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Claire Eccleston

Course Coordinator: Bachelor of Dementia Care and Diploma of Dementia Care
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre

Room 417I (Level 4) , Medical Science 1

+61 3 6226 4775 (phone)

Claire.Eccleston@utas.edu.au

Dr Claire Eccleston is a Lecturer in Dementia Care in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. She has worked on a project to develop and research quality clinical placements in residential aged care and was part of a team that developed a validated, reliable scale to assess dementia knowledge. She recently led an investigation of dementia knowledge and education needs in the Tasmanian community and is currently working on a project to develop a scale to assess dementia literacy.

Biography

Dr Eccleston has a PhD in quantitative ecology from Griffith University, Queensland. After returning to Tasmania, she worked part time as a Research Fellow on the Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program that ran between 2011 and 2015, including leading the evaluation component of the second part of this program between 2013-2015. This program aimed 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 Eccleston was a member of the team that developed a validated and psychometrically sound scale to investigate dementia knowledge (DKAS), publishing the scale in 2015 with ongoing refinements since which include current initiatives to translate the tool into Spanish and traditional Chinese. Claire has been a full-time lecturer with the Bachelor of Dementia Care program since 2016, and is currently Deputy Course coordinator of this degree program. In 2017, Claire led an investigation of dementia knowledge and education needs in the Tasmanian community and she is currently working on a project to develop a scale to assess dementia literacy.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, Griffith University, Australia, 2005. The diversity of macroinvertebrate grazers in streams: relationships with the productivity and composition of benthic algae
  • BSc (1st Class Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia, 1995.

Memberships

Professional practice

Claire is a member of the Australian Ageing and Gerontology association

Administrative expertise

Dr Eccleston has experience as a project manager, including management of a key component (evaluation) of the large, multi-state Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program. She also has experience in administrating undergraduate courses through her role as Deputy Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Dementia Care.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Claire has a number of years’ experience of developing, teaching and coordinating fully online undergraduate units in the field of dementia care.

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Expertise

Claire’s research interests align with the University’s key research theme of Better Health. They include the dementia knowledge and literacy of the general public, health care workers, and people living with and caring for people with dementia; factors influencing dementia-related help-seeking behaviour and service utilisation, such as dementia literacy and dementia worry; the development of scales to measure constructs related to people with dementia and their family members; and the evaluation of the efficacy of educational interventions such as on-line courses and supported clinical placements.

Dementia knowledge and literacy

Scale development

Educational evaluation

Current projects

The Dementia Literacy Assesment Model (DLAM) – developing the Consumer Access to Services in Dementia (CAS-Dem) Survey

Fields of Research

  • Aged health care (420301)
  • Aged care nursing (420502)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)
  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Neurology and neuromuscular diseases (320905)
  • Education assessment and evaluation (390402)
  • Health promotion (420603)
  • Central nervous system (320903)
  • Freshwater ecology (310304)
  • Population trends and policies (440305)
  • Allied health and rehabilitation science (420199)
  • Cognitive neuroscience (520203)
  • Preventative health care (420605)
  • Health psychology (520304)
  • Soil chemistry and soil carbon sequestration (excl. carbon sequestration science) (410604)
  • Residential client care (420320)
  • Continuing and community education (390301)

Research Objectives

  • Health related to ageing (200502)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Nursing (200307)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)
  • Palliative care (200309)
  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Other health (209999)
  • Provision of health and support services (200399)
  • Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems (180501)
  • Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use (180603)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Mental health (200409)
  • Health status (incl. wellbeing) (200407)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences (280103)
  • Expanding knowledge in the health sciences (280112)
  • Neonatal and child health (200506)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health (210301)
  • Disability and functional capacity (200403)

Publications

Total publications

41

Journal Article

(23 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Eccleston CE, Courtney-Pratt H, McInerney F, Johnstone A, Doherty K, 'Predictors of dementia knowledge in a rural general public sample', Australian Journal of Rural Health Article ePub ahead of print. ISSN 1038-5282 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12777 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Courtney-Pratt H; McInerney F; Doherty K

