• Bond University

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

My work primarily focuses on behavioural and social science research to find evidence for best practice in the care of older people; and, particularly, evidence for alleviating and managing behavioural and psychological symptoms in people living with dementia using randomised controlled trials. I have interests in innovative health technology (e.g. telepresence and therapeutic/social robots) and psychosocial interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia and their family carers; and to enhance care provision by health professionals in aged care. Between 2014-2017, I was an associate investigator and lead data analyst on a cutting-edge National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project, led by Prof Wendy Moyle (Griffith University) that evaluated the effect of an interactive therapeutic robotic animal on engagement, mood states, agitation and antipsychotic drug use. Presently, I am also an associate investigator on a Curtin University led NHMRC research project that examines caregiver, patient, and system outcomes from a program supporting informal caregivers of older people discharged home from hospital.

I have also led and developed the ‘Engagement of a Person with Dementia Scale’ with Dr Billy Sung (Curtin University) and Prof Wendy Moyle (Griffith University) to assess the behavioural and emotional expressions and responses of people with dementia when presented with a psychosocial activity. Notably, this research work was accepted for presentation at the prestigious Gerontological Society of America Conference (2016, New Orleans, US) and the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (2017, San Francisco, US). Plans are underway to introduce the use of this scale in research and practice as well as the translation for use in a Chinese context.

In 2013, I developed the ‘Sexualities & Dementia: Education Resource for Health Professionals’ in collaboration with Dementia Training Australia (formerly known as Queensland Dementia Training and Study Centre). This work has received extensive media coverage in Australia, as well as significant research and policy interest. I am the leading educator on sexualities and dementia in Australia (a stigmatized and neglected aspect of care for older people and those living with dementia). As part of the dissemination of this education resource, I have delivered numerous workshops, seminars and webinars on this topic for health professionals and staff from aged care organisations nationwide and internationally. Presently, I am involved in research projects that assess and improve knowledge, attitudes and care practices of health professionals towards the expression of sexuality by older people, and those living with dementia. These work are to enable the facilitation of a care environment that is supportive of the verbalisation and expression of sexual preference, need and desire by older people, and those living with dementia as part of health and social care. In 2019, I have received funding from Dementia Australia Research Foundation to develop and evaluate a tool, which assesses preferences for the expression of sexuality, to improve the care and support of people with dementia in long-term care settings from a person-centred approach. This is an international collaborative work between Bond University (AU), Griffith University (AU) and Pennsylvania State University (USA).

Education/Academic qualification

Health, Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University Queensland

… → 2009

Education, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Griffith University Queensland

… → 2008

Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Griffith University Queensland

… → 2005

Human Resource Management, Bachelor of Business, Griffith University Queensland

… → 2004

Psychology, Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University Queensland

… → 2004

External positions

Lecturer & Research Fellow (Menzies Health Institute, Queensland / School of Nursing and Midwifery), Griffith University Queensland


Lecturer & Research Fellow (Griffith Health - School of Nursing & Midwifery / Centre for Health Practice Innovation), Griffith University Queensland


Manager (Griffith Health Institute - Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation ), Griffith University Queensland


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Research Output 2010 2018

Applying user-centred research design and evidence to develop and guide the use of technologies, including robots, in aged care

Moyle, W., Jones, C., Pu, L. & Chen, S. C., 2 Jan 2018, In : Contemporary Nurse. 54, 1, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Are gerontological nurses ready for the expression of sexuality by individuals with dementia?

Jones, C. & Moyle, W., 1 May 2018, In : Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 44, 5, p. 2-4 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Reproductive Health

Can lifelike baby dolls reduce symptoms of anxiety, agitation, or aggression for people with dementia in long-term care? Findings from a pilot randomised controlled trial

Moyle, W., Murfield, J., Jones, C., Beattie, E., Draper, B. & Ownsworth, T., 24 Nov 2018, In : Aging and Mental Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Long-Term Care

Can technology improve medication adherence in older people with dementia?

El-Saifi, N., Moyle, W., Jones, C. & Tuffaha, H., 19 Jun 2018, Smart Homes and Health Telematics, Designing a Better Future: Urban Assisted Living - 16th International Conference, ICOST 2018, Proceedings. Springer Verlag, p. 3-10 8 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 10898 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Citations

Care staff perceptions of a social robot called Paro and a look-alike plush toy: A descriptive qualitative approach

Moyle, W., Bramble, M., Jones, C. & Murfield, J., 1 Dec 2018, In : Aging and Mental Health. 22, 3, p. 330-335 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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