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Emma Lea

Senior Research Fellow
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre

Room 417I , Medical Science 1 (MS1)

+61 3 6226 4217 (phone)

Emma.Lea@utas.edu.au

Dr Emma Lea is a Research Fellow (part-time) in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. She was an Australian Research Council Australian Postdoctoral Fellow in public health nutrition (2002-2005). Subsequently, Emma has been working on projects around translation of research into evidence-based practice and residential aged care workforce capacity building, leading into a clinical redesign study around nutrition issues among people with dementia in residential aged care.

Biography

Emma has a BA (1st Class Hons) in biological anthropology from the Australian National University and a PhD in public health nutrition from the University of Adelaide. Following her PhD studies, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Dundee's Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research and an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in Deakin University's Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (2002-2005). Since returning to Tasmania, Emma 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 homes (Star Project). Emma was Project Manager for the Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program that ran between 2011 and 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.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Adelaide, Australia. 2002 Thesis: Moving from Meat: vegetarianism, beliefs and information sources 
  • BA (1st Class Hons), Australian National University, Australia. 1997 Thesis: Myths of the Sexual Divide: sexual dimorphism, behaviour, and the absence of a sex/gender division of labour in early hominins

Memberships

Professional practice

Member, Public Health Association of Australia

Member, Eat Well Tasmania

Associate Fellow, The Higher Education Academy

Administrative expertise

Emma has experience as a Project Manager, including management of large, multi-state projects such as the Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program.

Teaching

Research methods and methodologies; Dementia care; Food and nutrition

Teaching expertise

Emma has designed, developed and taught into fully online undergraduate and postgraduate units in the areas of dementia care and public health nutrition.

Teaching responsibility

Emma is Unit Coordinator for the Bachelor of Dementia Care unit CAD305 Qualitative Research in Aged and Dementia Care.

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Expertise

Translational health services - aged care

Aged care workforce capacity

Dementia care

Food and nutrition – aged care

Public health nutrition

Interviews and focus groups

Ethnography

Action research

Survey design

Multivariate data analysis

Research Themes

Emma's research aligns with the University's research theme of Better Health.  Her work on translation of research into evidence-based practice and aged care workforce capacity building has implications for the health of older people, including people with dementia, who reside in aged care homes. For example, Emma's current research aims to improve the food and nutrition care of people with dementia living in aged care homes, a setting where malnutrition is a common problem. Nutrition problems are compounded in people with dementia due to difficulties with verbally expressing their needs, ability to move to access food and liquid, and swallowing (dysphagia), as well as the other sensory and physiological changes that occur with dementia.

Current projects

Emma is currently involved in a range of projects as chief or co-investigator, including:

  • Modelling a new role for Bachelor of Dementia Care Graduates working in residential aged care: “The Masonic Centenary Medical Research Foundation Dementia Care Support Project Worker: A model to enhance care”
  • Evaluation of the dementia knowledge of students within the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Health: “STUDents In health: Evaluation of Dementia knowledge (STUDIED) Project”
  • Examining leadership and management practices in residential care homes: “Leading Change and Ethics in the Residential Aged Care Sector”
  • Improving oral health among people with dementia living in residential aged care: “Sustained Effective Oral Care to Significantly Reduce Aspiration Pneumonia experienced by Adults with Dementia in Residential Care.”

Fields of Research

  • Nutrition and dietetics (321099)
  • Aged health care (420301)
  • Aged care nursing (420502)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)
  • Health promotion (420603)
  • Neurosciences (320999)
  • Residential client care (420320)
  • Health psychology (520304)
  • Health and community services (420305)
  • Geriatrics and gerontology (320210)
  • Public health nutrition (321005)
  • Central nervous system (320903)
  • Respiratory diseases (320103)
  • Urban sociology and community studies (441016)
  • Health care administration (420306)
  • Sport and exercise nutrition (321006)
  • Primary health care (420319)
  • Health policy (440706)
  • Community and primary care (420503)
  • Algebra and number theory (490401)
  • Sustainable agricultural development (300210)
  • Nutrigenomics and personalised nutrition (321003)
  • Systems physiology (320803)
  • Neurogenetics (310511)

