Associate Professor Christine Neville

Acting Head of School

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Overview

Dr Neville is a mental health nurse with an established research profile in ageing, dementia, mental health and respite care using predominantly quantitative research methods. Her current research focus is on the benefits of aquatic exercise for people with dementia particularly its influence in the management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. She developed the internationally renowned Watermemories Swimming Club. Additional research interests include family centred counselling for carers of people with dementia, pain in older people with dementia and respite care for older people with dementia.

Dr Neville has general and mental health nursing qualifications with extensive clinical experience in both these areas. Her PhD was undertaken at The University of Queensland on the behaviour of older people admitted for respite care. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and has been the recipient of the internationally acclaimed Stan Alchin Award for Outstanding Mental Health Nursing Practice. Christine is President of the Psychogeriatric Nurses Association. Since 1997 she has been involved in the tertiary education of nurses. Christine joined The University of Queensland in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2007 and is the Deputy Director of UQ Ipswich Clinical School. She developed UQ's first Master of Mental Health Nursing program and is the Co-ordinator.

Research Interests

  • Dementia
    Behavioural and psychological well-being of people with dementia and their carers. Pain management for people with dementia. The benefits of respite care for people with dementia and their carers. The benefits of exercise for people with dementia. Family centred care for people with dementia.
  • Mental Health
    The role of mental health nurses in the care of people with a mental illness. Older persons mental health care.
  • Tertiary Education for Nurses
    Undergraduate Postgraduate Mental Health Aged Care

Research Impacts

The Watermemories Swimming Club (WSC) for people with dementia was successfully piloted during 2011 with significant benefits of reduced psychological distress, less behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and better staff reactions to BPSD. There has been intense media, national and international interest in the WSC. The WSC has brought about a fundamental change in peoples' attitudes as to what people with dementia can and cannot do whether they live at home or in a residential aged care facility. People with dementia should be able to do what other people usually do. If they enjoy swimming, there is no reason why they should not go swimming at the local municipal pool where other community members go swimming. However, to make the effort successful and worthwhile a number of arrangements and processes have to be put in place to support people with dementia and their carers, for example, what to do about incontinence, safe entry in the pool, how much assistance a person would need etc. All this information is detailed in a manual which includes the dementia-specific exercise program (e.g., simple, repetitive exercises that target key muscle groups to prevent falls and maintain function; fun activities for enjoyment and relaxation). Project outcomes include journal publications, DVD, manual and a training program for instructors and pool pals.

The project ‘Review, present and develop contemporary National Standards and clinical indicators for mental health nursing’ was significant as the results of this work were adopted by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses to produce the 'Standards of Practice for Australian Mental Health Nurses: 2010'. This publication was formally launched by the Tasmanian Minister for Health at the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses 36th Annual International Conference, Hobart, 2010. These standards are used by many local, state, national and international organisations and Universities to determine standards of mental health nursing care. Additionally, the new standards are used as a benchmarking tool, for example, the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses published the Scan of Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Programs in Australia 2011, to assist with the credentialing for practice program. Within this publication, the 'Standards of Practice for Australian Mental Health Nurses: 2010' were used to as a benchmark for the quality of postgraduate mental health nursing programs offered throughout Australia. The new standards will contemporise and inform mental health nursing care in Australia for at least another decade.

The respite care research program has had a number of influences on policy and practice as it included the first ever Australian study to report on the prevalence of behavioural and psychological symptoms exhibited by older people in the community and residential respite care settings. It informed the Report to the Minister for Ageing on Residential Care and people with Psychogeriatric Disorders (2008) from which the federal government provided $2 million for NHMRC research grants into the care and treatment for psychogeriatric disorders. Data and research results were used to assist in the evaluation of the impact of the federally funded EACHD program on people with dementia and their carers. It also informed Alzheimer Australia’s discussion paper ‘Respite for People Living with Dementia: 'It’s more than just a short break' (2009). This report made recommendations to government and industry to improve the quality and uptake of respite care for older people with dementia and their family carers. This research also formed the basis of the Respite Care in Dementia: Consumer Perspectives study which was the first national survey of carer's experiences with respite care which had significant policy recommendations relevant to the Australian Government's 'Living Longer. Living Better' reform package.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • The prevalence of dementia is one of the most important issues facing Australia this century with significant personal, social, economic and health reverberations across the nation. People with dementia who live in residential aged care facilities are often physically inactive and exhibit behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Physical inactivity is associated with increased risk of all causes of mortality, sarcopenia, decline in mood and activities of daily living. This project builds on successful pilot work which demonstrated that aquatic exercise had a significant positive impact on the person with dementia’s physical and psychological wellbeing, BPSD and carer reactions to BPSD.

