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Joan Ostaszkiewicz is a Research Fellow in the Southern Health Nursing Research Centre. She is involved in national and international research on issues associated with quality and risk management in the context of ageing. She has a clinical background as a Continence Nurse Advisor and has worked in a range of settings. Joan has published widely, including two book chapters. She has been involved in developing an innovative and evidence-based model of care for the residential aged care sector, as well as guidelines to enhance continence care in acute, subacute and residential aged care, and systematic reviews for the Cochrane collaboration.
The major focus of Joan Ostaszkiewicz’s research is in the area of aged care, the management of incontinence, dementia care, and evidence-based nursing practice. She is particularly interested in exploring barriers and enablers to evidence-based continence care in residential aged care settings and strategies to optimise residents’ autonomy and independence in relation to continence care. Joan’s research interests also extend to broader issues related to supporting the aged care workforce to respond to the challenges of an ageing population, and measuring the quality of continence care in the residential aged care sector.
2012 Royal College of Nursing Aged Care Myrtle Ivy Quicke Memorial Grant
2012 Nurses for Continence Professional Development Grant
2010 Australian Nursing Federation Gerontology Scholarship
2009 Australian Postgraduate Award
2008 American Nurses Journal Book of the year award in the category of research. Ostaszkiewicz, J & O’Connell, B. (2007). Habit Retraining for Urinary Incontinence in Adults, Chapter 12, Reviewing Research Evidence for Nursing Practice: Systematic Reviews. Blackwell Ltd.
2008 Royal College of Nursing Aged Care Nursing Scholarship
2008 Nurses Memorial Centre Scholarship
2005 Coloplast Educational Scholarship
2002 Victorian Department of Human Services Ethel Temby Study Tour Awardstaff
• Australian Association of Gerontology
• Australian Nurses for Continence
• Cochrane Incontinence Review Group
• International Consultation on Incontinence
• International Continence Society
• The Continence Foundation of Australia
• The Cochrane Healthcare of Older People Group
• Active member of the nursing committee of the International Continence Society
• Peer reviewer for a number of journals
1. Ostaszkiewicz, J., O’Connell, B (2012). Continence and dementia. (Invited speaker). Clinical Expertise in Dementia Care Forum. Alzheimer’s’ Association. 25th May, 2012, Melbourne, Australia.
2. Ostaszkiewicz, J., O’Connell, B., Dunning, T. (2011). Documentation of the quality of continence care in residential aged care settings: a critique of accreditation reports. (Oral presentation). 20th National Conference on Incontinence. 16-19th November, 2011. Melbourne, Australia
3. Griebling, T., Hunter, K., Ostaszkiewicz, J. O’Connell, B. Kirschner-Hermanns, R. (2011). Frailty, aging and incontinence in the elderly: An Interactive Case-Based Discussion of Best Practices. (Workshop). 41st Annual Meeting International Continence Society. 28 Aug – 2nd Sept, Glasglow, UK
4. Ostaszkiewicz, J., O’Connell, B., Dunning, T. (2010). Usefulness of ICI recommendations for evaluating continence care in Australian residential aged care facilities. (Oral presentation) 19th National Conference on Incontinence, Continence Foundation of Australia, 27-30th October, Alice Springs, Australia
5. O'Connell, B., Ostaszkiewicz, J., Hawkins, M., Gilbee, A. (2009). The clinical utility of a suite of continence assessment tools for use in residential aged care facilities. [Poster], 39th Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society, 29th September – 3rd October 2009, San Francisco, USA
6. Roe, B., Ostaszkiewicz, J., Wallace, S. (2008). A synopsis of four Cochrane systematic reviews on bladder training and voiding programmes using Metastudy techniques for qualitative research. [Poster], 16th Cochrane Colloquium. Evidence in the era of globalisation. 3 - 7 October 2008, Freiburg, Germany
7. Ostaszkiewicz, J. O’Connell, B., Millar, L. (2007). Urinary and faecal incontinence and other bladder & bowel symptoms in hospitalised individuals: prevalence, use of continence products/devices and documentation. (Oral presentation) 16th National Conference on Incontinence. Continence Foundation of Australia, Surfers Paradise, Australia
8. O’Connell, B. & Ostaszkiewicz, J. (2007). Development of screening and assessment tools for continence management in residential aged care. (Oral presentation) 16th National Conference on Incontinence. Continence Foundation of Australia, Surfers Paradise, Australia
9. Ostaszkiewicz, J. (2006). Urinary incontinence in frail older adults. (Invited speaker). Quality-of-life Seminar: Tottori University, Yonago, Japan.
10. Roe, B., Ostaszkiewicz, J., Palmer, M., Engberg, S., Hay-Smith, J. (2006). Revisiting theory and practice on bladder training and voiding programs. (Workshop). 36th Annual meeting of The International Continence Society. Christchurch, New Zealand