Ms Carol Hills

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy)

Career Summary

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.

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

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

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.

Collaborations
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).


Qualifications

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

Keywords

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

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy) 40
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 30
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified 30
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Ryan 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]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Susan Ryan

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Hills 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]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12043
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Susan Ryan, Derek Smith, Helen Warren-Forward
2013 Hills 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]
2012 Hills 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]
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Derek Smith, Helen Warren-Forward, Susan Ryan
2012 Smith DR, Hills CM, Ryan SE, 'Tobacco use among occupational therapy students', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75 349 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Derek Smith, Susan Ryan
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Conference (22 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Lannin 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]
2012 Ryan 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
2012 Ryan 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
2012 Ryan 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
2012 Ryan 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
2012 Hills 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
2012 Hills CM, 'Changing the way students evidence their competencies', Occupational Therapy Australia 2012 NSW Forum, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012 Hills 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
2012 Studdert 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
2012 Studdert 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
2012 Francis 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]
Co-authors Tony Buxton, Lesley Wicks, Cath Johnston
2012 Ryan 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
2012 Nguyen 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
2011 Hills 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
2011 Ryan 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
2011 Ryan 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]
Co-authors Tony Buxton, Susan Ryan, Derek Smith
2011 Ryan 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
2011 Ryan 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 Tony Buxton, Susan Ryan
2010 Ryan 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
2010 Ryan 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
2010 Ryan 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
2009 Ryan 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Ryan 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]
Co-authors Susan Ryan
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $304,479

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20132 grants / $66,500

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)

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
Scheme NSW ICTN Local Project Fund
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201153
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

AOTI Annual Conference 2013, Mullingar, Co, Westmeath, Ireland, 19 - 20 April 2013$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Ms Carol Hills
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300536
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $21,479

Increasing practice after stroke to optimise upper limb rehabilitation: A phase II trial$19,979

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding body National Stroke Foundation
Project Team Ms Carol Hills, Dr Natasha Lannin, Professor Anne Cusick
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100913
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Ms Carol Hills
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200582
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20112 grants / $215,000

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

Funding body Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Project Team Professor Susan Ryan, Ms Carol Hills, Mr Kim Nguyen
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100023
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Ms Carol Hills
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100143
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $1,500

World Congress of Occupational Therapists, Santiago, Chile, 3-7 May 2010$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Ms Carol Hills
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000094
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Ms Carol Hills

Position

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Occupational Therapy

Contact Details

Email caroline.hills@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6508

Office

Room HA25
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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