Professor  Amanda Johnson

Professor Amanda Johnson

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Professor Amanda Johnson

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Career Summary

Biography

Professor Amanda Johnson PhD, Mst HSc Ed, Dip (T) Nursing, RN joined the University of Newcastle in March 2020 from the Australian Catholic University, where she held the role of Head of School, Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (NSW and ACT) from 2015 to 2019. 

Amanda completed her PhD (2011) at the University of Western Sydney (now Western Sydney University (WSU)). Her topic being Nursing the dying: A mixed method study. 

Amanda has extensive experience in teaching and learning, having held various key leadership roles within schools of nursing and midwifery, engaging in inter-disciplinary research and supervision of higher research degree students.  In recognition of her teaching, in 2010 she was recipient of the WSU Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award in Teaching (Highly Commended).  In 2011, in recognition of the leadership she provided in inherent requirement for the Bachelor of Nursing program and their translation to other disciplines, Amanda was the recipient of the WUS Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award in Leadership.  She has also been the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International, Distinguished Service Award 2005-2007.

Amanda’s teaching and research interests are focused on chronic illness and disability, education, older people and palliative care.  Amanda is the co-editor of the text, Chronic Illness and Disability, now in it’s fourth edition and used widely across the sector.  Further, she is the lead editor for the text, Caring for Older People in Australia (1st edn.), which was a finalist (Highly Commended) in the 2014 Australian Educational Publishing Awards – Best Wholly Australian Student Resource.  This is in edition to numerous book chapters and other texts related to advanced dementia and palliative care.

Amanda publishes in international journals, is the editor of a range of textbooks, contributes as an author to book chapters and conference papers related to her expertise. In celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife (2020), Amanda was invited to contribute an opinion piece to the Newcastle Herald, The Inspirational Heart of Our Healthcare System 

Amanda is available to supervise higher degree research students using mixed methodologies and qualitative approaches in the areas of education, older people and palliative care.

With a commitment to contemporary teaching, research which addresses our regional needs and strong partnerships with industry, Professor Amanda Johnson has her sights set on elevating the undergraduate and postgraduate Nursing and Midwifery programs to be the best in Australia.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Sydney

Keywords

  • Advanced dementia
  • Aged care
  • Chronic illness and disability
  • Education
  • Older people
  • Palliative care

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
420502 Aged care nursing 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Head of School and Dean University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/6/2015 - 1/3/2020 Head of School, School Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine (NSW & ACT) Australian Catholic University
Australia
1/1/2012 - 1/12/2014 Director of Academic Programs (Undergraduate programs BN; BNAdv; BNGE), School of Nursing and Midwifery Western Sydney University
Australia
1/1/2012 - 1/12/2014 Led DAP Reference Group Western Sydney University
Australia
1/7/2011 - 1/1/2013 Co-Project Leader (Inherent Requirement Statements Educational Strategy) Western Sydney University
Australia
1/4/2011 - 1/12/2012 Project Leader, Inherent Requirements of Nursing Education Project (IRoNE) Western Sydney University
Australia
1/4/2011 - 1/12/2012 Director of Undergraduate Studies & Head of Program, Bachelor of Nursing (A-K) Western Sydney University
Australia
1/2/2010 - 1/1/2013 Senior Lecturer (Age Care) Western Sydney University
Australia
1/6/2009 - 1/4/2011 Head of Program Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) Western Sydney University
Australia
1/3/2009 - 1/4/2011 Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies Western Sydney University
Australia
1/1/2008 - 1/12/2011 Unit Coordinator - Chronic illness and Palliation Western Sydney University
Australia
1/9/2005 - 1/12/2005 Acting Head of Program - Bachelor of Nursing School of Nursing Family & Community Health Western Sydney University
Australia
1/8/2001 - 1/12/2001 Acting Director of Studies - Faculty of Health, Hawkesbury Campus Western Sydney University
Australia
1/8/1992 - 1/6/2001 Lecturer Western Sydney University
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/6/1998 - 1/6/1999 Education Manager of Clinical Services Hills Private Hospital
Australia
1/1/1997 - 1/5/1998 Head of Program Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Primary Health Care Tresillian
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2018 Reviewer of the Month
Nurse Education in Practice Journal
2014 Best Wholly Australian Student Resource (Highly Commended) for Caring for Older People in Australia. Principles for nursing practice (1st edn.)
Australian Educational Publishing Awards
2012 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Team) for: Leadership in the development and implementation of inherent requirements to facilitate the access, participation and support of undergraduate nursing students with a disability
Western Sydney University
2011 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award in Leadership
Western Sydney University
2010 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award in Teaching (Highly Commended)
Western Sydney University
2010 Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for: Visionary undergraduate curriculum leadership in designing and delivering transformative learning experiences in chronic illness and palliation, to support graduates’ practice in the 21st century
Western Sydney University
2007 Distinguished Service Award 2005-2007 Regional Committee Member
Sigma Theta Tau International
2006 Distinguished Service Award for Leadership [Inaugural Chair, College Council]
Gilroy College
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Publications

