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Research Biography

Anita has had many years of experience in aged care nursing across a number of contexts in practice, research and teaching. In practice she has worked in different settings in both the acute, community and aged care sectors. Since becoming a nurse academic, the focus of her teaching and research has been in aged care and nursing practice across sectors especially in areas of dementia care and end of life care.

She teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the tertiary level with an emphasis on dementia care, aged care and end of life care, and also supervises higher degree students who have an interest in aged care, general nursing or qualitative research. Some of the research undertaken by Anita has included nursing practice in aged care, palliative care in residential aged care, Indigenous health, clinical education in residential aged care, person centred dementia care and cultural and linguistic diversity in carers, staff and persons with dementia.

Recently Anita’s research focussed on grey nomads with diabetes and their self-management, as well as intergenerational programs in residential aged care. She was the chief investigator that informed the development of the educational resource ‘Come Into My World’ for undergraduate healthcare students on how to interact with persons with dementia. 

Current research is exploring the experiences of newly graduated nurses in a transition to practice program in aged care.

Research Interests

Research methodology and knowledge development in nursing; nursing practice, student learning, aged care, dementia care, palliative care, mental health for elderly, chronic disease management. Qualitative methodology as applied in any health related or nursing field.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Advance Directives (1)
  • Health Access (1)
  • End of Life Care (2)
  • Vaccine hesitancy (1)
  • Older people networks (1)
  • Dementia (1)
  • Transition for newly graduated nurses (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Dementia (2)
  • Nurse Practitioner (1)
  • Rehabilitation nursing (1)
  • Palliative care (1)
  • Complementary therapies (1)
  • AIDs (1)
  • Aged care (1)

Supervisor Philosophy

My philosophy for supervision is student focussed and collaborative as I view students as peers. Further to this, my role is to advise, suggest, guide, teach, and direct the student to undertake meaningful research and timely completion for successful examination. Regular open and honest communication and meetings are part of the supervisory role.

Research Expertise

Qualitative research methodologies in health and nursing.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Flinders University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2006

External positions

Chairperson, Board of Management, Leahurst Nurses' Foundation Incorporated


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Research Areas

  • Healthy ageing and aged care
  • Nursing

Supervisory Interests

  • Dementia care, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Dementia care
  • Palliative care and end-of-life nursing
  • Aged care
  • Ageing
  • Qualitative research
  • Elderly people
  • Continence in the elderly
  • Elder abuse
  • Quality of life and activity patterns of the elderly
  • Language proficiency of elderly, aphasic or dementing persons
  • Falls in the elderly, trends and prevention
  • Homelessness
  • Enhancing leadership
  • Curriculum in general and in higher education
  • Clinical nursing research
  • Complementary therapies in nursing, therapeutic touch and healing touch
  • Continence nursing practice
  • Education, nursing
  • Gerontological nursing
  • Multicultural nursing
  • Multicultural nursing workforce
  • Qualitative data collection/analysis
  • Sickness, death and bereavement
  • Vaccine hesitancy
  • Nursing


  • RT Nursing


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