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Fit for the future: safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the Australian nursing workforce to sustain future healthcare service delivery

Funding: 2013: $33,833
2014: $69,719
2015: $35,886

Project Member(s): Perry, L., Sibbritt, D., Duffield, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: NSW Nurses Association
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)

Start year: 2013

Summary: Nursing shortages, occupational pressures, ageing and associated chronic ill health of the Australian nursing workforce threaten the ability of health services to meet Australia¿s health needs. This project will provide new information on nurses¿ health to support policy and practice intervention, increase capability and enhance workforce retention.

Publications:

Gallagher, R, Perry, L, Duffield, C, Sibbritt, D & Ying Ko, CM 2018, 'The health of working nurses: Hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment and control by medication.', Journal of nursing management, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 403-410.
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Perry, L, Xu, X, Gallagher, R, Nicholls, R, Sibbritt, D & Duffield, C 2018, 'Lifestyle Health Behaviors of Nurses and Midwives: The 'Fit for the Future' Study.', International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 15, no. 5.
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Dimitrelis, S, Perry, L, Gallagher, R, Duffield, C, Sibbritt, D, Nicholls, R & Xu, X 2017, 'Does nurses' role, health or symptoms influence their personal use of ingestible complementary and alternative medicines?', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 35, pp. 39-46.
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Lamont, S, Brunero, S, Perry, L, Duffield, C, Sibbritt, D, Gallagher, R & Nicholls, R 2017, ''Mental health day' sickness absence amongst nurses and midwives: workplace, workforce, psychosocial and health characteristics.', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 73, no. 5, pp. 1172-1181.
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Nicholls, R, Perry, L, Gallagher, R, Duffield, C, Sibbritt, D & Xu, X 2017, 'The personal cancer screening behaviours of nurses and midwives.', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 73, no. 6, pp. 1403-1420.
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Perry, L, Nicholls, R, Duffield, C & Gallagher, R 2017, 'Building expert agreement on the importance and feasibility of workplace health promotion interventions for nurses and midwives: A modified Delphi consultation.', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 73, no. 11, pp. 2587-2599.
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Perry, L, Xu, X, Duffield, CM, Gallagher, R, Nicholls, R & Sibbritt, D 2017, 'Health, workforce characteristics, quality of life and intention to leave: The 'Fit for the Future' survey of Australian nurses and midwives', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 73, no. 11, pp. 2745-2756.
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Pierce, H, Perry, L, Gallagher, R & Chiarelli, P 2017, 'Urinary incontinence, work, and intention to leave current job: A cross sectional survey of the Australian nursing and midwifery workforce.', Neurourology and Urodynamics.
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Perry, L, Gallagher, R, Duffield, CM, Sibbritt, D, Bichel-Findlay, J & Nicholls, R 2016, 'Does nurses’ health affect their intention to remain in their current position', Journal of Nursing Management, vol. 24, no. 8, pp. 1088-1097.
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Pierce, H, Perry, L, Chiarelli, P & Gallagher, R 2016, 'A systematic review of prevalence and impact of symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction in identified workforce groups.', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 72, no. 8, pp. 1718-1734.
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Duffield, CM, Perry, L, Gallagher, R, Sibbritt, D & Nicholls, R 2016, 'Fit for the future? The health and health behaviours of the nursing and midwifery workforce.', RCN International nursing research conference, Edinburgh, Scotland..

Perry, L, Lamont, S, Brunero, S, Gallagher, R & Duffield, C 2015, 'The mental health of nurses in acute teaching hospital settings: a cross-sectional survey.', BMC Nursing, vol. 14, pp. 15-15.
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Pierce, H, Perry, L, Gallagher, R & Chiarelli, P 2015, 'Pelvic floor health: a concept analysis', JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, vol. 71, no. 5, pp. 991-1004.
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Duffield, CM, Perry, L & Gallagher, R 2015, 'Fit for the future: Australian nurses health status and health behaviours', Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Keywords: Workforce, health behaviours, wellness

FOR Codes: Health and Community Services, Nursing, Nursing not elsewhere classified, Health Education and Promotion