Anita De Bellis

Anita De Bellis
Flinders University · School of Nursing and Midwifery

RN, BN, MN, PhD

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There have been significant advancements in the fields of medicine, demography, and pathology. These disciplines have contributed to the classification and control of death and dying. People are now living longer with numerous comorbidities, and there is a significant aging population. Consequently, there have been increases in the numbers of peopl...
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Objectives Vaccine refusal is increasing in Australia and is a major concern in high-and middle-income countries. There is evidence to suggest that some parents, even those who elect to immunise, may be vaccine hesitant with some manipulating the schedule by excluding or delaying some vaccines. The aim of this review was to gain an understanding of...
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Background Immunisation is universally accepted as one of the most significant health initiatives in recent times. However, vaccine hesitancy is increasing in Australia and other high- and middle-income countries. There is evidence to suggest that many parents, even those who elect to immunise, may have a degree of vaccine hesitancy. The recommenda...
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Purpose To construct a conceptual model of comprehensive care for Indonesian children with Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Design and Methods A qualitative constructivist grounded theory design. Purposive sampling was used to interview 12 children with Human Immunodeficiency Virus and 8 family members with the age of the children ranged from 9 to 18...
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Objectives : Vaccine refusal is increasing in Australia and is a major concern in high- and middle-income countries. There is evidence to suggest that some parents, even those who elect to immunise, may be vaccine hesitant with some manipulating the schedule by excluding or delaying some vaccines. The aim of this review was to gain an understanding...
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Poverty, poor living conditions, religious values and norms, lack of education, and gender discrimination influence the beliefs and behaviors of rural older women in many low-income countries. This paper aims to report the socio-ecological determinants of health-seeking beliefs and behaviors of rural older women in Northeastern Bangladesh and how t...
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This paper aims to contextualise ‘healthcare access and utilisation’ within its wider social circumstances, including structural factors that shape primary healthcare for marginalised groups. Mainstream theories often neglect complexities among the broader social, institutional and cultural milieus that shape primary healthcare utilisation in reali...
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Senior women's access to medical care in rural Bangladesh is a major public health concern. This study aims to explore the system determinants that impact on rural senior women's utilization of healthcare. Following a qualitative critical social research design, healthcare staff and senior women living in three rural villages of Bangladesh were app...
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Introduction: This scoping literature review explored the characteristics and behaviours of a subset of Australia's older population: 'grey nomads', many who live and travel with type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus. Grey nomads are people aged more than 55 years, who travel in caravans or motorhomes for extended periods of time around rural and remote a...
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Objectives Evaluation of simulation and coaching training to change the self‐efficacy of aged care workers to prevent and manage workplace aggressive events. Methods Seventeen aged care workers from a community and residential aged care service provider completed education modules and two half‐days of simulation using actors and real‐life scenario...
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Social determinants of health is a core cross-cutting approach of the World Health Organization to reduce health inequalities, and places an emphasis on aged care planning in rural areas of low- and lower-middle income countries including Bangladesh. The complex correlated health and social factors in Bangladesh interplay to shape the healthcare ac...
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Background: In Australia, informal caregivers (family, friends and neighbours) play a crucial role in supporting people with dementia to remain at home. Within the community aged care policy, informal caregivers are acknowledged as assisting with managing care. However, they usually receive very limited dementia care education and training to supp...
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The phenomenon of grey nomads travelling in rural and remote regions of Australia is on the increase, and as this cohort is an older age group, they are often travelling with chronic conditions, such as diabetes. Seven rural and remote diabetes educators were interviewed about their experiences of grey nomad travellers with diabetes, to whom they p...
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Background: Cultural diversity is significant in aged care facilities. Registered nurses play a leading role in the care setting. Nurse-led education interventions to improve the cultural competence of aged care workers are in high demand. Aim: The aims of the study were to evaluate the effect of a nurse-led cross-cultural care program on cultur...
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Aim: To clarify how high-quality fundamentals of care for people with dementia and/or delirium were practiced in a specialist geriatric evaluation and management unit. Background: Older people with cognitive impairment represent a significant number of people who are admitted to hospital. They are at increased risk of dying, readmission, and lon...