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2020Doherty KV, Nguyen H, Eccleston CEA, Tierney L, Mason RL, et al., 'Measuring consumer access, appraisal and application of services and information for dementia (CAAASI-Dem): a key component of dementia literacy', BMC Geriatrics, 20 Article 484. ISSN 1471-2318 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12877-020-01891-3 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Doherty KV; Nguyen H; Tierney L; Mason RL; Bindoff A; Robinson A; Vickers J; McInerney F

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2020Lawler K, Kitsos A, Bindoff AD, Callisaya ML, Eccleston CEA, et al., 'Room for improvement: an online survey of allied health professionals' dementia knowledge', Australasian Journal on Ageing pp. 1-7. ISSN 1440-6381 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12886 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lawler K; Kitsos A; Bindoff AD; Callisaya ML; Doherty KV

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2020Mason R, Doherty K, Eccleston C, Winbolt M, Long M, et al., 'Effect of a dementia education intervention on the confidence and attitudes of general practitioners in Australia: a pretest post-test study', BMJ Open, 10, (1) Article e033218. ISSN 2044-6055 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033218 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Mason R; Doherty K; Long M; Robinson A

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2020Zhao Y, Eccleston CE, Ding Y, Shan Y, Liu L, et al., 'Validation of a Chinese version of the dementia knowledge assessment scale in healthcare providers in China', Journal of Clinical Nursing, (October) pp. 1-10. ISSN 0962-1067 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.15533 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Eccleston C, Doherty K, Bindoff A, Robinson A, Vickers J, et al., 'Building dementia knowledge globally through the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)', npj Science of Learning, 4 Article 3. ISSN 2056-7936 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41539-019-0042-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Doherty K; Bindoff A; Robinson A; Vickers J; McInerney F

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2019Mason R, Doherty K, Eccleston C, Annear M, Lo A, et al., 'General practitioners attitude and confidence scale for dementia (GPACS-D): confirmatory factor analysis and comparative subscale scores among GPs and supervisors', BMC Family Practice, 20 Article 6. ISSN 1471-2296 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12875-018-0896-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Mason R; Doherty K; Lo A; Tierney L; McInerney F; Robinson A

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2017Annear MJ, Toye C, Elliott KJ, McInerney F, Eccleston C, et al., 'Dementia knowledge assessment scale (DKAS): confirmatory factor analysis and comparative subscale scores among an international cohort', BMC Geriatrics, 17 Article 168. ISSN 1471-2318 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12877-017-0552-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 37

Co-authors: Annear MJ; Toye C; Elliott KJ; McInerney F; Robinson A

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2016Annear MJ, Eccleston CE, McInerney FJ, Elliott K-EJ, Toye CM, et al., 'A new standard in dementia knowledge measurement: comparative validation of the Dementia Knowledge Assessment Scale and the Alzheimer's Disease Knowledge Scale', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64, (6) pp. 1329-1334. ISSN 1532-5415 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jgs.14142 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 23

Co-authors: Annear MJ; McInerney FJ; Elliott K-EJ; Toye CM; Tranter BK; Robinson AL

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2016Lea E, Mason R, Eccleston C, Robinson A, 'Aspects of nursing student placements associated with perceived likelihood of working in residential aged care', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25, (5-6) pp. 715-724. ISSN 0962-1067 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Lea E; Mason R; Robinson A

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2015Annear MJ, Toye C, Eccleston CE, McInerney FJ, Elliott KJ, et al., 'Dementia knowledge assessment scale: development and preliminary psychometric properties', American Geriatrics Society Journal, 63, (11) pp. 2375-2381. ISSN 0002-8614 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jgs.13707 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 48Web of Science - 46

Co-authors: Annear MJ; Toye C; McInerney FJ; Elliott KJ; Tranter BK; Hartley T; Robinson AL

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2015Annear MJ, Toye C, McInerney F, Eccleston C, Tranter B, et al., 'What should we know about dementia in the 21st Century? A Delphi consensus study', BMC Geriatrics, 15 Article 5. ISSN 1471-2318 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12877-015-0008-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Annear MJ; McInerney F; Tranter B; Elliott K-E; Robinson A