Research Objectives

  • Nutrition (200410)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)
  • Nursing (200307)
  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Evaluation of health outcomes (200202)
  • Palliative care (200309)
  • Other health (209999)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)
  • Ageing and older people (230102)
  • Expanding knowledge in the health sciences (280112)
  • Provision of health and support services (200399)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Health policy evaluation (200205)
  • Behaviour and health (200401)
  • Public services policy advice and analysis (230204)
  • Neonatal and child health (200506)
  • Social structure and health (200207)
  • Environmental education and awareness (190203)
  • Management, resources and leadership (160204)

Publications

Emma has published over 45 peer-reviewed papers since completing her PhD. She reviews manuscripts for 20 Australian and international journals, predominantly in the fields of public health nutrition and nursing.

Total publications

81

Journal Article

(53 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Lea EJ, Goldberg LR, Price AD, Tierney LT, McInerney FJ, 'Best intentions or best practice? A case study of the nutritional needs and outcomes of a person with dementia living in a residential aged care home', International Journal of Nursing Practice, 25, (1) Article e12692. ISSN 1322-7114 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ijn.12692 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Goldberg LR; Price AD; Tierney LT; McInerney FJ

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2017Annear MJ, Elliot K-EJ, Tierney LT, Lea EJ, Robinson A, ''Bringing the outside world in': Enriching social connection through health student placements in a teaching aged care facility', Health Expectations, 20, (5) pp. 1154-1162. ISSN 1369-6513 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/hex.12561 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Annear MJ; Elliot K-EJ; Tierney LT; Robinson A

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2017Lea E, Marlow A, Altmann E, Courtney-Pratt H, 'Nursing students' preferences for clinical placements in the residential aged care setting', Journal of Clinical Nursing pp. 1-10. ISSN 0962-1067 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13859 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

Co-authors: Marlow A; Altmann E; Courtney-Pratt H

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2017Lea EJ, Andrews S, Stronach M, Marlow A, Robinson A, 'Using action research to build mentor capacity to improve orientation and quality of nursing student aged care placements: what to do when the phone rings', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26, (13-14) pp. 1893-1905. ISSN 0962-1067 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13502 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Andrews S; Stronach M; Marlow A; Robinson A

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2017Lea EJ, Goldberg LR, Price AD, Tierney LT, McInerney F, 'Staff awareness of food and fluid care needs for older people with dementia in residential care: A qualitative study', Journal of clinical nursing, 26, (23-24) pp. 5169-5178. ISSN 0962-1067 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.14066 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8

Co-authors: Goldberg LR; Price AD; Tierney LT; McInerney F

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2016Annear MJ, Lea E, Lo A, Tierney L, Robinson A, 'Encountering aged care: a mixed methods investigation of medical students' clinical placement experiences', Bmc Geriatrics, 16, (1) Article 38. ISSN 1471-2318 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12877-016-0211-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Annear MJ; Lo A; Tierney L; Robinson A

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2016Lea E, Andrews S, Haines T, Nitz J, Haralmbous B, et al., 'Developing networks between residential aged care facilities as a result of engagement in a falls prevention project: an action research study', Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for The Australian Nursing Profession, 52, (2-3) pp. 163-175. ISSN 1037-6178 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2015.1129911 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Andrews S; Robinson A

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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 - 15Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Mason R; Eccleston C; 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 - 17Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Eccleston CEA; 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; Eccleston CEA; 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 - 5

Co-authors: Robinson A; Bramble M; Marlow A; Radford J; Eccleston C; 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; Bramble M; Eccleston C; McCall M; Lucas P; Robinson A

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2014Annear M, Lea E, Robinson A, 'Are care workers appropriate mentors for nursing students in residential aged care?', BMC Nursing, 13 Article 44. ISSN 1472-6955 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12912-014-0044-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23

