Dr Christina Aggar

Lecturer

M02A - 88 Mallett Street - Building A
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 4191

Biographical details

Christina Aggar has been a registered nurse since 1986, with clinical experience in aged care, palliative care, rehabilitation and community health. She completed a Bachelor of Nursing with Honours Class 1 in 2007 and a PhD in 2012 at the University of Sydney. Christina joined Sydney Nursing School as a lecturer in 2011, during this time she has held the Academic Advisor for the Bachelor of Nursing (AS) program and the coordinator of the Bachelor of Nursing (AS) program positions. She currently coordinates the new Master of Primary Health Care Nursing Program and units of study in the pre-registration Bachelor of Nursing (AS) program.

Research interests

Christina’s research interests include primary health care, transition programs for new graduate nurses, clinical skills education, chronic care and rehabilitation; carers and caregiving.

Teaching and supervision

Doctor of Philosophy

Denise Cummins, HIV and Minor Neurocognitive Disorder, the experiences of clients and professional caregivers.

Areas of Teaching

Christina teaches and coordinates units of study in the areas of primary health care; chronic disease and illness; community health; ageing, health and care (NURS6018, NURS3010, NURS2006 and NURS6022). She also teaches Chronic Disease and Ageing in units of study such as NURS5081 Introduction to Nursing Practice, NURS5084 Nursing the Acutely Ill Person and NURS6026Nursing Practice.

Current projects

Transition programs for new graduate nurses into primary health care settings in collaboration with Northern Sydney Medicare Local.

Nursing students' preparedness for medication administration in the clinical setting.

Associations

• Board Member: Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC): Citizens Engagement Advisory Panel (CEAC), elected 2012
• Board Member: Carers NSW, 2009 -2014
• Member: Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
• Member: Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS)
• Member: College of Nursing (CNA)
• Member: Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)

Awards and honours

Royal College of Nursing Australia 2009

Presenter Award RCNA Primary Health Care Conference: Collaboration, integration and reform: a nursing response.

Selected grants and scholarships

Transition program for new graduates into general practice; Christopher Gordon, Christina Aggar, Jacqueline Bloomfield. Northern Sydney Medicare Local Research Support. 2014

Practice Nurse Incentive Program;Christina Aggar, Christopher Gordon. Commisioned Report for Department of Health and Ageing on behalf of Australian Medicare Local Alliance. 2013

Reactions to caregiving for frail older people predict anxiety and depression;Christina Aggar, Ian Cameron, Susan Ronaldson.Travelling Fellowship, Faculty of Medicine. 2010

Functional status in frail older people predicts carer burden; Christina Aggar, Ian Cameron, Susan Ronaldson.Travelling Fellowship, Faculty of Medicine. 2009

Reactions to caregiving in the context of community-living older people and frailty; Christina Aggar, Ian Cameron, Susan Ronaldson. National Health & Medical Research Council – Aged Care Services Scholarship. 2008

Reactions to caregiving in the context of community living older people and frailty; Christina Aggar, Ian Cameron, Susan Ronaldson. Royal College of Nursing Australia National Research and Scholarship Fund (NRSF), Nurses Research Grant. 2008