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    Most of the care for people with dementia is provided by family members at home. Caring is physically and psychologically stressful, often causing debilitating feelings of anxiety, loneliness, guilt and failure. As dementia progresses, family carers are increasingly vulnerable to stress and depression, which may lead them to reluctantly place the person with dementia in a residential aged care facility (RACF).

    In a 20-year randomized controlled trial in the USA, a program called the New York University Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI) provided counselling to spouse carers and their family members and demonstrated that such support reduced carer depression and reactions to the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and improved carer physical health, compared to usual care.

    This in turn led to a significant delay (1.5 years, on average) in admission of their family member into a RACF. The major mediator of these outcomes is improved support from family and friends.

    PROJECT AIMS

    Phase 1 (2012: 12 months): To develop an innovative Internet-based Multimedia Education program for NYUCI (Aus) in conjunction with the original investigator and clinical team

    Phase 2 (2013: 12 months): Community health workers who are employed by Blue Care will be invited to participate. Participants will undergo training in the NYUCI (Aus) over 12 weeks (March –June 2013). They will devote 3 hours each week for reading and online learning. Additionally, they will link up (via online discussion boards, email, Skype) with a peer mentor from the USA with experience in the NYUCI.

    Phase 3 (2014: 18 months): 120 carers will be offered the opportunity of participating in the NYUCI (Aus) program We will evaluate the effectiveness of the NYUCI (Aus) in improving the mental and physical health of carers and in postponement in the use of residential aged care for the person with dementia.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Neville, Christine and Byrne, Gerard (2014). Depression and suicide in older people. In Rhonda Nay, Sally Garratt and Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh (Ed.), Older People: Issues and innovations in Care 4th ed. (pp. 267-284) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Neville, Christine C. and Byrne, Gerard J. A. (2009). Depression and suicide in older people. In Rhonda Nay and Sally Garratt (Ed.), Older people: issues and innovations in care 3rd ed. (pp. 229-243) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Taua, Chris, Neville, Christine and Scott, Theresa (2014). Capacity, information and voluntariness: the realities of gaining consent. In: ASID NZ 2014 Conference: Research to Practice, Hamilton, NZ, (). 9-10 April, 2014.

  • Neville, Christine (2014). Incontinence: the psychosocial impact. In: Continence Foundation of Australia Queensland Branch State Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 14 March, 2014.

  • Zamora, Angelique and Neville, Christine (2014). The Watermemories Swimming Club. In: West Moreton Dementia Network, Ipswich, Qld, Australia, (). 5 February 2014.

  • Taua, Chris, Neville, Christine and Hepworth, Julie (2013). "If it doesn't work, try a different way": exploring the nurses role in dual disability (mental health and intellectual disability). In: MHN 13: 1st Australasian Mental Health and Addiction Nursing Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, (). 19-21 June, 2013.

  • Neville, Christine, Teri, Linda, Henwood, Timothy and Beattie, Elizabeth (2013). A tale of two studies of dementia and the benefits of exercise. In: IAGG 2013: The 20th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Seoul, South Korea, (S391-S391). 23-27 June, 2013.

  • Neville, Christine (2013). Authorship and publication agreements. In: Writing Space for Publication, North Keppel Island, QLD, Australia, (). 7-8 September, 2013.

