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Kate-Ellen Elliott

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Kate-Ellen Elliott

Senior Research Fellow
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre

Medical Science 1 , Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 2657 (phone)

KateEllen.Elliott@utas.edu.au

We are living longer. Our society has never experienced such large proportions of people living into their 80s, 90s and 100s and, in Australia, it is estimated that 3.5 million people will be accessing aged care services by the year 2050.

Clinical Psychologist Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott, a Researcher at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, believes the social systems that make up our world need to be strengthened to ensure that older people can live well – and this includes the enhancement of health and social care.

‘Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia,’ Dr Elliott said. ‘Estimates tell us there are currently about 430,000 people living with dementia in Australia. I’m in my early career but by the time I’m in old age, this number is expected to be more than 1 million.

‘It is necessary to bolster our services and workforces to be ready to provide the very best care for older people, including people with dementia. ’

Caring for the caring workforces

Attracting new people to work in aged care is difficult because of stigma about ageing, job stress and turnover. Organisations and workforces providing care need development and support to understand dementia and the changing nature of care work.

With more than five years in the field of psychogeriatrics, and a pioneer in developing partnerships between the disciplines of psychology and aged care, Dr Elliott is exploring ways to enrich the quality of care given to older adults by targeting the needs of the health and aged care workforces. Her latest project focuses on the design and evaluation of interventions within organisations that enhance the capacity and resilience of aged care workers.

‘Workers in aged care can quit their jobs if they feel unable to provide quality care and feel dissatisfied in their roles,’ Dr Elliott said. ‘But those who feel committed to clients and socially connected adjust to the challenges of their roles and remain working in the sector.

‘We’ve described a new construct important for this area called Occupational Communion, which is a sense of belonging based on social interaction at work. This means care workers can get a sense of positivity from connection with others.

‘But we think there is a flip side to it that can be negative, especially if the workers don’t have the support they need in their job roles, or if they feel isolated, such as those who deliver services in private homes. These are real problems but ones we feel we can do something about.’

Better care through better jobs

By intervening in the workforce, Dr Elliott and her team believe they will create better care outcomes for people with dementia and their families. Already there is growing evidence to suggest this will be the case but even more is needed to inform policy and change.

This issue of continuity of care is particularly crucial for those living with dementia because it fosters familiarity. When a care worker leaves her or his job and the familiarity is lost, it negatively impacts the person with dementia.

To help prevent this, Dr Elliott is finding out which strategies best reduce job stress, enhance work engagement, reduce turnover and improve quality care. Occupational Communion may act like a buffer against the development of job stress or facilitate the growth of resilience. Among the strategies that are being evaluated are group-based activities that discuss a series of themes over a number of weeks – topics such as understanding dementia, managing stress, and dealing with the personal and work boundaries that come with providing intimate care.

‘Our research focuses on aged care, and dementia care specifically, because it’s such a big issue,’ Dr Elliott said. ‘It’s an area that’s important to me because it’s relevant and quite unique, and we hope it will support a group of people who I believe are very dedicated, but often isolated from each other and professional supports.

‘We also want to see how Occupational Communion is relevant for other workforces in which people help others – occupations across the health sector but also in broader settings too. If we get this right, we can make a significant difference not only within the Australian aged care community but also in other cultures and industries across the world.’

As well as research and teaching, Dr Elliott is involved in the planning committee for the NNIDR Australian Dementia Forum 2019, to be held in Hobart. In 2018 she also became a Fellow and Board Director of the Australian Association of Gerontology.

Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott is a Senior Researcher at the University of Tasmania in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre and a registered Clinical Psychologist. Kate-Ellen investigates ways to enhance health care systems for people living with chronic illnesses and mental health conditions, and their family members. She also lectures in psychology, ageing, and dementia care. Her research is funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council Dementia Research Development Fellowship.

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Kate-Ellen worked in public, private and not-for-profit organisations delivering psychological services to people with mental health conditions and chronic illness (e.g., depression, anxiety, autism, cancer and dementia) and their families.