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


Book (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Johnson A, Chang E, Caring for Older People in Australia, 3rd Edition Print and Interactive E-Text (2020)
2017 Chang E, Johnson A, Living With Chronic Illness and Disability Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, 584 (2017)
2017 Caring for Older People in Australia, John Wiley, Milton, Qld (2017)
2014 Chang E, Johnson A, Chronic Illness and Disability Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier Health Sciences, 584 (2014)
2013 Johnson A, Chang E, Caring for Older People in Australia Principles for Nursing Practice, Wiley, 617 (2013)
2013 Chang E, Johnson A, Living with Dementia A Practical Guide for Families and Personal Carers, Australian Council for Educational, 217 (2013)
2012 Chang E, Johnson A, Contemporary and Innovative Practice in Palliative Care, IntechOpen, 304 (2012)
2008 Chang E, Johnson A, Chronic Illness and Disability Principles for Nursing Care, Elsevier Australia, 466 (2008)
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Chapter (26 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Chang E, Johnson A, Hancock K, 'Dementias', Living with Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW (2021)
2021 Chang E, Johnson A, Hancock K, 'Dementias', Living with Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW (2021)
2020 Johnson A, Chang E, 'Bereavement care', Caring for older people in Australia. Principles for nursing practice, John Wiley & Sons, Brisbane, Qld (2020)
2020 Rolley J, Johnson A, Chang E, 'Spiritual needs of the individual and family', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Sydney, NSW, Elsevier (2020)
2020 Johnson A, Chang E, 'Overview of chronic illness and disability in Australia and New Zealand', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW (2020)
2018 Rolley J, Chang E, Johnson A, 'Spiritual needs of the individual and family', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW (2018)
2018 Chang E, Johnson A, 'Overview of chronic illness and disability in Australia and New Zealand', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW (2018)
2018 Chang E, Johnson A, Hancock K, 'Dementias', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW (2018)
2018 Johnson A, Steel C, 'General hospital care of people with dementia', Early diagnosis: Turning policy into practice 77-86 (2018)

It is estimated that people with dementia over 65 currently occupy 25% of acute hospital beds at any given time and generally have a longer length of stay and poorer outcomes than... [more]

It is estimated that people with dementia over 65 currently occupy 25% of acute hospital beds at any given time and generally have a longer length of stay and poorer outcomes than those who do not. (Alzheimer¿s Society 2009). Improving acute care was one of two key change areas in Scotland¿s first (Scottish Government 2010) and second national Dementia Strategies (Scottish Government 2013), to ensure that when admission to hospital is unavoidable for people with dementia, the care experience is safe, coordinated, dignified and person-centred. Acknowledging that the hospital setting can be a complex and potentially frightening environment, particularly when the person with dementia may be faced with physical illness or injury, the chapter will outline and explore four core approaches: understanding the illness, knowing the person, responding sensitively to individual needs and working in partnership with families/carers and integrated partners. Throughout the chapter, there will be good practice examples, reflective questions and opportunity to apply the learning within your own practice and setting.

2017 Johnson A, Chang E, 'Bereavement care', Caring for older people in Australia. Principles for nursing practice, John Wiley, Brisbane, Qld (2017)
2014 Allan T, Johnson A, Phillips K, Azzopardi T, Dickson C, Goldsmith M, Hengstberger-Sims C, 'Articulating Course Inherent Requirements: Risk and Response at the University of Western Sydney University of Western Sydney, Australia', Nga reo mo te tika: Voices for equity, Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia, Auckland, NZ (2014)
2014 Johnson A, Chang E, 'Bereavement care', Caring for older people in Australia. Principles for nursing practice, John Wiley, Brisbane, Qld (2014)
2014 Rolley J, Chang E, Johnson A, 'Spiritual needs of the individual and family', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW (2014)
2014 Johnson A, Chang E, 'Overview of chronic illness and disability in Australia and New Zealand', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW (2014)
2014 Chang E, Johnson A, Hancock K, 'Dementias', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW (2014)
2013 Chang E, Johnson A, 'Journeys with Dementia', Living with dementia, ACER Publishers, Melbourne, Vic (2013)
Co-authors Dimity Pond
2012 Johnson A, Hatcher D, Dixon K, 'Understanding organisational culture in the community health setting', Transitions in Nursing. Preparing for professional practice, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW (2012)
2012 Johnson A, 'Caring for families in the palliative care setting', Palliative Care: A Guide to Practice, Ausmed Publications, North Melbourne, Vic 257-270 (2012)
2012 Chang E, Johnson A, 'Challenges in advanced dementia', Contemporary and Innovative Practice in Palliative Care, InTech Open, Rijeka, Croatia 151-164 (2012)
2012 Johnson A, Harrison K, Currow D, Luhr-Taylor M, Johnson R, 'Palliative care and health breakdown', Pathophysiology Applied to Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW 448-471 (2012)
2011 Johnson A, 'Undergraduate nurses needs in undertaking palliative care clinical placements', The clinical placement: An essential guide for nursing students, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW 222-225 (2011)
2008 Johnson A, Chang E, 'Chronic illness and disability: An overview', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney 1-13 (2008)
2008 Chang E, Easterbrook S, Johnson A, Hancock K, Luhr M, Harrison K, 'Advanced dementia', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW 218-235 (2008)
2008 Rolley J, Chang E, Johnson A, 'Spirituality and the nurse: Engaging in human suffering, hope and meaning', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney< NSW 14-32 (2008)
2007 Johnson A, 'Undergraduate nurses needs in undertaking palliative care clinical placements', The Clinical Placement: An Essential Guide for Nursing Students, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW 222-225 (2007)
2006 Johnson A, Harrison K, Currow D, Luhr-Taylor M, Johnson R, 'Palliative Care and Health Breakdown', Pathophysiology Applied to Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW 448-471 (2006)
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Journal article (41 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2024 Gaviola MA, Omura M, Inder KJ, Johnson A, 'Caring for people with dementia from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in nursing homes: A scoping review', International Journal of Nursing Studies, 151 104674-104674 (2024) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2023.104674
Co-authors Mieko Omura, Kerry Inder, Minah Gaviola
2024 Chu G, Pitt V, Cant R, Johnson A, Inder K, 'Students evaluation of professional experience placement quality in a pre-registration nursing programme: A cross-sectional survey', Nurse Education in Practice, 75 103877-103877 (2024) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2024.103877
Co-authors G Chu, Victoria Pitt, Kerry Inder
2023 Rooney EJ, Wilson RL, Johnson A, 'Integration of traditional therapies for first nations people within western healthcare: an integrative review', Contemporary Nurse, 59 294-310 (2023) [C1]