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In Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries, a significant proportion of its most deprived citizens are elderly women living in rural areas, where healthcare access remains difficult. This article argues that as citizens, such elderly women, too, should have a constitutional right to healthcare access. Meeting this constitutional and human...
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This paper draws on qualitative interviews with migrant Indo-Asian and African personal care workers and registered and enrolled nurses employed by two not-for-profit residential aged care organisations in Australia: AnglicareSA and Resthaven Inc. The paper examines the way these culturally and linguistically diverse staff talk about the safe organ...
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Background: Developed countries worldwide are facing an unprecedented demand for aged care services, with recent migrants of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds increasingly recruited as care workers while at the same time there is growing cultural diversity among aged care residents. This situation is compounded by rapidly changing techno...
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Purpose: The South Korean government introduced the universal Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) program in 2008 that created a new employment category of 'paid family care worker' to assist the elderly with chronic illnesses including dementia. The aim of this study was to understand the lived experience of paid family care workers of people with de...
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Objective This review aimed to explore and analyze the social determinants that impact rural women’s aged 60 years and older healthcare access in low or middle income and high income countries. Methods Major healthcare databases including MEDLINE and MEDLINE In-Process, PsycINFO, PubMed, ProQuest, Web of Science, CINAHL and ERIC were searched from...
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Objective To explore relatives’ experience, knowledge and perceptions of challenging behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and association with antipsychotic use for persons with dementia in residential aged care. Design A qualitative Interpretive Description design using semi-structured interviews was used for understanding the...
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Introduction: In Australia residents in aged care homes and staff who care for them come from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This characteristic of diversity challenges aged care service providers to provide high-quality care for residents. Method: The aim of this study was to examine the level of satisfaction with cross-cultural care...
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Cultural diversity between residents and staff is significant in aged care homes in many developed nations in the context of international migration. This diversity can be a challenge to achieving effective cross-cultural communication. The aim of this study was to critically examine how staff and residents initiated effective cross-cultural commun...
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Background: The lack of dementia education programmes for health professionals in primary care is one of the major factors contributing to the unmet demand for dementia care services. Aims: To determine the effectiveness of a nurse-led dementia education and knowledge translation programme for health professionals in primary care; participants'...
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Similar to many developed nations, older people living in residential aged care homes in Australia and the staff who care for them have become increasingly multicultural. This cultural diversity adds challenges for residents in adapting to the care home. This study explores: (i) residents' and family members' perceptions about staff and cultural di...
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Bangladesh is identified as one of the poorest countries with disparities in access to healthcare services, especially in rural areas. In this country, elderly women tend to be more acutely and chronically ill than other populations, and in more need of treatment, yet they have less access to healthcare services. This population group is experienci...
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Background Nurses have a key role to play in ensuring that high-quality care is given to patients throughout their disease trajectory, including at the end of life. An increase in the ageing population in Western countries means that nurses are responsible for providing end-of-life care in a range of clinical settings. Nursing students are often ex...
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AimTo explore community-dwelling first-time stroke survivors and family caregivers’ perceptions of being engaged in stroke rehabilitation.Background Stroke is recognized as a worldwide common healthcare problem and the leading cause of adult disability. An holistic approach to rehabilitation can only be achieved by engaging stroke survivors and car...
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The aim of this study was to investigate caregiver distress in reacting to the care recipient's behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and factors contributing to caregiver distress in the community setting in China. One hundred and fifty-two family caregivers of people with dementia in community settings were assessed using the C...
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The majority of Vietnamese Australians migrated to Australia as refugees to escape a war and this unique migration background may affect their ability to access and utilize healthcare services in Australia. Inability to utilize dementia services is associated with higher levels of caregiver burden, higher rates of morbidities and mortality and hosp...
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Most caregiver interventions in a multicultural society are designed to target caregivers from the mainstream culture and exclude those who are unable to speak English. This study addressed the gap by testing the hypothesis that personalized caregiver support provided by a team led by a care coordinator of the person with dementia would improve com...
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Objectives: To investigate caregiver burden in dementia and explore factors associated with different types of burden in a country without formal caregiver support using a province in China as a case. Method: Cross-sectional questionnaire survey was used to collect data. One hundred and fifty-two family caregivers of people with dementia in comm...