Kate-Ellen received her PhD in Psychology in 2012. She then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre translating a model of interdisciplinary health student placements into aged care homes in five sites across Australia. She joined the teaching team as a Lecturer in Dementia Care in 2014 and developed and delivered new curriculum. Her current role is NHMRC-ARC Research Fellow and leads Work4Dementia: Development of an evidence-based intervention to build capacity and resilience for the Australian dementia care workforce. Kate-Ellen also leads a partnership between psychology and aged care to enhance training and outcomes for older adult mental health.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Tasmania. 2012 Thesis: Capacity building and resilience for the community-based dementia care workforce
  • MPsych(Clin), University of Tasmania. 2009 Thesis: Helping people cope with advanced prostate cancer: Identifying and meeting unmet coping needs
  • BA (Hons Psych), University of Tasmania. 2004 Thesis: Interference in the recall of visual and spatial information
  • BA-BFA, University of Tasmania. 2003

Memberships

Professional practice

  • NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR)
  • Member of the Australian Association for Gerontology (AAG)
  • Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Psychology Board of Australia Approved Supervisor of Provisional Psychologists for all training pathways

Administrative expertise

Board Director, Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) (2018-current)

CoLeader, UTAS Work, Health and Wellbeing Network (2017-current)

Founding Co-convenor AAG Ageing Workforce Education (AWE) Special Interest Group (2016-2018)

President, Tasmanian Division of the AAG (2015-2018)

Leader, UTAS Psychology & Aged Care Initiative (2015-current)

Teaching

Aged and Dementia Care, Ethics & Interprofessional Practice, Health Psychology, Workforce and Older Adult Mental Health.

Teaching expertise

Kate-Ellen trains the future health workforce with a focus on chronic illness, mental health, ageing and age-related conditions. She develops, designs and delivers education and training programs including new curriculum in the award winning Bachelor of Dementia Care. Kate-Ellen also teaches in the Clinical Psychology Postgraduate Programs. Her eight years of teaching experience includes fully online, as well as blended online and face-to-face delivery. Kate-Ellen is a Research Higher Degree and Clinical Supervisor. She mentors trainee psychologists who are interested in workforce and older adult mental health.

Teaching responsibility

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Research Invitations

  • 2013 - Invited plenary speaker on Aged and Dementia Care Workforce to Australian Nursing Federation National Conference on Aged Care, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
  • 2009 – Invited to present in symposium on Couple Coping and Advanced Prostate Cancer at the 10th National Prostate Cancer Symposium - Psycho-Oncology and Nursing Meeting, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • 2016 - Invited plenary speaker on The Role of the Carer Workforce in Delivering Quality Care at the 2nd Annual Dementia Strategy Summit: Building capacity and preparing for scalable growth in an ear of reform, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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Expertise

Aged & Dementia Care

Workforce & Older Adult Mental Health

Health Psychology

Psycho-Oncology

Implementation & Translational Health Services Research

Research Themes

Kate-Ellen’s research aligns with the University's research theme of Better Health. Her research looks at relationships between health professionals, people with chronic conditions and organisational systems that influence quality care, particularly in aged and dementia care. She assesses wellbeing of health workers, the workplace, people with chronic conditions, and their family members. Her research tells us about the best ways to develop and support the health workforce and enhance care for people with chronic conditions including older adults. Kate-Ellen’s research guides her design of new workforce development interventions. She also focuses on finding innovative ways to build expertise in psychogeriatrics to improve access to psychosocial care for older adults.

Collaboration

Kate-Ellen collaborates with colleagues from interdisciplinary backgrounds (allied health; psychology, pharmacy, nursing, medicine as well as business and management) mainly to enhance mental health outcomes in workforces and older adults. She works in cooperation with local, national and international scholars and industry organisations. In partnership, Kate-Ellen has led and contributed networks across several universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and North America and advisory groups on aged care workforce health and wellbeing.

