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Professor Isabel Higgins

Conjoint Professor

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography

Professor Isabel Higgins is Professor of Older Person Nursing with the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Health and Leads the BRICS (Buliding Research in Interdisciplianary Collaboration) Nursing and Midwifery Network with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). Isabel's role as a Clinical Chair, jointly appointed with the Hunter New England Health, means that she works very closely with clinicians and practitioners in a range of settings including residential aged care, acute care and the community. Through the School of Nursing and Midwifery's Collaborating Center for Older Person Care (CCOPC) Isabel and her clinical nursing and academic colleagues work with the Research Centre for Gender Health and Ageing to conduct research that focuses on providing optimal care of older people in a range of settings. Through the CCOPC Isabel collaborates and partners on research and scholarly activities which centre on person centered care, practice re design and capacity building for future generations of nurses. Isabel is internationally renowned for her research relating to the care of older people in resdiential and acute care settings and has been instrumental in highlighting the issues surrounding pain and symptom management in this group. She has undertaken a range of studies in residential and acute care relating to pain and symptom management and produced numerous publications and presentations relating to the topic. Isabel has extensive expertise in relation to conducting research with older people in a range of contexts and settings and expertise relating to the use of a range of research methodologies including qualitative, mixed methods and evaluation research using pre and post design. She is on the editorial boards of several nursing journals and has been a reviewer for several international nursing journals for many years. As an indicator of her standing in the field she was an invited editor of a special edition of Contemporary Nurse in relation to older people, is an expert reviewer for twelve international nursing journals and is an invited member scholar of the International Institute of Qualitative Methodology and the International Honour Nursing Society of Sigma Theta Thau. Her expertise is acknowledged through her many conference presentations and invitations to present internationally (New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, Maldives,Thailand, Japan, United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom). Professor Higgins has been an ARC reviewer for many years because of her expertise in older person care and a variety of methodologies. 

Research Expertise
Pain and symptom management in older people, older person care, end of life care, older people and their relatives, nutrition and hydration at the end of life, qualitative methodologies and mixed methods, evaluation studies.

Teaching Expertise
professional nursing issues, leadership, research and practice development, older person care in a range of settings

Administrative Expertise
post graduate nursing education and research

Collaborations
Isabels research focuses on pain and symptom management, end of life care, family members and carers needs, practice issues and practice redesign through action research. Her methodological expertise includes a range of qualitative methodologies, quantitative approaches, and mixed methods studies. In particular, she has interest and expertise in phenomenology, grounded theory, critical ethnography, discourse analysis, case study and action research, evaluation studies and the use of mixed methods and evaluation research using pre and post design. Current areas of study include pain and symptom management in older people with dementia, the prevention of delirium, nutrition and hydration at the end of life, and the social support and needs of the relatives of older people. More recently she is supervising a clinical trial of yoga and tai chi with frial older people in residential care.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma of Health Science (Nursing), University of Newcastle
  • Associate Diploma in Nurse Education, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Nursing, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • action research
  • delirium assessement and management
  • end of life care
  • ethnography
  • mixed methods
  • older person care
  • pain and symptom management
  • pain assessment and management
  • phenomenology
  • qualitative research

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111099Nursing not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
4/05/2015 - 13/12/2015Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2014 - 4/05/2015ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
8/04/2008 - 8/04/2008Thesis ExaminerUniversity of Newcastle
Office of Graduate Studies
Australia
14/07/2006 - 24/12/2006Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2002 - 30/09/2005Senior Lecturer - NursingUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2010 - Editorial Board - Journal of Nursing and Health SciencesJournal of Nursing and Health Sciences
Australia
1/01/2008 - Membership - International Institute for Qualitative Methodology member scholarInternational Institute for Qualitative Methodology member scholar
Australia
1/01/2005 - Membership - Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of NursingSigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/11/2005Assistant Dean Graduate Coursework ProgramsUniversity of Newcastle
Health
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/03/2003Deputy Head of SchoolUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/01/2002Acting Clinical Chair (half time) Central CoastUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/01/1998 - 1/01/1999International CoordinatorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/01/1997 - 1/11/2005Postgraduate Programs ConvenerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/01/1997 - 1/01/2001Assistant Dean Post graduate Coursework ProgramsUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/11/1992 - 1/11/2005Teaching AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/01/1990 - Membership - Royal College of Nursing AustraliaRoyal College of Nursing Australia
Australia
1/01/1988 - Membership - College of NursingCollege of Nursing
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/10/2005 - 1/05/2008Clinical Nurse- Consultant Research and Practice DevelopmentJohn Hunter Hospital/ Hunter New England Health
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Awards

Distinction

YearAward
2008Premier's Award Finalist
NSW Health
2008HNEHealth Quality Award Finalist
Unknown

Recognition

YearAward
2009Best Policy Poster
Unknown
2008Baxter Award Nomination
NSW Health

Research Award

YearAward
2009Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Supervision
Unknown
1998Vice Chancellor's Incentive Award for Research
Unknown

Invitations

Keynote Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2009Practice centred education
Organisation: Cheju Hall College Description: International
2009The older person with cancer and the problem of pain
Organisation: Cancer Nurses Society of Australia Description: Cancer pain and older people

Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2009Targeting pain in older people
Organisation: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University Description: Interantional
2009Delirium prevention in acute care
Organisation: Claus Moser Research Centre, Keele University Description: International
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Publications

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


Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Higgins I, Conway J, Hullick C, Maslin-Prothero S, Day JL, Armitage D, Hewett J, 'Communicating with older people', Critical conversations for patient safety: An essential guide for healthcare professionals, Pearson Australia, Sydney 114-124 (2014) [B2]
Co-authorsJenny Day
2013Day JL, Taylor ACT, Hunter S, Jeong S, Armitage D, Keatinge D, Higgins I, 'Community Care', Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical thinking in Client Care, Pearson, Sydney 35-54 (2013) [B2]
Co-authorsAnn Taylor, Jenny Day, Sharyn Hunter, Sarah Jeong
2011Day JL, Armitage D, Jeong Y-S, Hunter S, Keatinge DR, Higgins IJ, 'Community-based nursing care', Medical Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 37-52 (2011) [B2]
Co-authorsJenny Day, Sarah Jeong, Sharyn Hunter
2009Day JL, Higgins IJ, Koch TG, 'Delirium and older people in acute care', Older People: Issues and Innovations in Care, Churchill Livingston, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 244-260 (2009) [B1]
Co-authorsJenny Day
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Journal article (78 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Day J, Higgins I, 'Adult family member experiences during an older loved one's delirium: a narrative literature review.', J Clin Nurs, 24 1447-1456 (2015)
DOI10.1111/jocn.12771Author URL
Co-authorsJenny Day
2015Day J, Higgins I, 'Existential Absence: The Lived Experience of Family Members During Their Older Loved One's Delirium.', Qual Health Res, (2015)
DOI10.1177/1049732314568321Author URL
Co-authorsJenny Day
2015Conway J, Higgins I, Hullick C, Hewitt J, Dilworth S, 'Nurse-led ED support for Residential Aged Care Facility staff: An evaluation study', International Emergency Nursing, 23 190-196 (2015)

Objectives: To evaluate the impact of a nurse-led telephone support service to Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) on a range of measures relating to the transfer of acutely unwell residents to the Emergency Department (ED) of a large tertiary referral hospital in New South Wales, Australia over a 9 month period. Methods: A pre- and post-intervention design determined the impact of the telephone service, associated clinical guidelines and education. Data from 4 intervention RACFs using the nurse-led telephone service were compared with 8 control RACFs. Data included the older patient's triage category, presenting problem(s), transfer rates from RACFs, ED admissions, and overall hospital length of stay. Interviews and focus groups with staff from RACFs and EDs were conducted to ascertain their experiences. Results: Reduced presentations of older people to the ED from the 4 pilot RACFs occurred. High levels of satisfaction among staff in RACFs were reported.

