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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. 

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 30/08/2002
  • Master of Nursing, University of Newcastle, 13/10/1995
  • Graduate Diploma of Health Science (Nursing), University of Newcastle
  • Associate Diploma in Nurse Education, University of Newcastle, 08/05/1981

Research

Research keywords

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

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.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111000Nursing100

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - International Institute for Qualitative Methodology member scholar
  • Member - Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing
  • Member - Fellow College of Nursing
  • Member - Fellow Royal College of Nursing Australia

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences

Awards

Distinction.

2008Premier's Award Finalist
NSW Health (Australia)
The Older Person Acute Care Model (OPAC)
2008HNEHealth Quality Award Finalist
Hunter New England Health, NSW Health (Australia)
OPAC Model

Recognition.

2009Best Policy Poster
Council on the Aging (COTA), National Policy Council (Australia)
Best Policy Poster
2008Baxter Award Nomination
NSW Health (Australia)
OPAC Model

Research Award.

2009Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Supervision
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Excellence in research supervision
1998Vice Chancellor's Incentive Award for Research
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Vice Chancellor's Incentive Award

Invitations

Delirium prevention in acute care
Claus Moser Research Centre, Keele University, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2009
The older person with cancer and the problem of pain
Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, Australia (Keynote Address)
2009
Practice centred education
Cheju Hall College, Korea, Republic Of (Keynote Address)
2009
Targeting pain in older people
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2009

Collaboration

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.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

post graduate nursing education and research

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • delirium assessement and management
  • mixed methods
  • older person care
  • pain assessment and management
  • qualitative research

Teaching expertise

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

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Publications

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Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
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]
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-authors: Jenny Day

Journal article (69 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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)
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)
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, . .-. (2014)
2014MacLellan L, Higgins I, Levett-Jones T, 'Medical acceptance of the nurse practitioner role in Australia: A decade on.', J Am Assoc Nurse Pract, (2014)
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, 48 76-87 (2014)
2014MacLellan L, Levett-Jones T, Higgins I, 'Nurse practitioner role transition: A concept analysis.', J Am Assoc Nurse Pract, (2014)
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, (2014)
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)
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
2013Higgins 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, (2013)
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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-authors: Sarah Jeong

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]
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]

Co-authors: Pamela Vanderriet

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]
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]
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]
2011Day JL, Higgins IJ, Keatinge DR, 'Orientation strategies during delirium: Are they helpful?', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20 3285-3294 (2011) [C1]
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]

Co-authors: Sarah Jeong

2011McDonald VM, Higgins IJ, 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
2009Parker VT, Giles M, Higgins IJ, 'Challenges confronting clinicians in acute care', Journal of Nursing Management, 17 667-678 (2009) [C1]
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]
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]
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-authors: Peter Summons

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-authors: Jenny 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-authors: Peter Summons

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]
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]

Co-authors: Pamela Vanderriet

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]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2008Parker VT, Giles M, Higgins IJ, 'Challenges confronting clinicians in acute care', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 1 11-16 (2008) [C2]
2008Higgins IJ, 'Living with chronic pain in a residential aged care facility', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 1 17-20 (2008) [C2]
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-authors: Pamela Vanderriet

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]
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]
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]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

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]
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]
2007Higgins IJ, 'Issues in older person nursing', Contemporary Nurse, 26 161-163 (2007) [C3]
2005Higgins IJ, 'The experience of chronic pain in elderly nursing home residents', Journal of Research in Nursing, 10 369-382 (2005) [C1]
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]
2004Milson-Hawke S, Higgins IJ, 'The scope of enrolled nurse practice: a grounded theory study', Contemporary Nurse, 17 1-176 (2004) [C1]
2003Milson-Hawke S, Higgins IJ, 'The scope of enrolled nurse practice: A review of the literature', Contemporary Nurse, 14 129-137 (2003) [C1]
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]
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)
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]
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)
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)
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Conference (59 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Day JL, Higgins I, 'A Case for Compassion: Family Member Experiences During Their Older Loved One¿s Delirium [Oral paper]', Care and Compassion in a Changing World. 3rd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Newcastle, Australia (2014)