Aims: To conduct an integrative literature review to reveal any evidence supportive of the integration of traditional therapies for First Nations peoples in Australia within a wes... [more]

Aims: To conduct an integrative literature review to reveal any evidence supportive of the integration of traditional therapies for First Nations peoples in Australia within a western healthcare model, and to identify which, if any, of these therapies have been linked to better health outcomes and culturally safe and appropriate care for First Nations peoples. If so, are there indications by First Nations peoples in Australia that these have been effective in providing culturally safe care or the decolonisation of western healthcare practices. Design: Integrative literature review of peer-reviewed literature. Data Sources: Online databases searched included CINAHL, Medline, Scopus, ScienceDirect InformitHealth, and ProQuest. Review Methods: Databases were searched for papers with full text available and published in English with no date parameter set. The PRISMA guidelines were used during the literature review and the literature was critiqued using the Critical Appraisal Skills tool. Results: Seven articles met the inclusion criteria and were included in the review. Four articles selected were qualitative, two used a mixed method design, and one used a quantitative method. Six themes arose: (i) bush medicine, (ii) traditional healers, (iii) traditional healing practices, (iv) bush tucker, (v) spiritual healing, and (vi) therapies that connected to cultures such as yarning and storytelling. Conclusion: There is limited literature discussing the use of traditional therapies in Western healthcare settings. A need exists to include traditional therapies within a Western healthcare system. Creating a culturally safer and appropriate healthcare experience for First Nations people in Australia and will contribute to advancement in the decolonisation of current healthcare models.

DOI 10.1080/10376178.2023.2276718
Co-authors Rhonda Wilson
2022 Francis CJ, Johnson A, Wilson RL, 'The personal cost of repetitive mental health inquiries that fail to result in change', COLLEGIAN, 29 728-737 (2022)
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2022.05.001
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rhonda Wilson
2022 Rooney EJ, Johnson A, Jeong SYS, Wilson RL, 'Use of traditional therapies in palliative care for Australian First Nations peoples: An integrative review', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 31 1465-1476 (2022) [C1]

Aims and objectives: To conduct an integrative review of the literature to understand how the incorporation of traditional therapies affect First Nations people&apos;s utilisation... [more]

Aims and objectives: To conduct an integrative review of the literature to understand how the incorporation of traditional therapies affect First Nations people's utilisation of palliative care services. Background: First Nations peoples face many barriers related to accessing and utilising specialised health services such as palliative care. Whilst culturally appropriate care has been shown to improve these outcomes, there is little evidence regarding how this may be achieved. Design: Integrative review. Methods: A systematic search was conducted using electronic databases CINAHL, Joanna Briggs, Medline, Scopus, ScienceDirect InformitHealth and ProQuest between the years of 2005 (Formula presented.) 2021 databases were searched for papers with full text available and published in English. Papers were included if they were primary-based research and focused on the topics of the use of traditional therapies in a palliative care context by First Nations persons. The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme principles were used to assess the methodological quality of the selected articles. Results: Seven studies met the inclusion criteria and were included in the review. The review included six qualitative studies and one quantitative study. From these studies, five themes were identified in the literature: supporting a holistic approach, developing culturally appropriate care, conflict within a Western medical model, regulatory issues, and geographical barriers. Conclusion: There is a dearth of current literature available discussing the utilization of traditional therapies in palliative care. From the literature analysed, the benefits of including traditional therapies are overall positive, however, there are barriers including conflict with the Western model of medicine and regulation. More research is required in the provision of traditional therapies in palliative care. Relevance to Clinical Practice: The incorporation of traditional medicines within a palliative care setting could help nurses provide holistic and culturally appropriate care, especially in rural and remote areas where they make up the majority of the healthcare force.