Awards

  • TIME for Dementia PhD Scholarship (2009)
  • Jim Bacon Foundation Scholarship for Treatment and Care in Cancer (2007)

Current projects

  • Work4Dementia
  • Psychology Placements in Aged Care Project
  • Bachelor of Dementia Care Curriculum Design and Evaluation
  • Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program - The Outcomes Project
  • Optimising Respiratory Care in Dementia (ORCiD)
  • Carers Care: Supporting Carers of People with Dementia

Fields of Research

  • Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
  • Residential Client Care (111718)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
  • Aged Care Nursing (111001)
  • Family Care (111707)
  • Health Care Administration (111709)
  • Oncology and Carcinogenesis (111299)
  • Health Policy (160508)
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Communications Technologies (100599)
  • Computer-Human Interaction (080602)

Research Objectives

  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Health Related to Ageing (920502)
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing (920112)
  • Cancer and Related Disorders (920102)
  • Occupational Health (920505)
  • Carer Health (920202)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Health Policy Evaluation (920208)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Health (929999)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Mental Health Services (920209)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences (970111)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)
  • Public Sector Productivity (910405)
  • Palliative Care (920211)
  • Application Tools and System Utilities (890202)
  • Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) (920499)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Child Health (920501)

Publications

Kate-Ellen has published in leading international journals in gerontology, psychogeriatrics, health policy and services, and she reviews for journals in her area of specialty.

Total publications

55

Journal Article

(18 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
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 - 3Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Annear MJ; Tierney LT; Lea EJ; 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 - 18Web of Science - 15

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

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2017Elliott K-EJ, Rodwell J, Martin AJ, 'Aged care nurses' job control influence satisfaction and mental health', Journal of Nursing Management, 25, (7) pp. 558-568. ISSN 0966-0429 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12493 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Martin AJ

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2017Elliott K-EJ, Stirling CM, Martin A, Robinson AL, Scott JL, 'Coproduction for sustainability: Seeking the perspectives of informal dementia carers' on capacity building for community services', Journal of Community Psychology, 45, (2) pp. 267-282. ISSN 0090-4392 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21847 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Stirling CM; Martin A; Robinson AL; Scott JL

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2017Girkin F, Shannon E, Zimitat C, Elliot K, 'Beyond the Numbers: on the road to achieving public value in community support organisations', Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 12 pp. 41-45. ISSN 1833-3818 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.24083/apjhm.2017.0033 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Girkin F; Shannon E; Zimitat C

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2017Girkin F, Shannon E, Zimitat C, Elliot K-E, 'Beyond the Numbers: on the road to achieving public value in community support organisations', Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 12, (3) pp. 41-45. ISSN 2204-3136 (2017) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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Co-authors: Girkin F; Shannon E; Zimitat C

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 - 18Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Annear MJ; Eccleston CE; McInerney FJ; Toye CM; Tranter BK; Robinson AL

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2016Elliott K-E, Stirling CM, Martin A, Robinson AL, Scott JL, 'We are not all coping: a cross-sectional investigation of resilience in the dementia care workforce', Health Expectations, 19, (6) pp. 1251-1264. ISSN 1369-6513 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/hex.12419 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Stirling CM; Martin A; Robinson AL; Scott JL

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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 - 29Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Annear MJ; Toye C; Eccleston CE; McInerney FJ; 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 - 19Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Annear MJ; McInerney F; Eccleston C; Tranter B; Robinson A

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2015Elliott K-E, Scott JL, Monsour M, Nuwayhid F, 'Profiles of dyadic adjustment for advanced prostate cancer to inform couple-based intervention', Psychology and Health, 30, (11) pp. 1259-1273. ISSN 0887-0446 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2015.1043301 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Scott JL; Monsour M

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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; Lea EJ; Stratton BM; Annear MJ; Crisp EP; Robinson AL

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2015Schuz B, Czerniawski AB, Davie N, Miller L, Quinn MG, et al., 'Leisure time activities and mental health in informal dementia caregivers', Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 7, (2) pp. 230-248. ISSN 1758-0846 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/aphw.12046 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Schuz B; Czerniawski AB; Miller L; Quinn MG; King C; Carr AR; Robinson A; Scott JL

