Kim has worked as a nurse in Africa, United States of America, United Kingdom and Australia across a wide variety of clinical practice settings including palliative care. Working in cultures so very different to her own helped Kim to see the similarities and the differences of ill health and suffering across the world. Also these professional experiences highlighted, in stark reality, the impact of political systems and culture on health care, the roles of health professionals and how sick people are provided for.
Kim is currently an academic and works in the field of end-of-life and palliative care. In her teaching Kim guides doctors, nurses and allied health professionals in post graduate studies, ultimately to strengthen their capacity in delivering health care services to patients who are at the end of life. Kim strives to uphold the importance of critical thinking and evidence-based practice in all her teaching. Kim also leads a major national education and knowledge translation project End-of-Life Essentials, funded by the Commonwealth Government since 2015 that's free and evidence based, which aims to increase professionals' skill and confidence in end-of-life care in Australian acute hospitals.
In research and education Kim works to increase the quality and safety of end-of-life and palliative care and her work has been recognised across Australia by various government and health organisations.
BSocSc (honours) UNSW
Rapid review of best practice principles, processes, and organisational pre-requisites for delivering safe and high quality end-of-life care in aged Care and community settings. Deb Rawlings, Kim Devery, Jennifer Tieman, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, $84,436; 2021
End-of-Life Essentials for Acute Hospital Clinicians, Kim Devery & Deb Rawlings, $996,125.00; National Palliative Care Projects Grants, 2020-2023
Education and assessment for psychosocial and existential wellbeing in palliative care, David Kissane (lead), Kim Devery consortium member, National Palliative Care Projects Grants, 2020-2023
Rapid review of the literature to inform an update to the National Consensus Statement. $62,078.00 Deb Rawlings, Jennifer Tieman, Kim Devery, Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care. 2020
Education on end-of-life care in acute hospitals, Kim Devery, Deb Rawlings and Deidre Morgan, $743,061; National Palliative Care Project Grants 2017-2020
Education on end-of-life care in acute hospital settings, with Jennifer Tieman $581,314 National Palliative Care Project Grants - 2015-2017
CNSA Congress 2017. Best Poster - Near Death experience and Nursing practice: Lessons from the palliative care literature
Australian Award for University Teaching (Team) - 2012
Vivian Bullwinkle Award for Best Abstract - (with Sharon Bowering) - Palliative Care Nurses Australia Conference 2012
Australian Learning and Teaching Citation (Team) - 2010
Vice Chancellor's award for excellence in teaching (Team) - 2008
Lead - End-of-Life Essentials Project: education for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who work in hospitals.
Kim Devery maintains a national profile through membership of advisory and reference groups, including:
The following organisations have recommended Kim Devery's work, End-of-Life Essentials:
Metropolitan North Health Service Queensland Health
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
Australian College of Social Workers
Country South Australia Primary Health Network
Southern Metro Palliative Care Consortium, Victoria
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