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Professor Isabel Higgins

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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

Code Description Percentage
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2010 -  Editorial Board - Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences
Australia
1/01/2008 -  Membership - International Institute for Qualitative Methodology member scholar International Institute for Qualitative Methodology member scholar
Australia
1/01/2005 -  Membership - Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/11/2005 Assistant Dean Graduate Coursework Programs University of Newcastle
Health
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/03/2003 Deputy Head of School University of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/01/2002 Acting Clinical Chair (half time) Central Coast University of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/01/1998 - 1/01/1999 International Coordinator University of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/01/1997 - 1/11/2005 Postgraduate Programs Convener University of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/01/1997 - 1/01/2001 Assistant Dean Post graduate Coursework Programs University of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/11/1992 - 1/11/2005 Teaching Academic University of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia
1/01/1990 -  Membership - Royal College of Nursing Australia Royal College of Nursing Australia
Australia
1/01/1988 -  Membership - College of Nursing College of Nursing
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/10/2005 - 1/05/2008 Clinical Nurse- Consultant Research and Practice Development John Hunter Hospital/ Hunter New England Health
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Awards

Distinction

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

Recognition

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

Research Award

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

Invitations

Keynote Speaker

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

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2009 Targeting pain in older people
Organisation: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University Description: Interantional
2009 Delirium 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Higgins 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-authors Jenny Day
2013 Day 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-authors Sharyn Hunter, Sarah Jeong, Ann Taylor, Jenny Day
2011 Day 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-authors Jenny Day, Sarah Jeong, Sharyn Hunter
2009 Day 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-authors Jenny Day
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Journal article (81 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 MacLellan L, Levett-Jones T, Higgins I, 'Nurse practitioner role transition: A concept analysis.', J Am Assoc Nurse Pract, 27 389-397 (2015)
DOI 10.1002/2327-6924.12165
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2015 Day 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)
DOI 10.1111/jocn.12771
Co-authors Jenny Day
2015 Day J, Higgins I, 'Existential Absence: The Lived Experience of Family Members During Their Older Loved One's Delirium.', Qual Health Res, (2015)
DOI 10.1177/1049732314568321
Co-authors Jenny Day
2015 Conway 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 ... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1016/j.ienj.2014.11.005
2015 Maclellan 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 suggestin... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1002/2327-6924.12141
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2015 Stokoe 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 practitioners.', Australas J Ageing, (2015)
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12221
2015 Briggs S, Pearce R, Dilworth S, Higgins I, Hullick C, Attia J, 'Clinical pharmacist review: A randomised controlled trial.', Emerg Med Australas, (2015)
DOI 10.1111/1742-6723.12451
Co-authors John Attia
2015 Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Balandin S, Carter R, Hill S, Higgins I, et al., 'The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) for Adults with Severe Communication Impairments: Findings of Pilot Research.', Stud Health Technol Inform, 214 100-106 (2015)
Co-authors Bronwyn Hemsley
2015 Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Balandin S, Carter R, Hill S, Higgins I, et al., 'The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) for Adults with Severe Communication Impairments: Findings of Pilot Research.', Studies in health technology and informatics, 214 100-106 (2015)
Co-authors Paulette Vanvliet, Bronwyn Hemsley
2015 Tembo 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 li... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1016/j.iccn.2014.10.004
2014 Saravanakumar 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)
DOI 10.5172/conu.2014.5231
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2014 Dilworth 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 H... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1111/jan.12211
Co-authors Brian Kelly
2014 Higgins 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)
DOI 10.1111/jocn.12478
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2014 Higgins 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 im... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1111/jocn.12478
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2014 Saravanakumar 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]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2014.5231
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2014 Saravanakumar 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 ... [more]

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-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2014 Dilworth 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)
DOI 10.1002/pon.3474
Co-authors Brian Kelly
2014 Dilworth 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 sea... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1002/pon.3474
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Brian Kelly
2014 Tembo 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 li... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1016/j.iccn.2014.10.004
2014 Rossiter 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-authors Vanessa Mcdonald, Sharyn Hunter, Sarah Jeong, Jenny Day, Rachel Rossiter, Pamela Vanderriet, Jane Maguire
2013 McDonald V, Wood L, Baines P, Higgins I, Gibson P, 'Obesity and bone health in COPD', EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL, 42 (2013)
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2013 McDonald 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]
DOI 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2012-202646
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Vanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2013 McDonald 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]
DOI 10.3109/02770903.2013.790415
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Vanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2013 Mitchell 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: I... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1111/jan.12083
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2013 Tembo 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.iccn.2013.05.003
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2013 Dilworth 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]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2013.45.1.22
Co-authors Brian Kelly
2013 McDonald 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]
DOI 10.1007/s40266-012-0042-z
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Vanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2013 Dilworth 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... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1108/QRJ-03-2013-0020
Co-authors Brian Kelly
2013 Parker 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]
DOI 10.1186/1472-6963-13-500
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2013 Adili F, Higgins I, Koch T, 'Older women and chronic illness: Transitioning and learning to live with diabetes', Action Research, 11 142-156 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1476750313477157
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2012 Joyce 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]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Dimity Pond, Parker Magin, Teresa Stone
2012 Dilworth 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]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2012.42.2.280
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2012 Paliadelis 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]
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2012 Jeong Y-S, McMillan MA, Higgins IJ, 'Gerotranscendence: The phenomenon of Advance Care Planning', Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 24 146-163 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2012 Adili 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]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2012 Harmon 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2010.00261.x
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Helen Bellchambers, Peter Summons
2012 Tembo 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]
2011 McDonald 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 physi... [more]

