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Aged Care

The aged care node of JBI COnNECT is a unique aged-care-specific web based facility that provides online resources and tools to assist older people, their families and those involved in the care of older people to utilise evidence-based information in clinical decision making processes.

This aged care node consists of a collection of online resources designed to inform and assist:

  • the users of aged care services (consumers);
  • service providers (owners, executives and managers of aged care agencies);
  • healthcare professionals (nurses, medical practitioners and allied health professionals); and
  • aged care assistants (care assistants, personal carers).

JBI COnNECT is essentially a "one-stop-shop" stocked with a wide range of resources for facilitating effective and appropriate evidence-based health care.

The need for aged care staff and consumers to access independent advice on the effectiveness, appropriateness and cost benefits of specific health and care interventions; and to implement evidence and evaluate its impact has been recognised in most advanced economies, but the current efforts to summarise, disseminate and establish systems for its utilisation are largely confined to the areas of acute care and primary health care. The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) has a well-established reputation in the area of evidence-based clinical decision support and clinical practice improvement and is pleased to be working with the Australian Government, the Expert Advisory Committee of the JBI National Evidence Based Aged Care Unit (NEBACU) and our international reference groups.

It is anticipated that the provision of these resources will improve outcomes for the residents of aged care facilities and older people living in the community supported by community-based services. Resources are designed for, and readily accessible to, aged care professionals and providers and service users. The resources address aspects of clinical care relevant to the care of older people, and as such support the Aged Care Accreditation Standards. The resources enhance the ability of aged care workers to provide consistent and appropriate care, while reducing the risk of clinical adverse events. The resources also facilitate staff training and continuous improvement within the aged care sector. 

The Aged Care Practice Manual is intended to be a resource which facilitates safe practice for health professionals and the older people they care for. Health professionals need to understand the rationale and potential complications of each intervention, and to be able to identify the specific requirements of each older person and implement holistic, person centred care. The Registered Nurse is responsible for delegating the duties of care to each member of the health care team that she/he is responsible for, appropriate to, and within their scope of practice.

We are currently recruiting reference group members for our nodes. These reference group members provide guidance and feedback to JBI regarding node materials. If you are interested in joining either our expert or corresponding reference group, please fill in the following form CRG Recruitment.docx and forward to glenys.lillywhite@adelaide.edu.au

Expert Reference Group


  • Professor Jennifer Abbey, RN, PhD, FRCNA, Honorary Clinical Professor, The Joanna Briggs Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


  • Professor Murna Downs, BSc, PhD, Chair in Dementia Studies, Head Bradford Dementia Group,  Bradford Dementia Group, School of Health Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Dr Susan Hunt, RN, FACN, Senior Nurse Advisor, Aged Care Quality and Compliance Group, Department of Social Services, Canberra Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  • Matthew Kowald, BNgPrac MClinSc, Clinical Services Coordinator, Country Health SA, Eudunda Hospital, Eudunda, South Australia, Australia
  • Trish McReynolds, CF JBI GCertBiometrics, BHltSc (Nursing) Director – The Joanna Briggs Institute Aged Care Unit, The Joanna Briggs Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Associate Professor Deborah Parker, RN, BA, MSocSci, PhD, Director of the UQ/Blue Care Research and Practice Development Centre, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
  • Michael Peachy, BPhysio, General Manager, Wellness & Lifestyles Australia, Norwood, South Australia, Australia
  • Professor Andrew Robinson, RN, PhD, Professor of Aged Care Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
  • Dr Melissa Sinfield, RN, PhD, Learning and Development Manager, The Whiddon Group, Glenfield, New South Wales, Australia
  • Dr Haiping Tan, Lecturer Australian Research Centre, Population for Oral Health, School of Dentistry, Adelaide, Australia
  • Dr Angela Vivanti, Adv APD, Research & Development Dietitian, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba, Queensland, Australia

Corresponding Reference Group


  • Adjunct Associate Professor UQSONM, Drew Dwyer, BASS, BSN, MClinSc, MACN, CFJBI, QMACA, Principal Consultant Gerontology, Frontline Care Solutions, Noosaville, Queensland, Australia
  • Gayle Heckenberg, RN, BHSc, MRCNA to Fellow Australian College of Nursing, Quality Assessor, Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency, Tasmania, Australia
  • Lisa Hickson, Grad Cert in Applied Gerontology, Master of Palliative Care in Aged Care, RN/Coord MRCNA, Resthaven Inc, Marion Community Services, Marion, South Australia, Australia
  • Jennifer Knox, RMHN, Grad Cert Dementia Studies, Resource Mental Health Professional, Medibank Health Solutions, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Elizabeth Mackay, RN, Assessment Clinician, Kingston Aged Care Assessment Service, Monash Health, Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia
  • Prue Mellor, RN, GradDipAppSci(Geront), M(Geront), MRCNA, Chief Executive Officer, Age Concern Pty Ltd, Ormond, Victoria, Australia
  • David Nielsen, Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Grad Dip Gerontic Nursing, BN, Dip Community Services & Community Services Management, MCNA, MPGNA, Dementia Clinical Nurse Consultant Community, Albury Community Health Centre Murrumbidgee Local Health Service, Albury, New South Wales, Australia
  • Dr Devi Ranasinghe, Clinical and Quality Consultant, DRS Total Quality Management Training Service Pty. Ltd, Mt. Waverley, Victoria, Australia
  • Kerry Rigby, RN, M(Nurs), GDip (Geront), GCert(Management) (Inf Control Nurs), CF JBI, Education Co-Ordinator Aged Care, Baptcare, Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
  • Carolyn Rooney, CF JBI, Clinical Leader, Emmaus Nursing Home, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jamie Shepherd, RN. LLB. GradDipLegalPrac. MACN., Professional Officer, Queensland Nurses’ Union, West End, Queensland, Australia