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2015Eccleston CEA, Lea EJ, McInerney F, Crisp E, Marlow A, et al., 'An investigation of nursing students' knowledge of dementia: A questionnaire study', Nurse Education Today, 35, (6) pp. 800-805. ISSN 0260-6917 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.02.019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18

Co-authors: Lea EJ; McInerney F; Crisp E; Marlow A; Robinson AL

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2015Lucas PV, McCall MJ, Eccleston CEA, Lea EJ, Stratton BM, et al., 'Prioritising the development of paramedic students' interpersonal skills', Journal of Paramedic Practice, 7, (5) pp. 242-248. ISSN 1759-1376 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.12968/ippr.2015.5.2.35 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lucas PV; McCall MJ; Lea EJ; Stratton BM; Annear MJ; Crisp EP; Elliott Kate-Ellen; Robinson AL

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2015Robinson A, See C, Lea E, Bramble M, Andrews S, et al., 'Wicking teaching aged care facilities program: innovative practice', Dementia pp. 1-9. ISSN 1471-3012 (2015) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1177/1471301215603846 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Robinson A; Lea E; Bramble M; Marlow A; Radford J; McInerney F

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2015Stratton BM, Lea E, Bramble M, Eccleston C, McCall M, et al., 'Residential aged care facility clinical placements for undergraduate paramedic students: An evaluation of the Australian experience', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 12, (2) Article 1. ISSN 2202-7270 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Stratton BM; Lea E; Bramble M; McCall M; Lucas P; Robinson A

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2014Lea E, Marlow A, Bramble M, Andrews S, Crisp E, et al., 'Learning opportunities in a residential aged care facility: the role of supported placements for first-year nursing students', Journal of Nursing Education, 53, (7) pp. 410-414. ISSN 0148-4834 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20140620-02 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Lea E; Marlow A; Bramble M; Andrews S; Crisp E; Mason R; Robinson A

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2014Lea E, Marlow A, Bramble M, Andrews S, Eccleston C, et al., 'Improving student nurses' aged care understandings through a supported placement', International Nursing Review, 62, (1) pp. 28-35. ISSN 0020-8132 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/inr.12156 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Lea E; Marlow A; Bramble M; Andrews S; McInerney F; Robinson A

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2014Robinson A, Eccleston C, Annear M, Elliott K-E, Andrews S, et al., 'Who Knows, Who Cares? Dementia knowledge among nurses, care workers, and family members of people living with dementia', Journal of Palliative Care, 30, (3) pp. 158-165. ISSN 0825-8597 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/082585971403000305 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 60Web of Science - 59

Co-authors: Robinson A; Annear M; Elliott K-E; Andrews S; Stirling C; Ashby M; Banks S; McInerney F

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2013Lucas P, McCall M, Lea E, Eccleston C, Stratton B, et al., 'Clinical placements in residential care facilities part 1: positive experiences', Journal of Paramedic Practice, 5, (7) pp. 400-406. ISSN 1759-1376 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.12968/jpar.2013.5.7.400 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lucas P; McCall M; Lea E; Stratton B; Crisp E; Andrews S; Robinson A

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2013Lucas P, McCall M, Lea E, Eccleston C, Stratton B, et al., 'Clinical placements in residential care facilities part 2: negative experiences', Journal of Paramedic Practice, 5, (8) pp. 462-468. ISSN 1759-1376 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.12968/jpar.2013.5.8.462 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lucas P; McCall M; Lea E; Stratton B; Crisp E; Robinson A

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2011Fellows CS, Hunter HM, Eccleston CEA, De Hayr RW, Rassam W, et al., 'Denitrification potential of intermittently saturated floodplain soils from a subtropical perennial stream and an ephemeral tributary', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 43, (2) pp. 324-332. ISSN 0038-0717 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2010.10.019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14

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2001Barmuta LA, McKenny CA, Swain R, 'The responses of a lotic mayfly Nousia sp (Ephemeroptera : Leptophlebiidae) to moving water and light of different wavelengths', Freshwater Biology, 46, (5) pp. 567-573. ISSN 0046-5070 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2427.2001.00692.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Barmuta LA; Swain R

