Dr Michele Wiese

BSc (Hons, Psychology) University of NSW; MA (Hons, Special Education) Macquarie University; PhD (Health Sciences) University of Sydney.
Research Associate (CDRP) Lecturer Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability)

C43J - J Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 7418
Fax +61 2 9351 9197

Website Centre for Disability Research and Policy
Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability)

Biographical details

Doctor Michele Wiese is a psychologist and special educator who has worked in the disability sector for over 30 years. Michele's work has always aimed to achieve a strong marriage between research and practice. She has been a long-standing advocate in the disability field and her experience has spanned accommodation, supported employment, education, and aged care services, and has included clinical roles, staff training and management, and process and outcome evaluation. She has worked with people with intellectual, physical, sensory and psychiatric disability, as well as families, educators, and allied health professionals. In addition Michele has held lecturing positions at a number of Australian universities, and had extensive teaching experience in Singapore. Currently, she manages the Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage grant "A toolkit to build the capacity of disability staff to assist adults with intellectual disability to understand and plan for their end of life" (2013-2016) (http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/cdrp/projects.shtml). She also coordinates the Master of Health Science Developmental Disability course, GSDD5012: Positive Behaviour Support: Promoting Quality of Life (http://sydney.edu.au/courses/programs/development-disability/Master-of-Health-Science-Developmental-Disability).

Michele concurrently maintains her interests in professional development, evaluation and the translation of research to practice. To this end, she continues to develop strong professional connections with both government and not-for-profit agencies across the disability sector.

Research interests

Michele's research interests include end-of-life care, ethics, positive behaviour support, families, community living and qualitative research methods.

Michele's aim to ensure the marriage between research and practice has led to the following interests:

· Member, Centre for Disability Research and Policy (http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/cdrp/) research team.
· Member executive committee, Australian Society for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability NSW/ACT (http://www.asid.asn.au/Home.aspx)
· Chair, Q & A: Ethical review of research in the disability services sector (http://www.asid.asn.au/News/tabid/116/entryid/31/Default.aspx).

Teaching and supervision

• Coordinator GSDD5012: Positive Behaviour Support: Promoting Quality of Life (Master of Health Science Developmental Disability)
• Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on intellectual and developmental disability.
Michele currently supervises the following students:
• Pippa McMaugh Master of Occupational Therapy
• Mariko Ward Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons)
Michele encourages prospective research students with an interest in end-of-life care to contact her.

Current projects

Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage grant "A toolkit to build the capacity of disability staff to assist adults with intellectual disability to understand and plan for their end of life" (2013-2016) (http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/cdrp/projects.shtml).

Associations

• NSW Psychologists Registration Board (no: PS0018995)
• The Australian Psychological Society
• The Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disabilities
• The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Awards and honours

• National Health & Medical Research Council: Public Health Postgraduate Research Scholarship - $100,618.00 2008-2012
• University of Sydney Post-graduate Research Scheme Scholarship - $925.00 2008
• Outstanding Unit of Study Coordinator: Awarded by Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney 2009
• University of Sydney Post-graduate Research Scheme Scholarship – $761.00 2011.
• International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities Asia-Pacific Scholarship (SINGA) - $3524.00 2012.

