Mr Kofi Awuviry-Newton

Mr Kofi Awuviry-Newton

Research student

Career Summary

Biography

Kofi Awuviry-Newton is a social worker by profession and social gerontologist with expertise in applying mixed methds into studying the prevalence and how older people talk about their difficulty in activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) in Africa, specifically Ghana. He applies interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) and other qualitative analysis methods based on theoretical frameworks such as World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, and Ethics of Care theoretical frameworks to understand the lived experience of older adults living with ADL and IADL difficulties and lived experience of caregivers of older peoples. 

Kofi is a qualitative methodologist, and currently, a PhD candidate in Gerontology and Geriatrics at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Kofi is proficient in the use of NVivo and Stata data analysis softwares. He is interested in using the WHO-ICF to study the disability/difficulty experienced by older people quantitatively and qualitatively.  He is proficient in using secondary data from WHO Study on adult health and AGEing (wave 0, 1, 2, &3) to study the health and social needs of older adults and their caregivers.


Keywords

  • caregivers of older people
  • disability
  • health economics
  • healthy ageing
  • interpretative phenomenlogical analysis
  • qualitative research
  • quantitative research
  • social work

Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Akan (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology 40
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified 30
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 30

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
SOWK917 Working with children, young people and families
University of Wollongong
Tutor 1/7/2020 - 18/12/2020
HAS121 HHuman Development in Social Context
University of Wollongong
Tutor 1/7/2020 - 25/12/2020
SOWK915 Social work practice with individuals and families
University of Wollongong
Tutor (Master of Social Work (Qualifying)) 1/1/2020 - 30/6/2020
Sowk910 Critically reflective social work
University of Wollongong
Tutor 1/1/2020 - 30/6/2020
SOWK913 Human Service Systems and Policy Development
University of Wollongong
Tutor 1/7/2020 - 25/12/2020
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Publications

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


Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Nkansah JO, Ofori-Dua K, 'Attributions of elder neglect: A phenomenological study of older people in Ghana', HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, 28 2172-2178 (2020)
DOI 10.1111/hsc.13028
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2020 Ampofo AG, Adumatta AD, Owusu E, Awuviry-Newton K, 'A cross-sectional study of barriers to cervical cancer screening uptake in Ghana: An application of the health belief model', PLOS ONE, 15 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0231459
Citations Web of Science - 1
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Ofori-Dua K, Newton A, 'Correlates of older adult inpatients personal care provision to people with functional difficulties in Ghana', PLoS ONE, 15 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0238693
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Wales K, Tavener M, Byles J, 'Do factors across the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework relate to caregiver availability for community-dwelling older adults in Ghana?', PLOS ONE, 15 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0233541
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Kylie Wales, Julie Byles, Meredith Tavener
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Byles J, 'The roles and capacities of social workers in the lives of older adults seeking healthcare and their caregivers in Ghana', Health and Social Care in the Community, (2020)

© 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd As Ghana's older population increases in number and proportion, the social and healthcare needs of older adults and their caregivers become... [more]

© 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd As Ghana's older population increases in number and proportion, the social and healthcare needs of older adults and their caregivers become more critical highlighting the relevance of social workers¿ contribution in assisting older adults and their caregivers. The purpose of this study was to explore social workers¿ contributions, discussed against the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Policy on Ageing and Older Person framework. The study employed a descriptive qualitative approach making use of semi-structured interviews to collect information from eight social workers at the Social Welfare Unit in Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana. Themes and codes were developed from the interviews using thematic analysis, employing In-vivo and descriptive coding, and N-Vivo v12 as a management tool. Analysis of interviews revealed three interrelated themes; (a) ¿We provide it accordingly¿: Talking about their contributions as systematic, (b) ¿I think we can do more¿: Talking about their contributions as insufficient, and (c) ¿Our efforts are being hampered¿: Complaints of inadequate resources for working with older adults and their caregivers. The study offers areas of opportunities for social workers per the IFSW policy framework to reflect and examine their current knowledge and skill to address the challenges population ageing presents in Ghana. While social workers contribute towards helping older adults seeking healthcare and their caregivers, their needs cannot be ignored. The findings draw attention to effective policies and programs that can provide social workers with the needed resources to be independent and be able to devise novel approaches unique to older adults and their caregivers.

DOI 10.1111/hsc.13121
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Kylie Wales, Julie Byles, Meredith Tavener
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Byles J, 'Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Lived Experiences of Older Adults Regarding Their Functional Activities in Ghana', Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 11 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/2150132720931110
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Kylie Wales, Meredith Tavener, Julie Byles
2017 Barnie AJ, Nyarko AS, Dapaah JM, Appiah SCY, Awuviry-Newton K, 'Understanding Youth Violence in Kumasi: Does Community Socialization Matter? A Cross-Sectional Study', Urban Studies Research, 2017 1-10 (2017)
DOI 10.1155/2017/1565602
Appiah S, Dapaah J, Awuviry-Newton K, 'Reflections on Research Communication, Dissemination and Uptake to Impact Outreach', British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, 18 1-9
DOI 10.9734/bjesbs/2016/26277
Nkansah OJ, Awuviry-Newton K, Gyasi M, Newton A, Boateng AS-A, ' Who doesn t Have Challenges? I Have a Lot of Challenges : Exploring the Challenges and Coping Strategies of Neglected Older Adults in Ghana', Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology,
DOI 10.1007/s10823-020-09419-3
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Conference (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Byles W, 'Using Ethics of Care as the theoretical lens to understand the lived experiences of caregivers of older adults with functional difficulties', The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (2020)
Co-authors Kylie Wales, Meredith Tavener
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Byles J, 'Using the Ethics of Care as the theoretical lens to understand the lived experiences of caregivers of older adults with functional difficulties', University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (2020)
Co-authors Kylie Wales, Meredith Tavener
2019 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Kowal P, Byles J, 'ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING DIFFICULTIES AND TOILETING AMONG OLDER GHANAIANS: AN APPLICATION OF WHO-ICF FRAMEWORK', Innovation in Aging, Austin Texas (2019)
DOI 10.1093/geroni/igz038.1916
Co-authors Julie Byles, Kylie Wales, Meredith Tavener, Paul Kowal
2019 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Bylie J, 'Interpretative Phenomenological analysis of the lived experiences of older adults in functional activities', Sydney, Australia (2019)
Co-authors Meredith Tavener, Kylie Wales
2019 Awuviry-Newton K, Wales K, Meredith T, Kowal P, Byles J, 'Activities of daily living difficulties and toileting among older people in Ghana: an application of World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning (ICF) framework', Moncton, Canada (2019)
Co-authors Paul Kowal, Kylie Wales
2017 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Byles J, 'Evolution of Familial Care and Support Systems for Older People in Ghana: A Literature Review', Perth, Australia (2017)
Co-authors Meredith Tavener
2016 Awuviry-Newton K, Barnie A, Dapaah JM, Appiah SCY, 'Therapeutic Utility of Nurse-Patient Relationship on Health Care Outcomes of Patient of Ejisu In Ashanti Region In Ghana; Poster Paper presented: Youth violence in Kumasi: Drivers and Causatives', Fumesua (2016)
2016 Awuviry-Newton K, Dapaah JM, Appiah SCY, 'Barriers to decent living among Persons with Disabilities in Ghana-Does the District Assembly Common Fund offer any respite? A study of the Asante Akim Central Municipality in Ashanti region of Ghana', University of Ghana (2016)
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Mr Kofi Awuviry-Newton

Contact Details

Email kofi.awuvirynewton@uon.edu.au
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