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Conference Publication

(16 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Bartlett L, Doherty K, Farrow M, Bindoff A, Kim S, et al., 'Poster - The island study linking ageing and neurodegenerative disease (ISLAND): a longitudinal public health research program targeting dementia risk reduction', 2020 Alzheimer's Association International Conference, 26-30 July 2020, Online (2020) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bartlett L; Doherty K; Farrow M; Bindoff A; Kim S; Hill E; Alty J; King E; Vickers JC

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2020Bartlett L, Doherty K, Farrow M, Bindoff A, Kim S, et al., 'The Island Study Linking Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease (ISLAND): A longitudinal public health research program targeting dementia risk reduction', Alzheimer's & Dementia ISSN 1552-5260 (2020) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1002/alz.045539 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bartlett L; Doherty K; Farrow M; Bindoff A; Kim S; Hill E; Alty JE; King AE; Vickers JC

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2019Lucas P, Harris W, Lawler K, Eccleston C, Campbell B, et al., 'Understanding interactions between paramedics and community dwelling people with dementia', Paramedics Australasia International Conference 2019, 29-30 August 2019, Melbourne, Australia (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lucas P; Harris W; Lawler K; Campbell B; Tierney L; Courtney-Pratt H

2018Courtney-Pratt H, McInerney F, Eccleston C, Doherty K, Johnstone A, 'Enhancing Dementia Knowledge: community insights related to the role of experience informing understanding', 4 - 5 June 2018, Sydney (2018) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Courtney-Pratt H; McInerney F; Doherty K; Johnstone A

2018Eccleston CEA, Doherty KV, Bindoff AD, Robinson AL, Vickers JC, et al., 'Transforming Knowledge of Dementia through the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (UDMOOC)', Alzheimer's Association International Conference, 22- 26 July 2018, Chicago, USA (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Doherty KV; Bindoff AD; Robinson AL; Vickers JC; McInerney F

2017Doherty K, Courtney-Pratt H, Becker S, Eccleston C, 'Building a community strengths: facilitating dementia', 17-20 October 2017, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Doherty K; Courtney-Pratt H; Becker S

2017Goldberg L, Eccleston CEA, Lea E, Robinson A, 'The value of systematic interprofessional education for effective practice in dementia care', International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress, 23-27 July 2017, San Francisco (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Goldberg L; Lea E; Robinson A

2017Robinson AL, Lea EJ, Elliott Kate-Ellen, Annear MJ, Eccleston CEA, et al., 'Interdisciplinary innovation in aged care: the Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facility program', IAGG 2017, 23-27 July 2017, San Francisco, California, USA (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Lea EJ; Elliott Kate-Ellen; Annear MJ; Doherty KV

2016Lea EJ, Mason RL, Eccleston C, Robinson AL, 'Aspects of WIL that improve student nurses' attitudes towards working in aged care', Australian Collaborative Education Network 2016 Conference, 28-30 September 2016, Sydney (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lea EJ; Mason RL; Robinson AL

2012Andrews SM, Lea EJ, Bramble MD, Eccleston CEA, Stratton BM, et al., 'Using Action Research To Foster Mentor Engagement In The Development of Quality Clinical Placements in Aged Care for Undergaduate Health Care Students', Using Action Research To Foster Mentor Engagement In The Development of Quality Clinical Placements in Aged Care for Undergaduate Health Care Students, 7-11 September 2012, Cairns, Queensland, pp. 13. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Andrews SM; Lea EJ; Bramble MD; Stratton BM; Morley C; Robinson AL

2012Bramble MD, Radford JC, Eccleston CEA, Lea EJ, Robinson AL, 'Final Year Medical Students' Views on their Clinical Placement in a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF), Specialising in Dementia and Palliation', Final Year Medical Students' Views on their Clinical Placement in a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF), Specialising in Dementia and Palliation, 7-11 September 2012, Cairns, Queensland, pp. 13. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bramble MD; Radford JC; Lea EJ; Robinson AL

