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Lily Xiao, PhD
Areas of Interest:
Caregiver support in dementia care, Cross-cultural dementia care, Dementia education for health professionals and caregivers, Nursing care of people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, Workforce development in aged care and dementia care
Biography & Research:
Dr Xiao is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University, Australia. She obtained her PhD in Nursing at Flinders University in 2007 and is an internationally recognised expert in cross-cultural studies with in-depth knowledge about socio-cultural factors affecting dementia diagnosis, community and residential aged care for people with dementia. She has an established track record in cross-cultural care for older people and has led studies on the impact of increased cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of the consumers and the workforce on care approaches and outcomes in aged care and dementia care. She is the Fellow of Australian College of Nursing and serves on the Aged Care Expert Advisory Group of Australian College of Nursing. She is Member of The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research in Australia. Her contributions to aged care and dementia care have been recognised by the Chinese society in China where she had a 20-year nursing career prior to migration to Australia. She received a Fellowship at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2014 and was awarded Honorary Adviser by the Academy of Cognitive Disorder of China & Chinese Geriatrics Society in 2016. Her recent research outputs include: (1) the ‘Multicultural workforce development model and resources in aged care’ and (2) the ‘Cross-Cultural Care Program for Aged Care Staff’, an online self-directed learning programme using MOOC (massive open online course). Dr Xiao is also passionate about health equity in global health and the development of health workforce to achieve this goal. She was selected to participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) Nursing and Midwife Scholar Programme in the WHO Headquarter in Geneva in 2015. In the programme, she worked with colleagues across different departments including the Department of Health Workforce, the Department of Ageing and Life Course and the Department of Mental Health. She is one of Key contributors to the WHO iSupport, a global online programme for caregivers of people with dementia. She was invited to review and revise the WHO “China country assessment report on ageing and health”. She led the development of Human Resources for Health Observer No 22 entitled ‘Optimizing the contributions of the nursing and midwifery workforce to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals through education, research and practice’.