Researcher biography

Dr Neville is a mental health nurse with an established research profile in ageing, dementia, mental health and respite care using predominantly quantitative research methods. Her current research focus is on the benefits of aquatic exercise for people with dementia particularly its influence in the management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. She developed the internationally renowned Watermemories Swimming Club. Additional research interests include family centred counselling for carers of people with dementia, pain in older people with dementia and respite care for older people with dementia.

Dr Neville has general and mental health nursing qualifications with extensive clinical experience in both these areas. Her PhD was undertaken at The University of Queensland on the behaviour of older people admitted for respite care. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and has been the recipient of the internationally acclaimed Stan Alchin Award for Outstanding Mental Health Nursing Practice. Christine is President of the Psychogeriatric Nurses Association. Since 1997 she has been involved in the tertiary education of nurses. Christine joined The University of Queensland in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2007 and is the Deputy Director of UQ Ipswich Clinical School. She developed UQ's first Master of Mental Health Nursing program and is the Co-ordinator.