DOI10.1016/j.ienj.2014.11.005
2015Maclellan L, Higgins I, Levett-Jones T, 'Medical acceptance of the nurse practitioner role in Australia: A decade on', Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 27 152-159 (2015)

Purpose: In Australia, nurse practitioners (NPs) were first endorsed in 2000. After more than a decade, the number of NPs remains relatively small with previous research suggesting medical resistance as a key reason for this. This article presents a selection of narratives from a study that explored the transition experiences of newly endorsed NPs with particular attention to relationships with their medical colleagues. Data sources: A critical ethnographic approach was undertaken to explore the experiences of 10 Australian NPs who were interviewed three to four times for up to an hour throughout their first year of practice. Conclusions: Participants' narratives provide insight into their transition to practice and the barriers and facilitators to their new role. In contrast to previous research, medical colleagues were generally supportive and collegial while resistance was demonstrated most often by senior nurses yielding positions of power. Implications for practice: This study provides insight into the influences that key health professionals have over the transition of NPs. Despite the fact there are still negative attitudes being expressed by some medical associations, in this study medical colleagues were largely supportive of the NP role and that integral to the development of these interprofessional relationships was mutual respect and effective communication.

DOI10.1002/2327-6924.12141
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2015Stokoe A, Hullick C, Higgins I, Hewitt J, Armitage D, O'Dea I, 'Caring for acutely unwell older residents in residential aged care facilities: Perspectives of staff and general pracitioners.', Australas J Ageing, (2015)
DOI10.1111/ajag.12221Author URL
2015Tembo AC, Higgins I, Parker V, 'The experience of communication difficulties in critically ill patients in and beyond intensive care: Findings from a larger phenomenological study', Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 31 171-178 (2015)

Communication difficulties in intensive care units (ICU) with critically ill patients have been well documented for more than three decades. However, there is only a paucity of literature that has explored communication difficulties beyond the ICU environment. This paper discusses the experience of communication difficulties in critically ill patients in ICU and beyond as part of findings from a larger study that explored the lived experiences of critically ill patients in ICU in the context of daily sedation interruption (DSI).The aim of the study was to describe the lived experience of people who experienced critical illness in ICU using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach in the DSI context. Twelve participants aged between 20 and 76 years with an ICU stay ranging from 3 to 36 days were recruited from a 16 bed ICU in a large regional referral hospital in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Participants were intubated, mechanically ventilated and subjected to (DSI) during their critical illness in ICU. In-depth face to face interviews with participants were conducted at two weeks after discharge from ICU and at six to eleven months later. Interviews were audio taped and transcribed. Thematic analysis using van Manen's (1990) method was completed. The overarching theme; 'Being in limbo' and subthemes 'Being disrupted'; 'Being imprisoned' and 'Being trapped' depict the main elements of the experience.This paper discusses communication difficulties in critically ill patients as one of the main findings relating to the theme 'Being trapped'. Participants' reports of communication difficulties in ICU are similar to those reported by patients in other studies where DSI was not used. However, not many studies have reported ongoing communication difficulties after ICU hospitalisation. Recommendations are made for new models of care and support to mitigate critically ill patients' communication concerns in ICU and for further research into the causes and treatment to benefit this group of patients. Most importantly, extra care is recommended not to damage vocal cords during intubation and cuff inflation in the course of mechanical ventilation.

DOI10.1016/j.iccn.2014.10.004
2014MacLellan L, Levett-Jones T, Higgins I, 'Nurse practitioner role transition: A concept analysis.', J Am Assoc Nurse Pract, (2014)
DOI10.1002/2327-6924.12165Author URL
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2014Saravanakumar P, Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, Marquez J, Sibbritt D, 'The influence of tai chi and yoga on balance and falls in a residential care setting: a randomised controlled trial.', Contemporary nurse, 5231-5255 (2014)
DOI10.5172/conu.2014.5231
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2014Dilworth S, Higgins I, Parker V, Kelly B, Turner J, 'Examining clinical supervision as a mechanism for changes in practice: A research protocol', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70 421-430 (2014) [C1]

Aim: This paper describes the research protocol for a study exploring if and how clinical supervision facilitates change in practice relating to psychosocial aspects of care for Health Professionals, who have been trained to deliver a psychosocial intervention to adults with cancer. Background: There is a recognized need to implement care that is in line with clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer. Clinical supervision is recommended as a means to support Health Professionals in providing the recommended psychosocial care. Design: A qualitative design embedded within an experimental, stepped wedge randomized control trial. Methods: The study will use discourse analysis to analyse audio-recorded data collected in clinical supervision sessions that are being delivered as one element of a large randomized control trial. The sessions will be attended primarily by nurses, but including physiotherapists, radiation therapists, occupational therapists. The Health Professionals are participants in a randomized control trial designed to reduce anxiety and depression of distressed adults with cancer. The sessions will be facilitated by psychiatrists experienced in psycho-oncology and the provision of clinical supervision. Discussion: The proposed research is designed specifically to facilitate exploration of the mechanisms by which clinical supervision enables Health Professionals to deliver a brief, tailored psychosocial intervention in the context of their everyday practice. This is the first study to use discourse analysis embedded within an experimental randomized control trial to explore the mechanisms of change generated within clinical supervision by analysing the discourse within the clinical supervision sessions. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI10.1111/jan.12211
Co-authorsBrian Kelly
2014Higgins I, van der Riet P, Sneesby L, Good P, 'Nutrition and hydration in dying patients: The perceptions of acute care nurses', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 2609-2617 (2014)
DOI10.1111/jocn.12478
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2014Higgins I, van der Riet P, Sneesby L, Good P, 'Nutrition and hydration in dying patients: The perceptions of acute care nurses', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 2609-2617 (2014) [C1]

Aims and objectives: To explore the perceptions of nurses regarding the provision and nonprovision of medical nutrition and hydration during the end stage of life when death is imminent in the acute care setting. Background: When people are dying, they often experience a loss of appetite and desire for drinking which are natural processes at this time. The cessation of eating and drinking challenges both family members and clinical staff. This article builds on previous studies that describe the perceptions of medical doctors and palliative care nurses regarding medical nutrition and hydration during the end stage of life when death is imminent. Design: Qualitative descriptive design. Methods: This study included three focus group meetings with ten nurses in an acute care setting in medical, oncology and haematology units. An interview schedule was used to guide the discussions. Results: The main theme to emerge from this study was 'finding a comfort space/ambiguous spaces of unrest' that included four subthemes: (1) limited involvement in decision-making, (2) comfort vs. discomfort, (3) uncertainty and (4) the comfort of withdrawing treatment. Finding a comfort space captures the challenges nurses faced when speaking about the concerns of patients and family. In this space, there were ambiguities that created unease and unrest: a reluctance to talk about death; a reluctance to engage with the patient and the family. Conclusions: Acute care nurses need to be more cognisant of the palliative approach to care and become more engaged with decision-making during the end stage of life when death is imminent. Relevance to clinical practice: Nurses in acute care settings need to be involved in decision-making and advocate for patients and family during the dying phase. Nurses in acute care need better understanding about the palliative approach to care and nutrition and hydration for people who are dying. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI10.1111/jocn.12478
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2014Saravanakumar P, Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, Marquez J, Sibbritt D, 'The influence of tai chi and yoga on balance and falls in a residential care setting: a randomised controlled trial.', Contemp Nurse, 5231-5255 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2014.5231Author URL
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2014Saravanakumar P, Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, Marquez J, Sibbritt D, 'The influence of tai chi and yoga on balance and falls in a residential care setting: A randomised controlled trial', Contemporary Nurse, 48 76-87 (2014) [C1]