2012Eccleston CEA, Bramble MD, Lea EJ, Robinson AL, 'Knowledge of Dementia among Health Care Students on Placement in Residential Aged Care and How this Compares to Aged Care Staff', Knowledge of Dementia among Health Care Students on Placement in Residential Aged Care and How this Compares to Aged Care Staff, 7-11 September 2012, Cairns, Queensland, pp. 13. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bramble MD; Lea EJ; Robinson AL

2012Lea EJ, Bramble MD, Eccleston CEA, Andrews SM, McInerney F, et al., 'First Year Nursing Students' Placement Experiences in the Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program: Developing Knowledge and Understanding of Dementia', First Year Nursing Students' Placement Experiences in the Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program: Developing Knowledge and Understanding of Dementia, 7-11 September 2012, Cairns, Queensland, pp. 13. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lea EJ; Bramble MD; Andrews SM; McInerney F; Robinson AL

2012Robinson AL, Lea EJ, Andrews SM, Marlow AH, Bramble MD, et al., 'The Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facility Program', Australasian Journal on Ageing, pp. 47-48. ISSN 1440-6381 (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Lea EJ; Andrews SM; Marlow AH; Bramble MD; Radford JC; McInerney F

2012Robinson AL, Lea EJ, Stratton BM, Bramble MD, Eccleston CEA, 'Building Capacity to Support Dementia Palliation Among Undergraduate Health Care Students', Building Capacity to Support Dementia Palliation Among Undergraduate Health Care Students, 7-11 September 2012, Cairns, Queensland, pp. 13. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Lea EJ; Stratton BM; Bramble MD

2012Stratton BM, Lea EJ, Bramble MD, Eccleston CEA, McCall MJ, et al., 'Issues in Structuring Second Year Paramedic Students' Clinical Placement in Aged Care Facilities to Support their Engagement with Residents with Dementia', Issues in Structuring Second Year Paramedic Students' Clinical Placement in Aged Care Facilities to Support their Engagement with Residents with Dementia, 7-11 September 2012, Cairns, Queensland, pp. 13. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stratton BM; Lea EJ; Bramble MD; McCall MJ; Robinson AL

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Robinson AL, Lea EJ, Tierney L, See C, Marlow AH, et al., 'Teaching aged care facilities: Implementing interprofessional prevocational education and practice in residential aged care', Victoria and Tasmania Dementia Training Study Centre, Australia (2013) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Lea EJ; Tierney L; See C; Marlow AH; Morley C; Radford JC; Lo A; McInerney F; McCall M

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Karacsony S, Abela M, Eccleston C, 'Evaluation of education and training on the end-of-life Namaste Care program on aged care staff's knowledge, skills and perceived competence in end-of-life dementia care: Preliminary Report', Department of Health Tasmania under the End-of-Life Care Policy Implementation Small Grants Program, Australia, pp. 1-51. (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Karacsony S; Abela M