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2015Scott JL, Dawkins S, Quinn MG, Sanderson K, Elliott K-E, et al., 'Caring for the carer: a systematic review of pure technology-based cognitive behavioral therapy (TB-CBT) interventions for dementia carers', Aging and Mental Health, 20, (8) pp. 793-803. ISSN 1360-7863 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2015.1040724 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Scott JL; Dawkins S; Quinn MG; Sanderson K; Stirling C; Schuz B; Robinson A

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2014Elliott K-E, Annear MJ, Bell EJ, Palmer AJ, Robinson AL, 'Residents with mild cognitive decline and family members report health students 'enhance capacity of care' and bring 'a new breath of life' in two aged care facilities in Tasmania', Health Expectations pp. 1-14. ISSN 1369-6513 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/hex.12236 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Annear MJ; Bell EJ; Palmer AJ; Robinson AL

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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 - 47Web of Science - 48

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

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2013Elliott K-EJ, Stirling CM, Martin AJ, Robinson AL, Scott JL, 'Perspectives of the community-based dementia care workforce: 'occupational communion' a key finding from the Work 4 Dementia Project', International Psychogeriatrics, 25, (5) pp. 765-774. ISSN 1041-6102 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S1041610212002323 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Stirling CM; Martin AJ; Robinson AL; Scott JL

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2012Elliott K-EJ, Scott JL, Stirling C, Martin AJ, Robinson A, 'Building capacity and resilience in the dementia care workforce: a systematic review of interventions targeting worker and organizational outcomes', International Psychogeriatrics, 24, (6) pp. 882-894. ISSN 1041-6102 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S1041610211002651 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Scott JL; Stirling C; Martin AJ; Robinson A

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Scott JL, Gibson M, Murray K, Tsinoglou M, 'Carers' Care: A resource for carers of people with dementia [DVD - 90 minutes]', Epix Productions and UniPrint, Brisbane and Hobart ISBN 978-0-9803422-3-9 (2010) [Authored Other Book]

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Co-authors: Scott JL; Tsinoglou M

Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Elliot K-EJ, Scott JL, Stirling CM, Martin AJ, 'Developing Resilience in the Aged and Dementia Care Workforce', Resilience in Aging: Concepts, Research, and Outcomes, Springer International Publishing, B Resnick, LP Gwyther and KA Roberto (ed), Switzerland, pp. 347-365. ISBN 9783030045548 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-04555-5_19 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Scott JL; Stirling CM; Martin AJ

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Conference Publication

(28 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Elliott KE, 'Assessing occupational communion and the implications for building resilience in the aged and dementia care workforce', Fifth International Conference on Wellbeing at Work, 22-24 May, Paris, France (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2019Elliott KE, Dawkins S, 'An integrated approach to workplace mental health: Illustrative examples of promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across diverse occupational settings', Fifth International Conference on Wellbeing at Work, 22-24 May, Paris, France (2019) [Chair International Conference]

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Co-authors: Dawkins S

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2019Elliott KE, Quinn M, Johnstone A, Scott JL, 'Do psychosocial work characteristics predict turnover intentions of aged and dementia care workers in Australia?', The fourth annual NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Australian Dementia Forum 2019, 13-14 June, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Quinn M; Johnstone A; Scott JL

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2017Goldberg LR, Canty A, King AE, Price AD, Carr AR, et al., 'Can mature -age non-traditional students succeed in an online Bachelor of Dementia Care program?', International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress, San Francisco, 23-27 July 2017, San Francisco (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Goldberg LR; Canty A; King AE; Price AD; Carr AR; Ziebell JM; Westbury JL

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; 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; Lea EJ

2016Elliott K-E, 'Work4Dementia: Development of an evidence-based intervention to build capacity and resilience for the Australian dementia care workforce. Rapid Fire Presentation', NNIDR Australian Dementia Forum, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, 1-3 May, Brisbane, Queensland (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2016Elliott Kate-Ellen, 'The role of the carer workforce in delivering quality care', 2nd Annual Dementia Strategy Summit, 25-27 October, 2016, Sydney, Australia (2016) [Keynote Presentation]