Falls amongst older people is a global public health concern. Whilst falling is not a typical feature of ageing, older people are more likely to fall. Fall injuries amongst older people are a leading cause of death and disability. Many older people do not do regular exercise so that they lose muscle tone, strength, and flexibility which affect balance and predispose them to falls. The management of falls in residential care settings is a major concern with strategies for prevention and monitoring a focus in this setting. Yoga and tai chi have shown potential to improve balance and prevent falls in older adults. They also have potential to improve pain and quality of life. The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of conducting a three-arm randomised controlled trial (RCT) with frail older people in a residential care setting to test the hypothesis that a 14-week modified tai chi or yoga programme is more effective than usual care activity in improving balance function, quality of life, pain experience and in reducing number of falls. There were no statistically significant differences between the three groups in the occurrence of falls. Yoga demonstrated a slight decrease in fall incidence; quality of life improved for the tai chi group. Only the yoga group experienced a reduction in average pain scores though not statistically significant. The findings of the study suggest it is possible to safely implement modified yoga and tai chi in a residential care setting and evaluate this using RCT design. They show positive changes to balance, pain and quality of life and a high level of interest through attendance amongst the older participants. The results support offering tai chi and yoga to older people who are frail and dependent with physical and cognitive limitations.

Co-authorsJodie Marquez, Pamela Vanderriet
2014Dilworth S, Higgins I, Parker V, Kelly B, Turner J, 'Patient and health professional's perceived barriers to the delivery of psychosocial care to adults with cancer: A systematic review', Psycho-Oncology, 23 601-612 (2014)
DOI10.1002/pon.3474
Co-authorsBrian Kelly
2014Dilworth S, Higgins I, Parker V, Kelly B, Turner J, 'Patient and health professional's perceived barriers to the delivery of psychosocial care to adults with cancer: A systematic review', Psycho-Oncology, 23 601-612 (2014) [C1]

Objective To explore the barriers experienced and perceived by health professionals and patients in the delivery of psychosocial care to adults with cancer. Methods Systematic searches were undertaken using the Psych Info, Medline and CINAHL electronic databases, up to October 2013. Research reporting health professional or patient experiences and perceptions of barriers to psychosocial care are included in the review. The systematic review includes studies that have non-experimental, exploratory and observational designs, as is appropriate to answer the review question. Included studies were critically appraised. The results of individual quantitative studies were aggregated. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the qualitative results. Results Twenty-five papers met the pre-specified inclusion criteria for the final review. The most commonly perceived barrier for patients relates to receiving adequate support from elsewhere and a lack of perceived need for psychosocial care. Health professionals report barriers at an organisational level most frequently followed by cultural and then individual clinician-related barriers. Conclusions Barriers exist on a variety of levels. People with cancer need clear appropriate information and communication about psychosocial services, including information about the role of psychosocial care in addition to existing supports. Interventions that target the complex interplay of individual, organisational and cultural factors need to be developed. Strategies that improve health professional communication skills, identify clear referral pathways, improve acceptability of interventions and clearly identify the need for services could address many of the barriers identified in this review. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI10.1002/pon.3474
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsBrian Kelly
2014Tembo AC, Higgins I, Parker V, 'The experience of communication difficulties in critically ill patients in and beyond intensive care: Findings from a larger phenomenological study', Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, (2014)

Communication difficulties in intensive care units (ICU) with critically ill patients have been well documented for more than three decades. However, there is only a paucity of literature that has explored communication difficulties beyond the ICU environment. This paper discusses the experience of communication difficulties in critically ill patients in ICU and beyond as part of findings from a larger study that explored the lived experiences of critically ill patients in ICU in the context of daily sedation interruption (DSI).The aim of the study was to describe the lived experience of people who experienced critical illness in ICU using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach in the DSI context. Twelve participants aged between 20 and 76 years with an ICU stay ranging from 3 to 36 days were recruited from a 16 bed ICU in a large regional referral hospital in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Participants were intubated, mechanically ventilated and subjected to (DSI) during their critical illness in ICU. In-depth face to face interviews with participants were conducted at two weeks after discharge from ICU and at six to eleven months later. Interviews were audio taped and transcribed. Thematic analysis using van Manen's (1990) method was completed. The overarching theme; 'Being in limbo' and subthemes 'Being disrupted'; 'Being imprisoned' and 'Being trapped' depict the main elements of the experience.This paper discusses communication difficulties in critically ill patients as one of the main findings relating to the theme 'Being trapped'. Participants' reports of communication difficulties in ICU are similar to those reported by patients in other studies where DSI was not used. However, not many studies have reported ongoing communication difficulties after ICU hospitalisation. Recommendations are made for new models of care and support to mitigate critically ill patients' communication concerns in ICU and for further research into the causes and treatment to benefit this group of patients. Most importantly, extra care is recommended not to damage vocal cords during intubation and cuff inflation in the course of mechanical ventilation.

DOI10.1016/j.iccn.2014.10.004
2014Rossiter RC, Day J, McDonald VM, Hunter S, Jeong S, Van Der Riet P, et al., 'Redefining old: Optimising health and wellbeing', Hong Kong Journal of Mental Health, 40 59-72 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsJenny Day, Vanessa Mcdonald, Rachel Rossiter, Jane Maguire, Pamela Vanderriet, Sarah Jeong, Sharyn Hunter
2013McDonald V, Wood L, Baines P, Higgins I, Gibson P, 'Obesity and bone health in COPD', EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL, 42 (2013)
Author URL
Co-authorsPeter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2013McDonald VM, Higgins I, Wood LG, Gibson PG, 'Multidimensional assessment and tailored interventions for COPD: respiratory utopia or common sense?', THORAX, 68 691-694 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1136/thoraxjnl-2012-202646Author URL
CitationsScopus - 18Web of Science - 14
Co-authorsPeter Gibson, Vanessa Mcdonald, Lisa Wood
2013McDonald VM, Higgins I, Gibson PG, 'Insight into Older Peoples' Healthcare Experiences with Managing COPD, Asthma, and Asthma-COPD Overlap', JOURNAL OF ASTHMA, 50 497-504 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.3109/02770903.2013.790415Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsVanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2013Mitchell R, Paliadelis P, Mcneil K, Parker V, Giles M, Higgins I, et al., 'Effective interprofessional collaboration in rural contexts: A research protocol', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69 2317-2326 (2013) [C3]

Aim: To describe the research protocol that will be used to investigate factors contributing to effective interprofessional practice in a rural context in Australia. Background: Interprofessional practice is a key strategy for overcoming rural health challenges; however, our knowledge of interprofessional initiatives and consequences in rural areas is limited. Design: A modified realistic evaluation approach will be used to explore the structures, systems, and social processes contributing to effective interprofessional outcomes. This 'context-mechanism-outcome' approach provides a useful framework for identifying why and how interprofessional practice works in rural contexts. Method: Initial propositions regarding the factors that explain effective collaborative practice will be generated through interviews with lead clinicians, policy-makers, and clinician managers. Clinician interviews, document analysis, and multi-participant focus groups will be used as evidence to support, refine, or redevelop the initial propositions. This will allow the development of a model of rural interprofessional practice that will explain how and why collaborative approaches work in rural environments. This study is funded by an Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Teaching grant (January 2010). Discussion: Rural healthcare challenges are well documented; however, studies investigating the nature of interprofessional practice in rural contexts are not common. Rural contexts also present research design, particularly data collection, challenges. This proposed research is one of the first to identify the factors that facilitate or constrain effective interprofessional work in rural settings. This is particularly important, given the continuing workforce shortages and maldistribution and poorer health outcomes in rural communities globally. © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

