Professor Deborah Parker

Professor Deborah Parker

Adjunct Professor,
Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery

Professor of Nursing, Director Centre for Applied Nursing Research,
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Biography

Professor Parker is the Director of the Centre for Applied Nursing Research and Director of the New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care. She is former Director of the University of Queensland/Blue Care Research and Practice Development Centre (UQ/BC RPDC) and Director of the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Community Care.

Deborah has three research areas for which she has received over $24 million in research funding. Her primary research area is palliative care for older people. This program of research incorporates her clinical background in aged care with extensive research training and experience in palliative care. It has been supported for over 20 years by NHMRC grants (1996 and 2007), philanthropic grants, federal government support and international grants. Her major achievement recognised both nationally and internationally is a knowledge translation product - The Palliative Approach Toolkit. This educational and organisational change product was chosen by the Department of Social Services for a national rollout ($2 million) to 1,000 aged care facilities in Australia. This includes Australia’s first online research platform to measure outcomes for dying older people and impact of organisational change. Further expansion of the reach of this product is currently occurring through the Decision Assist Program (14.9 million) which connects aged care providers with specialist palliative care services.

Deborah’s second area of research is care of people with dementia including their family members. She has been successful attracting philanthropic grants to pursue this area of research.  This includes being a co-investigator on the development of one of the most widely used pain scales in Australia and Canada for people with dementia – The Abbey Pain Scale. She was a chief investigator ($750,000 – Wicking Trust) on a study of the effectiveness of an internet based intervention for community nurses providing support to people living with dementia in the community and their carers. Her third research area is service evaluation. Deborah has conducted a range of evaluation activities as a consultant as well as funded research programs. She is currently the national evaluator for the Decision Assist Program. Deborah has over 90 publications including guest editorials and presented at more than 100 conferences.

Deborah’s program of research includes international collaborations in the Netherlands, Austria, United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada. She was an international investigator on a Canadian Institute of Health Research grant for evidence translation with the Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care Alliance and has been the only non-European member of the European Palliative Care Association End of Life Taskforce – Palliative Care in Long Term Care. This taskforce has been providing practice and policy advice to the peak body of Palliative Care in Europe. She is currently on a Canadian research grant application and is an international advisor on a 5million (Euro) FP7 European Union Grant - Comparing the effectiveness of palliative care for elderly people in long term care facilities in Europe.

 In Australia, she has held positions on the State Palliative Care Council, National Council for Palliative Care and the Australian End of Life Care Committee convened by Palliative Care Australia. She is an active member of the Palliative Care Nurses Association and Australian Association of Gerontology. 

This information has been contributed by Professor Parker.

Qualifications

  • PhD Flinders University of South Australia
  • BA Flinders University of South Australia

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Contact

Email: Deborah.Parker@westernsydney.edu.au
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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Parker, D. (2011), 'The development and implementation of evidence-based palliative care guidelines for residential care : lessons for other countries', Living with Ageing and Dying: Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People, Oxford University Press 9780199569939.
  • Froggatt, K. and Parker, D. (2009), 'Care homes and long-term care for people with dementia', Supportive Care for the Person With Dementia, Oxford University Press 9780199554133.

