Professor Lily Xiao has teaching and research interests in the areas of caregiver support in dementia care, chronical disease management, cross-cultural dementia care, dementia education for health professionals and caregivers and other forms of dementia and workforce development in aged care. She has an established track record in cross-cultural care for older people and people with dementia. She has in-depth knowledge about the impact of increased cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of the consumers and the workforce on care models, communication and quality of care in aged care and dementia care. Methodologies she has applied to research projects include qualitative studies (phenomenological study, critical ethnography), quantitative studies (cross-sectional study, randomised controlled trial) and critical action research.
Lily is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing. Her significant contributions to aged care and dementia care have been recognised by the Chinese Society in China. She received a Fellowship at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2014 and was awarded Honorary Adviser by the Academy of Cognitive Disorder of China & Chinese Geriatrics Society in 2016.
She is also passionate about health equity in global health. She was selected to participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) Nursing and Midwife Scholar Programme in the WHO Headquarter in Geneva in 2015. She is a Key Contributor to the WHO iSupport program, a global online program for caregivers of people with dementia. She led the development of Human Resources for Health Observer No 22 entitled ‘Optimizing the contributions of the nursing and midwifery workforce to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals through education, research and practice'.
Professor Lily Xiao's responsibilities in teaching, research, community and professional engagement are outlined in the following:
Community and professional engagement:
Teaching areas include (1) a nursing practicum topic entitled 'Nursing Care of Older People with Complex Health Needs' for Registered Nurses enrolled in Graduate Certificate, Diploma and Master of Nursing program (2) Writing Research Proposals for Ethical and Funding Requirements; (3) Leadership in Health Studies; (4) Research projects in Master of Nursing program.
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