DOI10.1111/jan.12083
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsRebecca Mitchell
2013Tembo AC, Parker V, Higgins I, 'The experience of sleep deprivation in intensive care patients: Findings from a larger hermeneutic phenomenological study', Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 29 310-316 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.iccn.2013.05.003Author URL
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2013Dilworth S, Higgins I, Parker V, Kelly B, Turner J, 'Finding a way forward: a literature review on the current debates around clinical supervision.', Contemp Nurse, 45 22-32 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2013.45.1.22Author URL
Co-authorsBrian Kelly
2013McDonald VM, Higgins I, Gibson PG, 'Managing Older Patients with Coexistent Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges', DRUGS & AGING, 30 1-17 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s40266-012-0042-zAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authorsVanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2013Dilworth S, Higgins I, Parker V, Kelly B, Turner J, 'Exploring the situational complexities associated practice change in health', Qualitative Research Journal, 13 178-186 (2013) [C1]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to critically examine multidisciplinary, group clinical supervision sessions and to extend current understandings of the barriers/enablers to the implementation of an innovative psychosocial intervention for distressed adults with cancer. Design/methodology/approach: Discourse analysis was used to analyse audio recordings from clinical supervision sessions delivered as part of a psychosocial intervention within the context of a randomised control trial (RCT). Findings: Examination of subject positions, representation and tensions reveals that Health Professionals can resists the pressures of systemic barriers to provide much-needed psychosocial support for distressed adults with cancer. Critical examination of multidisciplinary clinical supervision sessions describes how Health Professionals are able to construct new meanings and reposition themselves as being able to provide supportive care within the context of their everyday practices. Research limitations/implications: This paper reports only a small part of a larger analysis that aims to explore how discourse maps the current state of psychosocial care for adults with cancer and illustrates the fragility and potential for change in this area. Originality/value: Extension on the previous literature is seen within the data through the presence of positive resistance against systemic barriers. Previous exploration of clinical supervision has not collected data generated within the sessions. It is also novel in the use of discourse analysis being used in association with a randomised controlled trial to understand the situational complexities associated with bringing about practice change. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI10.1108/QRJ-03-2013-0020
Co-authorsBrian Kelly
2013Parker V, McNeil K, Higgins I, Mitchell R, Paliadelis P, Giles M, Parmenter G, 'How health professionals conceive and construct interprofessional practice in rural settings: a qualitative study', BMC Health Services Research, 13 5 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1186/1472-6963-13-500Author URL
Co-authorsRebecca Mitchell
2013Adili F, Higgins I, Koch T, 'Older women and chronic illness: Transitioning and learning to live with diabetes', Action Research, 11 142-156 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1177/1476750313477157Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2012Joyce T, Higgins IJ, Magin PJ, Goode SM, Pond CD, Stone TE, et al., 'The experiences of nurses with mental health problems: Colleagues' perspectives', Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26 324-332 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsParker Magin, Dimity Pond, Teresa Stone
2012Dilworth S, Higgins IJ, Parker V, 'Feeling let down: An exploratory study of the experiences of older people who were readmitted to hospital following a recent discharge', Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession, 42 280-288 (2012) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2012.42.2.280
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2012Paliadelis PS, Parmenter G, Parker V, Giles M, Higgins IJ, 'The challenges confronting clinicians in rural acute care settings: A participatory research project', Rural and Remote Health, 12 1-12 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2012Jeong Y-S, McMillan MA, Higgins IJ, 'Gerotranscendence: The phenomenon of Advance Care Planning', Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 24 146-163 (2012) [C1]
Co-authorsSarah Jeong
2012Adili F, Higgins IJ, Koch TG, 'Inside the PAR group: The group dynamics of women learning to live with diabetes', Action Research, 10 373-386 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2012Harmon JR, Higgins IJ, Summons PF, Bellchambers HL, 'Efficacy of the use of evidence-based algorithmic guidelines in the acute care setting for pain assessment and management in older people: A critical review of the literature', International Journal of Older People Nursing, 7 127-140 (2012) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1748-3743.2010.00261.x
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsPeter Summons, Helen Bellchambers
2012Tembo AC, Parker V, Higgins IJ, 'Being in limbo: The experience of critical illness in intensive care and beyond', Open Journal of Nursing, 2 270-276 (2012) [C1]
2011McDonald VM, Higgins I, Simpson JL, Gibson PG, 'The importance of clinical management problems in older people with COPD and asthma: Do patients and physicians agree?', Primary Care Respiratory Journal, 20 389-395 (2011) [C1]

Background: COPD and asthma in older people are complex conditions associated with multiple clinical problems. The relative importance of these problems to both patients and physicians and the level of agreement between them is largely unknown. Methods: Older people with asthma and COPD underwent a multidimensional assessment to characterise the prevalence of clinical problems. Each individual's problems were then summarised and presented separately to the patient and physician to rate problem importance. Problems were scored using a 5-point Likert scale from unimportant to very important. Results: The highest-rated problems were dyspnoea, activity limitation and airway inflammation, and these areas had good patientphysician concordance. Poor concordance was found for inhaler technique adequacy, airflow obstruction and obesity. Good concordance was found for written action plans, but this was less important to both patients and physicians. Conclusions: In asthma and COPD, patients and their physicians agree about the importance of managing activity limitation, dyspnoea, and airway inflammation. Other areas of management had little concordance or were viewed as less important. Self-management skills were not rated as important by patients and this may hinder successful management. Eliciting problems and addressing their importance to treatment goals may improve care in COPD and asthma. © 2011 Primary Care Respiratory Society UK. All rights reserved.

