Conjoint Professor Kim Wylie

Conjoint Professor

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary


Kim holds the position of Conjoint Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1993 and studied restraint minimisation practices in dementia-specific units across the globe. Her qualifications and extensive experience are in the field of social gerontology and dementia. Kim’s interests include collaborative and transformative practice development as a means of implementing and evaluating person-centred approaches to care practice - and particularly, the importance of gathering rigorous practice-based evidence with which to inform evidence-based practice during all research ventures. Kim also has considerable knowledge and experience using quality of life tools to develop better practice in the care of people living with dementia. Kim completed a PhD in 2001 which required continual observation over a period of one year in the clinical field with people with dementia. Observations involved the use of a specific quality of life tool used in research for the first time in Australia. During her research, she evaluated the outcomes of enriching the sensory environment of people with dementia. Kim's research interests and activities in the speciality field of caring for people living with dementia embrace interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly with psychologists and cover issues including chemosensory loss, sensory enrichment, pain, the person-centred approach, sleep hygiene, depression, behaviour as communication and the language of the profession of gerontology. Kim has studied internationally at the University of Bradford and was the first Australian to complete the Basic User Course in Dementia Care Mapping. She trained several hundred health care professionals across Australia at Basic and Advanced level in the application of this observational tool. Kim has published book chapters, refereed journal articles and a number of opinion pieces and articles nationally and internationally. She has also written numerous training packages about improving care for poeple with dementia for private industry and government organisations. Kim has been invited to present key note presentations in the USA and the UK and has also presented in several other countries as well as most states of Australia. She has studied and worked with colleagues in 15 countries over a period of nearly 20 years. She has taught at undergraduate level and at Master’s level and frequently mentors students referred to her for assistance. In 2012, Kim provided pro bono assistance to several industry groups for example, the preparation of a major grant application for the Urban Indigenous Community aged-care (UICAC) Network and allied Indigenous organisations. Kim values opportunities to undertake HRD thesis examination.

Research Expertise
My major areas of research include: • Qualitative Research in particular phenomenology • Participatory Developmental Evaluation Research methods • Transformational Practice Development • Critical Theory • Pain in people with dementia; chemosensory loss in people with dementia; behaviour as communication for people with dementia; cultural transformation in residential care • Dementia Care Mapping as an observational tool for improving life quality for older people and people living with dementia

Teaching Expertise
I have mentored students at universities in WA, QLD, NSW, SA as well as internationally. I have also supervised postgraduate studies and coordinated user courses in Dementia care mappin.

Administrative Expertise
Manager and Director of Care Residential Aged Care Facilities Manager QLD Introduction of Accreditation Standards in General Practice Manager Centre for Research and Education Calvary RCC

Interdisciplinary and cross-university collaboration in social gerontology and specifically, dementia Kim is interested in supervising Master and PhD students in the following areas: Dementia: Transformational Practice Development Person-Centred Care The lived experience of dementia Interdisciplinary studies in gerontology Psychosocial determinants of behaviour-as-communication Observational tools and their value in improving care practice


  • PhD, University of Newcastle


  • Critical Theory
  • Dementia
  • Language of Personhood
  • Nursing
  • Practice Development
  • Reviewing the Literature
  • Transformational Practice Development

Fields of Research

110308Geriatrics and Gerontology70
160703Social Program Evaluation10
220307Hermeneutic and Critical Theory20

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2009 - Membership - Chronic Pain AustraliaChronic Pain Australia
1/01/2009 - Membership - Royal College of Nursing AustraliaRoyal College of Nursing Australia
1/01/2006 - 1/08/2007Co-Investigator/Curriculum Development/Student MentoringAustralian Catholic University
The Natural Therapies Research Team: Dementia
1/01/2004 - Membership - National Dementia NetworkNational Dementia Network
1/01/2002 - 1/01/2005DirectorCalvary Retirement Community
LCM Centre for Learning, Development and Research
1/01/2002 - 1/01/2005Project Manager/Team Leader (Dementia)University of Newcastle
The Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
1/07/2001 - 1/04/2005ManagerCentre for Research and Education Calvary RCC
1/01/2001 - Membership - The Holistic Nurses’ AssociationThe Holistic Nurses’ Association
1/01/2001 - 1/12/2001LecturerAustralian Catholic University
School of Nursing
1/01/2001 - 1/12/2001Research AssistantAustralian Catholic University
School of Nursing
1/01/1997 - Membership - The Bradford Dementia Group, Bradford University UKThe Bradford Dementia Group, Bradford University UK
United Kingdom
1/01/1993 - Membership - The Winston Churchill Memorial TrustThe Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
United States
1/01/1993 - Membership - The Winston Churchill Fellowship TrustThe Winston Churchill Fellowship Trust
United States