Keywords

Gerontic; Palliative care; Caregiving; Ageing

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Fairhall, N., Sherrington, C., Lord, S., Kurrle, S., Lockwood, K., Langron, C., Monaghan, N., Aggar, C., Cameron, I. (2014). Effect of a multifactorial, interdisciplinary intervention on risk factors for falls and fall rate in frail older people: A randomised controlled trial. Age and Ageing, 43(5), 612-622. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C., Dawson, S. (2014). Evaluation of student nurses' perception of preparedness for oral medication administration in clinical practice: A collaborative study. Nurse Education Today, 34(6), 899-903. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Cameron, I. (2014). Residential respite care is associated with family carers experiencing financial strain. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33(2), 93-98. [More Information]
  • Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Langron, C., Lockwood, K., Monaghan, N., Aggar, C., Sherrington, C., Lord, S., Kurrle, S. (2013). A multifactorial interdisciplinary intervention reduces frailty in older people: randomized trial. BMC Medicine, 11(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C. (2012). Caring burden. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(5), 35-35. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Cameron, I. (2012). Reactions to caregiving during an intervention targeting frailty in community living older people. BMC Geriatrics, 12, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Ronaldson, S., Hayes, L., Aggar, C., Green, J., Carey, M. (2012). Spirituality and spiritual caring: nurses' perspectives and practice in palliative and acute care environments. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21(15-16), 2126-2135. [More Information]
  • Cameron, I., Aggar, C., Robinson, A., Kurrle, S. (2011). Assessing and helping carers of older people. BMJ (online), 343, 1-5. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Cameron, I. (2011). Reactions to caregiving in frailty research. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 53(2), e138-e143. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Cameron, I. (2011). Self-esteem in carers of frail older people: Resentment predicts anxiety and depression. Aging and Mental Health, 15(6), 671-678. [More Information]
  • Fairhall, N., Langron, C., Sherrington, C., Lord, S., Kurrle, S., Lockwood, K., Monaghan, N., Aggar, C., Gill, L., Cameron, I. (2011). Treating frailty-a practical guide. BMC Medicine, 9, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Cameron, I. (2010). Reactions to caregiving of frail, older persons predict depression. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 19(6), 409-415. [More Information]
  • Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Monaghan, N., Sherrington, C., Lockwood, K., Lord, S., Langron, C., Aggar, C., Kurrle, S. (2009). Activity limitation, participation restriction and quality of life: observations over a three month period in frail older people. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 13(Supplement 2), S19.
  • Cameron, I., Aggar, C., Sherrington, C., Lockwood, K., Lord, S., Langron, C., Monaghan, N., Kurrle, S. (2009). Frailty in Older People: Its Relationship with Activity Limitation and Participation Restriction. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 13(Supplement 2), S11.
  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Monaghan, N., Lockwood, K., Cameron, I. (2009). Functional Status in Frail Older People Predicts Carer Burden. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 13(S1), S269-S269.
  • Ronaldson, S., Hayes, L., Carey, M., Aggar, C. (2008). A study of nurses' knowledge of a palliative approach in residential aged care facilities. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 3(4), 258-267.
  • Ronaldson, S., Hayes, L., Carey, M., Aggar, C. (2008). A study of nurses' knowledge of a palliative approach in residential aged care facilities. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 3(4), 258-267. [More Information]
  • Fairhall, N., Aggar, C., Kurrle, S., Sherrington, C., Lord, S., Lockwood, K., Monaghan, N., Cameron, I. (2008). Frailty Intervention Trial (FIT). BMC Geriatrics, 8, 27-1-27-10. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Monaghan, N., Sherrington, C., Fairhall, N., Aggar, C. (2010). The TIE Research Program: Implications for Australian Health Service Delivery. International Federation on Ageing 10th Global Conference 2010, Australia: International Federation on Ageing.
  • Monaghan, N., Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Aggar, C., Kurrle, S. (2009). Complaints relating to the health care of older people in NSW 2007–2008. 42nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology AAG 2009, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Aggar, C., Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Gill, L., Monaghan, N. (2009). Depression in frail older people: A descriptive study. 42nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology AAG 2009, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Kurrle, S., Monaghan, N., Fairhall, N., Aggar, C., Sherrington, C., Lockwood, K., Lord, S., Langron, C., Cameron, I. (2009). Frailty: Its Association with Cognitive Impairment in a Cohort of Community Living Older People. Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease AAICAD 2009, United States: Alzheimers Association.
  • Monaghan, N., Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Aggar, C., Kurrle, S. (2009). Legislation and Rehabilitation Services for Older People in Australia. 5th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine ISPRM 2009. International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • Monaghan, N., Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Aggar, C., Kurrle, S. (2009). The Impact of the Australian Age Discrimination Act 2004 on Health Care for Older People. 19th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics 2009, France: Editions S E R D I.

2014

  • Fairhall, N., Sherrington, C., Lord, S., Kurrle, S., Lockwood, K., Langron, C., Monaghan, N., Aggar, C., Cameron, I. (2014). Effect of a multifactorial, interdisciplinary intervention on risk factors for falls and fall rate in frail older people: A randomised controlled trial. Age and Ageing, 43(5), 612-622. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C., Dawson, S. (2014). Evaluation of student nurses' perception of preparedness for oral medication administration in clinical practice: A collaborative study. Nurse Education Today, 34(6), 899-903. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Cameron, I. (2014). Residential respite care is associated with family carers experiencing financial strain. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33(2), 93-98. [More Information]