DOI 10.1111/jocn.16070
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Rhonda Wilson
2021 He FX, Geng X, Johnson A, 'The experience of palliative care among older Chinese people in nursing homes: A scoping review', International Journal of Nursing Studies, 117 (2021) [C1]

Objective: To identify the gaps in understanding the experience of older Chinese people receiving palliative care in nursing homes. Design: A nine-step scoping review methodology ... [more]

Objective: To identify the gaps in understanding the experience of older Chinese people receiving palliative care in nursing homes. Design: A nine-step scoping review methodology was used to search for relevant literature. Methods: Sixteen databases were searched for relevant studies published in English from January 1990 to August 2019. The grey literature was searched for relevant theses pertaining to the topic. Results: A total of 18 studies from the United States (n = 2), mainland China (n = 1), Hong Kong (n = 13), Taiwan (n = 2) and one thesis from Hong Kong were included in the final analysis. The findings were categorised into four themes: (1) advance care planning preferences; (2) decision-making process related to palliative care; (3) palliative care experiences and barriers; and (4) practice to improve palliative care. Conclusions: Given the distinctive experiences of older Chinese residents in nursing homes when faced with death and dying, cultural beliefs strongly influenced their attitudes and behaviours in receiving end-of-life care. As Chinese immigrants have become a major ethnic group in western countries, there is benefit in recognising that older Chinese people living in nursing homes and needing palliative care will face specific challenges. Culturally appropriate interventions to address older Chinese people's existential stress, grief related to loss, communication and dietary requirements, and other barriers should be developed and implemented.

DOI 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2021.103878
Citations Scopus - 10
2021 Hansen A, McGarry D, Johnson A, Roche MA, 'The impact of an undergraduate students' culture on their learning about mental health: A scoping review', Nursing and Health Sciences, 23 352-361 (2021) [C1]

Mental disorders are highly prevalent. This necessitates undergraduate students in health-related courses are provided with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to deliver safe ca... [more]

Mental disorders are highly prevalent. This necessitates undergraduate students in health-related courses are provided with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to deliver safe care. Research confirms undergraduate health students maintain discriminative, stigmatizing, and inaccurate beliefs and attitudes toward those experiencing mental disorders. However, there is a paucity of research exploring how culture influences these beliefs. This scoping review addressed the question: ¿What is the impact of an undergraduate student's culture on their learning about mental health?¿ A systematic search was undertaken of the MEDLINE, CINAHL, Scopus, PsycINFO, and ERIC databases. Results indicate variance between students' cultural beliefs in their attitudes toward and knowledge of mental disorders and understanding of interventions and treatment. None of the identified studies reviewed the ramifications for pedagogy beyond anecdotal suggestions. Educators need to acknowledge the potential impact that students' cultural beliefs have on their learning about mental health and consider appropriate learning activities to acknowledge the role of culture. Research of the impact of undergraduate students' culture on their learning about mental health will provide an evidence base for the development of these learning activities.

DOI 10.1111/nhs.12835
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2020 Wilson RL, Carryer J, Dewing J, Rosado S, Gildberg F, Hutton A, et al., 'The state of the nursing profession in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 during COVID-19: A Nursing Standpoint', NURSING PHILOSOPHY, 21 (2020)
DOI 10.1111/nup.12314
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Alison Hutton, Rhonda Wilson
2020 Geia L, Baird K, Bail K, Barclay L, Bennett J, Best O, et al., 'A unified call to action from Australian nursing and midwifery leaders: ensuring that Black lives matter', Contemporary Nurse, 56 297-308 (2020) [C1]

Nurses and midwives of Australia now is the time for change! As powerfully placed, Indigenous and non-Indigenous nursing and midwifery professionals, together we can ensure an eff... [more]

Nurses and midwives of Australia now is the time for change! As powerfully placed, Indigenous and non-Indigenous nursing and midwifery professionals, together we can ensure an effective and robust Indigenous curriculum in our nursing and midwifery schools of education. Today, Australia finds itself in a shifting tide of social change, where the voices for better and safer health care ring out loud. Voices for justice, equity and equality reverberate across our cities, our streets, homes, and institutions of learning. It is a call for new songlines of reform. The need to embed meaningful Indigenous health curricula is stronger now than it ever was for Australian nursing and midwifery. It is essential that nursing and midwifery leadership continue to build an authentic collaborative environment for Indigenous curriculum development. Bipartisan alliance is imperative for all academic staff to be confident in their teaching and learning experiences with Indigenous health syllabus. This paper is a call out. Now is the time for Indigenous and non-Indigenous nurses and midwives to make a stand together, for justice and equity in our teaching, learning, and practice. Together we will dismantle systems, policy, and practices in health that oppress. The Black Lives Matter movement provides us with a ¿now window¿ of accepted dialogue to build a better, culturally safe Australian nursing and midwifery workforce, ensuring that Black Lives Matter in all aspects of health care.

