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Prof. Trisha Dunning - International Federation on Ageing. Melbourne, , AU

Prof. Trisha Dunning Prof. Trisha Dunning

Vice President | International Diabetes Federation

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Professor Dunning's work focuses on diabetes and older people, palliative and end of life care, the needs of family carers and medicines




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Professor Dunning is Chair in Nursing and Director Centre for Nursing and Allied health Research at Deakin University and Barwon Health in Geelong, Victoria. She was the Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation for two elected terms between 2011 and 2015, and serves on many National Australian committees.

Her work focuses on diabetes and older people, palliative and end of life care, the needs of family carers and medicines. She is widely published in books, journals and magazines including her award winning Guidelines for Managing Older People with Diabetes in residential and Other Care Settings. She Co-chaired the Writing Group for the International Diabetes Federation Global Guideline for Managing Older People with Type 2 Diabetes and her widely acclaimed book, Care of Older People with Diabetes a Manual of Nursing Practice is in its 4th edition and is used as a core text in many nurse training programs. Professor Dunning was made a Member of The Order of Australia in 2002 for her contribution to nursing and diabetes care and education.

Qualifications include RN, CDE, MEd, PhD; Graduate Certificates: Obstetrics, Infant Welfare, Paediatrics, Family Planning, Aromatherapy and Relaxation Massage; Graduate Diplomas: Health Education and Professional Writing.

Areas of Expertise (5)


Palliative Care

End of Life Care


Health Education

Accomplishments (1)

Order of Australia (professional)

2002 Awarded for contributions to nursing and diabetes care and education

Affiliations (4)

  • Chair in Nursing (Barwon Health)
  • Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research, Barwon health Partnership, Deakin University, Geelong Australia
  • Member - Board of Diabetes Victoria & Clinical Advisory Committee
  • Member - Australian College of Nurses, Policy Chapter on Ageing

Featured Articles (9)

The Common Disease Trajectories: Are They Relevant to Guide Care as Older People with Diabetes Progress towards their End of Life?

SM Gerontology and Geriatric Research

Trisha Dunning

2018 Diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease that affects quality of life, life transitions and life expectancy. Unless normalizing the underlying metabolic derangements early in the course of the disease can prevent or limit and associated complications and other comorbidities.

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Palliative and end of life care: an overlooked aspect of diabetes care

ANMF Journal

Trisha Dunning

2018 An overlooked aspect of diabetes care is palliative and end of life care.

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Medicines and older people: Polypharmacy, adherence and safety

International Diabetes Nursing

Trisha Dunning

2017 Managing medicines is particularly complex for older people with diabetes as well as for family and health professional (HP) carers. Polypharmacy is common and often necessary because of pathophysiological changes associated with diabetes and older age.

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Managing older people with diabetes in care homes

International Diabetes Nursing

Trisha Dunning & Alan J. Sinclair

2017 This paper discusses some of key issues that need to be considered when caring for older people with diabetes living in care homes. It refers to but does not reproduce diabetes management information available in diabetes clinical guidelines such as Sinclair et al.

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Diabetes Mellitus in Older People

The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

2012 Diabetes mellitus is a highly prevalent metabolic condition in ageing societies associated with high levels of morbidity, multiple therapies, and functional deterioration that challenges even the best of health care systems to deliver high-quality, individualized care. Most international clinical guidelines have ignored the often-unique issues of frailty, functional limitation, changes in mental health, and increasing dependency that characterize many aged patients with diabetes...

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Developing and validating a questionnaire to measure spirituality: A psychometric process

Global Journal of Health Science

2009 The purpose of the paper is to describe the processes undertaken to evaluate the psychometric properties of a questionnaire developed to measure spirituality and examine the relationship between spirituality and coping in young adults with diabetes. The specific ...

The emotional context of self-management in chronic illness: A qualitative study of the role of health professional support in the self-management of type 2 diabetes

BMC Health Services Research

2008 Support for patient self-management is an accepted role for health professionals. Little evidence exists on the appropriate basis for the role of health professionals in achieving optimum self-management outcomes. This study explores the perceptions of people with type 2 diabetes about their self-management strategies and how relationships with health professionals may support this...

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How graduate nurses use protocols to manage patients' medications

Journal of Clinical Nursing

2005 Twelve graduate nurses involved in direct patient care in medical, surgical and specialty wards of a metropolitan teaching hospital participated in the study. Participant observations were conducted with the graduate nurses during a two-hour period when medications were ...

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Decisionā€making models used by 'graduate nurses' managing patients' medications

Journal of Advanced Nursing

2004 Nurses in a graduate programme in Australia are those who are in the first year of clinical practice following completion of a 3-year undergraduate nursing degree. When working in an acute care setting, they need to make complex and ever-changing decisions ...

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