  • Neville, Christine and Taua, Christine (2013). Collaborative research: Navigating consent for people with diminished capacity. In: , Special Issue: ACHMN's 39th International Mental Health Nursing Conference Collaboration and Partnership in Mental Health Nursing. ACHMN's 39th International Mental Health Nursing Conference Collaboration and Partnership in Mental Health Nursing, Perth, WA Australia, (25-26). 22-24 October 2013.

  • Neville, Christine and Taua, Christine (2013). Collaborative research: navigating consent for people with diminished capacity. In: ACMHN 2013: 39th International Mental Health Nursing Conference. Collaboration and Partnership in Mental Health Nursing, Perth, WA, Australia, (25-25). 22-24 October, 2013.

  • Neville, C. and Goetz, S. (2013). Engaging students in a mental health undergraduate nursing course: utilising an online Problem Based Learning approach. In: Inaugural ACMHN International Online Research Symposium: Evidence-based Practice, Canberra, ACT, Australia, (). 19 April, 2013.

  • Neville, Christine (2013). Flying high: choosing the right journal. In: HEALTH Collaborative Research Network, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia, (). 7-8 September 2013.

  • Neville, Christine (2013). How to write. In: HEALTH Collaborative Research Network, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia, (). 7-8 September 2013.

  • Neville, Christine, Mittelman, Mary, Scott, Theresa, Beattie, Elizabeth and Parker, Deborah (2013). NYUCI(Aus): supporting carers of people with dementia. Translating the New York University Caregiver Intervention for an Australian workforce and consumers. In: , West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Research Day 2013 Abstract Booklet. 4th Annual West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Research Day, Ipswich, QLD, Australia, (47-47). 18 October 2013.

  • Neville, Christine (2013). Nursing and global aging: the Australian perspective. In: 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Seoul, South Korea, (). 21-23 June, 2013.

  • Taua, C. and Neville, C. (2013). People with intellectual disability consenting to research. In: , 2013 Annual Research Meeting. Schizophrenia Research Group, Auckland, New Zealand, (). 18-19 November 2013.

  • Neville, Christine (2013). Physical activity as a non-pharmacological intervention for people with dementia. In: IPA 2013: 16th International Psychogeriatric Association International Congress, Seoul, Korea, (S31-S31). 1-4 October, 2013.

  • Neville, Christine, Beattie, Elizabeth and Henwood, Timothy (2013). RCT Protocol: The Watermemories Swimming Club (WSC) for people with dementia. In: , Grey Expectations: Ageing in the 21st Century. 46th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 27-29 November 2013.

  • Fox, Benjamin, Henwood, Timothy, Neville, Christine, Keogh, Justin and Hodgkinson, Brent (2013). Reliability of functional performance in dementia research. In: , Grey Expectations: Ageing in the 21st Century. 46th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 27-29 November 2013.

  • Neville, Christine (2013). Responding to reviewers. In: Writing Space for Publication, North Keppel Island, QLD, Australia, (). 7-8 September, 2013.

  • Neville, C., Mittelman, M. S., Beattie, E., Scott, T., Hobday, J. and Parker, D. (2013). Supporting carers of people with dementia: An innovative learning platform for health workers. In: , Abstracts: The Gerontological Society of America 66th Annual Scientific Meeting. 66th Annual Scientific Meeting “Optimal Aging Through Research”, New Orleans, LA United States, (72-72). 20-24 November 2013.

  • Neville, Christine, Henwood, Timothy, Clifton, Karen Leigh and Beattie, Elizabeth (2013). The Watermemories Swimming Club. In: WCGG-2013: BIT's 1st Annual Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Dalain, China, (). 12-14 October, 2013.

  • Zamora, Angelique and Neville, Christine (2013). The Watermemories Swimming Club. In: Alzheimer's Queensland, Ipswich, Australia, (). 19 February 2014.

  • Neville, Christine (2013). The Watermemories swimming club. In: International Dementia Research Scholars Collaborative, Virginia, USA, (). 29-31 May, 2013.

  • Neville, Christine, Fielding, Elaine, Beattie, Elizabeth, Readford, Margaret, Gresham, Meredith and MacAndrew, M (2013). The prevalence of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in people living at home with their families. In: , The Tiles of Life: Alzheimer's Australia Fifteenth National Conference. Alzheimer 2013: Alzheimer's Australia 15th National Conference, Hobart, TAS, Australia, (48-48). 14-17 May, 2013.

