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Helen Rawson is a Registered Nurse and Associate Professor at Monash Nursing and Midwifery. She completed a BSc Honours Nursing Degree in London and a Masters in Human Biology at Oxford University. She has over 17 years of experience in academia involved in teaching and research. Helen has extensive clinical expertise working with older people in acute and residential care settings.

Helen is a member of the following professional organisations:
Nurses and Midwifery Board of Australia
Australian College of Nursing
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Psi Zeta-at-Large Chapter
Australian Association of Gerontology
Council of the Ageing Victoria

Research interests

Helen's research agenda is to enhance wellbeing and promote safe and evidence-based care for older people across three interrelated areas: engaging older people and families in hospital, community and residential aged care settings; workforce development; and the health needs of culturally and linguistically diverse older people. Her most significant contributions include development and implementation of care models that increased staff capacity to engage older people and families in care delivery, and research translation that supports quality care for older people in hospital and community care. She has presented at various national and international conferences, including as an invited speaker.

Supervision interests

Helen's supervision interests include:
Residential aged care/ Long-term care
Healthy ageing
Care of older people in acute, subacute and residential care settings
Cognitive impairment, including dementia
Older people and family engagement in care
Older people, culture and language diversity
Workforce development and aged care
Qualitative research methods

Monash teaching commitment

Helen is the Director of Graduate Research at Monash Nursing and Midwifery

Community service

Co-Chair, Monash Health Human Research Ethics Low Risk Panel
Monash Health Lumiere Taskforce for diversity and inclusion in residential age care
Monash Health Niagara Taskforce to reduce falls in residential age care
Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration Steering Committee
Olivet Aged Care Committee of Management
Olivet Aged Care COVID-19 Crisis Management Team
Council of the Ageing (COTA) Victoria – Policy Development Committee
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Psi Zeta-at-Large – Board Director
Executive member Australian Association of Gerontology - Victoria Division Committee
Australian Association of Gerontology Ageing, Workforce and Education Special Interest Group
Australian Association of Gerontology Ageing, Technology Special Interest Group
Australian Association of Gerontology Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Special Interest Group

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Aged Care
  • Workforce Training and Development
  • Diversity
  • Older People
  • Nursing

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