Journal Articles

  • Trad, W., Flowers, K., Caldwell, J., Souza e Sousa, M., Vigh, G., Lizarondo, L., Gaudin, J., Hooper, D. and Parker, D. (2019), 'Nursing assessment and management of incontinence among medical and surgical adult patients in a tertiary hospital : a best practice implementation project', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol 17, no 12 , pp 2578 - 2590.
  • Nunan, S., Brown Wilson, C., Henwood, T. and Parker, D. (2018), 'Fall risk assessment tools for use among older adults in long-term care settings : a systematic review of the literature', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol 37, no 1 , pp 23 - 33.
  • Burston, A., Eley, R., Parker, D. and Tuckett, A. (2017), 'Validation of an instrument to measure moral distress within the Australian residential and community care environments', International Journal of Older People Nursing, vol 12, no 1 .
  • Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T., Bui, M., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Laporte, R., McCleary, L., Wickson Griffiths, A., Brazil, K., Parker, D., Dal Bello-Haas, V., Papaioannou, A. and O?Leary, J. (2017), 'What are the differences among occupational groups related to their palliative care-specific educational needs and intensity of interprofessional collaboration in long-term care homes?', BMC Palliative Care, vol 16, no 1 .
  • Xu, X., Parker, D., Ferguson, C. and Hickman, L. (2017), 'Where is the nurse in nutritional care?', Contemporary Nurse, vol 53, no 3 , pp 267 - 270.
  • Cho, C., Parker, D. and Blythe, S. (2017), 'Community based home visiting service in Korea : City of Gwangmyeong', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 24, no 7 , pp 38 - 38.
  • Reymond, L., Cooper, K., Parker, D. and Chapman, M. (2016), 'End-of-life care : proactive clinical management of older Australians in the community', Australian Family Physician, vol 45, no 1-2 , pp 76 - 78.
  • Petriwskyj, A., Parker, D., Brown Wilson, C. and Gibson, A. (2016), 'What health and aged care culture change models mean for residents and their families : a systematic review', Gerontologist, vol 56, no 2 , pp 12 - 20.
  • Parker, D., Clifton, K., Tuckett, A., Walker, H., Reymond, E., Prior, T., McAnelly, K., Jenkin, P., Israel, F., Greeve, K. and Glaetzer, K. (2016), 'Palliative care case conferences in long-term care : views of family members', International Journal of Older People Nursing, vol 11, no 2 , pp 140 - 148.
  • Tuckett, A., Hodgkinson, B., Rouillon, L., Balil-Lozoya, T. and Parker, D. (2015), 'What carers and family said about music therapy on behaviours of older people with dementia in residential aged care', International Journal of Older People Nursing, vol 10, no 2 , pp 146 - 157.
  • Scott, T., Mittelman, M., Beattie, E., Parker, D. and Neville, C. (2015), 'Translating training in the NYU caregiver intervention in Australia : maintaining fidelity and meeting graduate standards in an online continuing professional education setting', Educational Gerontology, vol 41, no 10 , pp 710 - 722.
  • Hudson, P., Girgis, A., Mitchell, G., Philip, J., Parker, D., Currow, D., Liew, D., Thomas, K., Le, B., Moran, J. and Brand, C. (2015), 'Benefits and resource implications of family meetings for hospitalized palliative care patients: research protocol', BMC Palliative Care, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Peters, M., Godfrey, C., Khalil, H., McInerney, P., Parker, D. and Soares, C. (2015), 'Guidance for conducting systematic scoping reviews', International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, vol 13, no 3 , pp 141 - 146.
  • Petriwskyj, A., Gibson, A., Parker, D., Banks, S., Andrews, S. and Robinson, A. (2015), 'A qualitative metasynthesis : family involvement in decision making for people with dementia in residential aged care', International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, vol 12, no 2 , pp 87 - 104.
  • Tuckett, A., Parker, D., Clifton, K., Walker, H., Reymond, E., Prior, T., Jenkin, P., Israel, F., Greeve, K. and Glaetzer, K. (2015), 'What general practitioners said about the palliative care case conference in residential aged care : an Australian perspective. Part 2', Progress in Palliative Care, vol 23, no 1 , pp 9 - 17.
  • Fox, B., Hodgkinson, B. and Parker, D. (2014), 'The effects of physical exercise on functional performance, quality of life, cognitive impairment and physical activity levels for older adults aged 65 years and older with a diagnosis of dementia : a systematic review', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol 12, no 9 , pp 158 - 276.
  • Petriwskyj, A., Gibson, A., Parker, D., Banks, S., Andrews, S. and Robinson, A. (2014), 'Family involvement in decision making for people with dementia in residential aged care : a systematic review of quantitative literature', International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, vol 12, no 2 , pp 64 - 86.