Themes

Centre for Disability Research and Policy; Disability and Community

International links

United Kingdom

(Keele University ) Research partnership with Professor Sue Read, Head of Research School of Nursing and Midwifery, partner investigator on ARC Linkage grant project ""A toolkit to build the capacity of disability staff to assist adults with intellectual disability to understand and plan for their end of life" (2013-2016).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Wiese, M. (2014). Issues for professional carers offering end-of-life care in the community. In S. Read (Eds.), Loss, caring and compassion. UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Wiese, M., Parmenter, T. (2009). The Evolution of Person-centred Planning in Supporting People with a Developmental Disability. In Elizabeth Moore (Eds.), Case Management for Community Practice, (pp. 203-225). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Dew, A., Balandin, S., Howarth, G. (2014). What is talked about? Community living staff experiences of talking with older people with intellectual disability about dying and death. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58(7), 679-690. [More Information]
  • Wiese, M., Dew, A., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G., Balandin, S. (2013). 'If and when?': The beliefs and experiences of community living staff in supporting older people with intellectual disability to know about dying. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57(10), 980-992. [More Information]
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S., Howarth, G., Dew, A. (2012). End-of-Life Care and Dying: Issues Raised by Staff Supporting Older People with Intellectual Disability in Community Living Services. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 25(6), 571-583. [More Information]
  • Wiese, M., Dew, A., Balandin, S., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G. (2012). Ethical issues for community living staff in end-of-life care of people with intellectual disability (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7/8), 666.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Dew, A., Howarth, G., Balandin, S. (2012). Experiences of community living staff assisting people with intellectual disability to know about dying as the end of life approaches (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7/8), 664.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S., Howarth, G., Dew, A. (2012). Issues raised by community living staff caring for people with intellectual disability approaching the end of life (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7/8), 668.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G. (2010). End-of-life care: Needs of community living staff who support people with intellectual disability (Abstract). Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23(5), 414.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S. (2009). End-of-life care issues and people with intellectual disability (Abstract). Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 6(2), 159.
  • Wiese, M., Balandin, S., Stancliffe, R. (2008). End-of-life care and dying: Choices and needs of people with intellectual disability and their carers (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52(8/9), 653.
  • Riches, V., Wiese, M., Pye, N. (2008). Evaluating a transition model for people with intellectual disability and complex behaviour: What works and what doesn’t (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52(8/9), 666.
  • Wiese, M., Balandin, S., Stancliffe, R. (2008). Issues and complexities of end-of-life care for people with intellectual disabilities (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 33(3), 283.
  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R. (2006). Intellectual disability and mental illness in the NSW criminal justice system. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 29, 386-396. [More Information]
  • Wiese, M., Parmenter, T., McVilly, K., Riches, V., Yazbeck, M., Stancliffe, R., Atkinson, N. (2005). Teaching and research: A partnership between Australia and Singapore (Abstract). Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 2(3/4), 181.
  • Carter, M., Cassar, M., Dule, K., Hook, J., Wiese, M., Williams, J. (1995). A collaborative team approach to the education of students with high support needs. Special Education Perspectives, 4(1), 37-44.
  • Vaughan, K., Wiese, M., Gold, R., Tarrier, N. (1994). Eye-movement desensitization and post-traumatic stress disorder. British Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 533-541.
  • Wiese, M., Martin, M., Jackson, V. (1989). An educational approach for the treatment of challenging behaviour. Australian Journal of Special Education, 4(4), 143-148.

Conferences

  • Jeltes, G., Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R. (2013). End-of-life care: The experiences of a community living service. The 48th Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Wiese, M., Dew, A., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G., Balandin, S. (2013). Ethical issues for staff providing care to people at the end of life. The 48th Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Wiese, M., Dew, A., Balandin, S., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G. (2012). Experiences of community living staff assisting people with intellectual disability to know about dying as the end of life approaches. The 14th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S., Howarth, G., Dew, A. (2012). Issues raised by community living staff caring for people with intellectual disability approaching the end of life. The 14th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Wiese, M., Howarth, G., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S. (2011). Ethical issues for staff in end-of-life care of people with intellectual disability. Death Down Under Conference, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Wiese, M., Smail, C., Gay, L., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S., Howarth, G., Dew, A. (2011). Issues in end-of-life care: status for community living staff. NSW State Conference of the Australasian Association of the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Liverpool, NSW, Australia.
  • Wiese, M., Jeltes, G., Stancliffe, R., Dew, A., Howarth, G., Balandin, S. (2011). Knowing about dying: Issues for community living staff providing end-of-life care to older people with intellectual disability. The Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disability Services Conference, Rose Hill, NSW, Australia.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G., Balandin, S. (2010). End-of-life care and dying in residential care: Needs of staff who support people with intellectual disability. The 3rd Europe Conference of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Rome, Italy.
  • Wiese, M. (1994). A child in the family with high support needs and challenging behaviour: Psychological well-being of parents. 29th National Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, Newcastle, Australia.