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.

Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Vanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson, Jodie Simpson
2011 Jeong Y-S, Higgins IJ, McMillan MA, 'Experiences with advance care planning: Nurses' perspective', International Journal of Older People Nursing, 6 165-175 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2009.00200.x
Citations Scopus - 6
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2011 Jeong 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]
Citations Scopus - 8
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2011 McDonald 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]
DOI 10.1093/ageing/afq134
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Jodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2011 Good 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]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2011 Day JL, Higgins IJ, Keatinge DR, 'Orientation strategies during delirium: Are they helpful?', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20 3285-3294 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03849.x
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Jenny Day
2011 Joyce 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00737.x
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Dimity Pond, Teresa Stone, Parker Magin
2010 Jeong 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03001.x
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2010 Higgins 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]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2010.35.2.171
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8
2010 Phelan 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]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2010.35.2.221
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Peter Summons
2010 Li 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]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2010.35.2.147
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
2010 Kucera 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]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2009 Li 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-authors Jenny Day
2009 Li 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]
2009 Dobson 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-authors Peter Summons
2009 Higgins 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-authors Peter Summons
2009 Day 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2008.08.013
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 19
Co-authors Jenny Day
2009 Levett-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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2008.04865.x
Citations Scopus - 71Web of Science - 57
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2009 Van 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02760.x
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2009 Parker VT, Giles M, Higgins IJ, 'Challenges confronting clinicians in acute care', Journal of Nursing Management, 17 667-678 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2009.01009.x
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
2009 Levett-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]
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2009.04.004
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2008 Van 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-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2008 Van 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]
Citations Scopus - 23
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2008 Day 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2008.00115.x
Co-authors Jenny Day
2008 Higgins IJ, 'Living with chronic pain in a residential aged care facility', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 1 17-20 (2008) [C2]
2008 Parker VT, Giles M, Higgins IJ, 'Challenges confronting clinicians in acute care', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 1 11-16 (2008) [C2]
2008 Levett-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]
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2007 Levett-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]
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 28
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2007 Higgins 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]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2007.26.2.208
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 8
2007 Peek 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]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2007.26.2.164
Citations Web of Science - 8
2007 Higgins IJ, 'Issues in older person nursing', Contemporary Nurse, 26 161-163 (2007) [C3]
2007 Higgins 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]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2007.26.2.225
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 22
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2007 Jeong 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]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2007.26.2.184
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2005 Higgins IJ, 'The experience of chronic pain in elderly nursing home residents', Journal of Research in Nursing, 10 369-382 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/174498710501000402
2004 Higgins 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]
DOI 10.1046/j.1365-2834.2003.00437.x
Citations Scopus - 20
2004 Milson-Hawke S, Higgins IJ, 'The scope of enrolled nurse practice: a grounded theory study', Contemporary Nurse, 17 1-176 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/conu.17.1-2.44
Citations Scopus - 11
2003 Higgins 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]
2003 Milson-Hawke S, Higgins IJ, 'The scope of enrolled nurse practice: A review of the literature', Contemporary Nurse, 14 129-137 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/conu.14.2.129
2001 Higgins IJ, 'On being cared for by a nurse', Contemporary Nurse, 11, No 2-3 115-124 (2001) [C1]
2000 Cadd 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)
1999 Higgins IJ, Cadd AL, 'The needs of relatives of the hospitalised elderly and nurses' perceptions of those needs', Geriaction, 17 18-22 (1999) [C1]
1998 Higgins IJ, 'Reflections on conducting research with elderly people', Qualitative Health Research, 8 (6) 858-866 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 12
1997 Higgins 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 ... [more]

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.