DOI 10.1080/10376178.2020.1809107
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 23
Co-authors Michael Hazelton, Ritin Fernandez, Brett Mitchell, Rhonda Wilson, Alison Hutton, Jed Duff, Maralyn Foureur, Allison Cummins, Jenny Sim
2019 Chang E, Edenborough M, Nicholls D, Johnson A, Brownhill S, Simard J, 'Generation of a function affect model for residents with advanced dementia', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, 25 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/ijn.12718
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2019 Karacsony S, Good A, Chang E, Johnson A, Edenborough M, 'An instrument to assess the education needs of nursing assistants within a palliative approach in residential aged care facilities', BMC PALLIATIVE CARE, 18 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12904-019-0447-0
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
2018 Karacsony S, Chang E, Johnson A, Good A, Edenborough M, 'Assessing nursing assistants' competency in palliative care: An evaluation tool', NURSE EDUCATION IN PRACTICE, 33 70-76 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.09.001
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 6
2017 Wilson NJ, Jaques H, Johnson A, Brotherton ML, 'From Social Exclusion to Supported Inclusion: Adults with Intellectual Disability Discuss Their Lived Experiences of a Structured Social Group', JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, 30 847-858 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/jar.12275
Citations Scopus - 77Web of Science - 59
2015 Karacsony S, Chang E, Johnson A, Good A, Edenborough M, 'Measuring nursing assistants' knowledge, skills and attitudes in a palliative approach: A literature review', NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 35 1232-1239 (2015)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.05.008
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 20
2015 Chang E, Brownhill S, Bidewell J, Johnson A, Ratnayake S, 'Focus on Feeding! Evaluation of a framework for maximizing mealtime in aged care facilities', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, 21 269-277 (2015)
DOI 10.1111/ijn.12260
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2014 Azzopardi T, Johnson A, Phillips K, Dickson C, Hengstberger-Sims C, Goldsmith M, Allan T, 'Simulation as a learning strategy: supporting undergraduate nursing students with disabilities', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, 23 402-409 (2014)
DOI 10.1111/jocn.12049
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18
2013 Cooper KL, Chang E, Sheehan A, Johnson A, 'The impact of spiritual care education upon preparing undergraduate nursing students to provide spiritual care', NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 33 1057-1061 (2013)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.04.005
Citations Scopus - 46Web of Science - 42
2013 Redshaw S, Harrison K, Johnson A, Chang E, 'Community nurses' perceptions of providing bereavement care', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, 19 344-350 (2013)
DOI 10.1111/ijn.12069
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 6
2013 Nicholls D, Chang E, Johnson A, Edenborough M, 'Touch, the essence of caring for people with end-stage dementia: A mental health perspective in Namaste Care', AGING & MENTAL HEALTH, 17 571-578 (2013)
DOI 10.1080/13607863.2012.751581
Citations Scopus - 46Web of Science - 36
2013 Brownhill S, Chang E, Bidewell J, Johnson A, 'A decision model for community nurses providing bereavement care', British Journal of Community Nursing, 18 133-139 (2013)

Community (district) nurses play a significant role in assisting and supporting bereaved informal carers (family members and friends) of recently deceased clients of palliative ca... [more]

Community (district) nurses play a significant role in assisting and supporting bereaved informal carers (family members and friends) of recently deceased clients of palliative care. Bereavement care demands a wide range of competencies including clinical decision-making. To date, little has been known about the decision-making role of community nurses in Australia. The aim of this study was to conduct in-depth examination of an existing data set generated from semi-structured interviews of 10 community nurses providing follow-up bereavement care home visits within an area health service of a metropolitan region of Sydney, Australia. A grounded theory approach to data analysis generated a model, which highlights an interaction between 'the relationship', 'the circumstances' (surrounding the bereavement), 'the psychosocial variant', 'the mix of nurses', 'the workload', and 'the support' available for the bereaved and for community nurses, and elements of 'the visit' (central to bereavement care). The role of community nurses in bereavement care is complex, particularly where decision-making is discretionary and contingent on multiple variables that effect the course of the family's grief. The decision model has the potential to inform community nurses in their support of informal carers, to promote reflective practice and professional accountability, ensuring continuing competence in bereavement care.

DOI 10.12968/bjcn.2013.18.3.133
Citations Scopus - 10
2013 Bialocerkowski A, Johnson A, Allan T, Phillips K, 'Development of physiotherapy inherent requirement statements - an Australian experience', BMC MEDICAL EDUCATION, 13 (2013)
DOI 10.1186/1472-6920-13-54
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 9
2012 Chang E, Bidewell J, Hancock K, Johnson A, Easterbrook S, 'Community palliative care nurse experiences and perceptions of follow-up bereavement support visits to carers', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, 18 332-339 (2012)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2012.02046.x
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3
2012 Watson K, Chang E, Johnson A, 'The efficacy of complementary therapies for agitation among older people in residential care facilities: a systematic review.', JBI library of systematic reviews, 10 3414-3486 (2012)
DOI 10.11124/jbisrir-2012-18
2010 Chang E, Easterbrook S, Hancock K, Johnson A, Davidson P, 'Evaluation of an information booklet for caregivers of people with dementia: An Australian perspective', NURSING & HEALTH SCIENCES, 12 45-51 (2010)
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2009.00486.x
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 15
2009 Chang E, Daly J, Johnson A, Harrison K, Easterbrook S, Bidewell J, et al., 'Challenges for professional care of advanced dementia', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, 15 41-47 (2009)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2008.01723.x
Citations Scopus - 71Web of Science - 57
2009 Johnson A, Chang E, Daly J, Harrison K, Noel M, Hancock K, Easterbrook S, 'The communication challenges faced in adopting a palliative care approach in advanced dementia', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, 15 467-474 (2009)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01795.x
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 15
2009 Blythe SL, Chang E, Johnson A, Griffiths R, 'The efficacy of nurse implemented non-pharmacological strategies for the symptom management of agitation in persons with advanced dementia living in residential aged care facilities: a systematic review.', JBI library of systematic reviews, 7 975-1003 (2009)
DOI 10.11124/01938924-200907220-00001
2009 Johnson A, Chang E, O'Brien L, 'Nursing the dying: A descriptive survey of Australian undergraduate nursing curricula', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, 15 417-425 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01790.x
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 21
2007 Chang EML, Bidewell JW, Huntington AD, Daly J, Johnson A, Wilson H, et al., 'A survey of role stress, coping and health in Australian and New Zealand hospital nurses', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING STUDIES, 44 1354-1362 (2007)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2006.06.003
Citations Scopus - 110Web of Science - 89
2006 Bourgeois S, Johnson A, 'Caring for someone dying at home.', Nursing New Zealand (Wellington, N.Z. : 1995), 12 12-14 (2006)
Citations Scopus - 1
2006 Chang EM, Daly J, Hancock KM, Bidewell JW, Johnson A, Lambert VA, Lambert CE, 'The relationships among workplace stressors, coping methods, demographic characteristics, and health in Australian nurses', JOURNAL OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING, 22 30-38
DOI 10.1016/j.profnurs.2005.12.002
Citations Scopus - 142Web of Science - 110
2006 Bourgeois S, Johnson A, 'A Nurse's Challenge: Supporting Caregivers Caring for the Person Dying and their Family', Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand, 12 12-14 (2006)
2005 Chang E, Hancock K, Harrison K, Daly J, Johnson A, Easterbrook S, et al., 'Palliative care for end-stage dementia: A discussion of the implications for education of health care professionals', NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 25 326-332 (2005)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2005.02.003
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 31
2005 Johnson A, Jackson D, 'Using the arts and humanities to support learning about loss, suffering and death.', International journal of palliative nursing, 11 438-443 (2005)