Co-authors: Jenny Day

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]
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]
2013Day 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

2013Mcdonald VM, Wood LG, Baines P, Higgins I, Gibson PG, 'OBESITY IN COPD PROTECTIVE FOR OSTEOPOROSIS?', RESPIROLOGY (2013) [E3]
2013Tembo A, Parker V, Higgins I, 'The lived experience of critically ill patients in intensive care-A phenomenological inquiry', Australian Critical Care (2013) [E3]
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]
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-authors: Tracy 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-authors: Sarah 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]
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]
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]
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-authors: Sarah Jeong

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]
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]

Co-authors: Brian Kelly

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-authors: Sarah Jeong

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]
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]
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]
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-authors: Peter Summons

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-authors: Jenny Day

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-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

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-authors: Pamela Vanderriet

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]
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]
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]
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]
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]

Co-authors: Sarah Jeong

2010Higgins IJ, 'Social connectedness in residential care', International Federation on Ageing 10th Global Conference. Conference Program, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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, '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

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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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-authors: Peter Summons

2009McDonald VM, Wood LG, Smart JM, Higgins IJ, Gibson PG, 'Does sarcopenic obesity exist in older people with COPD?', Respirology, Darwin, NT (2009) [E3]
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]
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-authors: Jenny Day

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]
2008Higgins IJ, 'Living with chronic pain in residential care: The impact of living with others', Australasian Journal of Ageing, Fremantle, WA (2008) [E3]
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]
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]
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-authors: Peter Summons

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-authors: Jenny Day

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]
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-authors: Pamela Vanderriet

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]
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]
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]
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]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants21
Total funding$989,546

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2012 (3 grants)

Opioid use, health and health care in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women$24,951
Funding Body: Health Administration Corporation

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Dr Fiona Blyth, Professor Isabel Higgins, Doctor Jane Robertson, Professor Julie Byles
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$24,95120122012
GNo:G1101174

Clinical Training Framework Pilot Project – Anaesthetist Trolley Induction$9,344
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
SchemeRole
Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,34420122012
GNo:G1401029

Clinical Supervision: A discourse analysis - Top Up Scholarship$5,144
Funding Body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Project Team
Ms Sophie Dilworth, Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Associate Professor Vicki Parker
SchemeRole
ScholarshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,14420122013
GNo:G1201038

2011 (2 grants)

Primary Dementia / Aged Care Nurse Practitioner Project$546,573
Funding Body: Department of Health

Project Team
Professor Dimity Pond, Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeRole
Nurse Practitioner Aged Care Models of Practice program Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$546,57320112014
GNo:G1100944

Models of care for pain management: rapid review$24,000
Funding Body: The Sax Institute

Project Team
Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Associate Professor Jane Conway
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$24,00020112011
GNo:G1101057

2010 (3 grants)

Evaluation study of nurse led intervention for older people admitted to the Emergency Department$95,455
Funding Body: Hunter New England Area Health Service

Project Team
Professor Isabel Higgins, Doctor Carolyn Hullick
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$95,45520102012
GNo:G1001076

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

Project Team
Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Professor David Sibbritt, Conjoint Professor Sian Maslin-Prothero, Associate Professor Ashley Kable, Doctor Peter Summons
SchemeRole
Linkage Pilot Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020102010
GNo:G1001058

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

Project Team
Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020102010
GNo:G1000762

2009 (2 grants)

Integrated problem based management of Obstructive Airways Disease in older people$20,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson, Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeRole
Research Higher Degree Support GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020092009
GNo:G0189807

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

Project Team
Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020092009
GNo:G0190350

2008 (2 grants)

Healing the healer - a peer based mentorship intervention$47,443
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
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$47,44320082009
GNo:G0188948

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

Project Team
Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,58720082008
GNo:G0189575

2007 (2 grants)

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

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson, Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeRole
Postgraduate Research ScholarshipInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$88,59520072010
GNo:G0186902

Managing pain in older people in the acute care setting$10,000
Funding Body: Nursing and Midwifery Office NSW Health

