Danny Hills

Phone: (07) 37273312
Email: d.hills@federation.edu.au
Position: Associate Professor, Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Workforce Development Research Stream Director, Health Innovation and Transformation Centre
Discipline: Nursing and Health Care
Location: Brisbane Campus

Qualifications

BN, Grad Cert Mgt, Grad Cert Ter Teach, MN Hons, PhD

Teaching areas/interests

Research Methods, Statistical Methods, Evidence Based Health Care, Patient Safety and Care Quality / Clinical Governance

Professional associations/affiliations

  • Australian Association of Gerontology
  • Australian College of Nursing
  • Australasian Epidemiological Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International (Psi Zeta-at-Large Chapter)

Research interests

Health and aged care services and workforce, workplace aggression, mental health and well-being, and ageing.

Supervised projects

PhD

  • The role of leadership in combating incivility toward new graduate nurses in Australian rural health settings
  • Perceptions and practices of Registered Nurses: A grounded theory of pain management for people with severe dementia in residential aged care
  • Preparing pre-registration nursing students to effectively manage workplace incivility: A multi-method study
  • Foreign credential recognition of nurses as part of Australia's international trade in services
  • Modelling a cardiac rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia
  • Towards sustainable equity in mental health services for LGBT people: A rhizomatic contribution from nurses constituted at n – 1.

Masters

  • The effects of osteopathic intervention on the relaxation response
  • Measuring the association between nurses and midwives’ workloads and burnout and job turnover: A systematic review
  • How do care staff in a regional residential aged care facility assess and manage pain in residents with dementia?

Honours

  • What are new graduate nurses’ experiences of disrespect, incivility and marginalisation in Australian hospitals?
  • Perceived barriers to high quality haemodialysis care for patients with co-occurring end stage renal failure and mental health issues: A qualitative approach

Grants and awards

Year(s)InvestigatorsTitleFunderAmount
2021-2024 Lim, K., Moore, K., Hayes, B., Le, B., Yates, P., Bloomer, M., Gray, L., Pond, D., Gerber, K., Engal, L., Tracey, M., Hills, D., Bachelor, F., Goh, A., Bicknell, R., Nestel, D., Johnson, C., Savvas, S. & Bodna, K. IMPART – Improving Palliative Care in Residential Aged Care using Telehealth NHMRC – 2020 TCR into End of Life Care $1.05m
2021-2022 Hills, D., Browning, C., Theobald, M., Ekegren, C., Klein, D. & Batchelor, F. Reducing patient sedentary behaviour in sub-acute units at Ballarat Health Services Western Alliance / National Institute of Ageing Research $50,008
2021-2022 Bentley, R., Weller-Newton, J., Raynor, K. & Hills, D. An intergenerational visioning of affordable housing in a regional context

Affordable Housing

Hallmark Research Initiative – Uni of Melbourne

$14,783
2021-2022 Vuillermin, P., Versace, V., Hutchinson, A., Allender, S., .... Hills, D., et al. The pregnancy research and translation ecosystem Western Alliance $198,969
2021-2022 Hills, D., Gudur, R. & Flynn, D. Ageing with dignity in Taiwan: Innovation supporting our older populations Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – NCP $115,500
2021-2022 Terry, D., Hills, D., Kirschbaum, M., Obamiro, K., Bishop, J., Schmitz, D. & Baker, E. Better enabling, retaining and sustaining the pharmacy workforce in regional, rural and remote settings Health Innovation and Transformation Centre, Federation University $9,893
2020 Hills, D Lessons from Thailand: Promoting health and well-being in our ageing societies Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – New Colombo Plan $66,000
2019 Gasevic, D., Ekegren, C., Bonham, M., Bowles, K-A., Callaway, L., Dakic, J., Daly, S., Dunstan, D., Gilmartin-Thomas, J., Hills, D., et al. Optimising physical activity and sedentary behaviour counselling in education for healthcare students Monash Education Academy $5,000
2018 Robinson, T., Hills, S. & Hills, D. Anxiety in later life - Screening and intervention study Ella Lowe Grant, Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited $49,890
2018-2020 Sharoun, L., Montana-Hoyos, C. & Hills, D. Inspired by Singapore: Design and healthy ageing in multicultural societies Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

