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Dr Helen Rawson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Research Fellow Grade 2

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Nursing and Midwif.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 2007

Contact

helen.rawson@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 68383, 95317

Biography summary

Dr Helen Rawson is a Registered Nurse and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research-Monash Health Partnership. Her research focus is supporting evidence-based care to enhance wellbeing and safety of older people in clinical and aged care settings across three interrelated areas: engaging older people and families in hospital, community and aged care settings; workforce development; and meeting the health needs of culturally diverse older people. Helen's research is aligned with national and international priority age groups for health interventions, and contributes to translation of evidence to support positive care outcomes and experiences for older people. Helen's research informs her service, teaching and supervision responsibilities, and provides a strong nexus between the research evidence, education and clinical practice.

Helen has experience working on qualitative and quantitative research projects and in project managing large scale multi-site research projects with multi-disciplinary teams. Current projects include:

  • Community Engagement and Participation in Age Care Service Provision;
  • Reducing harm, in the acute hospital setting, to people displaying symptoms associated with a neurocognitive disorder;
  • Partnering with Patients in Medication Administration; Engaging family members in, and building their understanding of, residential aged care: adaption of the Tri-focal Model of Care education program;
  • Quantifying the risk of unplanned transfers from subacute to acute care; and
  • Nursing management of the care of older patients in the emergency department.

Helen was awarded the international Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Titular Fellowship in 2015 to work at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA), Swansea University, Wales, UK. Helen served on the national advisory steering committee for the Experiences of Ageing in Australia project by Healthtalk Australia. 

Helen teaches in the undergraduate nursing programme at Deakin University and is specifically involved in the subject The Older Person and Supportive Care. Helen also co supervises Honours Masters and higher degree research students in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. 

As a Registered Nurse Helen has extensive experience in working with older people in residential aged care facilities and in hospital. Helen is a member of the Deakin University, Faculty of Health, Human Ethics Research Advisory Group and also serves as a member of Monash Health Human Research Ethics Low Risk Committee. Helen is also an executive committee member for the Australasian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Victoria Division. 

Helen is a member of the Australian College of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Psi Zeta-at-Large Chapter, the Australasian Association of Gerontology and the British Society of Gerontology.

Research interests

Dr Rawson's research focus is supporting evidence-based care to enhance wellbeing and safety of older people in clinical and aged care settings across three interrelated areas: engaging older people and families in hospital, community and aged care settings; workforce development; and meeting the health needs of culturally diverse older people. Her research is aligned with national and international priority age groups for health interventions, and contributes to translation of evidence to support positive care outcomes and experiences for older people. Dr Rawson's research informs her service, teaching and supervision responsibilities, and provides a strong nexus between the research evidence, education and clinical practice.

Dr Rawson has experience in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including the use of in-depth individual and focus group interviews and surveys.

Affiliations

  • Nurses and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Australian College of Nursing
  • Australian Association of Gerontology                                                
  • The British Society of Gerontology                                                      
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Psi Zeta-at-Large Chapter

Teaching interests

Dr Rawson co supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and also teaches in the undergraduate programme in the subject The Older Person and Supportive Care.

Units taught

Nursing Management of the Older Person

The Older Person and Supportive Care

Knowledge areas

Research with older people, family members and carers.

Research with health professionals.

Engaging research in the clinical environment - hospital and residential aged care settings.

Research with culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Experience in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Conferences

Invited Presentations 
Rawson, H., Walker, H., Ockerby C., Forbes H., O’Connell, B., & Hutchinson, A.M (2016) Family evaluation of the Tri-focal Model of Care Education Program. Monash Health Research Week, Kingston Centre, Melbourne, 25 November, 2016.

H Rawson (2016) Transcultural Nursing in Multicultural Australia: Is higher education appropriately preparing nursing gradates to support the care needs of a culturally diverse population? Association of Commonwelath Universities Perspectives Series, London, 14th July, 2016.

