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Professor Christine Neville

Professor Christine Neville
Name Christine Neville
Position Head of School and Dean (Nursing and Midwifery)
Section School of Nursing and Midwifery
Office W544
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2005
Extension 2005
Qualifications BHlthSc CQU , MHlthSc Charles Sturt , PhD Qld
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Christine is Professor and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She holds a PhD, Master of Health Sciences (Mental Health Nursing) and Bachelor of Health Sciences (Nursing) in addition to her nursing and psychiatric qualifications. Christine began her nursing career in 1980 and worked at hospitals in Toowoomba, Townsville and Ipswich up to the level of Deputy Director of Nursing. She is was a recipient of the internationally acclaimed Stan Alchin Award for Outstanding Mental Health Nursing Practice. Christine is a past-President of the Psychogeriatric Nurses Association. Since 1989 she has been involved in the tertiary education of nurses. Christine rejoined USQ's School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2018 after 10 years at The University of Queensland as Acting Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Deputy Director of the Ipswich Clinical School and co-ordinator of the Master of Mental Health Nursing program. Christine is an active supervisor of PhD, Masters and Honours students. Christine an established research profile in tertiary education for nurses, ageing, dementia, mental health and respite care using predominantly quantitative research methods. Her current research focus is on the benefits of aquatic exercise for people with dementia particularly its influence in the management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. This work led to the development of the internationally renowned Watermemories Swimming Club. Additional research interests include family centred counselling for carers of people with dementia, pain in older people with dementia and respite care for older people with dementia.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Nursing ( 111000 )
  • Mental Health Nursing ( 111005 )
  • Aged Care Nursing ( 111001 )
  • Mental Health Nursing ( 420504 )
  • Aged Care Nursing ( 420502 )
  • Nursing ( 420500 )

Research interests
Tertiary Education for Nurses
Aged Care
Mental Health
Respite Care
Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

Industry affiliations
Member, Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
23 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
5 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Head, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Research most recent
1. Brown Wilson, C, Arendt, L, Nguyen, M, Scott, TL, Neville, CC, Pachana, N. 2019 Nonpharmacological Interventions for Anxiety and Dementia in Nursing Homes: A Systematic Review The Gerontologist, 59 (6), e731–e742.
2. Phillipson L, Johnson K, Cridland E, Hall D, Neville C 2019 Knowledge, help-seeking and efficacy to find respite services: an exploratory study in help-seeking carers of people with dementia in the context of aged care reforms BMC Geriatrics
3. Neville C, Beccaria L & Carey M 2019 Withdrawal versus Continuation of Long-Term Antipsychotic Drug Use for Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Older People with Dementia, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2019.1635669

Research most notable
Neville C, Henwood T, Beattie E, Fielding E. 2013 Exploring the Effect of Aquatic Exercise on Behaviour and Psychological Wellbeing in People with Moderate to Severe Dementia: A Pilot Study of the Watermemories Swimming Club Australasian Journal on Ageing 33(2):124-7.
Neville C, Beattie E, Fielding E, McAndrew M 2015 Literature Review: Use of Respite by Carers of People with Dementia Health & Social Care in the Community 23(1):51-53.
Neville C, Teri L 2011 Anxiety, anxiety symptoms and associations among older people with dementia in assisted living facilities International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 20(3):195-201.
Byrne G, Neville C 2010 Community Mental Health and Older People. Elsevier: Sydney

Publications in ePrints

Phillipson, Lyn and Hall, Danika Valerie and Johnson, Keryn Marie and Cridland, Elizabeth and Fielding, Elaine and Neville, ChristineORCID: and Hasan, Helen (2022) Promoting respite for carers of people with dementia: a case study of social marketing effectiveness in hard to reach audiences. Journal of Social Marketing. pp. 1-17. ISSN 2042-6763

Rigg, Elizabeth Christine ORCID: and Neville, ChristineORCID: (2021) Education of family members to support weaning to solids and nutrition in infants born preterm. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 27 (3):e127979. ISSN 1322-7114

Phillipson, Lyn and Johnson, Keryn and Fielding, Elaine and Cridland, Elizabeth and Hall, Danika and Neville, ChristineORCID: and Hasan, Helen (2021) Rethinking respite in Australia: A naturalistic effect study of a multicomponent community program to promote respite knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of carers of people with dementia. Health and Social Care in the Community, 29 (5). pp. 1566-1583. ISSN 0966-0410

Neville, Christine C. ORCID: and Nikles, Catherine J. and Neville, Emily K. and Zamora, Angelique and Banu, Shamima (2020) Exercise improves the health and well-being of people with dementia. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 39 (3). pp. 311-312. ISSN 1440-6381

Neville, Christine ORCID: (2020) Interventions to optimize prescribing for older people in care homes. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 26 (2):e12763. pp. 1-2. ISSN 1322-7114

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Mental Health Nursing ( 111005 )
  • Aged Care Nursing ( 111001 )
  • Mental Health Nursing ( 420504 )
  • Aged Care Nursing ( 420502 )
  • Nursing ( 420500 )