Alison's work revolves around young people health promotion and harm minimisation. The philosophy underpinning Alison's work is that by involving youth in decisions about their behaviour and life choices, they will feel supported and safe in choices that can impact on the health and their behaviour. Alison works with non-government organisations in Adelaide such as Encounter Youth and St John Ambulance Australia. Alison has authored many publications on Schoolies events and Outdoor Music Festivals as well as other publications on creating safe and supportive environments for young people in health care.
Alison is the President on the board of the Association for the Well-being of Children in Health care a not for profit whcih advocates for the rights of children and young people in health care
Alison has been highly commended for her Schoolies work by receiving a South Australian Safe Communities Award.
RN, DipAppSc (Nsg), Paediatric Certificate, BNg, MNg PhD FACN
Australian Post Graduate Award
South Australian Safe Communities Award - Highly Commended
Endeavour Executive Fellowship
Associate Dean (Research) School of Nursing and Midwifery
Board Member - Torrens Resilience Institute Flinders University
Board Member - World Association for Disaster Emergency Medicine
Chair - Mass Gathering Section - World Association for Disaster Emergency Medicine
World Health Organisation; Virtual Advisory Group for Mass Gatherings
World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre - Mass Gatherings and High Visibility Events
"The relationship between teacher and student should be based on mutual respect and open communication. Students will optimally learn and discover in relationships and environments that are honest and where they feel safe to participate in class".
Celebration not Hospitalisation: Reducing the number of young people requiring hospitalisation during Adelaide Schoolies Festivals.
This research stems from an interest in mass gatherings and their impact on health. The 2009 St John Ambulance presentation data identified that 24% of young people presented to on-site care with an alcohol related condition or injury. Fifty percent (50%) of these young people were subsequently transferred and admitted to hospital. This study wishes to identify how young people prepare themselves to minimise or to be free from harm at Schoolies event.
Funded by a Faculty of Health Sciences Seeding Grant:
Identifying the types of patient presentations of Young People at Music Festivals.
By identifying the types of presentations at Music Festival Australia wide health promotion materials can be developed to meet the specific needs of this population. This work will inform both event managers and health workers at the event to assist in creating safe and supportive environments for young people a these events.
Funded by St John Ambulance Australia.
Building the capacity of health professionals understanding to deliver culturally safe sexual health care services to young refugee women in Australia.
Young refugee women are increasingly coming into contact with health care systems due to their previous experience of sexual assault and violence resulting from war, displacement and encampment. Nurses and midwives who are at the forefront of these systems have little evidence to guide their practice when caring for these young women. This project seeks to develop this knowledge base through a cultural-specific examination of young women's sexual histories, identities and needs.
Funded by the Ian Potter Foundation
: paediatrics, Child safe environments
; Diabetes, Self-management
: Adolescents. Sexual health
; Emergency Nursing, Disasters
President: Association for the Well-being of Children in Healthcare
World Association of Emergency Disaster Medicine (Board Member)
Board Member - Torresns Resilisnce Institute Centre
WHO Collaborative Research Centre High Risk/High Visbility Events - Mass Gatherings
Fellow - Australian College of Nursing
Australian Adolescent Health Alliance
Australian College for Children and Young People's Nurses
Journal of Advance Nursing
Canadian Journal of Nursing Research
Prehospital Disaster Medicine
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