  • Henwood, Tim, Neville, Christine and Beattie, E. (2013). Watermemories Swim Club for People with Dementia. In: Queensland Community Care Conference 2013, Twin Waters, QLD, Australia, (). 30-31 May, 2013.

  • Neville, Christine, Henwood, Timothy, Clifton, Karen and Beattie, Elizabeth (2013). Watermemories: a swimming club for people with dementia. In: OPMHS 2013: Older Persons’ Mental Health Statewide Symposium, Herston, QLD, Australia, (). 21 August, 2013.

  • Neville, Christine, Henwood, Tim and Beattie, Elizabeth (2013). Watermemories: a swimming club for people with dementia. In: , West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Research Day 2013 Abstract Booklet. 4th Annual West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Research Day, Ipswich, QLD, Australia, (39-40). 18 October, 2013.

  • Beattie, E., Fielding, E., Neville, C., Readford, M. and Gresham, M. (2012). Carers of people with dementia: respite use and non-use. In: , Abstracts of the Australian Association of Gerontology, 45th National Conference. 45th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Brisbane, Australia, (4-4). 20-23 November 2012.

  • Beattie, E., Fielding, E., Neville, C., Readford, M. and Gresham, M. (2012). Carers of people with dementia: respite use and non-use. In: Australian Association of Gerontology, 45th National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (4-4). 20 – 23 November 2012.

  • Taua, C., Neville, C. and Hepworth, J. (2012). Confidence as the imperative outcome: designing a graduate course for nurses working with people with dual disabilities. In: Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, Hawaii, (). 26-27 March 2012.

  • Fielding, E., Neville, C., Beattie, E., Readford, M. and Gresham, M. (2012). Correlates of burden and depression in carers of people with dementia in the community. In: IPA International Meeting, Cairns, QLD, Australia, (). 7-11 September 2012.

  • Neville, C. (2012). Current dementia research: A tale of three studies. In: The HACC ‘Community Care for the Future’ Forum, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia, (). 24th May 2012.

  • Taua, Chris, Neville, Christine and Hepworth, Julie (2012). From rhetoric to action: consent and participation strategies for people with intellectual disability having a voice in research. In: 47th Annual Conference for Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability: Research to Practice, Wellingon, New Zealand, (). 7-9 November 2012.

  • Neville, C. and Hangan, C. (2012). Laying the warps for the wefts: the validation of benchmarking tools for the 'Standards of Practice for Australian Mental Health Nurses: 2010'. In: , Abstracts Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 38th International Conference – The Fabric of Life. ACMHN’s 38th International Mental Health Nursing Conference - The Fabric of Life, Darwin, NT, Australia, (19-19). 3-5 October 2012.

  • Neville, C. (2012). Pain rating scales for people with moderate to severe dementia. In: Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre, Brisbane, Australia, (). 20 March 2012.

  • Neville, Christine (2012). Psychosocial and behavioural considerations. In: , Abstracts for the 8th World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity. 8th World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity, Glasgow, Scotland, (S9-S9). 13-17 August 2012.

  • Beattie, Elizabeth R. A., Fielding, Elaine L., Readford, Margaret, Neville, Christine and Gresham, Meredith (2012). Respite care in dementia: consumer perspectives. In: 23rd International Nursing Research Congress, Brisbane, Australia, (). 30 July - 3 August 2012.

  • Neville, C., Henwood, T., Clifton, K. and Beattie, E. (2012). The Effect of Aquatic Exercise on Behaviour and Wellbeing in People with Moderate to Severe Dementia: A Pilot Study of the Watermemories Swimming Club. In: IPA International Meeting, Cairns, Australia, (). 7-11 September 2012.

  • Henwood, T., Neville, C., Clifton, K. and Beattie, E. (2012). The Watermemories Swim Club for people with dementia. In: , Abstracts of the Australian Association of Gerontology, 45th National Conference. 45th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Brisbane, Australia, (23-23). 20-23 November 2012.