H Rawson (2016). Intercultural Education of Nurses in Europe (IENE 4) Conference, Middlesex Univeristy, London, 27th July, 2016.

H Rawson (2016) 1) The Experience of Ageing in Australia; 2) Positive ageing. National Christadelphian Conference Aged Care Conference 2016. Olivet Aged Care, Ringwood, Melbourne. Friday 13th May 2016. 

Other Key Presentations 2012-2016

Rawson, H., Walker, H., Ockerby C., Forbes H., O’Connell, B., & Hutchinson, A.M (2016) Family evaluation of the Tri-focal Model of Care Education Program. Australian Association of Gerontology 49th Annual Conference. “Capitalising on the Ageing Dividend: Re-imagining Our Future”. National Convention Centre, Canberra, 2 November, 2016. 

H Rawson, J Considine, P Bennett, R Chapman, C Ockerby, C Au & A M Hutchinson (2015). Emergency nurses’ knowledge and self-rated practice skills when caring for older patients in the ED – a cross-sectional survey. Monash Health Research Week, 18 March, Monash Medical Centre,  Australia.

Hutchinson, A.M., O’Connell, B., Rawson, H, Walker, H., Ockerby, C., Forbes, H. Ostaszkiewicz, J., & Bucknall, T.K. (2015) Building capacity for quality improvement and patient safety in residential aged care: The Tri-focal Model of Care. Monash Health Research Week, 18 March, Monash Medical Centre, Australia.

Rawson, H., Cossich, T., Considine, J., Bennett, P., Chapman, R., & Hutchinson, A. M. (2014). Emergency nurses’ knowledge and self-rated practice skills when caring for older ED patients. International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN), 8 October 2014, Pan Pacific, Perth, Australia. (Oral presentation).

Peel, C., Hutchinson, A. M., Lever, C., Martin, V., O’Connell, B., Ockerby, C., Ostaszkiewicz, J., Rawson, H., & Walker, H. (2014) Transforming Care through Meaningful Partnerships: The Tri-focal Model of Care at Yarraman Nursing Home. Asia Pacific (APAC) Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, 1-3 September 2014, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

Hutchinson, A.M., O’Connell, B., Bucknall, T. K., Forbes, H. Hills, D., Ostaszkiewicz, J., Rawson, H., (2014). The Tri-focal Model of Care – translating knowledge to optimise safety and quality in residential aged care. National Aged Care Conference, Cooperative for Healthy Aging Research and Teaching (CHART), 30 April 2014.  University of Canberra, Australia.

Hutchinson, A. (presenter), Rawson, H., (presenter), Ostaszkiewicz, J. (presenter), Hills, D. (presenter), O’Connell, B., et al. (2014). Transforming Residential Aged Care: Implementing the Tri-focal Model of Care. National Aged Care Workshop, Cooperative for Healthy Aging Research and Teaching (CHART), 29 April 2014.University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia.  

Ellis, J., Rawson, H., and Holdsworth, M. (2012) Resident transfer from aged care homes to hospital: incidence and outcomes. Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) 45th National Conference, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 20-23 November 2012, Brisbane, Australia. 

Professional activities

  • Executive member Australasian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Victoria Division Committee
  • Member Australasian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Ageing, Workforce and Education Special Interest Group
  • Member Australasian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD) Special Interest Group                                                        
  • Member national advisory committee for exploring the ‘Experiences of Ageing in Australia’ Healthdirect Australia and Healthtalk Australia.

Peer reviewer for the following journals:                                                                      

  • Australasian Journal on Ageing 
  • Australasian Emergency Nurses Journal
  • Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • Journal of Clincal Nursing
  • Collegian
  • Health Promotion International
  • International Journal of Older People Nursing
  • Nursing Research

Awards

The international Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Titular Fellowship in 2015 to work at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA), Swansea University, Wales, UK.

