Adrienne Lewis

Adrienne Lewis

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.

Current Research

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.

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  • Appointments

    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
  • Education

    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
  • Postgraduate Training

    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
  • Research Interests

Grant Applications
  1. Encouraging Better Practice in Aged Care (EBPAC) Initiative Round 3 - Successful applicant for grant submission on behalf of SA Dental Service which won $1.4 million funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the Encouraging Better Practice in Aged Care (EBPAC) Initiative round 3.The Project is called Building Better Oral Health Communities and was for 2.5 years (June 2012 – Dec 2014)
  2. Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care (EBPRAC) Program Round 1 - Successful applicant for grant submission on behalf of SA Dental Service which won a $1.3 million funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care (EBPRAC) Program Round 1.The Project was called Better Oral Health in Residential Care and was for 2 years (Dec 2007 – Dec 2009).
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2011 - ongoing Member Australian College of Nursing Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2012 - ongoing Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide Australia

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