  • Neville, Christine, Henwood, Timothy, Clifton, Karen Leigh (Hughes) and Beattie, Elizabeth (2012). The Watermemories Swim Club for people with dementia. In: National Dementia Training Study Centres Program, Knowledge Transfer Workshops, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (). 25 October 2012.

  • Neville, Christine, Henwood, Tim, Clifton, Karen and Beattie, Elizabeth (2012). The Watermemories Swim Club for people with dementia. In: , Abstracts for the 8th World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity. 8th World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity, Glasgow, Scotland, (S8-S9). 13-17 August 2012.

  • Clifton, K., Neville, C., Henwood, T. and Beattie, E. (2012). The Watermemories Swim Club for people with dementia: knowledge translation considerations. In: , Ageing: Challenging the boundaries. 45th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (13-13). 20-23 November 2012.

  • Neville, Christine, Henwood, Tim, Clifton, Karen and Beattie, Elizabeth (2012). The Watermemories Swim club for people with dementia. In: Diane E. Whaley, Abstracts for the 8th World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion in Active Ageing. 8th World Congress on Active Ageing 'A celebration of diversity and inclusion in active ageing', Glasgow, Scotland, (S8-S9). 13-17 August 2012.

  • Neville, Christine, Henwood, Timothy, Clifton, Karen Leigh (Hughes) and Beattie, Elizabeth (2012). The Watermemories Swimming Club. In: Charting New Frontiers in Ageing: The Gerontological Society of America 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA, United States, (101-101). 14-18 November 2012.

  • Henwood, T., Neville, C., Clifton, K. and Beattie, E. (2012). The Watermemories Swimming Club for people with dementia. In: Lynne Parkinson, Special Issue: Australian Association of Gerontology, 45th National Conference. 45th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Brisbane Qld., Australia, (23-23). 20-23 November 2012.

  • Clifton, K., Neville, C., Henwood, T. and Beattie, E. (2012). The Watermemories Swimming Club for people with dementia: knowledge translation considerations. In: Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Australian Association of Gerontology, 45th National Conference. 45th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (13-13). 20-23 November 2012.

  • Clifton, K., Neville, C., Henwood, T. and Beattie, E. (2012). The Watermemories Swimming Club for people with dementia: knowledge translation considerations. In: , Abstracts of the Australian Association of Gerontology, 45th National Conference. 45th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Brisbane, Australia, (13-13). 20-23 November 2012.

  • Neville, C., Clifton, K., Henwood, T. and Beattie, E. (2012). The Watermemories Swimming Club: behavioural and psychological outcomes for dementia. In: Lynne Parkinson, Special Issue: Australian Association of Gerontology, 45th National Conference. 45th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Brisbane Qld., Australia, (41-41). 20-23 November 2012.

  • Neville, C., Clifton, K., Henwood, T. and Beattie, E. (2012). The Watermemories Swimming Club: behavioural and psychological outcomes for dementia. In: , Abstracts of the Australian Association of Gerontology, 45th National Conference. 45th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Brisbane, Australia, (41-41). 20-23 November 2012.

  • Henwood, T., Neville, C., Clifton, K. and Beattie, E. (2012). The Watermemories Swimming Club: exercise and functional capacity outcomes for dementia. In: Lynne Parkinson, Special Issue: Australian Association of Gerontology, 45th National Conference. 45th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Brisbane Qld., Australia, (23-24). 20-23 November 2012.

  • Neville, C., Henwood, T., Clifton, K. and Beattie, E. (2012). The watermemories swimming club. In: , Charting new frontiers in aging. Abstracts of the Gerontological Society of America 65th Annual Scientific Meeting. 65th Annual Scientific Meeting “Charting New Frontiers in Aging”, San Diego, CA, United States, (101-101). 14-18 November 2012.

  • Neville, C., Clifton, Karen, Beattie, Elizabeth and Henwood T (2012). The watermemories swimming club for people with dementia: knowledge translation considerations. In: 8th World Congress on Active Ageing, Glasgow, Scotland, (). 13-17 August 2012.