Best Poster People’s Choice Award - H Rawson, T Bucknall, H Forbes, A M Hutchinson, B O'Connell & J Ostaszkiewicz (2014). The Tri-focal Model of Care – partnership-centred, evidence-based practice in residential aged care. 47th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, 26-28 November 2014, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia.

Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Faculty of Health Award for Innovation – Tri- focal Model of Care, 5th June 2014.

La Trobe University Postgraduate Research Scholarship for PhD research:  2004-2006

Royal College of Nursing UK HSA Charitable Trust Award for Masters Research at Oxford University: 1995 -1996

Projects

Community Engagement and Participation in Age Care Service Provision;  

Reducing harm, in the acute hospital setting, to people displaying symptoms associated with a neurocognitive disorder;                                                                

Partnering with Patients in Medication Administration;                                  

Engaging family members in, and building their understanding of, residential aged care: adaption of the Tri-focal Model of Care education program;              

The Trifocal Model of Care - translating knowledge to optimise quality and safety in residential aged care.

Understanding influence of the Trifocal Model of Care on indicators of quality in residential aged care .

Victorian Public Sector Residential Aged Care Workforce Census 2015.

Nursing care of the older person in the emergency department .

Quantifying the risk of an unplanned transfer from subacute to acute care .

Engaging Patients in Communication at Transitions of Care – 
Report submitted to the Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Health Care

Laughter Yoga in Dialysis 

Nursing roles and strategies in end-of-life decision making involving older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds admitted to Victorian hospitals for end-of-life care – Final report submitted April 2014.

Publications

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2017

Tri-focal model of care implementation: perspectives of residents and family

A Hutchinson, H Rawson, B O'Connell, H Walker, T Bucknall, H Forbes, J Ostaszkiewicz, C Ockerby

(2017), Vol. 49, pp. 33-43, Journal of nursing scholarship, London, Eng., C1

journal

Barriers to regaining control within a constructivist grounded theory of family resilience in ICU: living with uncertainty

P Wong, P Liamputtong, S Koch, H Rawson

(2017), pp. 1-14, Journal of clinical nursing, London, Eng., C1

journal

Barriers to families' regaining control in ICU: disconnectedness

P Wong, P Liamputtong, S Koch, H Rawson

(2017), pp. 1-7, Nursing in critical care, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Patient engagement in clinical communication: an exploratory study

W Chaboyer, A McMurray, A Marshall, B Gillespie, S Roberts, A Hutchinson, M Botti, L McTier, H Rawson, T Bucknall

(2016), Vol. 30, pp. 565-573, Scandinavian journal of caring sciences, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Engaging patients and families in communication across transitions of care: an integrative review protocol

T Bucknall, A Hutchinson, M Botti, L McTier, H Rawson, N Hewitt, A McMurray, A Marshall, B Gillespie, W Chaboyer

(2016), Vol. 72, pp. 1689-1700, Journal of advanced nursing, London, Eng., C1

journal

Assuaging death anxiety in older overseas-born Australians of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds hospitalised for end-of-life care

M-J Johnstone, A Hutchinson, H Rawson, B Redley

(2016), Vol. 52, pp. 269-285, Contemporary nurse, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Fostering trusting relationships with older immigrants hospitalised for end-of-life care

M-J Johnstone, H Rawson, A Hutchinson, B Redley

(2016), pp. 1-13, Nursing ethics, London, Eng., C1

journal

Nursing strategies for engaging families of older immigrants hospitalized for end-of-life care: an Australian study

M Johnstone, A Hutchinson, H Rawson, B Redley

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 57-63, Journal of patient experience, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2015

Families' experiences of their interactions with staff in an Australian intensive care unit (ICU): a qualitative study

P Wong, P Liamputtong, S Koch, H Rawson

(2015), Vol. 31, pp. 51-63, Intensive and critical care nursing, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal

Nursing Roles and Strategies in End-of-Life Decision Making Concerning Elderly Migrants Admitted to Acute Care Hospitals: An Australian Study

M-J Johnstone, A Hutchinson, B Redley, H Rawson

(2015), Journal of Transcultural Nursing, C1

journal

Nurses' and personal care assistants' role in improving the relocation of older people into nursing homes.

