Faculty of Health

Dr Wendy Penney

W. Penny Phone: (03) 5327 6223
Email: wendy.penney@federation.edu.au
Room: H132
Position: Head of School
Discipline: Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare


  • RN
  • BN
  • MN
  • PhD

Teaching areas

  • Leadership
  • Care of older people
  • Research
  • Reflective practice

Professional associations

Member Royal College of Nursing Australia

Grants and  Awards

  • Rural Health Continuing Education Stream 2 2012 – National Rural Health Alliance- Australian Government Department of Health and Aging-  Improving quality of life for older people living in residential care homes in rural Victoria: an action learning approach to education.$60,000
  • Workforce Development Grant Department of Health Victoria May 2013. $35,000

Research interests

  • Quality of life
  • End of life care
  • Action research
  • Action learning
  • Care of older people
  • Consumer participation
  • Community partnerships

Supervised projects

Current student projects

Ms Jenny Mee Doctoral Student

Completed masters/honours
  • End of life in an acute hospital: Family members perspectives
  • Foreign domestic helpers as informal family elder care givers
  • Preparing for accreditation: exploring nurse's information and communication needs
  • Evaluating patient satisfaction to an empowerment approach to diabetic education


Journal articles

Penney W., (2015) What do you do well? Positive questions improve life for older people living in residential aged care. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal. 22 (7) pp.43

Penney W., Poulter, N., Cole C., & Wellard S. (In press) Nursing assessment of older people who are in Hospital: exploring registered nurses' understanding of their assessment skills. Contemporary Nurse June 2015

Smith V., Potts, C. Wellard, S. & Penney, W. (2015) Integrating Renal and Palliative Care Project: A nurse lead initiative. Renal Society of Australasia. Accepted for publication March

Penney W., & Wellard, S. (2007) Hearing what older people say about participation in their care. International Journal of Nursing Practice 13: 61-68

Cox H., Turner DS., & Penney W. (2002) Narratives of recovery from traumatic injury: Issues in nursing care of patients in rehabilitation. Journal of the Australian Rehabilitation Nurses' Association 5(3): 8-15

O'Connell, B., Hanna, B., Penney, W., Pearce, J., Owen, M., Warelow, P. (2001) Recovery after stroke: A qualitative perspective. Journal of Quality in Clinical Practice. 21 (4)

O'Connell, B. & Penney, W. (2001) Challenging the Handover Ritual: Recommendations for research and Practice. Collegian. 8 (3) pp 14 –18

Penney, W. (2000) 'The Story of Fable: Connecting to the real world of practice' The Australian Journal of Holistic Nursing. 7 (2) pp 12-19

Penney, W. and Warelow, P. (1999) 'Understanding the Prattle of Praxis' Nursing Inquiry. 6:259-268

Published research reports

Penney W. (2014) Understanding the capacity of the Enrolled Nurse Workforce in Regional Victoria, Final Project Report, Department of Health

Penney W., Clinnick L., and Martin L. (2013) Improving Quality of Life for Older People Living in Residential Aged Care Homes: An Action Learning Approach to Education Final Project Report Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging

Penney, W. & Wellard S. (2007) Exploring Nurses Perceptions of Time: Pilot Research Project St John of God Hospital Ballarat

Penney, W. (2006) Investigating Consumer Partnerships in the contexts of complex health environments: Report to Participants