CitationsScopus - 15Web of Science - 13
Co-authorsJodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2011Jeong Y-S, Higgins IJ, McMillan MA, 'Experiences with advance care planning: Nurses' perspective', International Journal of Older People Nursing, 6 165-175 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1748-3743.2009.00200.x
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Co-authorsSarah Jeong
2011Jeong Y-S, Higgins IJ, McMillan MA, 'Experiences with advance care planning: Older people and family members' perspective', International Journal of Older People Nursing, 6 176-186 (2011) [C1]
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Co-authorsSarah Jeong
2011McDonald VM, Simpson JL, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'Multidimensional assessment of older people with asthma and COPD: Clinical management and health status', Age and Ageing, 40 42-49 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1093/ageing/afq134
CitationsScopus - 19Web of Science - 16
Co-authorsJodie Simpson, Peter Gibson, Vanessa Mcdonald
2011Good PD, Sneesby L, Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Medical officers in acute care settings: Their views on medically assisted hydration at the end of life', Journal of Palliative Care, 27 303-309 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2011Day JL, Higgins IJ, Keatinge DR, 'Orientation strategies during delirium: Are they helpful?', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20 3285-3294 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03849.x
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsJenny Day
2011Joyce TA, Higgins IJ, Magin PJ, Goode SM, Pond CD, Stone TE, et al., 'Nurses' perceptions of a mental health education programme for Australian nurses', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 20 247-252 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00737.x
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsTeresa Stone, Parker Magin, Dimity Pond
2010Jeong Y-S, Higgins IJ, McMillan MA, 'The essentials of Advance Care Planning for end-of-life care for older people', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 389-397 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03001.x
CitationsScopus - 17Web of Science - 10
Co-authorsSarah Jeong
2010Higgins IJ, Parker VT, Keatinge DR, Giles M, Winskill RA, Dowse EM, et al., 'Doing clinical research: The challenges and benefits', Contemporary Nurse, 35 171-181 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2010.35.2.171
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 8
2010Phelan C, Higgins IJ, Summons PF, Douglas J, Dobson PM, Hodson F, 'An innovative approach to targeting pain in older people in the acute care setting', Contemporary Nurse, 35 221-233 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2010.35.2.221
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsPeter Summons
2010Li PL, Bashford L, Schwager G, Spain R, Ryan H, Oakman M, et al., 'Clinicians' experiences of participating in an action research study', Contemporary Nurse, 35 147-156 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2010.35.2.147
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2010Kucera KJ, Higgins IJ, McMillan MA, 'Advanced nursing practice: A futures model derived from narrative analysis of nurses' stories', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 27 43-53 (2010) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2009Li P, Giles M, Dumont FA, Day JL, Higgins IJ, 'The uptake and utility of a protocol for delirium prevention: An evaluation study', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 2 7-11 (2009) [C2]
Co-authorsJenny Day
2009Li PL, Bashford L, Schwager G, Spain R, Ryan H, Oakman M, et al., 'Reflections on participating in an action research study', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 2 26-31 (2009) [C2]
2009Dobson PM, Hodson F, Phelan C, Douglas J, Ritchard L, Bruce D, et al., 'The use of visual aids to enhance pain management in elderly patients in the acute care setting', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 2 39-40 (2009) [C3]
Co-authorsPeter Summons
2009Higgins IJ, Phelan CM, Summons PF, Hodson F, Douglas J, Ritchard L, et al., 'Targeting pain in older people: The challenges of doing clinical research', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 2 37-38 (2009) [C2]
Co-authorsPeter Summons
2009Day JL, Higgins IJ, Koch TG, 'The process of practice redesign in delirium care for hospitalised older people: A participatory action research study', International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46 13-22 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2008.08.013
CitationsScopus - 21Web of Science - 19
Co-authorsJenny Day
2009Levett-Jones TL, Lathlean J, Higgins IJ, McMillan MA, 'Staff-student relationships and their impact on nursing students' belongingness and learning', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65 316-324 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-2648.2008.04865.x
CitationsScopus - 69Web of Science - 53
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2009Van Der Riet PJ, Higgins IJ, Good PD, Sneesby LB, 'A discourse analysis of difficult clinical situations in relation to nutrition and hydration during end of life care', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 2104-2111 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02760.x
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 7
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2009Parker VT, Giles M, Higgins IJ, 'Challenges confronting clinicians in acute care', Journal of Nursing Management, 17 667-678 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-2834.2009.01009.x
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 8
2009Levett-Jones TL, Lathlean J, Higgins IJ, McMillan MA, 'Development and psychometric testing of the Belongingness Scale-Clinical Placement Experience: An international comparative study', Collegian, 16 153-162 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.colegn.2009.04.004
CitationsScopus - 12Web of Science - 11
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2008Van Der Riet PJ, Good PD, Higgins IJ, Sneesby LB, 'Patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life', Australian Nursing Journal, 15 40 (2008) [C3]
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2008Van Der Riet PJ, Good PD, Higgins IJ, Sneesby L, 'Palliative care professionals' perceptions of nutrition and hydration at the end of life', International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14 145-151 (2008) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 22
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2008Day JL, Higgins IJ, Koch TG, 'Delirium and older people: What are the constraints to best practice in acute care?', International Journal of Older People Nursing, 3 170-177 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1748-3743.2008.00115.x
Co-authorsJenny Day
2008Higgins IJ, 'Living with chronic pain in a residential aged care facility', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 1 17-20 (2008) [C2]
2008Parker VT, Giles M, Higgins IJ, 'Challenges confronting clinicians in acute care', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 1 11-16 (2008) [C2]
2008Levett-Jones TL, Lathlean J, Higgins IJ, McMillan MA, 'The duration of clinical placements: A key influence on nursing students' experience of belongingness', The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26 8-16 (2008) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 25Web of Science - 16
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2007Levett-Jones TL, Lathlean J, McMillan MA, Higgins IJ, 'Belongingness: A montage of nursing students' stories of their clinical placement experiences', Contemporary Nurse, 24 1 (2007) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 35Web of Science - 26
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2007Higgins IJ, Joyce TA, Parker VT, Fitzgerald M, McMillan MA, 'The immediate needs of relatives during the hospital stay of acutely ill older relatives', Contemporary Nurse, 26 208-220 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2007.26.2.208
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 8
2007Peek C, Higgins IJ, Milson-Hawke S, McMillan MA, Harper D, 'Towards innovation: The development of a person-centred model of care for older people in acute care', Contemporary Nurse, 26 164-176 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2007.26.2.164
CitationsWeb of Science - 8
2007Higgins IJ, 'Issues in older person nursing', Contemporary Nurse, 26 161-163 (2007) [C3]
2007Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, Slater LE, Peek C, 'The negative attitude of nurses towards older patients in the acute hospital setting: A qualitative descriptive study', Contemporary Nurse, 26 225-237 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2007.26.2.225
CitationsScopus - 29Web of Science - 21
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2007Jeong Y-S, Higgins IJ, McMillan MA, 'Advance care planning (ACP): The nurse as 'broker' in residential aged care facilities', Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession, 26 184-195 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2007.26.2.184
Co-authorsSarah Jeong
2005Higgins IJ, 'The experience of chronic pain in elderly nursing home residents', Journal of Research in Nursing, 10 369-382 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1177/174498710501000402
2004Higgins IJ, Madjar I, Walton APJA, 'Chronic pain in elderly nursing home residents: the need for nursing leadership', Journal of Nursing Management, 12 167-173 (2004) [C1]
DOI10.1046/j.1365-2834.2003.00437.x
CitationsScopus - 19
2004Milson-Hawke S, Higgins IJ, 'The scope of enrolled nurse practice: a grounded theory study', Contemporary Nurse, 17 1-176 (2004) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.17.1-2.44
CitationsScopus - 10
2003Higgins IJ, Dullow AF, 'Parental perceptions of having a baby in a neonatal intensive care unit', Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 6 15-20 (2003) [C1]
2003Milson-Hawke S, Higgins IJ, 'The scope of enrolled nurse practice: A review of the literature', Contemporary Nurse, 14 129-137 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.14.2.129
2001Higgins IJ, 'On being cared for by a nurse', Contemporary Nurse, 11, No 2-3 115-124 (2001) [C1]
2000Cadd A, Higgins I, 'The needs of relatives of the hospitalised elderly and nurses' perceptions of those needs', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, 19 75-75 (2000)
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1999Higgins IJ, Cadd AL, 'The needs of relatives of the hospitalised elderly and nurses' perceptions of those needs', Geriaction, 17 18-22 (1999) [C1]
1998Higgins IJ, 'Reflections on conducting research with elderly people', Qualitative Health Research, 8 (6) 858-866 (1998) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 17Web of Science - 11
1997Higgins I, 'Benchmarking in health care: a review of the literature.', Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association, 20 60-69 (1997)

This paper provides a review of the 10 significant publications related to benchmarking in health care. The discussion which follows is presented according to four headings: what the study did, how the study was conducted, what was learnt from the experience, and what the implications were for health care generally. The findings of this review are reassuring in that all studies provided valuable information, in terms of clinical practice and the health care service or the benchmarking process. They highlight the importance of the maintenance of quality health care, the reduction of health care costs and the need for improved efficiency and effectiveness in providing health care.

