Joan is a Registered Nurse with clinical and academic expertise in gerontological nursing education and research. She specializes in the management of incontinence in frail older adults. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety at Deakin University in 2015, addressing the question of what constitutes quality continence care for people living in long-term aged care facilities. For the last ten years she has been employed in nursing education and research roles at Deakin University, and contributed to the undergraduate nursing program on the nursing care of older people, and on understanding research methods. During this time she worked in collaborative academic and clinical nursing research partnerships in three large healthcare networks, and completed a PhD.
Her research output includes; (i) a workforce model of care for the long-term aged care sector, (ii) national resources for the assessment and management of incontinence in long-term aged care facilities, (iii) evidence-based resources on continence care in acute, and sub-acute care settings, (iv) a Grounded Theory about providing continence care in long-term aged care facilities; (v) 39 peer reviewed journal articles, including 5 systematic reviews/meta-analyses, (vi) three book chapters, and (vii) presentations at 55 national and international conferences. Joan is an active member of the Continence Foundation of Australia, the International Continence Society, and the Continence Nurses Society of Australia, and is on the editorial board of the Australian & New Zealand Continence Journal and the Cochrane Incontinence Review Group.