Co-authors: Annear M; 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 - 10

Co-authors: Marlow A; Bramble M; Andrews S; Crisp E; Eccleston C; 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 - 22Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Marlow A; Bramble M; Andrews S; Eccleston C; McInerney F; 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 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; Eccleston C; 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; Eccleston C; Stratton B; Crisp E; Robinson A

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2012Andrews S, Lea E, Haines T, Nitz J, Haralambous B, et al., 'Reducing Staff isolation and Developing Evidence-Informed Practice in the Aged Care Environment Through an Action Research Approach to Falls Prevention', Advances in Nursing Science, 35, (1) pp. 3-13. ISSN 1550-5014 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182433b27 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Andrews S; Robinson A

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2012Lea E, Andrews S, Hill K, Haines T, Nitz J, et al., 'Beyond the 'tick and flick': facilitating best practice falls prevention through an action research approach', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21, (13-14) pp. 1896-1905. ISSN 1365-2702 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04121.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Andrews S; Robinson A

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2012Nitz J, Cyarto E, Andrews S, Fearn M, Fu S, et al., 'Outcomes from the Implementation of a Facility-Specific Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Intervention Program in Residential Aged Care', Geriatric Nursing, 33, (1) pp. 41-50. ISSN 0197-4572 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2011.11.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Andrews S; Robinson A

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2012Robinson A, Lea E, Hemmings L, Vosper G, McCann D, et al., 'Seeking respite: issues around the use of day respite care for the carers of people with dementia', Ageing and Society, 32, (2) pp. 196-218. ISSN 0144-686X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X11000195 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Robinson A; Hemmings L; Vosper G; McCann D; Rumble R

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2009Robinson A, Emden C, Lea E, Elder J, Turner P, et al., 'Information issues for providers of services to people with dementia living in the community in Australia: breaking the cycle of frustration ', Health and Social Care in The Community, 17, (2) pp. 141-150. ISSN 0966-0410 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2524.2008.00808.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Robinson A; Emden C; Elder J; Turner P; Vickers J

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2009Robinson AL, Elder JA, Emden CG, Lea EJ, Turner P, et al., 'Information pathways into dementia care services. Families have their say', Dementia, 8, (1) pp. 17-37. ISSN 1471-3012 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1471301208099051 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 44

Co-authors: Robinson AL; Elder JA; Emden CG; Turner P; Vickers JC

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2008Lea EJ, Worsley A, 'Australian consumers' food-related environmental beliefs and behaviours', Appetite, 50, (2-3) pp. 207-214. ISSN 0195-6663 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2005.07.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 108Web of Science - 103

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2008Robinson AL, Courtney-Pratt HM, Lea EJ, Cameron-Tucker HL, Turner P, et al., 'Transforming clinical practice amongst community nurses: mentoring for COPD patient self-management', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17, (11c) pp. 369-378. ISSN 0962-1067 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02279.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Robinson AL; Courtney-Pratt HM; Cameron-Tucker HL; Turner P; Cummings EA; Wood-Baker R; Walters EH

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2008Robinson AL, Emden CG, Elder JA, Lea EJ, Vickers JC, et al., 'Multiple views reveal the complexity of dementia diagnosis', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27, (4) pp. 183-188. ISSN 1440-6381 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00316.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Robinson AL; Emden CG; Elder JA; Vickers JC; Turner P

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2008Robinson AL, Hemmings L, Lea EJ, McCann DE, Nichols H, et al., 'Issues in the Transition from Home to Respite Day Care', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27, (1) pp. A29. ISSN 1440-6381 (2008) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; McCann DE; Rumble RH; Vosper GC

2008Rumble RH, Robinson AL, Lea EJ, Vosper GC, Hai L, et al., 'A Profile of Day Respite Care', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27, (1) pp. A54-A55. ISSN 1440-6381 (2008) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Rumble RH; Robinson AL; Vosper GC; McCann DE

2008Worsley A, Lea EJ, 'Consumer concerns about food and health: examination of general and specific relationships with personal values and demographics', British Food Journal, 110, (11) pp. 1106-18. ISSN 0007-070X (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/00070700810918018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 28