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Both Australia and China have a large proportion of people with dementia and the prevalence will triple in Australia and increase five times in China by 2050. The majority of people with dementia are reliant on family caregivers to provide daily care and to maintain the dignity in both countries. As a consequence, caregiver burden has become a majo...
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Dementia is a priority area for all countries as populations age and dementia prevalence increases. The use of physical restraint is a possible clinical practice for persons with dementia across settings when behaviours indicate a perceived need. Indeed, this may be the first choice in practice, occurring in part because of lack of education, safet...
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To examine socially, culturally and politically constructed factors affecting family caregiver practice in dementia care, and to identify possible changes in a country with undeveloped dementia services. In China and many other low- and middle-income countries, social transformations are weakening the family care model, which has an impact on the p...
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Background: Older people from culturally and linguistically diverse groups are underrepresented in residential aged care but overrepresented in community aged care in Australia. However, little is known about culturally and linguistically diverse family caregivers in utilising dementia services in Australia because previous studies mainly focused o...
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Older people from culturally and linguistically diverse groups are underrepresented in residential aged care but overrepresented in community aged care in Australia. However, little is known about culturally and linguistically diverse family caregivers in utilising dementia services in Australia because previous studies mainly focused on the majori...
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Healthcare practitioners have suggested that interpreting person-centered care for people who have dementia to undergraduate students requires guidance in practical application. This article describes the production of a written and digital interdisciplinary educational resource for tertiary students. It uses real-life case scenarios provided by he...
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The Australian government and aged care industry uphold the standard of care for persons who require high care and reside in residential aged care facilities. The residential aged care system is extremely complex and through research conducted at the micro level it is argued that the macro level of policy can be exposed for the effects on the groun...
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A new funding instrument has been introduced into residential aged care known as the Aged Care Funding Instrument. As part of these requirements the assessment of depression for all residents admitted to an Australian aged care facility has been implemented using the Cornell Scale of Depression in Dementia. This literature review was undertaken on...
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The need for a specialized clinical regimen for patients with dementia who require palliative care has only recently been recognized. Structured approaches to palliative care are not well developed. The recognition and treatment of pain is an important part of this management risk. However, pain is consistently underdiagnosed and undertreated in th...
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The transition from undergraduate nursing student to employment as a registered nurse is fraught with difficulties for a neophyte. This qualitative study used interviews and focus groups with graduate nurses from the Flinders University of South Australia in their first year of practice to ascertain their experiences as new graduates. The results r...
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Most residents in Australian nursing homes end their life in these settings and therefore palliative care, death and dying are a major concern within these institutions. However, to date, a detailed profile of dying residents in Australian nursing homes has not been undertaken. This study describes the profile of 45 residents in 10 South Australian...
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The newly graduated registered nurses' experiences of applying for graduate nurse positions and securing employment in nursing has received little attention in academic nursing literature. This article reports on a survey questionnaire of a cohort of 1995 graduates from the School of Nursing at Flinders University of South Australia. The survey was...
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The residential aged-care reforms implemented a decade ago in Australia have seen the planning of nursing-home beds, hostel places and home/community care using a rigid, demographically-based formula. This planning had its roots in a number of commissioned reports and reviews, and the aim was control over the unsustainable growth of the nursing-hom...
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A survey of directors of nursing and registered nurses working in 151 South Australian nursing homes was conducted to identify the proportion of residents who received palliative care and the nursing implications of providing this care. The 71 (47%) responding directors of nursing reported that their homes had provided and/or were providing palliat...
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The residential aged-care reforms implemented a decade ago in Australia have seen the planning of nursing-home beds, hostel places and home/community care using a rigid, demographically-based formula. This planning had its roots in a number of commissioned reports and reviews, and the aim was control over the unsustainable growth of the nursing-hom...

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The aim of this project is to explore and critically analyse vaccine decision making by pregnant women and parents of preschool aged children.
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This is a 3-year action research project funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services under the ‘Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants’ (Project No. 4-Z312J0). Major activities include identifying enablers and barriers in cross-cultural care in aged care homes, developing a workforce model and an education package.