Associate Professor Amanda Johnson is State Head of School at the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Australian Catholic University, NSW. She has worked in the tertiary sector since 1992. Dr Johnson’s PhD thesis is in undergraduate palliative care education. She has been an active leader in the development of undergraduate curriculum in the areas of aged care, chronic illness and palliation. In 2011, Dr Johnson was the winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence award in Leadership for the IRONE project and in 2010 was Highly Commended in these awards for her teaching of chronic illness and palliation. Dr Johnson’s research over the last 12 years has been focused on aged care, dementia and palliation. She is committed to making a difference in the lives of older people through her teaching and research activities.
Professor Esther Chang is Director for Higher Research Degree and Course Advisor for the Honours program in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney. She has worked in academia since 1986, with three tertiary institutions. She has been a Head of School, Dean of the Faculty of Health, and Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury. Professor Chang is committed to aged, dementia and palliative care; has received many large grants to investigate nursing and health needs in older people; and has developed models of care for acutely ill elderly patients and clients with end-stage dementia. Professor Chang’s international links have generated collaborative research into aged care across several countries. This process has influenced her ideas and reflections on the approach that texts need to embrace for effective student learning.