$554,400

2017-2018 Robinson, T. & Hills, D. Towards integrated care: improving patient and frontline staff engagement and experience of ambulatory care referral and communication processes Medical Research Future Fund $135,779
2017-2018 Hills, D. & Lam, L. Workplace aggression experiences in nursing and midwifery: Prevalence, prevention, responses and impact Mona Menzies Post-doctoral Research Grant, Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited $40,828
2017-2018 Hills, D., Hills, S., Robinson, T. & Hungerford, C. Identifying anxiety in later life Univers Foundation, Japan ¥990,000 ($11,402)
2017 Sharoun, L., Montana-Hoyos, C. & Hills, D. Inspired by Singapore: Design and healthy ageing Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade $85,800
2016 Robinson, T., Northam, H. & Hills, D. Implementing a workforce resilience program with clinicians working in cancer services: A feasibility study University of Canberra, Faculty of Health $4,935
2014-2015 Hungerford, C., Gibson, D., Hercelynskij, G., Hills, D., Petrie, E. & Grealish, L. Co-operative for healthy ageing research and teaching (CHART) service in the ACT and Southern NSW – a focus on sustainability Department of Social Services $ 30,000
2014 Hills, D., Hutchinson, A., Jones, T. & Craig, P. Tri-focal Model of Care: Practice and service development project Co-operative for Health Ageing Research and Teaching (CHART) $5,000
2012-2014 Shochet, I., Wurfl, A., Robinson, T. & Hills, D. Development of a resilience program for Indigenous job seekers in rural NSW Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation (MPREC) $200,000
2011 Robinson, T. & Hills, D. Transcultural mental health care scoping study NSW Ministry of Health $20,000
2011 Robinson, T. & Hills, D. Evaluation of the deadly thinking program Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health $30,000
2009-2011 Robinson, T., Hills, D. & Kelly, B. Mental health emergency care learning and development program NSW Ministry of Health $533,000
2008-2009 Robinson, T. & Hills, D. Introduction to rural mental health practice NSW Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Teaching $150,000
2006-2008 Robinson, T., Hills, D. & Kelly, B. Mental health emergency care learning and development pilot NSW Ministry of Health $80,000

Publications

Austin, C., Hills, D. & Cruickshank, M. (2022). Models and interventions to promote and support engagement of First Nations women with maternal and child health services: An integrative literature review. Children, 9(636), 1-14. doi: 10.3390/children9050636

Hills, D., Ekegren, C., Plummer, V, Freene, N., Kunstler, B., Robinson, T., Healy, E., Vo, J., Gasevic, D., & Crabtree, A. (2022). Nursing perspectives on reducing sedentary behaviour in sub-acute hospital settings: A mixed methods study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 31(9-10), 1348-1361. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15994

Gerber, K., Brijnath, B., Lock, K., Bryant, C., Hills, D. & Hjorth, L. (2022), ‘Unprepared for the depth of my feelings’ – Capturing grief in older people through research poetry, Age and Ageing, 51(3), 1-7. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afac030

Terry, D., Phan, H., Peck, B., Hills, D., Kirschbaum, M., Bishop, J., Obamiro, K., Hoang, H., Nguyen, H., Baker, E. & Schmitz, D. (2021). Factors contributing to the recruitment and retention of rural pharmacist workforce: A systematic review. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1052), 1-15. doi: 10.1186/s12913-021-07072-1

Hills, S., Crawford, K., Lam, L. & Hills, D. (2021). The way we do things around here: A qualitative study of the workplace aggression experiences of Victorian nurses, midwives and care personnel. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 28(1), 18-26. doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2020.02.012.

Scott, A. & Hills, D. (2021). Unprofessional behaviour in Australian hospital staff. Medical Journal of Australia, 241(1), 21-22. doi: 10.5694/mja2.50891

Geoffrion, S., Hills, D.J., Ross, H.M., Pich, J., Hill, A.T., Dalsbø, T.K., Riahi, S., Martínez-Jarreta, B. & Guay, S. (2020). Education and training for the prevention and minimisation of workplace aggression directed toward healthcare workers (review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 9(CD011860), 1-81. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011860.pub2

Kidgell, D., Hills, D., Griffiths, D. & Endacott, R. (2020). Trade agreements and the risks for the nursing workforce, nursing practice and public health: A scoping review. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 109(103676), 1-10. doi: 10.0.3.248/j.ijnurstu.2020.103676.

Wanaratwichit, C., Hills, D., & Cruickshank, M. (2020). Home-based care for people with disabilities: Role of registered nurses within the district health system in Thailand. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 27(1), 18-22. doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2019.06.004.

Hills, D., Hills, S., Robinson, T., Northam, H. & Hungerford, C. (2019). General practice nurse led screening for anxiety in later life in Australian primary care settings. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 38(4), e121-e126. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12637.

Hills, D., Hills, S., Robinson, T. & Hungerford, C. (2019). Mental health nurses supporting the routine assessment of anxiety in older people in primary care settings: Insights from an Australian study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 40(2), 118-123. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2018.1517285.

Freene, N., Cools, S. Hills, D., Bissett, B., Pumpa, K. & Cooper, G. (2019). A wake-up call for physical activity promotion in Australia: Results from a survey of Australian nursing and allied health professionals. Australian Health Review, 43(2), 165-170. doi: 10.1071/AH16240

Hills, D., Lam, L. & Hills, S. (2018). Workplace aggression experiences and responses of Victorian nurses, midwives and care personnel. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 25(6), 575-582. doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2018.09.003

Mammen, B., Lam, L. & Hills, D. (2018). Newly qualified graduate nurses’ experiences of workplace incivility in Australian hospital settings. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 25(6), 591-599. doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2018.08.003

Hills, D. J. (2018). Defining and classifying aggression and violence in health care work. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 25(6), 607-612. doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2018.08.002

Foster, K. P., Hills, D. & Foster, K. N. (2018). Addressing the support needs of families during the acute hospitalization of a parent with mental illness: A narrative literature review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27(2), 470-482. doi: 10.1111/inm.12385