2013

  • Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Langron, C., Lockwood, K., Monaghan, N., Aggar, C., Sherrington, C., Lord, S., Kurrle, S. (2013). A multifactorial interdisciplinary intervention reduces frailty in older people: randomized trial. BMC Medicine, 11(1), 1-10. [More Information]

2012

  • Aggar, C. (2012). Caring burden. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(5), 35-35. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Cameron, I. (2012). Reactions to caregiving during an intervention targeting frailty in community living older people. BMC Geriatrics, 12, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Ronaldson, S., Hayes, L., Aggar, C., Green, J., Carey, M. (2012). Spirituality and spiritual caring: nurses' perspectives and practice in palliative and acute care environments. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21(15-16), 2126-2135. [More Information]

2011

  • Cameron, I., Aggar, C., Robinson, A., Kurrle, S. (2011). Assessing and helping carers of older people. BMJ (online), 343, 1-5. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Cameron, I. (2011). Reactions to caregiving in frailty research. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 53(2), e138-e143. [More Information]
  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Cameron, I. (2011). Self-esteem in carers of frail older people: Resentment predicts anxiety and depression. Aging and Mental Health, 15(6), 671-678. [More Information]
  • Fairhall, N., Langron, C., Sherrington, C., Lord, S., Kurrle, S., Lockwood, K., Monaghan, N., Aggar, C., Gill, L., Cameron, I. (2011). Treating frailty-a practical guide. BMC Medicine, 9, 1-7. [More Information]

2010

  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Cameron, I. (2010). Reactions to caregiving of frail, older persons predict depression. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 19(6), 409-415. [More Information]
  • Monaghan, N., Sherrington, C., Fairhall, N., Aggar, C. (2010). The TIE Research Program: Implications for Australian Health Service Delivery. International Federation on Ageing 10th Global Conference 2010, Australia: International Federation on Ageing.

2009

  • Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Monaghan, N., Sherrington, C., Lockwood, K., Lord, S., Langron, C., Aggar, C., Kurrle, S. (2009). Activity limitation, participation restriction and quality of life: observations over a three month period in frail older people. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 13(Supplement 2), S19.
  • Monaghan, N., Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Aggar, C., Kurrle, S. (2009). Complaints relating to the health care of older people in NSW 2007–2008. 42nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology AAG 2009, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Aggar, C., Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Gill, L., Monaghan, N. (2009). Depression in frail older people: A descriptive study. 42nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology AAG 2009, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Cameron, I., Aggar, C., Sherrington, C., Lockwood, K., Lord, S., Langron, C., Monaghan, N., Kurrle, S. (2009). Frailty in Older People: Its Relationship with Activity Limitation and Participation Restriction. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 13(Supplement 2), S11.
  • Kurrle, S., Monaghan, N., Fairhall, N., Aggar, C., Sherrington, C., Lockwood, K., Lord, S., Langron, C., Cameron, I. (2009). Frailty: Its Association with Cognitive Impairment in a Cohort of Community Living Older People. Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease AAICAD 2009, United States: Alzheimers Association.
  • Aggar, C., Ronaldson, S., Monaghan, N., Lockwood, K., Cameron, I. (2009). Functional Status in Frail Older People Predicts Carer Burden. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 13(S1), S269-S269.
  • Monaghan, N., Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Aggar, C., Kurrle, S. (2009). Legislation and Rehabilitation Services for Older People in Australia. 5th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine ISPRM 2009. International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • Monaghan, N., Cameron, I., Fairhall, N., Aggar, C., Kurrle, S. (2009). The Impact of the Australian Age Discrimination Act 2004 on Health Care for Older People. 19th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics 2009, France: Editions S E R D I.

2008

  • Ronaldson, S., Hayes, L., Carey, M., Aggar, C. (2008). A study of nurses' knowledge of a palliative approach in residential aged care facilities. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 3(4), 258-267.
  • Ronaldson, S., Hayes, L., Carey, M., Aggar, C. (2008). A study of nurses' knowledge of a palliative approach in residential aged care facilities. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 3(4), 258-267. [More Information]
  • Fairhall, N., Aggar, C., Kurrle, S., Sherrington, C., Lord, S., Lockwood, K., Monaghan, N., Cameron, I. (2008). Frailty Intervention Trial (FIT). BMC Geriatrics, 8, 27-1-27-10. [More Information]

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