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2007Elder JA, Robinson A, Vickers JC, Lea EJ, Emden CG, 'Dementia Diagnosis: Implications of having multiple perspectives', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 26, (Supplement 1) pp. A1-A44. ISSN 1440-6381 (2007) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Elder JA; Robinson A; Vickers JC; Emden CG

2007Robinson A, Elder JA, Vickers JC, Lea EJ, Emden CG, 'Service providers' collection and transfer of information: Implications for dementia management', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 26, (Supplement 1) pp. A1-A44. ISSN 1440-6381 (2007) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Robinson A; Elder JA; Vickers JC; Emden CG

2006Lea EJ, 'Farmers' barriers to production, distribution and promotion of plant foods', Food Australia, 58, (5) pp. 223-227. ISSN 1032-5298 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 1

2006Lea EJ, 'Victorian food processors' views on barriers to production, distribution and promotion of plant foods', Food Australia, 58, (9) pp. 434-438. ISSN 1032-5298 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2006Lea EJ, Crawford D, Worsley A, 'Public views of the benefits and barriers to the consumption of a plant-based diet', European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 60, (7) pp. 828-837. ISSN 0954-3007 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602387 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 85Web of Science - 84

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2006Lea EJ, Crawford D, Worsley A, 'Consumers' readiness to eat a plant-based diet', European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 60, (3) pp. 342-351. ISSN 0954-3007 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602320 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 83Web of Science - 75

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2006Lea EJ, Phillips J, Ward M, Worsley A, 'Farmers' and consumers' beliefs about community-supported agriculture in Australia: A qualitative study', Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 45, (2) pp. 61-86. ISSN 0367-0244 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03670240500530592 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 16

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2006Lea EJ, Worsley A, 'Australian farmers' and food processors' values', British Food Journal, 108, (2-3) pp. 105-117. ISSN 0007-070X (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/00070700610644924 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5

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2005Anderson AS, Bush H, Lean M, Bradby H, Williams RM, et al., 'Evolution of atherogenic diets in South Asian and Italian women after migration to a higher risk region', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 18, (1) pp. 33-43. ISSN 0952-3871 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2004.00584.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 29

Co-authors: Williams RM

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2005Jessup M, Courtney-Pratt HM, Robinson A, Cameron-Tucker HL, Walters EH, et al., 'Cementing Pathways Home: Enhancing Quality of Life for People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 24, (November 2005) pp. A12. ISSN 1440-6381 (2005) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Jessup M; Courtney-Pratt HM; Robinson A; Cameron-Tucker HL; Walters EH; Wood-Baker R; Reid DW; Turner P; Cummings EA

2005Lea EJ, 'Beliefs about genetically modified foods: a qualitative and quantitative exploration', Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 44, (6) pp. 437-454. ISSN 0367-0244 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03670240500348789 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2005Lea EJ, 'Food, health, the environment and consumers' dietary choices', Nutrition and Dietetics, 62, (1) pp. 21-25. ISSN 1446-6368 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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2005Lea EJ, Worsley A, 'Australians' organic food beliefs, demographics and values', British Food Journal, 107, (10-11) pp. 855-869. ISSN 0007-070X (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/00070700510629797 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 217Web of Science - 188

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2005Lea EJ, Worsley A, Crawford D, 'Food industry awareness of consumers' plant food beliefs', British Food Journal, 107, (8) pp. 556-571. ISSN 0007-070X (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/00070700510610977 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

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2005Lea EJ, Worsley A, Crawford D, 'Australian adult consumers' beliefs about plant foods: a qualitative study', Health Education and Behaviour, 32, (6) pp. 795-808. ISSN 1090-1981 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1090198105277323 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 36Web of Science - 34

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2004Anderson AS, Marshall DW, Lea EJ, 'Shared lives - an opportunity for obesity prevention?', Appetite, 43, (3) pp. 327-329. ISSN 0195-6663 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2004.07.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18

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2004Lea EJ, Worsley A, 'What proportion of South Australian adult non-vegetarians hold similar beliefs to vegetarians?', Nutrition & Dietetics, 61, (1) pp. 11-21. ISSN 1446-6368 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2003Lea EJ, 'The promise of plant-based foods - new directions?', Food Australia, 55, (10) pp. 467-472. ISSN 1032-5298 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 6