In this article, the benefits of using the arts and humanities as teaching and learning strategies are explored. Their contribution to undergraduate nursing curricula, as a means ... [more]

In this article, the benefits of using the arts and humanities as teaching and learning strategies are explored. Their contribution to undergraduate nursing curricula, as a means of promoting a deeper understanding of the experiences of loss, suffering and death, cannot be undervalued. They need to be present equally alongside the physical and social sciences in nursing curricula. More than ever, is the need for all undergraduate nursing students to participate in self-reflection of these experiences, in order that they may meet the needs of their patients and families adequately, in a range of healthcare settings.

DOI 10.12968/ijpn.2005.11.8.19614
Citations Scopus - 16
2005 Chang EM, Hancock KM, Johnson A, Daly J, Jackson D, 'Role stress in nurses: Review of related factors and strategies for moving forward', Nursing and Health Sciences, 7 57-65 (2005)

The aim of this paper was to review the literature on factors related to role stress in nurses, and present strategies for addressing this issue based on the findings of this revi... [more]

The aim of this paper was to review the literature on factors related to role stress in nurses, and present strategies for addressing this issue based on the findings of this review while considering potential areas for development and research. Computerized databases were searched as well as hand searching of articles in order to conduct this review. This review identified multiple factors related to the experience of role stress in nurses. Role stress, in particular, work overload, has been reported as one of the main reasons for nurses leaving the workforce. This paper concludes that it is a priority to find new and innovative ways of supporting nurses in their experience of role stress. Some examples discussed in this article include use of stress education and management strategies; team-building strategies; balancing priorities; enhancing social and peer support; flexibility in work hours; protocols to deal with violence; and retention and attraction of nursing staff strategies. These strategies need to be empirically evaluated for their efficacy in reducing role stress.

DOI 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2005.00221.x
Citations Scopus - 147
2004 Bourgeois S, Johnson A, 'Preparing for dying: Meaningful practices in palliative care', OMEGA-JOURNAL OF DEATH AND DYING, 49 99-107 (2004)
DOI 10.2190/1QQD-KVHM-FUD1-5V1M
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2004 Johnson A, Bonner A, 'Palliative care challenges: implications for nurses' practice in renal settings.', Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession, 17 95-101 (2004)

The very act of withdrawing dialysis places renal nurses in a unique practice setting requiring a sudden shift in care delivery from one of providing Ife-sustaining, active treatm... [more]

The very act of withdrawing dialysis places renal nurses in a unique practice setting requiring a sudden shift in care delivery from one of providing Ife-sustaining, active treatment to that of palliation. The impact of this act on the renal nurse remains largely invisible. Minimal research has been conducted that explores the significant issues and challenges that exist for renal nurses in the delivery of palliation following withdrawal of dialysis treatment. This paper attempts to highlight the issues and challenges that do exist for renal nurses in providing palliation and the subsequent lack of available research knowledge to inform practice in the renal setting. It recommends further research be conducted into the renal setting so as to inform the development of appropriate education to support renal nurses practice in the future.

DOI 10.5172/conu.17.1-2.95
Citations Scopus - 6
2003 Johnson A, Bourgeois S, 'Essence of caring for a person dying', Nursing and Health Sciences, 5 133-138 (2003)

The present paper aims to illustrate the essence of caring through the philosophical lens of palliative care gained from one family&apos;s experience within a home environment. Th... [more]

The present paper aims to illustrate the essence of caring through the philosophical lens of palliative care gained from one family's experience within a home environment. The narrative used provided a vehicle through which a family member recalled the experience of caring for her mother, who was dying. The essence of caring is portrayed by the use of exemplars gained from the narrative situated within a palliative context depicting both the person dying and the carer's perspective. The narrative offers the opportunity to better understand cultural knowledge, history and social practices from the perspective of the family unit, and to understand how families might be best supported by health professionals engaged in care delivery. The commitment demonstrated by family members in caring for a family member dying is significant and needs to be more valued as a contribution to our understanding of this life event. From the analysis of this family's experience, health professionals are afforded an insight into the diversity of needs that encompass the essence of care being provided in the home. This opportunity allows health professionals to gain further insight into this significant life event, leading to an enhancement of their practice and enabling them to be better equipped to meet the individual needs of family units.