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

6

Total funding

$1,430,901

Projects

Evaluation of education and training on the Namaste Care program for people with advanced dementia on aged care staff's knowledge, skills and perceived competence in end-of-life dementia care: A pilot (2021 - 2022)$15,000
Description
This research directly promotes knowledge and development of skills in person-centered dementia care and palliative care of the person with advanced dementia at end of life. The project will support knowledge of advanced dementia, skill development in pain assessment and gentle massage techniques. Staff will be supported in learning about the Namaste CareTM program principles and elements of care and shown simple and practical ways to provide compassionate, person-centred care aimed at promoting comfort and engaging residents in meaningful activities to improve quality of life. There has been little rigorous evaluation done in the Australian context on the efficacy of Namaste Care education to prepare staff for implementation and delivery of the Namaste CareTM program. To this end, this study will deliver knowledge and skill enhancement to prepare aged care staff for the Namaste CareTM program for people living with advanced dementia in an aged care facility in Northern Tasmania with implications for wider service delivery through ongoing training and development of aged care staff in end-of-life dementia care.
Funding
Department of Health (Tasmania) ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant-End of Life Care Policy Implementation
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Karacsony S; Abela MR; Eccleston CEA
Period
2021 - 2022
Translating Awareness, Literacy, and Knowledge of Traumatic Brain Injury (TALK-TBI) (2021)$999,998
Description
The proposal has outstanding levels of community engagement. The team has allocated time (milestone indicators) and resources (budget) for extended community engagement at all stages of the project making the proposal highly feasible. Additionally, we have already established relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and CI Schramm have assisted with the design of the project and TAC have agreed to host at least one Aboriginal health worker for the duration of this project. In addition, TAC has confirmed the transferability of the skills (e.g. communication, analysis, education design) gained from working on this project are highly desirable for future research and education programs.The incidence of TBI in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is almost twice the national average this means urgent attention is needed to increase awareness and educate. Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) has indicated to the research team that brain injury awareness and education are a priority for their communities. Our research proposal aims to not only establish awareness of TBI but also the lived experience of those who have sustained a TBI. Accounts can be captured in their language making the applicability to others in the community stronger. These personal accounts may also identify areas of need for specific educational programs, which are culturally appropriate and can be developed in consultation with the local communities.
Funding
Medical Research Future Fund ($999,998)
Scheme
Grant - 2020 Traumatic Brain Injury Mission
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ziebell JM; Cook PS; Doherty KV; Eccleston CEA; Schramm TA; Fitzgerald M; Padgett C; King AE; Vickers JC
Year
2021
Understanding interactions between paramedics and community-dwelling people with dementia (PARADIgm) (2019)$9,830
Description
A qualitative study with the following aims:To explore experiences of Tasmanian paramedics who provide care in their day-to-day work for people living with dementia. To seek insights and direction from paramedics for development of resources that would enhance their knowledge and understanding of people with dementia.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($9,830)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lawler K; Courtney-Pratt HM; Lucas PV; Eccleston CEA; Campbell B; Harris W
Year
2019
What do they know about dementia? Determining community knowledge about dementia. (2017)$50,000
Description
The aims of the project are to:1. Determine the level of dementia knowledge in a cross section of community groups2. Model the relationship between dementia knowledge and demographic variables to determine key demographic correlates3. Explore findings arising from the survey of dementia knowledge in partnership with communities to identify appropriate educationapproaches.
Funding
Dementia Australia Research Foundation Ltd ($50,000)
Scheme
Grant-Dementia Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Eccleston CEA; Courtney-Pratt HM; McInerney F; Doherty KV
Year
2017
To develop a model to measure consumer dementia knowledge and literacy utilising a large Australian community sample enrolled in the University of Tasmania Wicking Understanding Dementia MOOC (2017 - 2019)$349,200
Funding
Department of Health (Cth) ($349,200)
Scheme
Grant-Dementia and Aged Care Services
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McInerney F; Doherty KV; Eccleston CEA; Vickers JC; Robinson AL
Period
2017 - 2019
Dementia-related presentations at the Royal Hobart Hospital - A pilot program for redesigning state-wide clinical care pathways involving Tasmanian residential aged care facilities (RACFs) and their c (2014)$6,873
Description
This project explores dementia-related presentations to the RHH to inform the development of new clinical pathways to reduce preventable and unplanned hospital transfers that are costly and have poor outcomes for people with dementia. Care pathways from RACFs and community settings to the RHH will be reviewed.
Funding
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($6,873)
Scheme
Grant-Starter
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Annear MJ; Nicols H; Powell D; Bell EJ; Elliott KJ; Palmer AJ; Vickers JC; Eccleston CEA; McInerney F
Year
2014

Research Supervision

Dr Eccleston has supervised an Honours student to successful completion, and is currently supervising a PhD student whose project involves quantitative assessment of GP knowledge and attitudes to dementia. Claire is currently interested in supervising more students; please contact her to discuss potential projects.

Current

2

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe Effect of Dementia Risk Education Beyond Those Educated: Do improved knowledge, motivation, self-efficacy and behaviour spread throughout a community?2018
PhDPotentiating the Impact of the Preventing Dementia MOOC Through Innovative Educational Design2021

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDConfidence and Attitudes of General Practitioners towards Dementia
Candidate: Ronald Leslie Mason
2021