Associate Professor Kim Devery

Associate Professor

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Health Sciences (3.29)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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. Kim also leads the strategic development of the palliative care postgraduate courses. 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.

Kim maintains an active role in the Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying (RePaDD) as member. She also provided service to the RePaDD Centre Management Group from its inception in 2019 until 2021.

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.

Qualifications

BSocSc (honours) UNSW

Honours, awards and grants

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

Key responsibilities

Lead - End-of-Life Essentials Project: education for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who work in hospitals.

https://www.endoflifeessentials.com.au/

Education Leadership
Academic Lead - Palliative Care

Topic coordinator
PALL8430 Communication at the End of Life A
PALL8439 Suffering, Futility and Ethics
Topic lecturer
PALL8430 Communication at the End of Life A
PALL8431 Communication at the End of Life B
PALL8439 Suffering, Futility and Ethics
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