Ann is Associate Professor, Health Care for the Older Person in the College of Nursing & Health Sciences and has had thirty eight years of extensive clinical and teaching experience in health and higher education institutions in New South Wales and South Australia. She currently teaches students in both the undergraduate and post graduate programs in the areas of qualitative research designs (including ethnography, phenomenology, philosophical hermeneutics, case study) palliative care and spirituality.
Her research interests are in the areas of patients, relatives and health care providers views of end-of-life care; culture and spiritual life of older people, the resident as a consumer of care; the role of the community palliative care nurse; registered nurses' perceptions of spiritual care. Her publications include book chapters and international journals on various topics including palliative care, spirituality and qualitative research.
Ann's aged care focus has resulted in an invitation to speak to the Senate Inquiry into aged care.
She is a Foundation Member of the Australian Hartford Consortium of Gerontological Nursing Excellence and an Honorary Research Consultant with Meaningful Ageing Australia. She made contributions to the first edition of the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care as an Expert Advisor.
Ann has been successful in leading research projects in Active Ageing, Culture and Spirituality in Aged Care and an active member of projects around Healthy Lifestyles; Skilled and Sustainable Aged Care workforce for Australia; Development of a multicultural workforce; Cultural and Spiritual Care for Aboriginal Aged Care and the Factors that impact on Older People's decision making following hospital discharge.
The culture and spiritual life of residents in aged care
End of Life Care in Acute care settings in Singapore
The resident as consumer of care
Palliative Care in Residential Aged care
Palliative Care for those with mental illness
Registered nurses' perceptions of spiritual care
Perceptions and attitudes of medical professionals of spiritual care in cancer treatment
Spiritual care in the defence force
Chair, Spirituality and Health Conference Australia Inc.
Foundation Member, Australian Hartford Consoritum of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
Honorary Research Consultant / Expert Panel Member, Meaningful Ageing Australia
Member, Palliative Care Nurses Australia
Member, Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies
Member, Australian Association of Gerontology
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