Joan has a clinical background in aged care and continence nursing and experience in promoting continence for older adults across a range of health care settings. Her research focuses on the assessment and management of incontinence in frail older adults. She recently completed a PhD study which resulted in a Grounded theory study about providing continence care in nursing home settings.
Joan's research has resulted in two systematic reviews undertaken with the Cochrane Collaboration, a book chapter on methods for integrating research from mixed design studies, a nursing guideline for managing urinary retention in hospitalised older adults, resources for promoting continence in hospitalised older adults, and a number of reports and peer review publications. She has also been involved in developing a suite of evidence-based continence assessment and management tools for use in nursing homes ettings.
Joan is an active member of the International Continence Society Nursing Committee and the Australian Nurses for Continence Association (ANFC). She peer reviews for a number of journal including the Australian & New Zealand Continence Journal.
Joan is keen to use her role on the ICS Nursing Education Sub-Committee to promote continence care and in managing incontinence at an individual and organisational level.