Dean Whitehead

Dean Whitehead
Federation University Australia · Institute of Health and Wellbeing

PhD, MSc, MPH BEd

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Introduction
I am an active researcher and writer where my main focus lies in health promotion and health education theory, practice and policy, public health and primary health care - both in and outside of nursing. I have published over 150 international, peer-reviewed theoretical/research publications in these research fields. I sit on several international Executive Editorial/Advisory Journal Boards and also have extensive experience of reviewing and advising for 40 journal review panels – involving a number of prominent international journals in my specialist research areas. I am considered a 'specialist' research methodologist and my primary interest is mixed methods research. My own main projects sit mainly within the context of various community-based 'health-promoting settings' studies.
Additional affiliations
April 2020 - April 2020
University of Tasmania
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
March 2019 - March 2022
Flinders University
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  • Lecturer
July 2017 - October 2017
Flinders University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (187)
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It is the responsibility of all nurses to incorporate health promotional and health education activities into their professional roles. Much of the literature around this issue relates to the specific role of community-based nurses in the primary healthcare team, and identifies their unique position and responsibility for pioneering the universal a...
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Health education and health promotion activities are a fundamental requirement for all health professionals. These two paradigms are closely related but are not inter-dependent. Despite this, it is known that many nurses confuse the terms and use them interchangeably. With this in mind, it is necessary to re-conceptualize the terms in an attempt to...
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Background: In 1986, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion sought to create a framework that conveyed the notion of capacity building, related to specific settings, and a structured process for health promotion action. It provided the platform from which the health promoting hospital movement was later launched....
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To investigate the place and validity of effective process in evaluating health promotion practice in nursing and, in doing so, develop a specific model for this purpose. The failure of many nurses to provide successful health promotional programmes is underpinned by a distinct lack of evaluation research activity. Without this type of activity, he...
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The World Health Organization's (WHO) Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in 1986 provided the catalyst from which the Health Promoting Workplace movement emerged. Here, an extensive review of the available workplace-related health literature provides the basis for critical discussion and recommendations for health care managers. The findings sugge...
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Aims and objectives: To explore behavioural indicators of compassionate nursing care from the perspectives of individuals with multimorbidities and complex needs. Background: Complex patients are individuals with multimorbidity and/or mental health concerns, andoften with medication and drug-related problems requiring ongoing person-centered car...
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Spiritual care as an aspect of holistic or person‐centered care has been well documented. Studies on spirituality and spiritual care in nursing have taken place in various countries and contexts. Studies about spiritual care from the nurse perspective in the primary health care setting of Australian General Practice are not evident. Using an Interp...
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By nature, research is a trek into the unknown by routes that may include a research pilgrimage like attending academic conferences, conducting interviews and experiments, and reading related research often via the digital environment that characterizes higher education in the 21st Century. They may find all sorts of information to include pointers...
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By nature, research is a trek into the unknown by routes that are somewhat unpredictable and unplannable. This trek may include a research pilgrimage like attending academic conferences, conducting interviews and experiments, and reading related research to find vital information to aid in researchers’ discoveries. They may find all sorts of inform...
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Aim To evaluate the effectiveness of the role of advanced nurse practitioners compared to physicians-led/ usual care (care managed by medical doctors or non-advanced nurse practitioners) Background Advanced nurse practitioners contribute to the improvement of quality patient care and have substantial potential to optimise the health of people glob...
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Background The perioperative environment is a high-risk and complex area and the provision of safe, high-quality surgical care requires a multifaceted approach provided by multidisciplinary health care teams. However, it is reported that the multidisciplinary nature of perioperative teams can present barriers to patient safety through ineffective t...
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Background: Studies have demonstrated that heart failure (HF) patients who receive direct pharmacist input as part of multidisciplinary care have better clinical outcomes. This study evaluated/compared the difference in prescribing practices of guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT) for chronic HF patients between two multidisciplinary clinics-...
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Aim To develop and psychometrically test the Nurse Health Education Competence Instrument for assessing nurses’ knowledge, skills and personal attributes concerning competent health education practice. Design A psychometric instrument development and validation study. Methods A four‐step approach was used: Step 1) operational definition based on...