  • Neville, Christine, Henwood, Tim, Clifton, Karen and Beattie, Elizabeth (2012). The watermemories swimming club for people with dementia: physical and functional considerations. In: 8th World Congress on Active Ageing, Glasgow, Scotland, (). 13-17 August 2012.

  • Neville, C. (2011). Better mental health care for people living in residential aged care facilities. In: Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Better Practice Conference, Adelaide, Australia, (). 27-28 July 2011.

  • Neville, Christine and Tuckett, Anthony G. (2011). Geriatric mental health nurses' ranking of imporance of caring behaviours. In: , Reinventing Aging through Innovation, Care, Research, Technology. 15th International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) International Congress, The Hague, The Netherlands, (). 6-9 September 2011.

  • Neville, C. and Tuckett, A. (2011). Geriatric mental health nurses’ ranking of importance of caring behaviours. In: Ipswich Hospital Research Day, Ipswich, QLD, Australia, (). 20 October 2011.

  • Neville, C. (2011). Geriatric mental healthcare: Towards an understanding of nurses' most important caring behaviours. In: , Reinventing aging through innovation. Abstracts of the International Psychogeriatric Association 15th International Congress. 15th International Psychogeriatric Association, The Hague, The Netherlands, (S354-S354). 6-9 September 2011.

  • Neville, C. and Dickie, R. (2011). Nursing older people – The student’s perception. In: Ninth Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Melbourne, Australia, (). 23-27 October 2011.

  • Fielding, E., Beattie, E., Neville, C. and Gresham, M. (2011). Respite care in dementia: Consumer and provider perspecitives. In: National Dementia Research Forum 2011, Sydney, Australia, (). 22-23 September 2011.

  • Neville, C., Beattie, E., O’Reilly, M., Fielding, E. and Gresham, M. (2011). Respite care: The impact of a changed environment on older people and their carers. In: International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) 15th Congress, Hague, Netherlands, (). 6-9 September 2011.

  • Neville, C., Henwood, T., Clifton, K. and Beattie, E. (2011). The Watermemories swim club for people with dementia. In: UnitingCare Queensland Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 1 December 2011.

  • Neville, C. and Dickie, R. (2011). Undergraduate perceptions of working with older people: Implications for the nursing profession. In: , 2011 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Abstracts. Gerontological Society of America 64th Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, United States, (320-320). 18-22 November 2011.

  • Neville, C. and Ostini, R. (2011). Using pain rating scales in residential aged care facilities. In: Alzheimer's Australia 14th National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 17-20 May 2011.

  • Taua, C., Neville, C. and Hepworth, J. (2010). People with ID as active participants in nursing research: A literature review. In: , Abstracts of the Third International Conference of IASSID-Europe. Third International Conference of IASSID-Europe, Rome, Italy, (457-457). 20-22 October 2010.

  • Taua, C., Neville, C. and Hepworth, J. (2010). People with intellectual disability as active participants in nursing research: a literature review. In: 3rd International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities - Europe Congress, Rome, Italy, (). 20-22 October 2010.

  • Taua, C, Neville, C and Hepworth, J (2010). Understanding care relationships: A comparative study in mental health and intellectual disability.. In: Colin Slade and Robyn Priest Building Bridges National Community Mental health and Addictions: Transcending Barriers, cultures and differences in our approach to community mental health and addiction services, Wellington Convention Centre, New Zealand, (). 14-16 April 2010.

  • Hangan, C., Neville, C., Eley, D., Weir, J., Quinn, J. and Mehan, T. (2009). Are we there yet? The journey to contemporary standards for mental health nursing. In: , International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Abstracts Mind to Care – 35th International Mental Health Nursing Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Mind to Care – 35th International Mental Health Nursing Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (A9-A9). 29 September – 2 October, 2009.

  • Hangan, C., Neville, C., Eley, D., Weir, J., Quinn, J. and Mehan, T. (2009). Are we there yet? The journey to contemporary standards for mental health nursing in Australia. In: , Mind to care. Abstracts of the 35th International Mental Health Nursing Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Mind to Care – 35th International Mental Health Nursing Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (A9-A9). 29 September-2 October 2009.

