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Dr Christine Stirling is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery and collaborates with Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre as a Senior Research Fellow. She has a career long interest in improving health care through nursing practice and research. Prior to joining Nursing and Midwifery, Christine worked for 2 years at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, Menzies Research Institute, was Assistant Director of the UDRH - Workforce, and worked as an academic at UDRH for a total of 8 years.
Christine has a PhD in Rural Health, a Masters of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Nursing. Her career has included a focus on community nurse roles and acute paediatric nurse roles. She is passionate about improving the interactions between research and education. Her research interests include services for people with dementia and their carers, the nursing health workforce, volunteering, leadership and management, community participation, and evaluation methodologies. Christine has published extensively and has received numerous research grants from both government and non-government organisations. She is currently leading research projects focused on improving dementia diagnosis and early planning, and service planning for people with dementia who live in single person households.
Stirling, C., Orpin, P., Kilpatrick S., (2011). ‘A psychological contract perspective to the link between non-profit organizations’ management practices and volunteer sustainability’ Human Resource Development International.14:3.
Lloyd, B.,Stirling, C. (Prepublished March 2011). ‘Ambiguous gain: Uncertain benefits of service use for dementia carers.’ Sociology of Health & Illness. September 2011
Stirling, C., & Bull, R. (2011). Collective agency for service volunteers: a critical realist study of identity representation. Administration & Society 43:2.
Stirling, C., Andrews, S., Croft, T., Vickers, J., Turner, P., & Robinson, A. (2010). Measuring dementia carers' unmet need for services - an exploratory mixed method study. BMC Health Services Research, 10 (122)
Kilpatrick, S., Stirling, C., & Orpin, P. (2010). Skill Development for Volunteering in Rural Communities. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 62 (2), 195-207
Mulholland, PF and O'Meara, P* and Walker, JH and Stirling, CM and Tourle, V*, ‘Multidisciplinary practice in action: the rural paramedic - it's not only lights and sirens’, Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care, 7 (2) EJ ISSN 1447-4999 (2009) [Refereed Article]
Warburton, J. and C. Stirling (2007) “Factors Affecting Volunteering Among Older Rural and City Dwelling Adults in Australia. Educational Gerontology, 33: 1-21 [A1]
Stirling, C., O'Meara, P., Pedler, D., Tourle, V., & Walker, J. (2007). Engaging Rural Communities in Health Care Through a Paramedic Expanded Scope of Practice. The International Electronic Journal of Rural and Remote Health Research, Education, Policy and Practice, 7(839), EJ.
Bell, E, and Stirling, C. (2006) ‘What tools help make 'whole-of-patient' practices happen? A Tasmanian Falls Prevention Project.’ Holistic Nursing Practice, May/June. pp. 130-136. [A1]
*Fahey, CM and Monaghan JS (2005). ‘Australian rural midwives: perspectives on continuing professional development’ The International Electronic Journal of Rural and Remote Health Research, Education, Policy and Practice, 5(4) [A1].
*Fahey, C., Walker, J., and Lennox, G. (2003) ‘Flexible, focused training: Keeps Volunteer Ambulance Officers.’ Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care. Available from URL: http://www.jephc.com/this_issue.cfm [A1].
*Fahey, CM, (2003) ‘Working with communities' to 'build social capital' - Reflecting on old and new thinking about volunteers’, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 18 (4) [A1]
*Fahey, C., Walker, J., and Sleigh, A. (2002) ‘Training can be a recruitment and retention tool for emergency service volunteers.’ The Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 17 (3), p4-7, Mt Macedon. [A1].
*Fahey, C., and Walker, J., ‘It’s More Than Numbers! The advantages of mixed method inquiry in volunteer organisations.’ Australian Journal of Volunteering, 6 (2) p49-53, Melbourne, 2001.
Stirling, C (in print 2010) ‘Volunteers: reflexive Social Agents’. Health and Wellbeing: A Social and Cultural Perspective Eds Q Le. NOVA Science Publishers
Stirling, C and O’Meara P (2009) ‘Paramedic practice in rural and regional Australia’ Paramedics in Australia: contemporary challenges of practice Eds. O’Meara and Grbich, Pearsons Publishing: Sydney
|2011 - $100,000||Grant – Home and Community Care – Living alone with dementia. Dr Christine Stirling, Mr Ken Hardaker, Hilary Brown.|
|2010 - $44,469||Grant-The Mason Foundation – Timely dementia diagnosis: exploring nurse-led memory clinics as effective practice. Dr Christine Stirling|
|2010 - $533,808||Grant-Local Palliative Care Program–Opening a dialogue: improving communication and practice in advance care and end of life care planning. Professor M Ashby; Professor AL Robinson; Dr CM Stirling; Ms SM Andrews; Assoc Prof F McInerney; Assoc Prof Christine Toye|
Authorised by Head of School, Nursing and Midwifery
15 October, 2012