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1996Madjar I, Higgins I, 'Of ethics committees, protocols, and behaving ethically in the field: a case study of research with elderly residents in a nursing home', NURSING INQUIRY, 3 130-137 (1996)
DOI10.1111/j.1440-1800.1996.tb00027.xAuthor URL
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2014Cho G, Higgins I, Jeong S, McMillan M, Conway J, 'Older Koreans preference on relationship-centred care in residential aged care facilities', https://custom.cvent.com/A96F1FCE15164661A466B58D03796161/files/c18eb203f5924b89896f9665085fb59d.pdf, Newcastle, Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsSarah Jeong
2014Dilworth S, Higgins I, Parker V, Kelly B, Turner J, 'Exploring the Situational Complexities associated with Practice Change in the Delivery of a Psychosocial Intervention', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
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Co-authorsBrian Kelly
2014Dilworth S, Higgins I, Parker V, Kelly B, Turner J, 'Implementing a Psychosocial Intervention in Cancer Care: An Examination of the Change Process through a Discourse Analysis of Clinical Supervision', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
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Co-authorsBrian Kelly
2014Day JL, Higgins I, 'Turning to Media Depictions of Delirium: A PhD Student¿s Approach and Insights during a Phenomenological Study [Poster]', Care and Compassion iin a Changing World. 3rd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsJenny Day
2014Day JL, Higgins I, 'Experiencing a loved one¿s sudden absence during delirium: The perspectives of family members of older people [oral paper]', DECLARED: Delirium Clinical and Research Day: A One Day Multidisciplinary Symposium, Melbourne, Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsJenny Day
2014Day JL, Higgins I, 'Experiencing a loved one¿s sudden absence during delirium: The perspectives of family members of older people [oral paper]', DECLARED: Delirium Clinical and Research Day: A One Day Multidisciplinary Symposium, Melbourne, Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsJenny Day
2013Day JL, Higgins I, Keatinge D, 'Family member experiences during an older loved one's delirium', Emerging Researchers In Ageing, Sydney (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsJenny Day
2013O'Brien AP, Giles M, Parker V, Higgins I, Keatinge D, Guest E, Clancy R, 'Growing a nursing and midwifery research future in the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD)', HNE Handover, Newcastle, NSW (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsTony Obrien, Richard Clancy
2013Tembo A, Parker V, Higgins I, 'The lived experience of critically ill patients in intensive care-A phenomenological inquiry', Australian Critical Care (2013) [E3]
DOI10.1016/j.aucc.2013.02.006Author URL
2013Fu JJ, Mcdonald VM, Simpson JL, Higgins I, Mao B, Gibson PG, 'VALIDATION OF THE NEW GOLD COMBINED ASSESSMENT IN AN AUSTRALIAN COPD COHORT', RESPIROLOGY (2013) [E3]
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Co-authorsVanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson, Jodie Simpson
2013Mcdonald VM, Wood LG, Baines P, Higgins I, Gibson PG, 'OBESITY IN COPD PROTECTIVE FOR OSTEOPOROSIS?', RESPIROLOGY (2013) [E3]
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Co-authorsVanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2013Cho G, Jeong S, McMillan M, Conway J, Higgins I, Kwon K, 'Future directions for care of older people in residential aged care facilities in South Korea. Nation-wide data: categorization of long-term care insurance benefits for older people', Proceedings of the 1st Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference (WNC 2013), Singapore (2013) [E2]
DOI10.5176/2315-4330_WNC13.49#sthash.AUxBgCKh.dpuf
Co-authorsSarah Jeong
2012Saravanakumar P, Higgins IJ, Sibbritt DW, Van Der Riet PJ, Marquez JL, 'Yoga and tai chi for fall prevention in residential care: A feasibility study', Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Glasgow, Scotland (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet, Jodie Marquez
2012Convery PJ, Pond CD, Higgins IJ, Iliffe S, Chenoweth L, Magin PJ, et al., 'Evaluation of a new nurse-led approach to dementia detection and care in primary care', 2012 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsAshley Kable, Parker Magin, Dimity Pond, Michael Hazelton
2012Maclellan LI, Higgins IJ, Levett-Jones TL, 'The personal experiences of Australian nurse practitioners during transition to practice: Stories from the field', 2nd Australian Capital Region Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference. Conference Proceedings, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2012Cho G, Higgins IJ, Jeong Y-S, McMillan MA, Conway JF, 'The quality of care in residential aged care facilities in South Korea', 2nd Eulji International Nursing Conference: Fostering Artistic Nursing Potential through Communication, Seoul, Korea (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsSarah Jeong
2012Higgins IJ, 'Philosophy underpinning qualitative research: An example from research', 2nd International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, Manila, Philippines (2012) [E3]
2011Dilworth S, Higgins IJ, Parker VT, Kelly BJ, Turner J, 'The barriers to psychosocial care for adults with cancer', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology: COSA 38th Annual Scientific Meeting Poster Abstracts, Perth (2011) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1743-7563.2011.01472.x
Co-authorsBrian Kelly
2011Pond CD, Convery PJ, Goode SM, Magin PJ, Goodman C, Iliffe S, et al., 'Development of a nurse-led dementia care model in general practice', 2011 PHC Research Conference Abstracts, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsDimity Pond, Parker Magin
2011Kim MR, Higgins IJ, Jeong Y-S, McMillan MA, 'Sustainability of approaches to management of cancer pain: Evidence and unanswered questions', 8th International Nursing Conference: INC2011, Seoul (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsSarah Jeong
2011Kim MR, Higgins IJ, Jeong Y-S, McMillan MA, 'A critical review of the literature relating to cancer pain management, policy and the uptake of guidelines', 8th International Nursing Conference: INC2011, Seoul (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsSarah Jeong
2011Higgins IJ, 'Putting up with others: The experiences of older people with persistent pain within residential care', Across the Divide: Lessons on Care from Urban and Rural Communities. Conference Program & Abstract Book, Cessnock, NSW (2011) [E3]
2011McDonald VM, Higgins IJ, Wood LG, Gibson PG, 'Multidimensional assessment and individualized management (MDAIM) of obstructive airway diseases (OAD) in older adults - A pilot clinical trial', Respirology, Perth, WA (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsVanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2011McDonald VM, Simpson JL, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'Mucus hypersecretion and chronic bronchitis in older adults with chronic obstructive airway diseases', Respirology, Shanghai (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsPeter Gibson, Jodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald
2010Parker VT, Giles M, Parmenter G, Higgins IJ, Paliadelis P, White A, 'Bush battles: the challenges of providing acute health care in rural contexts in Australia', International Journal of Qualitative Methods: Qualitative Health Research Conference Abstracts, Vancouver, BC (2010) [E3]
2010Maclellan LI, Higgins IJ, Levett-Jones TL, 'Transition to nurse practitioner practice in Australia: What really happens on the journey to the top?', 25th National Conference of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Phoenix, AZ (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2010Maclellan LI, Higgins IJ, Levett-Jones TL, 'Challenges to nurse practitioner practice in Australia', 25th National Conference of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Abstracts, Phoenix, AZ (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2010Joyce TA, Higgins IJ, Magin PJ, Goode SM, Stone TE, Pond CD, et al., 'Up the creek without a paddle', 36th International Conference 2010: Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Abstracts, Hobart, Tas (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsParker Magin, Dimity Pond, Teresa Stone
2010Slater LE, Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, 'It's not easy but so useful! Using discourse analysis to explore attutudes to older persons in acute care', 3rd International Nurse Education Conference. Programme, Sydney (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2010Adili F, Higgins IJ, Koch TG, 'Older women and chronic illness: Learning to live with diabetes', 8th World Congress 2010: Participatory Action Research and Action Learning, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E1]
2010Higgins IJ, Li P, Day JL, Giles M, Dumont F, 'PAR and the prevention of delirium in older people in the acute care setting: Outcomes and meaning of participation', 8th World Congress 2010: Participatory Action Research and Action Learning, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsJenny Day