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This paper investigates the social participation and wellbeing outcomes of young Iranian women, using a concurrent mixed method. Findings demonstrated relatively low levels of structural and functional social support as well as low level of social participation at the community level, particularly local and national group participation compared wit...
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Community and primary health care nursing is a rapidly growing field. Founded on the social model of health, the primary health care approach explores how social, environmental, economic and political factors affect the health of the individual and communities, and the role of nurses and other health care practitioners in facilitating an equitable...
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The aim of this International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing special edition is to highlight, compare and contrast examples of orthopaedic and trauma-related health improvement practices and showcase international studies that focus on improving the health of the general population in relation to orthopaedic and trauma well-being. Tradi...
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Community and primary health care nursing is a rapidly growing field. Founded on the social model of health, the primary health care approach explores how social, environmental, economic and political factors affect the health of the individual and communities, and the role of nurses and other health care practitioners in facilitating an equitable...
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This is the official research journal of St. Dominic College of Asia, Philippines which highlights multidisciplinary research topics in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Community and primary health care nursing is a rapidly growing field. Founded on the social model of health, the primary health care approach explores how social, environmental, economic and political factors affect the health of the individual and communities, and the role of nurses and other health care practitioners in facilitating an equitable...
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Background: Bladder cancer is characterized by recurrence and progression, ongoing surveillance and treatment, adverse effects, and complications and is associated with chronic ill health that may compromise relationships, social activities, and employment. Objective: The aim of this study was to gain an understanding of quality of life disruptions...
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Objectives: Limited studies have investigated detailed insights into the experiences of women in transitioning countries such as Iran as active agents in their lives and their societies. This study explores how young Iranian women build and use their social capital to make a social change and improve their status. Methods: This study is the qualita...
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Purpose: Pharmacology is widely experienced as a difficult to learn discipline. Unfamiliarity with its technical and medical terms, and how pharmacological principles transfer from theory to practice, is especially troublesome. This known state of affairs is evenmore compounded where English is not the first language of students in question. This s...
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Background: There is evidence that heart failure (HF) patients who receive pharmacist care have better clinical outcomes. Methods and results: English-language peer-reviewed randomized controlled trials comparing the pharmacist-involved multidisciplinary intervention with usual care were included. We searched PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Web...
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Harmful use of alcohol has serious effects on public health and is considered a significant risk factor for poor health. mHealth technology promotes health behavior change and enhances health through increased social opportunities for encouragement and support. It remains unknown whether these types of applications directly influence the health sta...
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Background: Globalisation and a shortage of registered nurses in New Zealand have caused an increase in the number of overseas qualified registered nurses and nurse educators migrating to New Zealand. This reflects the overall international context. If overseas qualified nurse educators are to work optimally, providing the maximum benefit for stude...
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The aim of this study was to explore nurses' knowledge and attitudes toward the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among cancer patients in a palliative care setting. A descriptive qualitative approach was used in this study. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 10 nurses recruited using purposive sampling. The data were a...
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The term health promotion has been used in healthcare for several years. However, the meaning of this term is debated, particularly in nursing. Some nurses might believe that, because they are healthcare practitioners working in healthcare services, that they are 'by default' automatically involved in health promotion activities; however, this is o...
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Outdoor Music Festivals (OMFs) are a large part of the summer culture in Australia and many other countries across the world - especially with young people as they transition from adolescence to adult life. The purpose of this study was to explore young people's use of alcohol when attending OMFs. Current understanding of alcohol use at OMFs sugges...
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Purpose To determine the extent to which youth have ready access to alcohol and the extent that immediate family influence and affect consumption. Design/methodology/approach This qualitative descriptive exploratory study undertook semi-structured peer-group interviews with 20 participants from four New Zealand High Schools. The interviews centr...