2003Lea EJ, Worsley A, 'Benefits and barriers to the consumption of a vegetarian diet in Australia', Public Health Nutrition, 6, (5) pp. 505-511. ISSN 1368-9800 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1079/PHN2002452 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 88Web of Science - 81

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2003Lea EJ, Worsley A, 'The factors associated with the belief that vegetarian diets provide health benefits', Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 12, (3) pp. 296-303. ISSN 0964-7058 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 16

2003Worsley A, Lea EJ, 'Consumers' personal values and sources of nutrition information', Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 42, (2) pp. 129-151. ISSN 0367-0244 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/036702403902-2255 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 39Web of Science - 38

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2002Lea EJ, Worsley A, 'The cognitive contexts of beliefs about the healthiness of meat', Public Health Nutrition, 5, (1) pp. 37-45. ISSN 1368-9800 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1079/PHN2001240 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 43

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2002Lea EJ, Worsley A, 'Are information sources associated with Australians' beliefs about the necessity of meat?', Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 41, (5) pp. 441-461. ISSN 0367-0244 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03670240290014606 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 3

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2001Lea EJ, Worsley A, 'Influences on meat consumption in Australia', Appetite, 36, (2) pp. 127-136. ISSN 0195-6663 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1006/appe.2000.0386 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 98Web of Science - 90

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Conference Publication

(26 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Goldberg LR, Crocombe L, Breen J, Bettiol SS, King AE, et al., 'Working interprofessionally to improve oral health and reduce aspiration pneumonia risk', 15th National Rural Health Conference, 24-27 March 2019, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Goldberg LR; Crocombe L; Bettiol SS; King AE; Kent K; McInerney F

2019Lea E, Goldberg L, Price A, McInerney F, Doherty K, et al., 'Providing optimal nutrition in residential aged care: The role of staff and family knowledge', Australian Dementia Forum, 13-14 June, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Goldberg L; Price A; McInerney F; Doherty K; Johnstone A; Gray D

2019Lea E, Page K, Neville L, Robinson A, Doherty K, 'Link between aged care home staff dementia knowledge and experiences caring for people with dementia', 4th Annual NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) Australian Dementia Forum, 13-14 June, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robinson A; Doherty K

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2018Lea EJ, Doherty KV, Page K, Hill J, Robinson AL, 'The Dementia Care Support Worker: A New Role for Care Worker Graduates of the Bachelor of Dementia Care', Alzheimer's Association International Conference, 22-26 July 2018, Chicago, USA (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Doherty KV; Robinson AL

2018Lea EJ, Goldberg LR, Price AD, McInerney F, Doherty KV, et al., 'Barriers to optimising nutritional status in residents living with Dementia: rationale for development of meaningful engagement in nutritional understanding (MENU) project', 33rd International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International, 26-29 July 2018, Chicago, USA (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Goldberg LR; Price AD; McInerney F; Doherty KV

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; Eccleston CEA; Robinson A

2017Lea E, Goldberg L, Price A, Tierney L, McInerney F, 'Optimising nutrition for adults with dementia: Residential communities care redesign opportunities', International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress, July 23- 27 2017, San Francisco (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Goldberg L; Price A; Tierney L; McInerney F

2017Lea E, Goldberg L, Price A, Tierney L, McInerney F, 'The challenge of optimising nutrition for aged care residents with dementia', 2017 ACSA Conference, 16-17 November 2017, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Goldberg L; Price A; Tierney L; McInerney F

2017Lea E, Marlow A, Altmann E, Courtney-Pratt HM, 'Nursing students' preferences for clinical placements in residential aged care facilities', IAGG 2017, 23- 27 July 2017, San Francisco, California, USA (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Marlow A; Altmann E; Courtney-Pratt HM

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; Elliott Kate-Ellen; Annear MJ; Eccleston CEA; Doherty KV

