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Dr Emma Lea has a BA (Hons) in biological anthropology from the Australian National University and a PhD in public health nutrition from the University of Adelaide. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Dundee and subsequently an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at Deakin University (2002-2005). Since returning to Tasmania Dr Lea has been working part-time as a Research Fellow on a number of research projects. These include a project to assist patients with chronic respiratory conditions to achieve increased levels of self-management and self-efficacy (Pathways Home for Respiratory Illness) and an action research-based project on falls prevention in residential aged care facilities (Star Project). Dr Lea is Project Coordinator for the Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program. This Program aims to prototype Teaching Aged Care Facilities by providing healthcare students with a quality clinical placement in residential aged care and building organisational capacity to support professional education and drive a high performance culture capable of realising evidence-based practice.
Dr Lea's key research interests and experience are in the areas of public health, attitudes and behavioural change related to food, health and the environment, and translational health services around aged care. The latter includes understanding of dementia, healthcare students' inter-professional placements in aged care, and outcomes of student placements for resident care and quality of life. Current projects are those that form part of the Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program, including the outcomes projects, which evaluate the effectiveness of the program to translate dementia palliative care knowledge into practice as perceived by residents and their family and organisational carers.
Research Expertise and Specific Skills
- Survey design
- Multivariate data analysis (SPSS)
- Interviews and focus groups
- Action research