Adelaide Nursing School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
First of all I am proudly a Registered Nurse/Midwife. I hold a Research Masters in Nursing Studies. My thesis was on transformational leadership in nursing. A Master of Public Management complements this.
My knowledge and skills have enabled me to enjoy a rich and varied career in health. I have a broad range of multidisciplinary experiences having worked across the nursing, medical and more recently the dental and aged care sectors. I have subsequently worked in the fields of clinical education, health workforce planning, service planning and project management at state and national levels.
I am currently a PhD candidate with the School of Nursing. My research interest involves knowledge translation and builds on my previous work with SA Dental Service which produced a highly successful evidence-based Better Oral Health in Residential Care Model (2007-2009). Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care (EBPAC) Initiative, the model promoted a multidisciplinary team approach with GPs, registered nurses, care workers and dental professionals sharing responsibility of key oral health processes: oral health assessment, oral health care planning, daily oral hygiene and dental treatment. This was supported by the development of a suite of resource portfolios and an education and training program. These resources have attracted national and international interest. In 2010, they were implemented as part of the Australia’s first Nursing Home Oral and Dental Health Plan.
In 2012, an exciting new oral health project called Building Better Oral Health Communities commenced. Funding is again by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the Encouraging Better Practice in Aged Care (EBPAC) initiative. The aim of my research is to test the evidence translation of the Better Oral Health in Residential Care Model into the community setting. A Communities of Practice (CoP) approach will be used to provide a collaborative framework for aged care staff from the residential and community sectors to work together to share information, insight and experience in order to identify and leverage better practices and standards in oral health care. In doing so, a model of oral health care for use in community aged care will be developed which is person centred and supports the principles of ageing well at home.
Pearls of wisdom:
I am always in awe of what a difference nurses can make to the lives of others. Believe in what you are doing and don’t be afraid to step outside of the square.
Date Position Institution name 2015 Project Manager SA Dental Service 2012 - 2015 Project Director SA Dental Service 2011 - 2012 Nurse Academic University of Adelaide 2006 - 2012 Project Manager SA Dental Service 2006 - 2006 Senior Project Officer SA Department of Health 2003 - 2006 Senior Consultant SA Department of Health 1999 - 2003 Medical Education Officer Royal Adelaide Hospital 1990 - 1994 Nurse Academic Unviversity of South Australia
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 University of Adelaide Australia PhD Candidate 2004 Flinders University Australia Master of Public Management 1999 Deakin University Australia Master of Nursing Studies 1988 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Nursing
Date Title Institution Country 1985 - 1986 Midwifery Certificate Queen Victoria Hospital Australia 1976 - 1979 Diploma in Applied Science (Nursing) Flinders University (formally Sturt CAE) Australia
Year Citation 2019 Peltonen, L., Nibber, R., Lewis, A., Block, L., Pruinelli, L., Topaz, M., . . . Ronquillo, C. (2019). Emerging Professionals' Observations of Opportunities and Challenges in Nursing Informatics. Nursing leadership (Toronto, Ont.), 32(2), 8-18.
2019 Lewis, A., Harvey, G., Hogan, M., & Kitson, A. (2019). Can oral healthcare for older people be embedded into routine community aged care practice? A realist evaluation using normalisation process theory. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 94, 32-41.
2017 Lewis, A., Edwards, S., Whiting, G., & Donnelly, F. (2017). Evaluating student learning outcomes in oral health knowledge and skills.. Journal of clinical nursing, 27(11-12), 12 pages.
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2016 Topaz, M., Ronquillo, C., Peltonen, L., Pruinelli, L., Sarmiento, R., Badger, M., . . . Lee, Y. (2016). Nurse Informaticians Report Low Satisfaction and Multi-level Concerns with Electronic Health Records: Results from an International Survey. AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium, 2016, 2016-2025.
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2016 Dale, C., Wiechula, R., Lewis, A., McArthur, A., Breen, H., Scarborough, A., & Rose, L. (2016). Partnerships to improve oral hygiene practices: Two complementary approaches. Nursing leadership, 29(1), 47-58.
2016 Lewis, A., Kitson, A., & Harvey, G. (2016). Improving oral health for older people in the home care setting: an exploratory implementation study. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 35(4), 273-280.
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2015 Lewis, A., Wallace, J., Deutsch, A., & King, P. (2015). Improving the oral health of frail and functionally dependent elderly. Australian Dental Journal, 60(S1), 95-105.
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Year Citation 2018 Lewis, A., Block, L., Peltonen, L., Pruinelli, L., Topaz, M., & Lozada Perezmitre, E. (2018). Emerging professional's view of the landscape: Nursing informatics curriculum, competencies, and career opportunities. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Vol. 250 (pp. 60-61). Netherlands.
2018 Block, L., Peltonen, L., Ronquillo, C., Lewis, A., Nibber, R., Pruinelli, L., & Topaz, M. (2018). Building capacity in student and emerging nursing informatics professionals through participation in an international community of practice. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Vol. 250 (pp. 82). Netherlands.
2016 Peltonen, L., Alhuwail, D., Ali, S., Badger, M., Eler, G., Georgsson, M., . . . Topaz, M. (2016). Current trends in nursing informatics: Results of an international survey. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Vol. 225 (pp. 938-939). Netherlands.
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2016 Topaz, M., Ronquillo, C., Peltonen, L., Pruinelli, L., Sarmiento, R., Badger, M., . . . Alhuwail, D. (2016). Advancing nursing informatics in the next decade: Recommendations from an international survey. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Vol. 225 (pp. 123-127). Netherlands.
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2016 Peltonen, L., Topaz, M., Ronquillo, C., Pruinelli, L., Sarmiento, R., Badger, M., . . . Alhuwail, D. (2016). Nursing informatics research priorities for the future: Recommendations from an international survey. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Vol. 225 (pp. 222-226). Netherlands.
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