  • Goetz, Sandra, Neville, Christine, Fox-Young, Stephanie and Neale, Kerry (2009). Dealing with students' concerns about work related practice in mental health settings. In: , Blended Learning Conference 2009. Blended Learning Conference 2009, St. Lucia, Qld., Australia, (1-18). 18 June 2009.

  • Neville, Christine (2008). Mental health nursing care for older people in developing countries. In: , International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 34th Annual Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Melbourne, Australia, (A26-A26). 6-10 October, 2008.

  • Neville, Christine and Hangan, Catherine (2008). Positive reinforcement: Developing practice indicators and benchmarking tools for mental health nursing. In: , International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. unknown, unknown, (A26-A26). unknown.

  • Hangan, Catherine, Neville, Christine, Weir, James, Quinn, John, Meehan, Tom and Eley, Diann (2008). Raising our standard: The review and renewal of the 'Standards of Practice for Mental Health Nurses' in the 21st century. In: , Abstracts of the 34th Annual Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. 34th Annual International Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Melbourne, Australia, (A12-A12). 6-10 October 2008.

  • Neville, C., Boyes, J. and Yuginovich, T. (2007). A stock-take of existing aged care clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students in Australia. In: , Special Issue: 40th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology. 40th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Adelaide, Australia, (A26-A27). 21–23 November 2007.

  • Neville, Christine, Cleary, Marie and Slykerman, Mary (2005). Identifying a model of care for aged and disability services. In: , 38th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology Abstracts. 38th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (A41-A41). 9-11 November 2005.

  • Fallon, Anthony Bruce, Price, Kay, Hegney, Desley, Abbey, Jennifer, Neville, Christine, Oxlade, Deborah and Soar, Jeffrey (2004). Aged Care in the Future and Baby Boomers: Shall the Twain Ever Meet?. In: Conrick, Moya and Soar, Jeffrey, ACCIC 2004 Proceedings Papers: First Australian Aged and Community Care Informatics Conference. Aged and Community Care Informatics Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (49-53). 24-25 August, 2004.

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The prevalence of dementia is one of the most important issues facing Australia this century with significant personal, social, economic and health reverberations across the nation. People with dementia who live in residential aged care facilities are often physically inactive and exhibit behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Physical inactivity is associated with increased risk of all causes of mortality, sarcopenia, decline in mood and activities of daily living. This project builds on successful pilot work which demonstrated that aquatic exercise had a significant positive impact on the person with dementia’s physical and psychological wellbeing, BPSD and carer reactions to BPSD.

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    Most of the care for people with dementia is provided by family members at home. Caring is physically and psychologically stressful, often causing debilitating feelings of anxiety, loneliness, guilt and failure. As dementia progresses, family carers are increasingly vulnerable to stress and depression, which may lead them to reluctantly place the person with dementia in a residential aged care facility (RACF).

    In a 20-year randomized controlled trial in the USA, a program called the New York University Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI) provided counselling to spouse carers and their family members and demonstrated that such support reduced carer depression and reactions to the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and improved carer physical health, compared to usual care.

    This in turn led to a significant delay (1.5 years, on average) in admission of their family member into a RACF. The major mediator of these outcomes is improved support from family and friends.

    PROJECT AIMS

    Phase 1 (2012: 12 months): To develop an innovative Internet-based Multimedia Education program for NYUCI (Aus) in conjunction with the original investigator and clinical team

    Phase 2 (2013: 12 months): Community health workers who are employed by Blue Care will be invited to participate. Participants will undergo training in the NYUCI (Aus) over 12 weeks (March –June 2013). They will devote 3 hours each week for reading and online learning. Additionally, they will link up (via online discussion boards, email, Skype) with a peer mentor from the USA with experience in the NYUCI.

    Phase 3 (2014: 18 months): 120 carers will be offered the opportunity of participating in the NYUCI (Aus) program We will evaluate the effectiveness of the NYUCI (Aus) in improving the mental and physical health of carers and in postponement in the use of residential aged care for the person with dementia.