2016Annear MJ, Robinson AL, Lea EJ, Elliott Kate-Ellen, 'Teaching Aged Care Facilities: Creating strong WIL opportunities and benefits', WIL 2020: Pushing the boundaries - 2016 ACEN National Conference, 28-30 September, 2016, Sydney, Australia (2016) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Annear MJ; Robinson AL; Elliott Kate-Ellen

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: Mason RL; Eccleston C; Robinson AL

2016Marlow AH, Lea EJ, Mason RL, Altmann E, 'Nursing students' preferences for professional experience placement: Investigation of 8 years of student placement management system data', NETNEP 2016, 6th International Nurse Education Conference, 3-6 April, 2016, Brisbane, Australia (2016) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Marlow AH; Mason RL; Altmann E

2015Annear MJ, Elliott Kate-Ellen, Lea EJ, Robinson AL, 'Health student clinical placements in aged care facilities improve quality of life for residents', Aged Care Services Tasmania State Conference, 19-20 November, 2015, Launceston, Tasmania (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Annear MJ; Elliott Kate-Ellen; 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; Bramble MD; Eccleston CEA; 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; Eccleston CEA; 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: Eccleston CEA; Bramble MD; 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: Bramble MD; Eccleston CEA; 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; Andrews SM; Marlow AH; Bramble MD; Radford JC; McInerney F; Eccleston CEA

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; Stratton BM; Bramble MD; Eccleston CEA

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; Bramble MD; Eccleston CEA; McCall MJ; Robinson AL

2010Robinson AL, Lea EJ, Andrews SM, Churchill B, Haralambous B, et al., 'Falls prevention for people with dementia domicile in nursing homes: Strategies to facilitate the translation of evidence into practice. Poster ', International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease posters, 10-15 July, Hawaii, pp. 1. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Andrews SM; Churchill B

2008Robinson AL, Hemmings LC, Lea E, McCann DE, Nichols H, et al., 'Issues in the transition from home to respite day care', AAG 41st National Conference (2008) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Hemmings LC; McCann DE; Vosper GC

2005Jessup M, Courtney-Pratt HM, Robinson A, Cameron-Tucker HL, Walters EH, et al., 'Cementing Pathways Home: Enhancing Quality of Life for People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease', Exploring the Meaning of Ageing - through Research, Policy and Practice, 2005, Gold Coast, Queensland, pp. 59-66. ISBN 0-9758310-0-3 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Jessup M; Courtney-Pratt HM; Robinson A; Cameron-Tucker HL; Walters EH; Wood-Baker R; Reid DW; Turner P; Cummings EA

2003Lea EJ, 'Meat and vegetarianism beliefs among Australians', Journal of the Home Economics Association of Australia, pp. 19-28. ISSN 1234-1234 (2003) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2002Marshall DW, Anderson AS, Lea EJ, 'Marriage and weight gain', Appetite, pp. 247. ISSN 1234-1234 (2002) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 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; Tierney L; See C; Marlow AH; Morley C; Radford JC; Lo A; McInerney F; McCall M; Eccleston C

2006Robinson A, Abbey J, Toye C, Barnes L, Abbey B, et al., 'Modelling connections in aged care. Development of an evidence-based best practice model to facilitate quality clinical placements in aged care. Report based on stages 1- 3', School of Nursing & Midwifery (2006) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Robinson A; Andrews-Hall S; Marlow AH

Grants & Funding

Emma has obtained over $570,000 in income, including seed funding, as a Chief Investigator or Fellow (working 0.6FTE average from 2002). Predominant grants have been an ARC Discovery Project Grant (2002-2005) and an Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Aged Care Nursing Clinical Placements Grant (2011-2013).

