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Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz

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Joan Ostaszkiewicz

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Profession:Nurse (Specialist/Advisor/Practitioner/Academic)
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I am a Registered Nurse with clinical and academic expertise in gerontological nursing education and research. I specialise in the management of incontinence in frail older adults. In 2015 I completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety at Deakin University to address the question of what constitutes quality continence care for people living in long-term aged care facilities. I was employed in nursing education and research roles at Deakin University for ten years, and contributed to the undergraduate nursing program on the nursing care of older people. During this time I worked in collaborative academic and clinical nursing research partnerships in three large healthcare networks, and completed my PhD. With a h-index of 12 (Google Scholar), my research output includes; (i) a framework for promoting dignity in continence care, (ii) a workforce model of care for the long-term aged care sector, (iii) national resources for the assessment and management of incontinence in long-term aged care facilities, (iv) evidence-based resources on continence care in acute, and sub-acute care settings, (v) a Grounded theory about providing continence care in long-term aged care facilities; (vi) 43 peer reviewed journal articles, including 5 systematic reviews/meta-analyses, (vii) five book chapters, and I have presented at 55 national and international conferences (20 as invited speaker). I am an active member of the Continence Foundation of Australia, the International Continence Society, and the Continence Nurses Society of Australia, and am on the editorial board of the Australian & New Zealand Continence Journal and the Cochrane Incontinence Review Group.

Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz declared on the Thursday 16th January 2020 that they had the following existing or known future financial relationships or affiliations:


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