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Chang, H.C. Dr.

Faculty Member

  • School of Nursing - University of Wollongong 2016 -
  • Academic Program Director of Master of Science in Dementia care and rehabilitation - University of Wollongong (Organization) 2016 -
  • Age-Friendly Environments Mentor (MENTOR-AFE) - World Health Organisation and International Federation on Ageing 2014 - 2016

Overview


Dr Chang completed her PhD entitled “Evidence-based practice in Residential Aged Care Facilities” at the University of Sydney in 2010. Dr Chang career of age care and dementia research experience and clinical practice has spanned over 20 years. Dr Chang has immense experience in teaching and learning, having held various key leadership roles within schools of nursing and midwifery. Currently, Dr Chang is the Academic Program Director of Graduate Certificates and Master of Science in Gerontology and Rehabilitation Studies, and Dementia Care at the University of Wollongong (UOW). She was deputy head of the international strategic group in the School of Nursing at UOW; acting head of the nursing school of a university in Taiwan for 1.5 years and director of clinical placement for 2 years. 

In recognition of her teaching, she was a recipient of the UOW VC’s Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning - OCTAL Awards in 2019 and 2021; Award for Excellence in Teaching of the year, in 2010, 2011 and 2012; Award for Excellence in Job of management of the year-Head of School, 2010. 

Dr Chang has developed and sustained national and international multi-institutional partnerships, engaging in inter-disciplinary research and supervision of higher research degree students. She is currently supervising 7 PhD students and 2 overseas research fellows, with 2 completions. Dr Chang has been awarded funding from industry partnerships and Government tenders for learning, teaching and clinical research. Dr Chang also services as a Grants Committee of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Research Trust since 2021. Her most recent research focused on knowledge translation of healthcare practitioners working with older people and their families. She has research skills in undertaking qualitative and quantitative research and contributed to all these aspects of the project. Dr Chang was a lead investigator on many research projects including feeding difficulty projects, dementia and driving and a lead on a delirium care project in Taiwan with the Taipei Medical University research team. Many of her research results were published in high-quality peer-review Journals and contributes as an author to book chapters and conference papers.

Dr Chang has actively participated in national and international aged and dementia research advocacy in recent years, serving as Board of Directors, of Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra (MCCI), Member of Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute and President of Taiwanese Scholar Australia Association (TSAA), nursing home accreditation advisor, member of the committee of dementia and age-friendly city promotion, member of the committee of long-term care development panel and accreditation appraiser of residential aged care facility, by government invitation, to the Department of Health and Aging. The results of her sustained research and teaching agenda have made a recognised impact on education, aged care policy and service delivery in Australia, Taiwan, China, and Indonesia.

Research Overview


  • Available as research supervisor on the topics of reminiscence therapy for older people, delirium care, evidence-based care for age care, dementia and driving and  dementia and age-friendly.

Selected Publications


Presentations


Investigator On


Other Research Activities


Potential Supervision Topics


    • Improving dementia care services
    • Reminiscence therapy
    • Aged friendly environment
    • Delirium care
    • Dementia and driving
    • Evidence-based nursing implementation
    • Dementia education training

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy "In My Shoes": Investigating the Empathy Levels of Staff towards Older Patients through Participation in an Age Simulation Educational Initiative Bowden, Alera
    Doctor of Philosophy The Delirium Puzzle: Piecing together best practice and clinical care Montgomery, Amy
    Doctor of Philosophy An Ontology to represent dementia and dementia care knowledge in computer readable format Zhang, Zhenyu
    Doctor of Philosophy A Research Proposal for the development of ontology to present knowledge of non-pharmaceutical management of mild dementia Zhu, Yunshu
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Applying Natural Language Processing on Unstructured Data to Understand and Predict Malnutrition in Residential Aged Care Facilities Alkhalaf, Mohammad
    Doctor of Philosophy Frailty and its impact on quality of life of older adults living with chronic medical conditions: Institutional based study Kasa, Ayele Semachew

Professional Service Activities


Outreach And Community Service Activities


Awards And Honors


Teaching Overview


  • Aged and Dementia Care)Subject coordinator SNPG 955/956/957/958Co-ordinator of the Postgraduate Graduate Certificates and Masters of Science in ‘Gerontology and Rehabilitation Studies’ and ‘Dementia Care’School of Nursing

Keywords


  • Age and dementia care, Reminiscence therapy, delirium care, dementia education, dementia and driving

Full Name


  • Hui Chen (Rita) Chang

Mailing Address


  • Bb41 Science Building, R 111 Northfields Avenue

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Research Overview


  • Available as research supervisor on the topics of reminiscence therapy for older people, delirium care, evidence-based care for age care, dementia and driving and  dementia and age-friendly.

Selected Publications


Presentations


Investigator On


Other Research Activities


Potential Supervision Topics


    • Improving dementia care services
    • Reminiscence therapy
    • Aged friendly environment
    • Delirium care
    • Dementia and driving
    • Evidence-based nursing implementation
    • Dementia education training

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy "In My Shoes": Investigating the Empathy Levels of Staff towards Older Patients through Participation in an Age Simulation Educational Initiative Bowden, Alera
    Doctor of Philosophy The Delirium Puzzle: Piecing together best practice and clinical care Montgomery, Amy
    Doctor of Philosophy An Ontology to represent dementia and dementia care knowledge in computer readable format Zhang, Zhenyu
    Doctor of Philosophy A Research Proposal for the development of ontology to present knowledge of non-pharmaceutical management of mild dementia Zhu, Yunshu
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Applying Natural Language Processing on Unstructured Data to Understand and Predict Malnutrition in Residential Aged Care Facilities Alkhalaf, Mohammad
    Doctor of Philosophy Frailty and its impact on quality of life of older adults living with chronic medical conditions: Institutional based study Kasa, Ayele Semachew

Professional Service Activities


Outreach And Community Service Activities


Awards And Honors


Teaching Overview


  • Aged and Dementia Care)Subject coordinator SNPG 955/956/957/958Co-ordinator of the Postgraduate Graduate Certificates and Masters of Science in ‘Gerontology and Rehabilitation Studies’ and ‘Dementia Care’School of Nursing

Keywords


  • Age and dementia care, Reminiscence therapy, delirium care, dementia education, dementia and driving

Full Name


  • Hui Chen (Rita) Chang

Mailing Address


  • Bb41 Science Building, R 111 Northfields Avenue

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

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