Funding Summary

Number of grants

9

Total funding

$771,000

Projects

NutriCog Tasmania: Effective identification of older inpatients at-risk for poor nutrition (2019)$10,000
Description
This project will determine the best tool to identify older patients with cognitive impairment who are at-risk for poor nutrition. This will help hospital services address needs of people with cognitive impairment to reduce nutritional deterioration linked to poor clinical outcomes.
Funding
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Incubator
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lea EJ; Goldberg LR; Ramsden CM; Symes J; McInerney F; Nicklason F
Year
2019
Meaningful Engagement in Nutritional Understanding: Best choices for aged care (2018 - 2019)$90,000
Description
The MENU project will implement best practice care changes to improve nutrition care and reduce malnutrition risk for people with dementia in residential aged care.
Funding
Tasmanian Community Fund ($90,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lea EJ; Goldberg LR; Price AD; McInerney F; Doherty KV; Beattie E; Isenring L
Period
2018 - 2019
Could gut microbiota influence cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease? (2018)$0
Description
This pilot grant will map gut microbiota in three populations:A) Individuals with a clinical diagnosis of dementia: Individuals identified by a clinician as living with dementia will be recruited (n=20). These individuals must be residing in the community as gut microbiota alterations are known to be dependent on the environment (13).B) Spousal caregivers for those living with dementia: Carers of individuals living with dementia are six times more likely to develop dementia (14). Stress is a leading theory for this occurrence, however shared gut microbiota is a potential unexplored link. This group potentially represents the pre-clinical population where alterations to gut microbiota are occurring before symptoms are established (n=20).C) Spousal caregivers providing informal care to someone who does not have dementia: A cohort of individuals providing care to a spouse living with a chronic illness will be recruited (n=20). This group will provide evidence as to whether the disease and/or gut microbiota influence AD development.By determining the gut microbiota diversity in these populations, we will begin to understand whether gut microbiota influences cognitive decline and dementia. Initially this will be a cross-sectional study but if data are promising then it will lead to a longitudinal study.
Funding
uBiome, Inc. ($0)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ziebell JM; King AE; Lea EJ
Year
2018
Can microglia priming influence neurodegeneration? (2018)$10,000
Description
Inflammation has been implicated in premature ageing of the brain and the development of neurological disease (1). Microglia are the inflammatory cells of the brain, and currently it is unclear whether they are active (driving pathology) or passive (a bystander) in the ageing and neurodegenerative processes. In response to disturbances in the microenvironment microglia are capable of secreting both pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines to restore homeostasis. With subsequent disturbances, microglia mount an exaggerated response, due to priming. Increasing age impedes microglias ability to perform the most essential of homeostatic functions. At this time microglia are known as dystrophic; stuck in a pro-inflammatory phenotype. Understanding this switch to a pro-inflammatory state may aid in preventing the effects of ageing through modulation of microglial activity and offers a novel target for therapy to slow the progression of neurological disease. For this to be effective, we must first define the precise roles of microglia in ageing and neurodegeneration. By determining microglial phenotype throughout disease progression we can gain insight into their role in disease pathology.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Strategic Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ziebell JM; King AE; Lea EJ
Year
2018
Sustained Effective Oral Care to Significantly Reduce Aspiration Pneumonia experienced by Adults with Dementia in Residential Care (2016 - 2017)$99,572
Description
Oral care is critical to keeping the mouth clean and the body and brain as healthy as possible. This is especially the case for adults with dementia who rely on others for care. With poor oral health, harmful bacteria throughout the mouth cause tooth decay, gum inflammation, gum disease, and tooth loss. Frequently adults with dementia take multiple medications and the side-effects of these medications include reducing saliva and drying the mouth which in turn increase the harmful oral bacteria. When these harmful bacteria are breathed (or aspirated) into the lungs, the lungs become infected and aspiration pneumonia results. Adults with dementia, particularly those who live in residential communities, are vulnerable to aspiration pneumonia as they are often frail, not well nourished, have complicating medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and swallowing problems, as well as needing help from others for their care. We know, from published studies, that vulnerable