DOI 10.1046/j.1442-2018.2003.00144.x
Citations Scopus - 14
2002 Vardanega L, Johnson A, 'Coping with grief and loss: A community's shared responsibility', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 8 100-105 (2002)

The unexpected loss of a loved one through sudden death is a traumatic experience. Generally, there are few resources in the community specifically tailored to meet the needs of f... [more]

The unexpected loss of a loved one through sudden death is a traumatic experience. Generally, there are few resources in the community specifically tailored to meet the needs of family and friends at such a critical time. This paper describes a Primary Health Care initiative that has been developed in a community, in response to an identified need for a package of written materials to assist the grieving process in the case of a sudden death.

DOI 10.1071/py02050
Citations Scopus - 2
1997 Bartlett M, Hatcher D, Johnson A, Dixon K, 'Total quality management in accredited New South Wales hospitals: a public/private comparison.', Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association, 20 49-59 (1997)

Analysis of data collected in a 1994-95 survey of accredited New South Wales hospitals examined the adoption of key elements of total quality management practice in the public and... [more]

Analysis of data collected in a 1994-95 survey of accredited New South Wales hospitals examined the adoption of key elements of total quality management practice in the public and private sectors. In a number of areas of practice widely considered to be central to a hospital's total quality management efforts, there was no statistically significant difference between the two sectors. Where differences existed, total quality management practices more likely to be adopted by public hospitals were limited in their scope and likely to be explained by structural peculiarities. In contrast, private hospitals were more likely to adopt practices more critical to the successful implementation of total quality management.

DOI 10.1071/AH970049
1996 Ross P, Clear M, Dixon K, Bartlett M, Johnson A, Wheldon B, Hatcher D, 'Total quality management practices in the NSW hospital system--an overview.', Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association, 19 40-51 (1996)

A two-phase descriptive study involving a questionnaire survey was undertaken during 1994 and 1995 to evaluate the extent of implementation of total quality management practices i... [more]

A two-phase descriptive study involving a questionnaire survey was undertaken during 1994 and 1995 to evaluate the extent of implementation of total quality management practices in New South Wales hospitals accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. A survey response rate of 72 per cent was attained. Results indicated that most hospitals were aware of and consciously implemented aspects of the total quality management philosophy in some way. There is little evidence that whole systems have embraced the total quality management approach as a fully integrated endeavour.

DOI 10.1071/AH960040
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Conference (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2023 Francis C, Wilson R, Johnson A, 'Supported decision-making in mental health treatment planning: A systematic, integrative review', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2023)
Co-authors Rhonda Wilson
2018 Karacsony S, Johnson A, Chang E, Good A, Edenborough M, 'Developing of an instrument to evaluate nursing assistants in a palliative care approach in RACFs: Main findings', Melbourne, Vic (2018)
2018 Azzopardi T, Chang E, Johnson A, Cotton A, O Reilly R, 'Emotional Journey on clinical placements the stories of nursing students with disability: A qualitative research study', Melbourne,Vic (2018)
2018 Johnson A, 'Student s with disability: Creating best practice', Banff, Canada (2018)
2018 Geng K, Johnson A, Roche M, He F, 'Supporting the workforce in RACFs to deliver culturally appropriate palliative care to Chinese residents', Melbourne, Vic (2018)
2018 Hansen A, McGarry D, Roche M, Johnson A, 'Students Cultural Beliefs towards Mental Health: Implications for Learning and Teaching', Washington, DC (2018)
2017 Johnson A, Toonen C, 'Inherent requirements: a tool for inclusion and retention. Promoting student success', Sydney, NSW (2017)
2017 Johnson A, 'Students experience of the inherent Requirements tool', Melbourne, Vic (2017)
2015 Johnson A, 'Inherent Requirements in Nursing: An enabling student support strategy', Athens, Greece (2015)
2006 Hancock K, Chang E, Johnson A, Harrison K, Daly J, Easterbrook S, et al., 'Palliative care for people with advanced dementia: The need for a collaborative, evidence-based approach', Alzheimer's Care Quarterly (2006)

The aims of this article are to (1) identify the barriers associated with palliative care for persons with advanced dementia, (2) argue the need for increased collaboration and pa... [more]

The aims of this article are to (1) identify the barriers associated with palliative care for persons with advanced dementia, (2) argue the need for increased collaboration and partnerships between aged care and palliative key providers, and (3) discuss the need for the development and evaluation of evidence-based guidelines for care. Studies addressing these issues are discussed. A key finding of the material reviewed for this article underscores the importance of the development, implementation, and evaluation of guidelines that are empirically based, developed collaboratively, and incorporated into models of care for people with advanced dementia. ©2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