J Ellis, H Rawson

(2015), Journal of Clinical Nursing, Online, C1

journal

Intradialytic Laughter Yoga therapy for haemodialysis patients: a pre-post intervention feasibility study.

P Bennett, T Parsons, R Ben-Moshe, M Neal, M Weinberg, K Gilbert, C Ockerby, H Rawson, C Herbu, A Hutchinson

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 176-176, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, England, C1

journal
2014

Laughter and humor therapy in dialysis

P Bennett, T Parsons, R Ben-Moshe, M Weinberg, M Neal, K Gilbert, H Rawson, C Ockerby, P Finlay, A Hutchinson

(2014), Vol. 27, pp. 488-493, Seminars in dialysis, Hoboken, N. J., C1

journal

Laughter and humor therapy in dialysis

P Bennett, T Parsons, R Ben-Moshe, M Weinberg, M Neal, K Gilbert, H Rawson, C Ockerby, P Finlay, A Hutchinson

(2014), Vol. 27, pp. 488-493, Seminars in dialysis, Hoboken, N. J., C1

journal
2010

Culture and sex education : the acquisition of sexual knowledge for a group of Vietnamese Australian young women

H Rawson, P Liamputtong

(2010), Vol. 15, pp. 343-364, Ethnicity & health, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2009

Influence of traditional Vietnamese culture on the utilisation of mainstream health services for sexual health issues by second-generation Vietnamese Australian young women

H Rawson, P Liamputtong

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 75-81, Sexual health, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal
2001

Deaths from chickenpox in England and Wales 1995-7: analysis of routine mortality data

H Rawson, A Crampin, N Noah

(2001), Vol. 323, pp. 1091-1093, British medical journal, London, England, C1-1

journal
2000

Benign ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer: a cohort study with implications for screening

T Crawford, S Campbell, T Bourne, H Rawson, W Collins

(2000), Vol. 355, pp. 1060-1063, Lancet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Monash Health Partnership (previously Southern Health) Deakin joint nursing appointment

Prof Alison Hutchinson, A/Prof Bernice Redley, Dr Helen Rawson

  • 2017: $211,602
  • 2016: $267,859
  • 2015: $252,654
  • 2014: $249,295
  • 2013: $231,812
  • 2012: $179,728
  • 2011: $155,862
  • 2010: $121,830
  • 2009: $127,899
  • 2008: $92,222

Review of engaging patients in communication at transistions of care

Prof Tracey Bucknall, Prof Mari Botti, Prof Alison Hutchinson, Dr Lauren McTier, Dr Helen Rawson

  • 2015: $8,757
  • 2014: $112,298

Partnering with patients in medication administration

Prof Alison Hutchinson, Prof Elizabeth Manias, Prof Tracey Bucknall, Prof Mari Botti, Dr Helen Rawson

  • 2016: $60,000

Reducing harm, in the acute hospital setting, to people displaying symptoms associated with a neurocognitive disorder

Prof Alison Hutchinson, A/Prof Bernice Redley, Prof Tracey Bucknall, Dr Helen Rawson, Dr Ben Richardson, Adj/Prof Cheyne Chalmers, Prof Donald Campbell, Mrs Emily Tomlinson, Prof Beverly O'Connell

  • 2017: $20,025
  • 2016: $177,000

Industry and Other Funding

Cross-national comparisons of best practice care for ethnic elderly populations in main stream health system and culturally specific care areas

Dr Helen Rawson

  • 2015: $10,524

Community Engagement and Participation in Age Care Service Provision

Dr Helen Rawson, Prof Alison Hutchinson, Ms Wendym Quinn

  • 2017: $31,119

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report