  • Tuckett, A., Parker, D., Clifton, K., Glaetzer, K., Greeve, K., Israel, F., Jenkin, P., Prior, T., Reymond, E. and Walker, H. (2014), 'What general practitioners said about the palliative care case conference in residential aged care : an Australian perspective. Part 1', Progress in Palliative Care, vol 22, no 2 , pp 61 - 68.
  • Reitinger, E., Froggatt, K., Brazil, K., Heimerl, K., Hockley, J., Kunz, R., Morbey, H., Parker, D. and Husebo, B. (2013), 'Palliative care in long-term care settings for older people : findings from an EAPC taskforce', European Journal of Palliative Care, vol 20, no 5 , pp 251 - 253.
  • Strand, H. and Parker, D. (2012), 'Effects of multidisciplinary models of care for adult pre-dialysis patients with chronic kidney disease : a systematic review', International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, vol 10, no 1 , pp 53 - 59.
  • Parker, D., Clifton, K., Shams, R. and Young, J. (2012), 'The effectiveness of nurse-led care in general practice on clinical outcomes in adults with type 2 diabetes', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol 10, no 38 , pp 2514 - 2558.
  • Froggatt, K., Hockley, J., Parker, D. and Brazil, K. (2011), 'A system lifeworld perspective on dying in long term care settings for older people : contested states in contested places', Health and Place, vol 17, no 1 , pp 263 - 268.
  • Tuckett, A., Hegney, D., Parker, D., Eley, R. and Dickie, R. (2011), 'The top eight issues Queensland Australia's aged-care nurses and assistants-in-nursing worried about outside their workplace : a qualitative snapshot', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol 17, no 5 , pp 444 - 454.
  • Parker, D. (2011), 'Residential aged care facilities : places for living and dying', Cultural Studies Review, vol 17, no 1 , pp 31 - 51.
  • Parker, D. and Hodgkinson, B. (2011), 'A comparison of palliative care outcome measures used to assess the quality of palliative care provided in long-term care facilities : a systematic review', Palliative Medicine, vol 25, no 1 , pp 5 - 20.
  • Hegney, D., Tuckett, A., Parker, D. and Eley, R. (2010), 'Workplace violence : differences in perceptions of nursing work between those exposed and those not exposed : a cross-sector analysis', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol 16, no 2 , pp 188 - 202.
  • Strand, H. and Parker, D. (2010), 'Effectiveness of medical compared to multidisciplinary models of care for adult persons with pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease : a systematic review', JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, vol 8, no 26 , pp 1058 - 1087.
  • Parker, D. and Hodgkinson, B. (2010), 'A comparison of palliative care outcome measures used to assess the quality of palliative care provided in residential aged care facilities : a systematic review', JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, vol 8, no 3 , pp 90 - 120.
  • Hegarty, M., Currow, D., Parker, D., Turnbull, B., Devery, K., Canning, D., Nash, R., Mitchell, G., Grbich, C. and Yates, P. (2010), 'Palliative care in undergraduate curricula : results of a national scoping study', Focus on Health Professional Education, vol 12, no 2 , pp 97 - 109.
  • Parker, D. (2010), 'Palliative care in residential aged care facilities', Progress in Palliative Care, vol 18, no 6 , pp 352 - 357.
  • Eley, R., Parker, D., Tuckett, A. and Hegney, D. (2010), 'Career breaks and intentions for retirement by Queensland's nurses : a sign of the times?', Collegian, vol 17, no 1 , pp 38 - 42.
  • Parker, D., Tuckett, A., Eley, R. and Hegney, D. (2010), 'Construct validity and reliability of the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index for Queensland nurses', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol 16, no 4 , pp 352 - 358.
  • Hegney, D., Tuckett, A., Parker, D. and Eley, R. (2010), 'Access to and support for continuing professional education amongst Queensland nurses : 2004 and 2007', Nurse Education Today, vol 30, no 2 , pp 142 - 149.
  • Tuckett, A., Parker, D., Eley, R. and Hegney, D. (2009), '"I love nursing, but .." : qualitative findings from Australian aged-care nurses about their intrinsic, extrinsic and social work values', International Journal of Older People Nursing, vol 4, no 4 , pp 307 - 317.
  • Henwood, T., Eley, R., Parker, D., Tuckett, A. and Hegney, D. (2009), 'Regional differences among employed nurses : a Queensland study', Australian Journal of Rural Health, vol 17, no 4 , pp 201 - 207.
  • Parker, D., Mills, S. and Abbey, J. (2008), 'Effectiveness of interventions that assist caregivers to support people with dementia living in the community : a systematic review', International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, vol 6, no 2 , pp 137 - 172.

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