Citations Scopus - 4
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Report (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Chang E, Johnson A, Nicholls D, Edenborough M, 'Final Report: Avoiding high tech through high touch in end stage dementia: Protocol for care at the end of life', University of Western Sydney (2011)
2011 Johnson A, 'Dementia: Information for families and friends of people with severe and end stage dementia (3rd ed)', NSW Health (2011)
2010 Chang E, Johnson A, Nicolls D, Edenborough M, 'Report Stage 2: Avoiding high tech through high touch in end stage dementia: Protocol for care at the end of life', University of Western Sydney (2010)
2010 Chang E, Johnson A, Nicholls D, Edenborough M, 'Report Stage 1: Avoiding high tech through high touch in end stage dementia: Protocol for care at the end of life', University of Western Sydney (2010)
2010 Johnson A, 'Dementia: Information for families and friends of people with severe and end stage dementia (2nd ed)', NSW Health (2010)
2009 Chang E, Daly J, Harrison K, Noel M, Johnson A, Easterbrook S, et al., 'Bereavement care in the community: pilot study report', University of Western Sydney (2009)
2009 Chang E, Harrison K, Noel M, Johnson A, Daly J, Easterbrook S, 'Decision-making frameworks in advanced dementia: Links to improved care project', Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2009)
2009 Johnson A, 'Information for families and friends of people with severe and end stage dementia', NSW Health (2009)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 10
Total funding $1,282,093

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20211 grants / $250,000

Research Capacity Building for Clinical Nurse and Midwife Consultants in Hunter New England, Central Coast and Mid North Coast Local Health Districts$250,000

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding body Hunter New England Local Health District
Project Team Professor Kerry Inder, Professor Maralyn Foureur, Professor Amanda Johnson, Professor Brett Mitchell, Professor Ashley Kable, Professor Vanessa McDonald, Doctor Pauletta Irwin, Vicki Simpson, Ms Elizabeth Grist, Lynne Bickerstaff, Professor Leigh Kinsman
Scheme NSW Regional Health Partners
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2022
GNo G2001403
Type Of Funding C2400 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Other
Category 2400
UON Y

20152 grants / $80,000

Promoting aged care as a career choice for undergraduate nurses$60,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Health

Funding body NSW Department of Health
Project Team

Prof McDonald, Dr Drury, S. Gilbert

Scheme Clinical Training Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
UON N

Promoting transformative student learning opportunities in aged care $20,000

Funding body: Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network

Funding body Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network
Project Team

Dr Drury, S. Gilbert, Prof McDonald, L.Cleary

Scheme -
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

20101 grants / $388,867

Avoiding “high tech”” through “high touch” in end stage: Protocol for care at the end of life$388,867

Funding body: NSW Department of Health

Funding body NSW Department of Health
Project Team

Dr M Noel, Mr R Johnson, Ms C Fularon

Scheme Local Palliative Care Grants Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220
UON N

20091 grants / $57,822

Evaluating the effectiveness of the clinical weight loss framework in residential aged care facilities$57,822

Funding body: University of Western Sydney

Funding body University of Western Sydney
Project Team

Mr R Johnson, S Harrison, A Johnson

Scheme Partnership Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20081 grants / $20,906

Bereavement Care in Community Nursing$20,906

Funding body: University of Western Sydney

Funding body University of Western Sydney
Project Team

Prof Chang, A Johnson, Dr Bidewell, Dr Hancock

Scheme Partnership Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20062 grants / $283,898

Decision-making frameworks in advanced dementia: links to improved care$247,476

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
Project Team

Prof Chang, Prof Daly, Ms A Johnson, Assoc Prof Davidson, Ms Harrison, Dr Noel, Ms Easterbrook

Scheme Local Palliative Care Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

Evaluation and implementation of an information booklet for carers of people with dementia$36,422

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
Project Team

Prof Chang, Ms Harrison, Prof Daly, Ms A Johnson, Assoc Prof Davidson, Dr Hancock, Dr Noel, Ms Easterbrook

Scheme Local Palliative Care Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20031 grants / $193,600

Palliative care dementia interface: Enhancing community capacity$193,600

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
Project Team

Prof Chang, Prof Daly, Ms A Johnson, Assoc Prof Davidson, Dr Hancock, Ms Harrison, Dr Noel

Scheme Local Palliative Care Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20021 grants / $7,000

Role stress/strain in nurses caring for patients with chronic illness and complex illnesses: New directions for models of care$7,000

Funding body: University of Western Sydney

Funding body University of Western Sydney
Project Team

Prof Chang, Prof Daly, Ms A Johnson, Dr Hancock

Scheme School of Nursing, Family and Community Health
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2023 PhD Using Virtual Reality to Teach Intraoperative Nursing in Undergraduate Nursing Programs: A Mixed Method Study PhD (Nursing), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2021 Masters A Prototype Digital Tool to Assist Supported Decision-making in Mental Health Treatment Planning M Philosophy (Nursing), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Knowledge and attitudes of AINS of a palliative care approach Nursing, Western Sydney University Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Pain assessment in Middle Eastern cultures on presentation to Emergency departments Nursing, University of Western Sydney Co-Supervisor
2014 Masters Undergraduate nursing student's perceptions of spiritual care education: A mixed method study Nursing, University of Western Sydney Co-Supervisor
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Professor Amanda Johnson

Position

Key Project Lead
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Academic Division

Contact Details

Email amanda.johnson10@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7873
Mobile 0418 347 890
Link Twitter

Office

Room GO93.09.50
Building Central Coast Clinical School
Location Central Coast Clinical School, The University of Newcastle Level 9, 77a Holden Street Gosford Hospital, Gosford NSW 2250
Cnr Henry Parry Drive and Margin Street
Gosford, NSW 2250
Australia
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