Report

  • Wiese, M. (2014). Final report: Evaluation of the Partnerships for Inclusive Learning Project. Ageing Disability and Home Care. Northcott Disability Services, North Parramatta, Australia.
  • Wiese, M. (2013). Interim report: Evaluation of the Partnerships for Inclusive Learning Project. Ageing Disability and Home Care. Northcott Disability Services, North Parramatta, Australia.
  • Baynes, J., Wiese, M. (2011). Evaluation of the SBART (Spina Bifida Adult Resource Team) Project.
  • Frith, D., Wiese, M. (2010). Greystanes Business Case for Northcott Disability Services. Frith & Wiese Pty. Ltd. Australia.
  • Frith, D., Wiese, M. (2010). Purchaser preferences for rehabilitation service provision. The Lifetime Care and Support Scheme. Frith & Wiese. Pty. Ltd. Australia.
  • Riches, V., Wiese, M., Pye, N. (2008). Evaluation of the innovative support and housing pilots for Disability Services Queensland. Final Report. Sydney: Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Wiese, M., Parmenter, T., Yazbeck, M. (2008). Evaluation of the quality of life of residents at Peat Island Centre. Report to NSW Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care. Centre for Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Wiese, M. (2007). Review of potential quality of life instruments. Report to NSW Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care. Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Hemsley, B. (2004). Positive behaviour support programs for families. Report to NSW Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care. Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Parmenter, T., Wiese, M. (2002). Report of the disability post-release support project. Report to NSW Department of Corrective Services and NSW Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care. Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.

2014

  • Wiese, M. (2014). Final report: Evaluation of the Partnerships for Inclusive Learning Project. Ageing Disability and Home Care. Northcott Disability Services, North Parramatta, Australia.
  • Wiese, M. (2014). Issues for professional carers offering end-of-life care in the community. In S. Read (Eds.), Loss, caring and compassion. UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Dew, A., Balandin, S., Howarth, G. (2014). What is talked about? Community living staff experiences of talking with older people with intellectual disability about dying and death. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58(7), 679-690. [More Information]

2013

  • Wiese, M., Dew, A., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G., Balandin, S. (2013). 'If and when?': The beliefs and experiences of community living staff in supporting older people with intellectual disability to know about dying. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57(10), 980-992. [More Information]
  • Jeltes, G., Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R. (2013). End-of-life care: The experiences of a community living service. The 48th Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Wiese, M., Dew, A., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G., Balandin, S. (2013). Ethical issues for staff providing care to people at the end of life. The 48th Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Wiese, M. (2013). Interim report: Evaluation of the Partnerships for Inclusive Learning Project. Ageing Disability and Home Care. Northcott Disability Services, North Parramatta, Australia.

2012

  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S., Howarth, G., Dew, A. (2012). End-of-Life Care and Dying: Issues Raised by Staff Supporting Older People with Intellectual Disability in Community Living Services. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 25(6), 571-583. [More Information]
  • Wiese, M., Dew, A., Balandin, S., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G. (2012). Ethical issues for community living staff in end-of-life care of people with intellectual disability (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7/8), 666.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Dew, A., Howarth, G., Balandin, S. (2012). Experiences of community living staff assisting people with intellectual disability to know about dying as the end of life approaches (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7/8), 664.
  • Wiese, M., Dew, A., Balandin, S., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G. (2012). Experiences of community living staff assisting people with intellectual disability to know about dying as the end of life approaches. The 14th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S., Howarth, G., Dew, A. (2012). Issues raised by community living staff caring for people with intellectual disability approaching the end of life (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7/8), 668.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S., Howarth, G., Dew, A. (2012). Issues raised by community living staff caring for people with intellectual disability approaching the end of life. The 14th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

2011

  • Wiese, M., Howarth, G., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S. (2011). Ethical issues for staff in end-of-life care of people with intellectual disability. Death Down Under Conference, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Baynes, J., Wiese, M. (2011). Evaluation of the SBART (Spina Bifida Adult Resource Team) Project.
  • Wiese, M., Smail, C., Gay, L., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S., Howarth, G., Dew, A. (2011). Issues in end-of-life care: status for community living staff. NSW State Conference of the Australasian Association of the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Liverpool, NSW, Australia.
  • Wiese, M., Jeltes, G., Stancliffe, R., Dew, A., Howarth, G., Balandin, S. (2011). Knowing about dying: Issues for community living staff providing end-of-life care to older people with intellectual disability. The Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disability Services Conference, Rose Hill, NSW, Australia.