Citations Scopus - 9
1996 Madjar 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)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1800.1996.tb00027.x
Citations Web of Science - 6
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Conference (69 outputs)

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2015 Harmon JR, Maslin-Prothero S, Southgate E, Higgins I, 'The challenges of using ethnographic methods in acute care settings', 14th Qualitative Methods Conference 2015. Oral abstracts, Melbourne, Vic (2015)
Co-authors Erica Southgate
2014 Cho 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-authors Sarah Jeong
2014 Harmon JR, Higgins I, Summons P, Maslin-Prothero S, 'The Methodological Challenges of doing Research with Older P ersons in an Acute Care S etting', 3rd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Newcastle, NSW (2014)
Co-authors Peter Summons
2014 Harmon JR, Higgins I, Summons P, Maslin-Prothero S, 'An ethnographic study of pain in older patients in acute care settings: The barriers and facilitators to care by nurses', 3rd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Newcastle, NSW (2014)
Co-authors Peter Summons
2014 Dilworth 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]
Co-authors Brian Kelly
2014 Dilworth 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]
Co-authors Brian Kelly
2014 Day 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-authors Jenny Day
2014 Day 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-authors Jenny Day
2014 Day 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-authors Jenny Day
2013 Day JL, Higgins I, Keatinge D, 'Family member experiences during an older loved one's delirium', Emerging Researchers In Ageing, Sydney (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Jenny Day
2013 O'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-authors Tony Obrien, Richard Clancy
2013 Harmon JR, Higgins I, Summons P, Maslin-Prothero S, 'Pain management in older people: An ethnographic study', 46th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Sydney, NSW (2013)
Co-authors Peter Summons
2013 Tembo A, Parker V, Higgins I, 'The lived experience of critically ill patients in intensive care-A phenomenological inquiry', Australian Critical Care (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.1016/j.aucc.2013.02.006
2013 Fu 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]
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Jodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald
2013 Mcdonald VM, Wood LG, Baines P, Higgins I, Gibson PG, 'OBESITY IN COPD PROTECTIVE FOR OSTEOPOROSIS?', RESPIROLOGY (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Vanessa Mcdonald, Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2013 Cho 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]
DOI 10.5176/2315-4330_WNC13.49#sthash.AUxBgCKh.dpuf
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2012 Harmon JR, Higgins I, Summons P, 'The assessment and management of pain in older people pain in acute care: What are the barriers and/or facilitators to the practice of nurses, a critical review of the literature', 11th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing, Brisbane, QLD (2012)
Co-authors Peter Summons
2012 Saravanakumar 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-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2012 Convery 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-authors Parker Magin, Ashley Kable, Dimity Pond, Michael Hazelton
2012 Maclellan 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-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2012 Cho 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-authors Sarah Jeong
2012 Higgins IJ, 'Philosophy underpinning qualitative research: An example from research', 2nd International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, Manila, Philippines (2012) [E3]
2011 Dilworth 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1743-7563.2011.01472.x
Co-authors Brian Kelly
2011 Pond 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-authors Dimity Pond, Parker Magin
2011 Kim 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-authors Sarah Jeong
2011 Kim 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-authors Sarah Jeong
2011 Higgins 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]
2011 McDonald 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-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Vanessa Mcdonald
2011 McDonald 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-authors Vanessa Mcdonald, Jodie Simpson, Peter Gibson
2010 Parker 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]
2010 Maclellan 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-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2010 Maclellan 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-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2010 Joyce 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-authors Dimity Pond, Teresa Stone, Parker Magin
2010 Slater 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-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2010 Adili 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]
2010 Higgins 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-authors Jenny Day
2010 Pangiau 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]
2010 McDonald 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-authors Vanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson, Jodie Simpson
2010 McDonald 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-authors Jodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2010 McDonald 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-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Vanessa Mcdonald
2010 Higgins 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]
2010 Higgins IJ, 'Ethical considerations in qualitative health research', First International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, Thailand, 2010, Chiang Rai, Thailand (2010) [E3]
2010 Jeong 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]
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2010 Higgins IJ, 'Social connectedness in residential care', International Federation on Ageing 10th Global Conference. Conference Program, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010 Summons 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-authors Peter Summons
2010 McDonald 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-authors Jodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2009 Dilworth 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]
2009 Higgins 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-authors Jenny Day
2009 Parker 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]
2009 McDonald 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-authors Vanessa Mcdonald, Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2009 McDonald 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-authors Vanessa Mcdonald, Patrick Mcelduff, Jodie Simpson, Peter Gibson
2009 McDonald 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]
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Vanessa Mcdonald
2009 McDonald VM, Wood LG, Smart JM, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'Does sarcopenic obesity exist in older people with COPD?', Respirology, Darwin, NT (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2009.01503_1.x
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Vanessa Mcdonald
2009 McDonald 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2009.01502_7.x
Co-authors Vanessa Mcdonald, Patrick Mcelduff, Jodie Simpson, Peter Gibson
2009 Phelan 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-authors Helen Bellchambers, Peter Summons
2009 Higgins 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-authors Peter Summons
2009 Tembo 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]
2008 McDonald 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2008.01251.x
Co-authors Vanessa Mcdonald, Peter Gibson
2008 McDonald VM, Simpson JL, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'A problem based assessment of asthma and COPD in an older population', Respirology, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2008.01252.x
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Jodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald
2008 Higgins 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-authors Peter Summons
2008 Higgins IJ, 'Living with chronic pain in residential care: The impact of living with others', Australasian Journal of Ageing, Fremantle, WA (2008) [E3]
2008 Higgins 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-authors Jenny Day
2008 Adili 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]
2007 Peek 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2007.00254.x
2007 McDonald 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-authors Peter Gibson, Jodie Simpson, Vanessa Mcdonald
2007 Van 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-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2006 Higgins 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00198.x
Co-authors Julie Byles, Kim Wylie
2006 Peek 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]
2006 Higgins 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00198.x
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Day 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-authors Jenny Day
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 22
Total funding $1,151,290