adults who have their own teeth need to brush their teeth for 2 minutes after each meal. Adults who wear dentures need to clean their dentures each day and take them out when they are planning to sleep. Whether they have their own teeth or wear dentures, all adults with dementia also need to rinse their mouth after each meal. Unfortunately, oral care for adults with dementia in residential communities remains inconsistent and fragmentary. Our studies have documented the barriers, real and perceived, that prevent systematic oral care and we have developed a protocol to overcome these barriers. This protocol has five components: (1) establishment of an innovative Community of Practice (CoP) including health care professionals in the community-at-large, policy-makers, and consumers, together with visionary residential care leaders and nurse-carer champion partners to support staff and drive practice change; (2) education of nurse-carer champions by CoP members; (3) ongoing education and training of all point-of-care staff by nurse-carer champions as they work with RACF-based dental/oral health therapy students, and are supported by CoP members and online resources; (4) implementation of daily evidence-based oral care by staff; and (5) regular audits of daily oral care by nurse-carer champions and the students to ensure its sustained implementation.To measure the effectiveness of our protocol, we will follow 60 residents in each of two residential care communities in Tasmania. We will document the number of cases of aspiration pneumonia these residents experience before and after a 3-month period of daily evidence-based oral care (component 4 of the protocol). We also will document the number of times these residents have been transferred to hospital or admitted to hospital before and after the 3-month period of daily oral care. To document improvements in the residents oral, nutritional and general health and their quality-of-life (QOL), we will use the following measures that are appropriate for adults with dementia: (i) Oral Health Assessment Tool (OHAT), (ii) Mini-Nutritional Assessment (MNA), (iii) 3-day food record, (iv) Yale Swallow Protocol that identifies any signs of swallowing difficulty, (v) Sit-to-Stand Manoeuvre that identifies any difficulties with strength and movement, and (vi) the EuroQol-5 dimension tool that documents residents perceptions of their ability to move, care for themselves, and participate in daily activities along with any pain, discomfort or anxiety they are experiencing. We will administer these measures to the residents before and after the 3-month period of evidence-based daily oral care. We will analyse the data and write reports about the findings. We will publish these reports in academic journals and magazines that are widely-read by the public. We will network with social media outlets (radio, television, and Facebook sites) and policy-makers to share our findings as widely as possible. We antic
Funding
Dementia Collaborative Research Centre ($99,572)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Goldberg LR; Crocombe LA; Robinson AL; Lea EJ; Breen JL; Palmer AJ; McInerney F; Jones I; Beattie E; Toye C; Brennan DS; Heiss C
Period
2016 - 2017
Development of Curriculum Content for a Clinical Placement in the Palliative Care of People with Dementia (Project 3) (2011 - 2013)$46,000
Funding
La Trobe University ($46,000)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Robinson AL; Lea EJ; Andrews SM; McInerney F
Period
2011 - 2013
Establishing Teaching Nursing Homes to Provide Quality Inter-Professsional Clinical Placements in Aged Care (2011 - 2013)$303,288
Funding
Department of Health and Ageing ($303,288)
Scheme
Grant-Aged Care Nursing Clinical Placements
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Robinson AL; Lea EJ; Bramble MD; Marlow AH; Jones JJ; Andrews SM; McInerney F; Fassett D
Period
2011 - 2013
A qualitative and feasibility study of community-supported agriculture in Victoria (2004)$14,000
Funding
Deakin University ($14,000)
Scheme
Deakin University Faculty Research Development Grant
Administered By
Deakin University
Research Team
Lea EJ; Worsley A
Year
2004
Examination of consumers and food industrys use and views of plant-based food products (2002 - 2004)$198,140
Funding
Australian Research Council ($198,140)
Scheme
ARC Discovery Grant and Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship
Administered By
Deakin University
Research Team
Worsley A; Crawford DA; Lea EJ
Period
2002 - 2004

Research Supervision

Emma is currently supervising a professional doctorate of health student who is conducting research in the area of sub-acute care. Emma has previously supervised two Honours/post-graduate students. She is looking for Honours and HDR candidates to supervise who are interested in building workforce capacity and improving care practices for residents living with dementia in the aged care setting, such as around food and nutrition.

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe Standalone Subacute Public Hospital: An instrumental case study2014
PhDA Comparison of the Effects of Models of Care on the Efficient and Effective Provision of Leisure Services to People Living with Dementia in Residential Aged Care2019