2010Pangiau N, Koch TG, Higgins IJ, 'Using PAR to explore how to improve maternal health in PNG', 8th World Congress 2010: Participatory Action Research and Action Learning, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010McDonald VM, Higgins IJ, Simpson JL, Gibson PG, 'Is there an association between self reported activity limitation and exercise tolerance in COPD?', European Respiratory Society Annual Congress 2010. Abstracts, Barcelona, Spain (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsVanessa Mcdonald, Jodie Simpson, Peter Gibson
2010McDonald VM, Higgins IJ, Simpson JL, Gibson PG, 'Six minute walk tests: Are practice tests necessary?', European Respiratory Society Annual Congress 2010. Abstracts, Barcelona, Spain (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsVanessa Mcdonald, Jodie Simpson, Peter Gibson
2010McDonald VM, Higgins IJ, Wood LG, Gibson PG, 'Multidimensional assessment and individualised management of obstructive airway diseases (OAD) in older adults', European Respiratory Society Annual Congress 2010. Abstracts, Barcelona, Spain (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsVanessa Mcdonald, Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2010Higgins IJ, 'Re-examining philosophical foundations of knowledge for qualitative health research', First International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, Thailand, 2010, Chiang Rai, Thailand (2010) [E3]
2010Higgins IJ, 'Ethical considerations in qualitative health research', First International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, Thailand, 2010, Chiang Rai, Thailand (2010) [E3]
2010Jeong Y-S, 'Advance care planning (ACP): The nurse as 'broker' in residential aged care facilities', Inaugural International Advance Care Planning 2010 Conference, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 6
Co-authorsSarah Jeong
2010Higgins IJ, 'Social connectedness in residential care', International Federation on Ageing 10th Global Conference. Conference Program, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Summons PF, Higgins IJ, Phelan C, Hodson F, Douglas J, Ritchards L, et al., 'Targeting older patient's pain within the acute care setting: Development and organisational aspects of health innovations', ACIS 2010 Proceedings, Brisbane, Australia (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsPeter Summons
2010McDonald VM, Simpson JL, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'Is there an association between self reported acitivity limitation and exercise tolerance in COPD?', Respirology, Brisbane, QLD (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsPeter Gibson, Jodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald
2009Dilworth S, Parker VT, Higgins IJ, 'The inevitable return: The older person's experience of readmission', New Zealand Association of Gerontology & Age Concern New Zealand Conference 2009: Conference Downloads, Wellington, NZ (2009) [E3]
2009Higgins IJ, Day JL, Koch TG, Li I, Giles M, Dumont FA, 'The detection & prevention of delirium in acute care: An evaluation of the uptake & utility of guidelines by health professionals', New Zealand Association of Gerontology & Age Concern New Zealand Conference 2009: Conference Downloads, Wellington, NZ (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsJenny Day
2009Parker VT, Giles M, Paliadelis P, Parmenter G, Higgins IJ, McMullen P, et al., 'Challenges confronting clinicians in rural acute care settings', 3rd Rural Health Research Colloquium. Program and Abstract Book, Ballina, NSW (2009) [E3]
2009McDonald VM, Wood LG, Smart JM, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'Sacropenia and sarcopenic obesity in older people with COPD?', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsPeter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Vanessa Mcdonald
2009McDonald VM, McElduff P, Simpson JL, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'Multidimensional problem assessment of asthma and COPD in an older population: Patient-physician concordance', European Respiratory Journal, Vienna, Austria (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsPeter Gibson, Jodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald
2009McDonald VM, Wood LG, Smart J, Higgins I, Gibson PG, 'An Investigation of Sarcopenic Obesity in COPD.', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE (2009) [E3]
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Co-authorsVanessa Mcdonald, Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2009McDonald VM, Wood LG, Smart JM, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'Does sarcopenic obesity exist in older people with COPD?', Respirology, Darwin, NT (2009) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1440-1843.2009.01503_1.x
Co-authorsPeter Gibson, Vanessa Mcdonald, Lisa Wood
2009McDonald VM, McElduff P, Simpson JL, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'Multidimensional clinical problem assessment in asthma and COPD: Patient-physician concordance', Respirology, Darwin, NT (2009) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1440-1843.2009.01502_7.x
Co-authorsJodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2009Phelan CM, Higgins IJ, Summons PF, Bellchambers HL, 'What is good pain management for the older person in the acute setting?', The Australian Pain Society 29th Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsPeter Summons, Helen Bellchambers
2009Higgins IJ, Phelan CM, Hodson F, Summons PF, Douglas J, Ritchard L, et al., 'Targeting pain in older people in the acute setting', The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, Paris, France (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsPeter Summons
2009Tembo AC, Higgins IJ, Parker VT, Sundin DJ, 'The experience of older people in intensive care - A phenomenological inquiry', The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, Paris, France (2009) [E3]
2008McDonald VM, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'The use of qualitative interviews to gain insight into older people with COPD and asthma', Respirology, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1440-1843.2008.01251.x
Co-authorsVanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2008McDonald VM, Simpson JL, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'A problem based assessment of asthma and COPD in an older population', Respirology, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1440-1843.2008.01252.x
Co-authorsPeter Gibson, Vanessa Mcdonald, Jodie Simpson
2008Higgins IJ, Hodson F, Phelan C, Douglas J, Ritchard L, Summons PF, et al., 'Early detection and management of pain in older people in the acute care setting: An innovative approach to practice change', Australasian Journal of Ageing, Fremantle, WA (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsPeter Summons
2008Higgins IJ, 'Living with chronic pain in residential care: The impact of living with others', Australasian Journal of Ageing, Fremantle, WA (2008) [E3]
2008Higgins IJ, Day JL, Koch TG, 'The detection and prevention of delirium in an acute care setting', Australasian Journal of Ageing, Fremantle, WA (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsJenny Day
2008Adili F, Haghighatpanah MR, Higgins IJ, Koch TG, Mohammadzedeh S, Rajab A, Mahmood M, 'The relationship between physical activity of diabetic type 2 people and health indexes', 13th Ottawa International Conference on Clinical Competence. Abstracts, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
2007Peek C, Bruce D, Milson-Hawke S, Harper D, Higgins IJ, 'Reflections on the implementation of the Older Person Acute Care Model (OPAC) of care', Australasian Journal on Ageing, Adelaide, SA (2007) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1741-6612.2007.00254.x
2007McDonald VM, Simpson JL, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'A problem based assessment of obstructive airways disease (OAD) in an elderly population', European Respiratory Society Annual Congress 2007. Abstracts, Stockholm (2007) [E3]
Co-authorsPeter Gibson, Jodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald
2007Van Der Riet PJ, Higgins IJ, Sneesby M, Good PD, 'Does the provision and non-provision of medical nutrition and hydration at the end stage of life cause patient suffering?', The 18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice. Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2007) [E3]
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2006Higgins IJ, Byles JE, Downing B, Rohr Y, Sams R, Stapleton L, Wylie KP, 'Pain recognition and management in dementia units: Outcomes of a pilot study using Dementia Care Mapping and the Abbey', Australasian Journal on Ageing, Sydney, NSW (2006) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00198.x
Co-authorsKim Wylie, Julie Byles
2006Peek C, Milson-Hawke S, Harper D, Higgins IJ, 'Improving health outcomes: A person centered approach to the care of older people in acute care', Australasian Journal on Ageing, Sydney, NSW (2006) [E3]
2006Higgins IJ, Peek CL, Slater LE, Thursby P, 'The negative attitudes and behaviours of nurses towards older patients in the acute hospital setting: A qualitative descriptive study', Australasian Journal on Ageing, Sydney, NSW (2006) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00198.x
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Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Day JL, Higgins I, 'A Case for Compassion: Family Member Experiences During Their Older Loved One¿s Delirium [Oral paper]', ( pp.53-53). Newcastle: School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle (2014) [O1]
Co-authorsJenny Day
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants22
Total funding$1,151,290