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2016Elliott Kate-Ellen, Barnett K, Robinson A, 'Teaching and Research Aged Care Services in Australia: Wicking Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program', IPA International Psychogeriatric Association International Congress, 6-9 September, 2016, San Francisco, California (2016) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Robinson A

2016Elliott Kate-Ellen, Sanderson Kristy, Martin Angela, Robinson AL, Scott JL, 'Stress and coping of Australian community-based aged and dementia care employees', 4th International Wellbeing at Work Conference, 31 May, 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Sanderson Kristy; Martin Angela; Robinson AL; Scott JL

2016Elliott Kate-Ellen, Tsinoglou M, Dean T, Scott JL, Robinson AL, 'Re-thinking psychological services in residential aged care settings', The 49th Australian Association of Gerontology's National Conference: Re-imagining our future: Capitalising on the ageing dividend, 2-4 November, 2016, Canberra, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Tsinoglou M; Dean T; Scott JL; Robinson AL

2016Girkin F, Elliott KE, Shannon E, Zimitat C, 'Beyond the numbers: On the road to achieving public value in community support organisations', Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE) Symposium, 6-8 July, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Girkin F; Shannon E; Zimitat C

2016Walters H, Tierney L, Annear M, Elliott KJ, Palmer A, et al., 'Assessment and management of chronic respiratory conditions in frail older adults', Respirology, pp. 145, 21 (2). ISSN 1323-7799 (2016) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1111/resp.12755 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Walters H; Tierney L; Annear M; Palmer A; Robinson A

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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; Lea EJ; Robinson AL

2015Canty A, Carr A, Elliott K-E, Goldberg L, King C, et al., 'The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre - Paving the way forward in online dementia education', Teaching Matters 2014 - Places and Spaces, 2-3 December, 2014, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 47. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Canty A; Carr A; Goldberg L; King C; Kirkcaldie M; McInerney F; Price A; Robinson A; Tolman J; Vickers J

2015Elliott Kate-Ellen, Stirling CM, Martin Angela, Sanderson Kristy, Robinson AL, et al., 'A Measure of Occupational Communion to Inform the Design and Evaluation of Dementia Care Workforce Development Interventions', 2015 IPA International Congress - Berlin, 13-16 October, 2015, Berlin, Germany (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stirling CM; Martin Angela; Sanderson Kristy; Robinson AL; Scott JL

2015Schotel F, Westbury J, Elliot K-E, Ling T, Williams M, 'Lessons from a multi-strategic program to promote appropriate sedative use in residential aged care facilities', Bringing Research to Life: 14th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing Program and Proceedings, 7-8 December 2015, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 67-69. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Schotel F; Westbury J; Ling T; Williams M

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2015Schotel FY, Westbury JL, Elliott KJ, Ling TR, Williams Mackenzie, 'Lessons from a multi-strategic program to promote appropriate sedative use in residential aged care facilities', 14th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing, 7-8 December, 2015, Melbourne, Australia (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Schotel FY; Westbury JL; Ling TR; Williams Mackenzie

2014Canty A, Burke KF, Carr AR, Ceperkovic H, Elliott Kate-Ellen, et al., 'Online Learning and Aspirations in the Bachelor of Dementia Care degree', Aspirations Matter 2014, 5th December, 2014, Launceston, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Canty A; Burke KF; Carr AR; Ceperkovic H; Goldberg LR; Grace A; Jestrimski JW; Kleinig KL; Landowski LM; Minstrell ML; Price AD

2014Elliott K-E, Carr AR, Robinson AL, Vickers JC, 'What palliative care means for students in the Bachelor of Dementia Care', 49th APS Annual Conference: Psychology meeting society's challenges, 30 September - 3 October, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Carr AR; Robinson AL; Vickers JC

2014Elliott Kate-Ellen, Courtney-Pratt HM, See C, Stronach MM, Horner B, et al., 'Are passionate clinical leaders enough for excellence in Teaching Aged Care Facilities?', Australian Association of Gerontology 47th National Conference, 26 - 28 November, 2014, Adelaide, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Courtney-Pratt HM; See C; Stronach MM; Horner B; Robinson AL

