Dr Julie M.

Dr Julie M. Ellis

Senior Lecturer

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing


PhD; M. Nurs. Stud.; B. App. Sc. (Adv.Nurs); Post Grad. Cert. Educ. Leadership (Higher Education), RN.



Area of study

Ageing and aged care

Research interests


- Apathy in dementia

Healthy Ageing

- Laughter Therapy

Older people

- Pain

Residential Care

- Relocation into care

- Workforce Issues in aged care

Teaching units

Transitions in Dementia Care (NSG2TCD) Advanced Practice B - Research (NSM5APB) First year Mentoring program for B. Nursing

Recent publications

Chun, A., Reinhardt, J. P., Ramirez, M., Ellis, J. M., Silver, S., Burak, O., Eimicke, J. P., Cimarolli, V. and Tersesi, J. (in press). Depression recognition among ethnically diverse nursing homes residents: Evidence of mental health disparities. Journal of Clinical Nursing. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13974. Ellis, J. M. & Ben-Moshe, R. & Teshuva, K. (in press). Laughter Yoga activities for older people living in residential aged care homes: A pilot project. Australasian Journal on Ageing. DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12447. Ellis, Julie M , Doyle, Colleen & Selvarajah, Suganya. ( 2016). The relationship between participation in therapeutic recreational activities and apathy in nursing home residents with dementia.  Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. 15(4), 494-509. DOI: 10.1177/1471301214527300. Ellis, Julie M and Rawson, Helen (2015) Nurses’ and personal care assistants’ role in improving the relocation of older people into nursing homes. Journal of Clinical Nursing.24 (13-14), 2005-2013. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12798. Ellis, Julie M., Teresi, Jeanne A., Ramirez, Mildred, Silver, Stephanie , Boratgis, Gabriel, Kong, Jian, Eimicke, Joseph P., Sukha, Gail, Van Haitsma, Kimberly, Pillemer, Karl A., & Lachs, Mark S. (2014) Managing resident to resident elder mistreatment (R-REM) in nursing homes: the SEARCH approach. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 45(3), 112-121. Teresi, Jeanne A., Ramirez, Mildred, Ellis, Julie M., Silver, Stephanie , Boratgis, Gabriel, Kong, Jian, Eimicke, Joseph P., Sukha, Gail, Van Haitsma, Kimberly, Pillemer, Karl A., & Lachs, Mark S. (2013). A staff intervention targeting resident-to-resident elder mistreatment (R-REM) in long-term care increased staff knowledge, recognition and reporting:  Results from a cluster randomized trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 50, 644-656.   Teresi, J.A.,Ramirez, M., Remler, D., Boratgis, G., Silver, S., Lindsey, M., Kong, J., Eimicke, J.P., Dichter, E., Broderick, S. & Ellis, J.M. (2013) Dissemination of Evidence-Based Best Practices in Nursing Homes: Effects on Falls, Quality-of-Life and Societal Costs. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 50, 448-463. Howe, A., King, D., Ellis, J.M., Wells, Wei, Z. & Teshuva, K. (2012). ‘Stability and Instability in the Aged Care Workforce’. Australian Health Review. 36, 83-91.  Yvonne Wells & Julie M Ellis. (2010) Changes in the composition of the aged care workforce: Are they a good thing? Health Issues. Spring 104, 20-25.  Ellis Julie M & Howe, Anna. (2010) The role of sanctions in Australia’s residential aged care quality assurance system. The International Journal of Quality in Healthcare. 22 (6), 452-460.  Ellis, J. M. (2010). Psychological transition into a residential care facility: older people’s experiences. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 66 (5), 1159-1168.

Older publications

Kevin, J., Callaghan, A., Driver, C., Ellis, J. & Jacobs, B. (2010). A Possible Alternative Model of Clinical Experience for Student Nurses. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development. 26 (5), E5-E9. Teresi, J., Holmes, D., Ramirez, M., Ellis, J., Eimicke, J. and Kong, J. (2007). An Evaluation of the VIGIL© Monitoring System in a residential care setting. Clinical Nursing Research. 16(4) 317-335. Ellis, J. (2006) A Personal Construct Theory view of Professional Identity. Ch. 12 In P.Caputi, H. Foster, & L. Viney (Eds) Personal Construct Psychology: New Ideas. Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons. Ellis, J., Costigan, J. & Watkinson, J. (2005) Nursing. Chapter 17.1 in F.Fransella (Ed) The Essential Practitioner’s Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology. Chichester, England: John Wiley and Sons. Graham, M., Ward, B., Munroe, G., Snow, P. and Ellis, J. (2005). Rural parents, teenagers and alcohol: What are parents thinking? E-Journal of Rural Health. Corcoran, S., James, E. and Ellis, J. (2005). Do Elderly Victorians from Rural Areas Have Access to Public Transport? Road & Transport Research. 14(1), 38-43. Kippen, S. and Ellis, J. (2005). As time goes by: issues for older people with their medication use. The Australasian Journal on Ageing. 24(2), 103-107. Ward, B., Ellis, J. and Anderson, K. (2005). Barriers to the provision of home and community care services to culturally and linguistically diverse populations in rural Australia. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 11(2), 147-155. Dillon, M., Kippen, S. & Ellis, J. (2004). A knitting together of practices: Reflections on the Phenomenology of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation Health care Team. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling. 10(1), 36-45. Ellis J. (2000) Professional Identity: Making sense of repertory Grids in J. W. Scheer (Ed) The Person in Society. Challenges to a Constructivist Theory. Giessen, Germany: Psychosozial-Verlag. Ellis, J. (1999) Nursing Care of older people: A Personal Construct Theory Perspective. Journal of Advanced Nursing 29(1), 160-168.   Kippen, S. and Ellis, J. (1998) Leisure and friendship for teenages with disabilities. Australian Journal of Parks and Leisure. November.   Ellis, J. (1997) “Nurses’ anticipations of caring for elderly patients” Chapter 26, pp 267-276 in P. M. Denicolo and M.L. Pope (Eds) Sharing Understanding and Practice. Farnborough :EPCA Publications.   Scheer, J.W.; Hundertmark, K. and Ellis, J. (1997) “Life Satisfaction in young adults and elderly persons” Chapter 17, pp 166-176 in P. M. Denicolo and M.L. Pope (Eds) Sharing Understanding and Practice. Farnborough :EPCA Publications.   Ellis, J. (1996) “He was big and old and frightening: Nursing Students Constructs’ of older people”. Chapter 5, pp89-103 in B. E. Walker, J. Costigan, L. L. Viney and W. Warren (Eds.) Personal construct theory: A psychology for the future. Melbourne: APS Imprint Books.   Ellis, J. (1996) “Challenging Health Professionals to Care” p. 189-198. in J.W. Scheer and A. Catina, (Eds) Empirical Constructivism In Europe. The Personal Construct Approach. Giessen: Psychosozial Verlag.   Keleher, H. & Ellis, J. (1996) Rural people utilizing city hospitals: issues for service provision. The Australian Journal of Rural Health. 4, 144-150.

Research projects

Resident-to-resident elder mistreatment (R-REM). Sensory loss in older people living in residential aged care. Pain management in residential aged care. Laugh out Loud (LoL): laughter therapy in residential aged care homes.  Apathy in residents with dementia living in residential aged care homes.    The Aged Care Workforce.   The role of sanctions in Australia’s residential aged care quality assurance system. Relocation into residential aged care homes.