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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 body Health Administration Corporation
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Dr Fiona Blyth, Professor Isabel Higgins, Doctor Jane Robertson, Professor Julie Byles
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1101174
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

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

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team Doctor Peter Summons, Doctor Brian Regan, Miss Kristi Street, Professor Isabel Higgins, Ms Catherine Payne
Scheme Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1401029
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding body Hunter New England Local Health District
Project Team Ms Sophie Dilworth, Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Associate Professor Vicki Parker
Scheme Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201038
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20112 grants / $570,573

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

Funding body: Department of Health

Funding body Department of Health
Project Team Professor Dimity Pond, Professor Isabel Higgins
Scheme Nurse Practitioner Aged Care Models of Practice program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100944
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

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

Funding body: The Sax Institute

Funding body The Sax Institute
Project Team Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Associate Professor Jane Conway
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1101057
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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 body Hunter New England Area Health Service
Project Team Professor Isabel Higgins, Doctor Carolyn Hullick
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1001076
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Professor David Sibbritt, Conjoint Professor Sian Maslin-Prothero, Associate Professor Ashley Kable, Doctor Peter Summons
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1001058
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Professor Isabel Higgins
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000762
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20092 grants / $22,500

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

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson, Professor Isabel Higgins
Scheme Research Higher Degree Support Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189807
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Professor Isabel Higgins
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190350
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20083 grants / $210,774

Dementia Collaborative Research Centre$161,744

Funding body: Department of Health

Funding body Department of Health
Project Team Professor Dimity Pond, Professor Isabel Higgins, Professor Michael Hazelton, Associate Professor Ashley Kable, Conjoint Professor Parker Magin, Doctor Jill Phillips
Scheme Dementia Collaborative Research Centres Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188513
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

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

Funding body: Beyond Blue Ltd

Funding body Beyond Blue Ltd
Project Team Professor Dimity Pond, Doctor Teresa Joyce, Conjoint Professor Parker Magin, Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Professor Teri Stone, Mrs Susan Goode
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188948
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Isabel Higgins
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189575
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body CCRE in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Project Team Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson, Professor Isabel Higgins
Scheme Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186902
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body: Nursing and Midwifery Office NSW Health

Funding body Nursing and Midwifery Office NSW Health
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

20043 grants / $50,000

Pain recognition and management in Dementia Units$30,000

Funding body: Friends of The University

Funding body Friends of The University
Project Team Professor Julie Byles, Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Conjoint Professor Kim Wylie
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184904
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Professor Kichu Nair, Dr Jonathan Adams, Professor Isabel Higgins
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183400
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Isabel Higgins, Professor Julie Byles, Professor Geraldine Fitzgerald
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183483
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Isabel Higgins
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0182763
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19981 grants / $2,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Isabel Higgins
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0177237
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body Committee for the Advancement of University Teaching
Project Team Professor Isabel Higgins
Scheme National Teaching Development Grants (NTD Grants)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0175687
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

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

Funding body: Alzheimer`s Association (Australia)

Funding body Alzheimer`s Association (Australia)
Project Team Professor Irena Madjar, Professor Isabel Higgins
Scheme Dementia Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0175199
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed14
Current9

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD2.4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Promoting 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, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Designing, Implementing and Evaluating an Observation Chart for People Diagnosed as Dying in Acute Hospitals.
General Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Pain Management
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Acute 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, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Nurses' Perception and Roles for Cancer Pain Management in the South Korea Healthcare Context - Critical Ethnographic Approach
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2008 PhD Exploring decision making processes in acute pain management of older people: An ethnographic study
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2007 PhD A critical ethnography of the transition of registered nurses to nurse practiitioners in Australia
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2007 Masters An exploratory study of ethical decision making in aged care facilities by AINs
Nursing Not Elswher Classified, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2007 PhD Case study of advanced care planning
Nursing Not Elswher Classified, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

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

Positions

Professor
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

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

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

Office

Room RW227
Building Richardson Wing
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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