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2001 - 1/01/2009National TrainerBrightwaterCare Group
Dementia Care Mapping


Research Award

2012Best Practice Project
2004Baxter Award
NSW Health
1993Churchill Fellowship Award International Study
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust


Keynote Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2001“Reaching Through the Cobwebs – Using the senses to care for people with dementia”.
Organisation: Alzheimer Society of Washington 15th Annual Conference Description: Invited keynote to present findings of PhD


YearTitle / Rationale
2004Dementia Care Mapping International Conference.
Organisation: Dementia Care Mapping International Conference. Description: Using Dementia Care Mapping to evaluate sensory enrichment for people living with dementia.
2001“Reaching Through the Cobwebs – Using the senses to care for people with dementia”.
Organisation: Alzheimer Society of Washington Description: Wylie, K. 2001 Dementia Care Mapping. 15th Annual Conference USA 18 - 19 October.
2001“Reaching Through the Cobwebs – Using the senses to care for people with dementia”.
Organisation: Alzheimer Society of Washington Description: Wylie, K. Sensory enrichment in the care of people with dementia. 2001 15th Annual Conference USA 18 - 19 October.


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

Chapter (2 outputs)

2003Wylie KP, 'Enriching the environment', Dementia Nursing: A Guide to Practise, Ausmed Publications Pty Ltd, Melbourne 33-44 (2003) [B2]
1997Nebauer M, Wylie KP, 'From factory to hearth: Valuing humanness in dementia care', State of the Art in Dementia Care, Centre for Policy on Ageing, London 230-235 (1997) [B1]

Journal article (9 outputs)

2012Wylie KP, 'Healing wounds: Person-centered care of the family', UK Journal of Dementia Care, 20 24-26 (2012) [C3]
2011Wylie KP, Nebauer M, ''The food here is tasteless!' Food taste or tasteless food? Chemosensory loss and the politics of under-nutrition', Collegian, 18 27-35 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2011Wylie KP, Nebauer M, 'The fragmented story of pain: A saga of economic discourse, confusion and lack of holistic assessment in the residential care of older people', Collegian, 18 11-18 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2011Wylie KP, 'It doesn't matter what you do, you finish up with nothing', Journal of Dementia Care, 19 30-32 (2011) [C3]
2009Wylie KP, 'Beatrice: Personhood restored through sensory experience', Journal of Dementia Care, 17 28-30 (2009) [C3]
2004Davies E, Male M, Reimer V, Turner M, Wylie KP, 'Pain assessment and cognitive impairment: Part 1', Nursing Standard, 19 39-42 (2004) [C1]
2002Wylie KP, Madjar I, Walton JA, 'Dementia Care Mapping: A person-centred, evidence-based approach to improving the quality of care in residential care settings', GERIACTION Caring for the elderly and their carers, 20(2) 5-9 (2002) [C3]
2001Wylie KP, 'The resident classification system: accountability or control?', Australian Nursing Journal, 8 40-40 (2001) [C1]
2001Wylie KP, 'Expressing her playfulness, love and laughter', UK Journal of Dementia Care, 9 22-23 (2001) [C1]
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Conference (3 outputs)

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]
Co-authorsJulie Byles, Isabel Higgins
2006Muir MAF, Graham AM, Heading GS, Pond CD, Sams R, Wylie KP, 'Art therapy or exercise programs in high dependency residential aged-care? Evaluating therapeutic eficacy using dementia care mapping', Australian journal on ageing, Sydney (2006) [E4]
Co-authorsDimity Pond
2006Penning C, Byles J, Wylie KP, Ally M, 'A Dementia Training Resource for Staff Working in Acute Care Hospitals in NSW', Australian Association of Gerontology NSW notes, Tamworth (2006) [E1]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$122,029

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20042 grants / $122,029

A Dementia and Training package for staff working in Acute Care Hospitals in NSW$92,029

Funding body: NSW Health

Funding bodyNSW Health
Project TeamProfessor Julie Byles, Conjoint Professor Kim Wylie, Professor Kichu Nair
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State

Pain recognition and management in Dementia Units$30,000

Funding body: Friends of The University

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

Conjoint Professor Kim Wylie


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

Contact Details
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