McKenna, L., Robinson, E., Penman, J., Hills, D. (2017). Factors impacting on psychological wellbeing of international students in the health professions: A scoping review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 74(1), 85-94. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.06.007

Hills, D. J. (2017). Differences in risk and protective factors for workplace aggression between male and female clinical medical practitioners in Australia. Australian Health Review, 41(3), 313-320. doi: 10.1071/AH16003

Robinson, T., Janssen, A., Harnett, P., Museth, K., Provan, P., Hills, D. & Shaw, T. (2017). Embedding CQI processes in multi-disciplinary teams in cancer care: Exploring the boundaries between quality and implementation science. Australian Health Review, 41(3), 291-296. doi: 10.1071/AH16052

Hills, D. (2016). Associations between Australian clinical medical practitioner exposure to workplace aggression and workforce participation intentions. Australian Health Review, 40(1), 36-42. doi: 10.1071/AH14246

Hills, D. J., Ross, H. M., Pich, J. Hill, A.T., Dalsbø, T. K., Riahi, S., Guay, S., Martínez-Jarreta, B. (2015). Education and training for the prevention and minimisation of workplace aggression directed toward healthcare workers (protocol). The Cochrane Library, 9(CD011860), 1-18. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011860

Wanaratwichit, C., Hills, D., Cruickshank, M. & Newman, B. (2015). A model of home based care for people with disabilities: Better practice in rural Thailand. The Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 10(2), 44-51.

Hills, D. & Joyce, C. (2014). Workplace aggression in clinical medical practice: Associations with job satisfaction, life satisfaction and self-rated health. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(9), 535-540. doi: 10.5694/mja13.00152

Hills, D. & Joyce, C. (2013). A review of research on the prevalence, antecedents, consequences and prevention of workplace aggression in clinical medical practice. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal, 18(5), 554-569. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2013.07.014

Hills, D. & Joyce, C. (2013). Personal, professional and work factors associated with Australian clinical medical practitioners’ experiences of workplace aggression. The Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 57(7), 898-912. doi: 10.1093/annhyg/met012

Hills, D., Joyce, C. & Humphreys, J. (2013). Workplace aggression prevention and minimisation in Australian clinical medical practice settings – a national study. Australian Health Review, 37(5), 607-613. doi: 10.1071/AH13149

Robinson, T., Hills, D. & Rossiter, R. (2013). Mental health emergency care in Australia: An education program for clinicians. Education for Health, 26(3), 172-177. doi: 10.4103/1357-6283.125994

Hills, D., Joyce, C. & Humphreys, J. (2012). A national study of workplace aggression in Australian clinical medical practice. Medical Journal of Australia, 197(6), 336-340. doi: 10.5694/mja12.10444

Hills, D., Joyce, C. & Humphreys, J. (2012). Validation of a job satisfaction scale in Australian clinical medical practice. Evaluation and the Health Professions, 35(1), 47-76. doi: 10.1177/0163278710397339

Hills, D., Joyce, C. & Humphreys, J. (2011). Prevalence and prevention of workplace aggression in Australian clinical medical practice. Australian Health Review, 35(3), 253-261. doi: 10.1071/AH10983

Robinson, T., Hills, D. & Kelly, B. (2011). The evaluation of an online orientation to rural mental health practice in Australia. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18(7), 629-636. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01712.x

Hills, D., Robinson, T., Kelly, B. & Heathcote, S. (2010). Outcomes from the trial implementation of a multidisciplinary online learning program in rural mental health emergency care. Education for Health, 23(1), 1-12.

Hills, D. (2008). Relationships between aggression management training, perceived self-efficacy and rural general hospital nurses’ experiences of patient aggression. Contemporary Nurse, 31(1), 20-31. doi: 10.5172/conu.673.31.1.20

Books and book chapters

Scharoun, L., Hills, D., Montana-Hoyos, C., Peng, F. & Sung, V. (2020). Cross-cultural design for healthy ageing. Bristol: Intellect. https://www.intellectbooks.com/cross-cultural-design-for-healthy-ageing

Hills, D., Tan, K.K. & Heng, D. (2020). Clinician perspectives on preregistration nursing student participation in interdisciplinary, cross- cultural study tours and design workshops. In L. Scharoun, D. Hills, C. Montana-Hoyos, F. Peng, & V. Sung, V. (Eds.), Cross-cultural Design for Healthy Ageing (pp. 63-72). Bristol: Intellect.

Hills, D., with contributions (2020). Student perspectives on participation in multidisciplinary, cross-cultural study tours and design workshops. In L. Scharoun, D. Hills, C. Montana-Hoyos, F. Peng, & V. Sung, V. (Eds.), Cross-cultural Design for Healthy Ageing (pp. 133-159). Bristol: Intellect.

Scharoun, L., Peng, F., Hills, D., Liu, J.H, Montana-Hoyos, C. & Sung, V. (2020). Conclusions, overview, and recommendations. In L. Scharoun, D. Hills, C. Montana-Hoyos, F. Peng, & V. Sung, V. (Eds.), Cross-cultural Design for Healthy Ageing (pp. 160-167). Bristol: Intellect.