School of Health

Associate Professor Danny Hills

Phone: (03) 53276652
Email: d.hills@federation.edu.au
Position: Deputy Dean, School of Health
Discipline: Nursing and Health Care

Qualifications

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

Teaching areas/interests

Research 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, ageing and ageing.

Supervised Projects

PhD

  • An intervention to improve nurses’ knowledge and skills in assessing and managing pain in people with dementia
  • 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
2020Hills, DLessons from Thailand: Promoting health and well-being in our ageing societiesDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade – New Colombo Plan$66,000
2019Gasevic, 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 studentsMonash 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

Hills, S., Crawford, K., Lam, L. & Hills, D. (2020). 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. In press. doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2020.02.012.

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.