Melissa Abela

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Melissa Abela


Room Level 4 , Medical Science 1

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Fields of Research

  • Aged care nursing (420502)
  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Health promotion (420603)

Research Objectives

  • Palliative care (200309)
  • Provision of health and support services (200399)
  • Nursing (200307)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Behaviour and health (200401)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)


Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2020Karacsony S, Abela MR, 'Stimulating sense memories for people living with dementia using the Namaste Care programme: what works, how and why?', Journal of Clinical Nursing ISSN 0962-1067 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.15665 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Karacsony S


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2021Abela M, Maxwell H, Alty JE, Lawler K, Bindoff AD, et al., 'Physical activity for dementia risk reduction - not as easy as it sounds', 2021 Australian Dementia Forum, 31 May 2021 - 1 June 2021, online (2021) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Maxwell H; Alty JE; Lawler K; Bindoff AD; Farrow M

Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2021Karacsony S, Abela M, 'Train the trainer program manual - The trajectory of dementia illnesses and the Namaste Care Program for people living with advanced dementia in residential aged care facilities', University of Tasmania, Australia, pp. 1-13. (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

DOI: 10.25959/c71m-9k11 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Karacsony S


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

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Co-authors: Karacsony S; Eccleston C

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Evaluation of education and training on the Namaste Care program for people with advanced dementia on aged care staff's knowledge, skills and perceived competence in end-of-life dementia care: A pilot (2021 - 2022)$15,000
This research directly promotes knowledge and development of skills in person-centered dementia care and palliative care of the person with advanced dementia at end of life. The project will support knowledge of advanced dementia, skill development in pain assessment and gentle massage techniques. Staff will be supported in learning about the Namaste CareTM program principles and elements of care and shown simple and practical ways to provide compassionate, person-centred care aimed at promoting comfort and engaging residents in meaningful activities to improve quality of life. There has been little rigorous evaluation done in the Australian context on the efficacy of Namaste Care education to prepare staff for implementation and delivery of the Namaste CareTM program. To this end, this study will deliver knowledge and skill enhancement to prepare aged care staff for the Namaste CareTM program for people living with advanced dementia in an aged care facility in Northern Tasmania with implications for wider service delivery through ongoing training and development of aged care staff in end-of-life dementia care.
Department of Health (Tasmania) ($15,000)
Grant-End of Life Care Policy Implementation
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Karacsony S; Abela MR; Eccleston CEA
2021 - 2022