2010

  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G., Balandin, S. (2010). End-of-life care and dying in residential care: Needs of staff who support people with intellectual disability. The 3rd Europe Conference of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Rome, Italy.
  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Howarth, G. (2010). End-of-life care: Needs of community living staff who support people with intellectual disability (Abstract). Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23(5), 414.
  • Frith, D., Wiese, M. (2010). Greystanes Business Case for Northcott Disability Services. Frith & Wiese Pty. Ltd. Australia.
  • Frith, D., Wiese, M. (2010). Purchaser preferences for rehabilitation service provision. The Lifetime Care and Support Scheme. Frith & Wiese. Pty. Ltd. Australia.

2009

  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Balandin, S. (2009). End-of-life care issues and people with intellectual disability (Abstract). Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 6(2), 159.
  • Wiese, M., Parmenter, T. (2009). The Evolution of Person-centred Planning in Supporting People with a Developmental Disability. In Elizabeth Moore (Eds.), Case Management for Community Practice, (pp. 203-225). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

2008

  • Wiese, M., Balandin, S., Stancliffe, R. (2008). End-of-life care and dying: Choices and needs of people with intellectual disability and their carers (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52(8/9), 653.
  • Riches, V., Wiese, M., Pye, N. (2008). Evaluating a transition model for people with intellectual disability and complex behaviour: What works and what doesn’t (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52(8/9), 666.
  • Riches, V., Wiese, M., Pye, N. (2008). Evaluation of the innovative support and housing pilots for Disability Services Queensland. Final Report. Sydney: Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Wiese, M., Parmenter, T., Yazbeck, M. (2008). Evaluation of the quality of life of residents at Peat Island Centre. Report to NSW Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care. Centre for Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Wiese, M., Balandin, S., Stancliffe, R. (2008). Issues and complexities of end-of-life care for people with intellectual disabilities (Abstract). Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 33(3), 283.

2007

  • Wiese, M. (2007). Review of potential quality of life instruments. Report to NSW Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care. Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.

2006

  • Riches, V., Parmenter, T., Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R. (2006). Intellectual disability and mental illness in the NSW criminal justice system. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 29, 386-396. [More Information]

2005

  • Wiese, M., Parmenter, T., McVilly, K., Riches, V., Yazbeck, M., Stancliffe, R., Atkinson, N. (2005). Teaching and research: A partnership between Australia and Singapore (Abstract). Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 2(3/4), 181.

2004

  • Wiese, M., Stancliffe, R., Hemsley, B. (2004). Positive behaviour support programs for families. Report to NSW Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care. Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.

2002

  • Parmenter, T., Wiese, M. (2002). Report of the disability post-release support project. Report to NSW Department of Corrective Services and NSW Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care. Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.

1995

  • Carter, M., Cassar, M., Dule, K., Hook, J., Wiese, M., Williams, J. (1995). A collaborative team approach to the education of students with high support needs. Special Education Perspectives, 4(1), 37-44.

1994

  • Wiese, M. (1994). A child in the family with high support needs and challenging behaviour: Psychological well-being of parents. 29th National Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, Newcastle, Australia.
  • Vaughan, K., Wiese, M., Gold, R., Tarrier, N. (1994). Eye-movement desensitization and post-traumatic stress disorder. British Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 533-541.

1989

  • Wiese, M., Martin, M., Jackson, V. (1989). An educational approach for the treatment of challenging behaviour. Australian Journal of Special Education, 4(4), 143-148.

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