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An Introduction to Community and Primary Health Care - by Diana Guzys June 2017
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Cambridge Core - Nursing - An Introduction to Community and Primary Health Care - by Diana Guzys
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An Introduction to Community and Primary Health Care - by Diana Guzys June 2017
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Purpose It is known that the consumption of fruits and vegetables in children is declining despite wide-spread national and international policy attempts to increase consumption. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the experiences of children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables so as to facilitate better health education targeting. Desi...
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Purpose Alcohol-related accidents and injuries occur disproportionately within young people – especially when gathering at social events. This study represents a partnership between a faith-based group of volunteers specifically trained to counsel and support young people to reduce their risk of alcohol-related harm, Adelaide City Council, and the...
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After reading this chapter, you should be able to: • discuss different types of literature sources • conduct a focused search of the literature using an explicit search strategy • discuss the use of literature in relation to specific research designs and methodological approaches • identify the characteristics of a relevant literature review • begi...
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Learning outcomes After reading this chapter, you should be able to: • recognise the major styles of qualitative data analysis • describe common processes involved with coding qualitative data • clarify the difference between categorisation and conceptualisation of qualitative data • state the broad options about how to organise qualitative data an...
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Abstract Aim: To explore the perception of Iranian nurses concerning spiritual care and reveal any confronted barriers. Background: Although the context of spiritual care is a substantial aspect of holistic care, the delivery of spiritual care has been problematic due to the lack of nurses’ understanding of this concept. Introduction: Nurses' perc...
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Abstract Aim: To explore the perception of Iranian nurses concerning spiritual care and reveal any confronted barriers. Background: Although the context of spiritual care is a substantial aspect of holistic care, the delivery of spiritual care has been problematic due to the lack of nurses’ understanding of this concept. Introduction: Nurses' perc...
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Community nurses have often been 'touted' as potential major contributors to health promotion. Critical literature, however, often states that this has not been the case. Furthermore, most studies examining nurses' role and function have occurred mainly in hospital settings. This is a sequential mixed-methods study of two groups of community nurses...
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Cancer pain and its management are complex and may impact on many aspects of a cancer patient’s journey. Despite advances in understanding the aetiology of cancer pain and pharmacological developments, the limited effectiveness of pain treatment remains a challenge for health professionals. Many patients with cancer continue unnecessarily to experi...
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To identify preoperative risk factors that potentially affect postoperative length of stay of patients undergoing total hip replacement. With limited health resources and an ageing population, alongside an increasing prevalence of osteoarthritis and the growing need for total hip replacement, reducing length of stay is a mainstay of effective and c...
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The new edition upholds the premise that knowledge about research process and design is mandatory in today's health care arena, and that all nurses and midwives need to understand research findings and their implication for changing practice. It is completely revised with many new chapters. The text has been restructured into three sections. Sectio...
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After reading this chapter, you should be able to: • describe the rationale and processes for conducting qualitative sampling techniques • describe the main types of sampling in qualitative research and give examples of research for each type • explain the selection criteria in qualitative sampling • describe the different qualitative data collecti...
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Learning outcomes After reading this chapter, you should be able to: • discuss different types of literature sources • conduct a focused search of the literature using an explicit search strategy • discuss the use of literature in relation to specific research designs and methodological approaches • identify the characteristics of a relevant litera...
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After reading this chapter, you should be able to: • recognise the major styles of qualitative data analysis • describe common processes involved with coding qualitative data • clarify the difference between categorisation and conceptualisation of qualitative data • state the broad options about how to organise qualitative data and manage qualitati...
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The remit of this paper is to identify what might be the future direction of one of the Ottawa Charter's five main action areas; developing personal skills (DPS). It is contested that this was never going to be an easy task. This opinion article argues that, while a watchful eye should be kept on evolving and innovative DPS strategy and programmes...
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Background Internationally, it is well established that the behaviour, performance, and achievement of schoolchildren is directly linked to the nutritional status of overall diet – including the contents of their school lunch-boxes. In a previous survey study by the lead authors, primary school children’s food consumption behaviour was investigated...
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To develop a unique framework which combines the concepts of settings and lifespan where they are applied to health promotion. The influential World Health Organisation's 1986 Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion supported certain settings being nominated as unique social systems for enabling specific health promotion activity. These initially inclu...