DR Rebecca Disler

DR Rebecca Disler

Positions

  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Cognitive impairment screening and management
  • End of life care/Advance care planning
  • Nursing

Overview

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  • Dr Disler is a Senior Research Fellow in Chronic Ill Health. She was recently awarded the 2018 Maurice Blackburn TSANZ Travel Award and in 2017 received the Early Career Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society. Dr Disler’s research focus is on improving health service delivery for patients with chronic respiratory disease, and in particular: supportive and end-stage care in chronic disease; addressing cognitive impairment as an influence on health behaviours in respiratory disease, including dementia screening in primary care; and innovative approaches to early detection and tailoring of care. Dr Disler is Deputy Convenor of the Evidence Based Medicine – Special Interest Group for the Thoracic Society Australia and New Zealand, and the Convenor of the Nursing – Special Interest Group. She also sits on the Program Committee for the American Thoracic Society (Nursing). Prior to moving into academia, Dr Disler worked as Respiratory Specialist Nurse at Westminster Primary Care Trust, Central London; Nurse Unit Manager of the Acute Respiratory and HDU wards at St Mary’s Hospital in London; and completed her intensive care training at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne in 2005.   

Affiliation

Member of

  • Australian College of Nursing. Member 2016 -
  • Australian Palliative Care Nursing Association. Member 2016 -
  • Australian Primary Care Nurses Association. Member 2016 -
  • American Thoracic Society. Member Programming Committee (NUR); Member International Nursing Research Priorities Workgroup 2013 -
  • European Respiratory Society. Member 2012 -
  • Lung Foundation Australia. Member 2012 -
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honour Society. Nurse Leader 2012 -
  • Thoracic Society Australia and New Zealand. Deputy Convenor Evidence Based Medicine Group and Deputy Convenor Respiratory Nursing Group 2012 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2018 Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial: Healthy Brain Ageing Program for People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Cognitive Impairment (CI) Melbourne University ECR Grant 2017 Healthy Brain Ageing Program: Adaption for People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Cognitive Impairment (CI) Melbourne School of Health Sciences ECR Grant. 2016 Dementia screening program in rural general practice (CI) Emu Creek Health Professionals, GP Consortium. 2015 Emergency department avoidance for breathless management: Review of online self-management resources for breathlessness management (co-investigator) University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Health. 2015 Development of learning strategies for enrolled nurses in understanding research methodologies and evidence based practice (CI) University of Technology Sydney. 2014 Developing an integrated online learning module that facilitates students in understanding the principles and application of self-management in chronic disease (CI) University of Technology Sydney. 2014 Developing peer teaching strategies to increase student confidence in the academic and clinical setting. (CI) University of Technology Sydney. 2013 Modelling clinical behaviour: Developing student nurses’ ability to understand and provide clinical handover using multimedia teaching platforms (CI) University of Technology Sydney.   

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Technology Sydney 2015
  • MSc, King's College London 2009
  • PGDANP, University of Melbourne 2006
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 2004
  • BN, La Trobe University 2002

Awards and honors

  • Early Career Achievement Award for contribution to Respiratory Nursing in Research and Clinical Practice, American Thoracic Society, 2017
  • Lung Foundation Australia and A Menarini, COPD Travel Award to support presentation at the premier international respiratory conference, Lung Foundation Australia, 2015
  • Abstract award for quality of submitted abstract, ATS conference Denver, USA, American Thoracic Society, 2015
  • Abstract award for quality of submitted abstract, ATS conference San Diego, USA, American Thoracic Society, 2014
  • American Thoracic Society international trainee travel scholarship to support travel and presentation at the premier international respiratory c, American Thoracic Society, 2014
  • Citation for significant and sustained contributions to student learning, student engagement and the student experience, University of Technology Sydney, 2013
  • Publication Award for best doctoral paper accepted for publication is this, the top ranked international journal for nursing., International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2012

Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Disler's research areas are in health service delivery for patients with chronic disease, and in particular: cognitive impairment as an influence on health behaviours; innovative approaches to early detection and tailoring of care, including the use of etechnologies; and supportive and end-stage care and advance care planning.