Senior Lecturer in Nursing
Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), PhD
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Dr Elmer has a diverse work history in the academic, health care and community sectors. She has held academic positions within the Centre for Rural Health, School of Social Sciences and the School of Health Sciences. Dr Elmer has also worked within the health and community sector on a variety of projects with a focus on quality improvement and health service design.
Dr Elmer has a keen interest in fostering the development of community-based health services in accordance with primary health care principles. This is achieved through research evaluation consultancies and grants and as an accreditation assessor for Quality Innovation Performance.
Dr Elmer's teaching interests focus on primary health care, health sociology and nursing research. In teaching practice, she strives to incorporate elements of authentic learning by providing students the opportunity explore, discuss and construct concepts in meaningful ways and with relevance to real-life problems. Dr Elmer uses synchronised live streaming and student response systems (e.g. Lecture Tools) to enhance the learning experience for students across multiple campuses and is also involved in Faculty-wide activities that facilitate interprofessional learning, such as student participation in events like Agfest.
Dr Elmer currently facilitates a Peer Learning Circle of colleagues from across the Faculty of Health who share an interest in ensuring students are equipped to identify and respond to the health literacy needs of their future clients/patients. The group aims to develop a health literacy curriculum framework for use across all undergraduate health science courses, including shared learning and teaching materials.
Dr Elmer currently teaches Health Care Where People Live and Work (CNA126).
Dr Elmer's research interests include health literacy and health services research. Her interest in health literacy is an extension of work in the area of primary health care and involves research related to the undergraduate curriculum of health science students, and the practice of health care professionals. She has gained experience in health service evaluation in as an assessor for quality assurance/accreditation agencies and through contract research consultancies.
Dr Elmer's current research projects include:
Authorised by Head of Nursing and Midwifery
2 May, 2015