Nguyen, Ms Carol Hills, Mr Paul Sijpkes, Dr Carol McKinstry, Associate Professor Michael Curtin, Ms Lee Zakrzewski, Professor Matthew Yau, Ms Alicia Harris, Ms Karen Maurer, Ms Natasha Atkinson
SchemeRole
NSW ICTN Local Project FundInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$65,00020132013
GNo:G1201153

AOTI Annual Conference 2013, Mullingar, Co, Westmeath, Ireland, 19 - 20 April 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Carol Hills
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300536

2012 (2 grants)

Increasing practice after stroke to optimise upper limb rehabilitation: A phase II trial$19,979
Funding Body: National Stroke Foundation

Project Team
Ms Carol Hills, Dr Natasha Lannin, Professor Anne Cusick
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$19,97920122013
GNo:G1100913

COT, Annual Congress, 36th Annual Conference, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, (SECC), Glasgow, UK, 12 - 14 June 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Carol Hills
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200582

2011 (2 grants)

Creating student-focussed, web-learning resources to support the development of and provide evidence of occupational therapy students' graduation competencies$214,000
Funding Body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Project Team
Professor Susan Ryan, Ms Carol Hills, Mr Kim Nguyen
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$214,00020112012
GNo:G1100023

College of Occupational Therapists 35th Annual Conference 2011, Brighton Centre, Brighton, Sussex, UK, 28 June - 1 July 2011$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Carol Hills
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020112011
GNo:G1100143

2010 (1 grants)

World Congress of Occupational Therapists, Santiago, Chile, 3-7 May 2010$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Carol Hills
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020102010
GNo:G1000094
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.

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Ms Caroline (Carol) Hills

Work Phone(02) 4921 6508
Email
PositionConjoint Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaOccupational Therapy
Office
HA25,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/caroline-hills