2013Elliot K-E, 'Dementia Tsunami in aged-care: can students improve residents' quality-of-life?', Australian Association of Gerontology. Grey Expectations, Ageing in the 21st Century, 26-29 November 2013, Sydney (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Elliott K, 'Building capacity and resilience for the community based dementia care workforce', Aged Care Conference, 6 August, Launceston, TAS (2013) [Plenary Presentation]

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2013Elliott K-E, Annear MJ, Bell EJ, Palmer AJ, Robinson AL, 'Dementia tsunami in aged care: can students improve residents' quality of life?', The 46th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, 27-29 Nov, Sydeny, NSW (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Annear MJ; Bell EJ; Palmer AJ; Robinson AL

2013Elliott K-E, Stirling CM, Robinson AL, Scott JL, 'Community-based dementia carers want future workforce and organisational changes', Australian Association of Gerontology. Grey Expectations, Ageing in the 21st Century, 26-29 November 2013, Sydney, pp. 1. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stirling CM; Robinson AL; Scott JL

2013Elliott K-EJ, Stirling CM, Robinson AL, Scott JL, 'Alignment between informal carers and formal dementia care workers: Perspectives on community service delivery', Alzheimer's Australia 15th National Conference - The Tiles of Life, 14 - 17 May, Hobart, TAS, pp. 1. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stirling CM; Robinson AL; Scott JL

2009Murray K-E, 'Dyadic profiles of adjustment and implications for interventions for couples coping with advanced prostate cancer', Psycho-Oncology and Nursing Meeting, 21 August, Melbourne, pp. 1. (2009) [Plenary Presentation]

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2008Murray K-E, Scott JL, Bruno RB, Monsour M, Nuwayhid F, 'Helping people cope with advanced prostate cancer: Identifying and meeting their coping needs', Abstracts of the 43rd Annual Conference of the APS, 23-26 September, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 173. ISSN 0004-9530 (2008) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Scott JL; Bruno RB

Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Elliott K-EJ, 'Capacity Building and Resilience for the Community-Based Dementia Care Workforce' (2012) [PhD]

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2009Murray K-E, 'Helping People Cope with Advanced Prostate Cancer: Identifying and Meeting their Unmet Coping Needs' (2009) [Masters Coursework]

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Other Public Output

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Elliott Kate-Ellen, 'Dementia care workforce project led by researchers at the Wicking Centre', Australian Association of Gerontology eNewsletter, online, August 2016 (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2015Elliott Kate-Ellen, 'Psychology of Ageing', Statewide Afternoon Show, ABC, Hobart, 16 December 2015 (2015) [Media Interview]

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2015Elliott Kate-Ellen, 'Two UTAS researchers secure share of Commonwealth funding for dementia projects', The Mercury, Hobart, Australia, 20 October (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2010Elliott Kate-Ellen, 'Graduate Research Funding, University of Tasmania for attendance at 5th International Carers Conference, Leeds, UK' (2010) [Award]

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2007Elliott Kate-Ellen, 'Jim Bacon Foundation Award for Treatment in Cancer [Awarded $10,000]' (2007) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Kate-Ellen has attracted research funding both individually and in collaborative efforts in aged and dementia care, as well as in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$1,078,107