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


20123 grants / $39,439

Opioid use, health and health care in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women$24,951

Funding body: Health Administration Corporation

Funding bodyHealth Administration Corporation
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Dr Fiona Blyth, Professor Isabel Higgins, Doctor Jane Robertson, Professor Julie Byles
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101174
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Clinical Training Framework Pilot Project – Anaesthetist Trolley Induction$9,344

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamDoctor Peter Summons, Doctor Brian Regan, Miss Kristi Street, Professor Isabel Higgins, Ms Catherine Payne
SchemeStrategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1401029
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Clinical Supervision: A discourse analysis - Top Up Scholarship$5,144

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding bodyHunter New England Local Health District
Project TeamMs Sophie Dilworth, Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Associate Professor Vicki Parker
SchemeScholarship
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1201038
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

20112 grants / $570,573

Primary Dementia / Aged Care Nurse Practitioner Project$546,573

Funding body: Department of Health

Funding bodyDepartment of Health
Project TeamProfessor Dimity Pond, Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeNurse Practitioner Aged Care Models of Practice program
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100944
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

Models of care for pain management: rapid review$24,000

Funding body: The Sax Institute

Funding bodyThe Sax Institute
Project TeamProfessor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Associate Professor Jane Conway
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1101057
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20103 grants / $107,455

Evaluation study of nurse led intervention for older people admitted to the Emergency Department$95,455

Funding body: Hunter New England Area Health Service

Funding bodyHunter New England Area Health Service
Project TeamProfessor Isabel Higgins, Doctor Carolyn Hullick
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1001076
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

An evaluation of the effectiveness of an educational intervention to increase pain management in older people in acute care settings$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Professor David Sibbritt, Conjoint Professor Sian Maslin-Prothero, Associate Professor Ashley Kable, Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1001058
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

International Conference Qualitative Research in Nursing Health, Wiang Inn Hotel Chiang Rai Thailand, 1-3 December 2010$2,000

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamProfessor Isabel Higgins
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000762
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20092 grants / $22,500

Integrated problem based management of Obstructive Airways Disease in older people$20,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding bodyHunter Medical Research Institute
Project TeamConjoint Professor Peter Gibson, Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeResearch Higher Degree Support Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0189807
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

19th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Congress, Paris, France, 5-9 July 2009$2,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamProfessor Isabel Higgins
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190350
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20083 grants / $210,774

Dementia Collaborative Research Centre$161,744

Funding body: Department of Health

Funding bodyDepartment of Health
Project TeamProfessor Dimity Pond, Professor Isabel Higgins, Professor Michael Hazelton, Associate Professor Ashley Kable, Conjoint Professor Parker Magin, Doctor Jill Phillips
SchemeDementia Collaborative Research Centres Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188513
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

Healing the healer - a peer based mentorship intervention$47,443

Funding body: Beyond Blue Ltd

Funding bodyBeyond Blue Ltd
Project TeamProfessor Dimity Pond, Doctor Teresa Joyce, Conjoint Professor Parker Magin, Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Professor Teri Stone, Mrs Susan Goode
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188948
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

41st national Australian Associateion of Gerontologists - Ageing Landscapes, Esplanade Hotel, Freemantle, 18/11/2008 - 21/11/2008$1,587

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Isabel Higgins
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189575
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20072 grants / $98,595

A Problem Based Approach to the Management of Airways Disease in people over the age of 55 years$88,595

Funding body: CCRE in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

Funding bodyCCRE in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Project TeamConjoint Professor Peter Gibson, Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemePostgraduate Research Scholarship
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0186902
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Managing pain in older people in the acute care setting$10,000

Funding body: Nursing and Midwifery Office NSW Health

Funding bodyNursing and Midwifery Office NSW Health
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

20043 grants / $50,000

Pain recognition and management in Dementia Units$30,000

Funding body: Friends of The University

Funding bodyFriends of The University
Project TeamProfessor Julie Byles, Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Conjoint Professor Kim Wylie
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184904
Type Of FundingDonation - Aust Non Government
Category3AFD
UONY

Measuring perceived health-related needs of residents of nursing homes: A pilot of a draft tool$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Professor Kichu Nair, Dr Jonathan Adams, Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0183400
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

A pilot study of the needs of relatives of hospitalised elderly and nurses' perceptions of those needs.$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Isabel Higgins, Professor Julie Byles, Professor Geraldine Fitzgerald
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0183483
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20031 grants / $915

Australian Pain Society 24th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and New Zealand Pain Society 10th ASM, Christchurch, New Zealand, 9 - 13 March, 2003$915

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Isabel Higgins
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0182763
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19981 grants / $2,000

'Incentive Grant'. Chronic pain in elderly nursing home residents$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Isabel Higgins
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
GNoG0177237
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19942 grants / $49,039

Interdisciplinary self-guided learning; teaching infection control principles and practice$39,076

Funding body: Committee for the Advancement of University Teaching

Funding bodyCommittee for the Advancement of University Teaching
Project TeamProfessor Isabel Higgins
SchemeNational Teaching Development Grants (NTD Grants)
RoleLead
Funding Start1994
Funding Finish1994
GNoG0175687
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

Detection and management of pain in nursing home residents suffering from dementia$9,963

Funding body: Alzheimer`s Association (Australia)

Funding bodyAlzheimer`s Association (Australia)
Project TeamProfessor Irena Madjar, Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeDementia Research Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1994
Funding Finish1994
GNoG0175199
Type Of FundingDonation - Aust Non Government
Category3AFD
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Promoting active ageing in older people with mental disorders in Thai Primary Care Units: the development and psychometric testing of an assessment tool
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2014Designing, Implementing and Evaluating an Observation Chart for People Diagnosed as Dying in Acute Hospitals.
General Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2014Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Pain Management
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2011Acute Care Nurses Cultural Influences on Assessing and Managing Pain in Older People: How Values and Beliefs Can Shape Clinical Practice and Affect Uptake of Best Practice
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2011Nurses' Perception and Roles for Cancer Pain Management in the South Korea Healthcare Context - Critical Ethnographic Approach
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2008Exploring decision making processes in acute pain management of older people: An ethnographic study
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2007A critical ethnography of the transition of registered nurses to nurse practiitioners in Australia
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2007An exploratory study of ethical decision making in aged care facilities by AINs
Nursing Not Elswher Classified, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2007Case study of advanced care planning
Nursing Not Elswher Classified, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Repositioning Practice: A Discourse Analysis of Clinical Supervision as Part of Implementing a Psychosocial Intervention in Cancer Care
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2014Changing Family Portraits: Sudden Existential Absence During Delirium - A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experience of Family Members During Their Older Person's Delirium
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Sole Supervisor
2014Like a Breath of Fresh Air: Yoga and Tai Chi for Frail Older People in Residential Care: A Mixed Methods Study
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2014Development of Care Standards for South Korean Residential Aged Care Facilities
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2014The Nurse's Experience of Receiving Nursing Care as a Patient in an Acute General Hospital
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2013Improving Maternal Health using Participatory Action Research with Women Living in Rural Papua New Guinea
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2012Being in Limbo: The Experience of Critical Illness in Intensive Care and Beyond
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2011Older Women and Chronic Illness: Learning to Live with Diabetes
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2011Asthma and COPD in Older People
General Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2009Attitudes of Health Care Staff Towards Older Persons in Acute Care
General Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2008Gerotranscendence: A Case Study of the Phenomenon of Advance Care Planning (ACP)
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2008It's Just Part of the Job, Isn't It? Violence and Aggression in the Nursing Home
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2007Belongingness: A Pivotal Precursor to Optimising the Learning of Nursing Students in the Clinical Environment
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2007Nurses' Stories of Advanced Nursing Practice: The Subjective Reality
General Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Sole Supervisor
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Professor Isabel Higgins

Positions

Conjoint Professor
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Academic
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Emailisabel.higgins@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 6144
Fax(02) 4921 6301

Office

RoomRW227
BuildingRichardson Wing
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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