SchemeRole
Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020072007
GNo:18062449

2004 (3 grants)

Pain recognition and management in Dementia Units$30,000
Funding Body: Friends of The University

Project Team
Professor Julie Byles, Professor Isabel Higgins, Conjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Conjoint Professor Kim Wylie
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020042004
GNo:G0184904

A pilot study of the needs of relatives of hospitalised elderly and nurses' perceptions of those needs.$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Isabel Higgins, Professor Julie Byles, Professor Geraldine Fitzgerald
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020042004
GNo:G0183483

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

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Professor Kichu Nair, Dr Jonathan Adams, Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020042004
GNo:G0183400

2003 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$91520032003
GNo:G0182763

1998 (1 grants)

'Incentive Grant'. Chronic pain in elderly nursing home residents$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00019981998
GNo:G0177237

1994 (2 grants)

Interdisciplinary self-guided learning; teaching infection control principles and practice$39,076
Funding Body: Committee for the Advancement of University Teaching

Project Team
Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeRole
National Teaching Development Grants (NTD Grants)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$39,07619941994
GNo:G0175687

Detection and management of pain in nursing home residents suffering from dementia$9,963
Funding Body: Alzheimer`s Association (Australia)

Project Team
Professor Irena Madjar, Professor Isabel Higgins
SchemeRole
Dementia Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,96319941994
GNo:G0175199
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions12
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL3.6

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorThe Effective Care Program for Geriatric Depression in the General Practices and Follow Up in Community.
20142018PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorKnowledge and Attitudes Regarding Pain Management
20142022PhD (Medicine)Co-SupervisorDesigning, Implementing and Evaluating an Observation Chart for People Diagnosed as Dying in Acute Hospitals.
20112015PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorAcute 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
20112018PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorNurses' Perception and Roles for Cancer Pain Management in the South Korea Healthcare Context - Critical Ethnographic Approach
20112015PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorDevelopment of Care Standards for Older South Koreans in Residential Aged Care Facilities
20102014PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorRepositioning Practice: A Discourse Analysis of Clinical Supervision as Part of Implementing a Psychosocial Intervention in Cancer Care
20102014PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorLike a Breath of Fresh Air: Yoga and Tai Chi for Frail Older People in Residential Care: A Mixed Methods Study
20082017PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorExploring decision making processes in acute pain management of older people: An ethnographic study
20072010Masters Nursing Not Elswher Classified
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorAn exploratory study of ethical decision making in aged care facilities by AINs
20072008PHD Nursing Not Elswher Classified
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorCase study of advanced care planning
20072016PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorA critical ethnography of the transition of registered nurses to nurse practiitioners in Australia

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorThe Nurse's Experience of Receiving Nursing Care as a Patient in an Acute General Hospital
2014PhD (Nursing)Sole SupervisorChanging Family Portraits: Sudden Existential Absence During Delirium - A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experience of Family Members During Their Older Person's Delirium
2013PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorImproving Maternal Health using Participatory Action Research with Women Living in Rural Papua New Guinea
2012PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorBeing in Limbo: The Experience of Critical Illness in Intensive Care and Beyond
2011PhD (Medicine)Co-SupervisorAsthma and COPD in Older People
2011PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorOlder Women and Chronic Illness: Learning to Live with Diabetes
2009M Nursing [R]Principal SupervisorAttitudes of Health Care Staff Towards Older Persons in Acute Care
2008PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorGerotranscendence: A Case Study of the Phenomenon of Advance Care Planning (ACP)
2008PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorIt's Just Part of the Job, Isn't It? Violence and Aggression in the Nursing Home
2007M Nursing [R]Sole SupervisorNurses' Stories of Advanced Nursing Practice: The Subjective Reality
2007PhD (Nursing)Principal SupervisorBelongingness: A Pivotal Precursor to Optimising the Learning of Nursing Students in the Clinical Environment
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Professor Isabel Higgins

Work Phone(02) 4921 6144
Fax(02) 4921 6301
Email
PositionProfessor
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaNursing
Office
RW227,
Richardson Wing,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/isabel-higgins