Projects

Work4Dementia: Development of an evidence-based intervention to build capacity and resilience for the Australian dementia care workforce (2016 - 2019)$595,220
Description
I am poised to apply the findings from 6 years of my research to solve the pressing issue of how to effectively develop and support the dementia care workforce. I aim to apply my clinical psychology expertise to offer unique insights to lead the way forward in translational dementia care services research. I will conduct two studies that aim to improve the capacity and resilience of the dementia care workforce. Previously, I identified a new construct (now published), occupational communion (OC), which has implications for retaining dementia care workers in their jobs for longer. OC facilitates a sense of belonging based in social interaction at work essential for positive coping with high job demands. Results from my postdoctoral studies showed that OC is a valid and reliable construct. OC has been tested in a theoretical model showing social interaction with clients and colleagues can influence positive ways to cope with job demands such as isolation or grief and loss. The current research fellowship and proposal will test the capacity of OC to inform the development of an innovative evidence-based intervention (Work4Dementia). A pilot test will determine the acceptability and feasibility of new Work4Dementia resources in 2 aged and dementia care organisations in Tasmania. A trial will determine the efficacy of Work4Dementia in 4 new organisational settings across Australia. Work4Dementia will ultimately reduce job stress and subsequent turnover, enhance work engagement and improve quality care outcomes for people with dementia and their families. This program will result in a potentially translatable outcome for the major public health issue of dementia, that I am ideally placed to lead.
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($595,220)
Scheme
Fellowship, ARC Dementia Research Development
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Elliott KJ
Period
2016 - 2019
Grant Reference
1101865
Optimising Respiratory Care in Dementia (ORCID): an educational program for carers (2016 - 2017)$45,799
Description
Managing chronic respiratory conditions in residential aged care is challenging, particularly for residents with dementia. In pilot studies, we have shown that respiratory conditions are often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Carers are well placed to observe and respond to changes in respiratory health but their knowledge of respiratory care is limited and the recognition, treatment and management of respiratory conditions is not well understood. In collaboration with Aged Care staff and respiratory experts, we will develop an educational module: Optimising Respiratory Care in Dementia (ORCID), to address this deficit in knowledge. Once developed, we will examine the impact this has on the dementia and respiratory knowledge of a group of carers and nurses in a pilot trial. A better approach to respiratory care in dementia will ultimately improve the quality of life of residents and allow the development of a systematic approach to observation, review and referral for residents with respiratory needs.
Funding
Dementia Collaborative Research Centre ($45,799)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Doherty KV; Robinson AL; Walters EH; Elliott KJ
Period
2016 - 2017
Carers CARE (Mobile App) to assist dementia carers coping resilience (2016 - 2018)$293,128
Description
Development of the Carers CARE Mobile App that delivers assistance and coping skills to dementia carers and enhance the capacity of Tasmanian Support services.
Funding
Tasmanian Community Fund ($293,128)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Scott JL; de Salas KL; Robinson AL; Schuez Benjamin; Lewis IJ; Sanderson Kristy; Elliott KJ; Quinn MG; Arnold J; Slater D
Period
2016 - 2018
Enhancing Psychology Placements in Aged Care Project (2015)$42,587
Description
The primary aim of the project is to test an adapted evidence-based model of interprofessional health placements found to beeffective for nursing, medicine and paramedicine, for the discipline of psychology in a residential aged care setting, and examine the organisational factors that influence implementation and sustainability. A secondary aim of the project is to explore the acceptability, feasibility and preliminary efficacyof psychosocial care for older adults delivered by supervised provisional psychologists.
Funding
Faculty of Health UTAS ($42,587)
Scheme
Grant - Health Workforce Australia
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Elliott KJ; Dean T; Scott JL
Year
2015
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
Clinical Redesign of respiratory pathways in residential aged care (2014)$80,000
Description
Respiratory conditions are a leading cause of unplanned admissions from residential aged care and the wider community. This project aims to reduce the burden of preventable unplanned admissions from aged care facilities and improve health outcomes.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($80,000)
Scheme
vTAHSP Demonstration Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bell EJ; Robinson AL; Walters EH; Palmer AJ; Winter RE; Annear MJ; Elliott KJ
Year
2014
Australian aged and dementia care employees' adjustment in the face of high job demands: extending the Work4Demenita Project (2014)$14,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($14,500)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Elliott KJ
Year
2014

Research Supervision

Kate-Ellen is supervising PhD candidates in health services research. She welcomes discussions about research opportunities that overlap with her areas of interest, including but not limited to, workforce and older adult mental health.

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDStaying Connected: A positive approach to addressing loneliness and maintaining social connection in older adulthood2017