Margaret Sealey  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.
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    Dr Margaret Sealey
    BPsych(Hons), PhD

    Lecturer

    About me

    I am a counsellor and researcher certified in thanatology; death, dying and bereavement  who has worked with vulnerable populations in health settings (palliative care, oncology and dementia) for 20 years, most recently as a counsellor with Alzheimer’s Australia WA.  With a previous background as a registered nurse, I graduated with a B Psych (Hons) at Murdoch University, undertook postgraduate studies in counselling (University of Notre Dame Fremantle), before completing a PhD at Curtin University (School of Psychology). My PhD research developed a bereavement risk assessment model for palliative care using action research. My research interests are focused on grief, bereavement, dementia, end-of-life and family caregivers.

    Teaching area

    I am a lecturer in the Discipline of Counselling, College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education (SHEE) and I coordinate and teach CSL566 (Case conceptualization & assessment in counselling.

    Research areas

    My ongoing research interests centre on dementia, particularly in relation to carer counselling needs and the efficacy of counselling. I am interested in the psychological, social and spiritual impact of life-limiting illness on both patients and their family carers, particularly in relation to coping with end-of-life and bereavement. Grief, loss and bereavement care is an area that requires a great deal more research. The impact to health professionals who care for these vulnerable populations is also of interest in terms of burnout and compassion fatigue, and ways in which these can be minimized and lead to improved health and occupational outcomes. Social attitudes to death dying, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide is also an area of interest and is in need of more research. Presently I am supervising Research Masters by Training (RMT) students who are researching the role of end-of-life discussions between residents, their family and staff in aged care facilities and understanding intrapersonal constructs as they relate to suicidal ideation.

    Current projects

    Following on from my PhD study, I am looking at further developing the bereavement risk assessment carer checklist, which was piloted at three palliative care services in WA. I am working with RMT students on projects relating to end-of-life choices in residential aged care facilities and understanding intrapersonal constructs underlying suicidal ideation.

    Awards and grants

    Murdoch University Professional Development ASPIRE award 2017. The Perth Convention Bureau partnered with Murdoch University assists professional development through supporting attendance at an international conference or by funding further study in a chosen field. I used this funding to attend and present research papers at the 11th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society in Lisbon, Portugal in July 2017.

    Events and speaking engagements

    Sealey, M. (August, 2018). “Acceptability and feasibility of a carer self-report checklist of bereavement risk in palliative care.” Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Conference, Sydney. Platform presentation, August 9, 2018.

    Sealey, M. (August, 2018).“How to support family or friends of someone caring for a loved one with dementia.” Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Conference, 2018 Sydney. Platform presentation, August 8, 2018.

    Sealey, M. (June 2018). “Providing bereavement support to family caregivers: what is the role of the palliative care nurse? 4th Biennial European Conference of Sigma Phi Mu Chapter, Cambridge, UK. Platform presentation, June 4th, 2018.

    Sealey, M. (July, 2017). “When the language of bereavement isn’t so common: Highs and lows of bereavement research in palliative care.” The 11th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society – A Common Language. Lisbon, Portugal. Platform presentation, July 12 – 15th   2017.

    Sealey, M. (July, 2017). “Bereavement support in palliative care: Whose responsibility is it?” The 11th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society – A Common Language. Lisbon, Portugal, 2017. Platform presentation, July 12 – 15th   2017.

    Sealey, M., O’Connor, M., Breen, L.J., Aoun, S.M .  (2015 September)  Platform presentation, “Bereavement risk assessment in palliative care: The development of a brief grief measure to screen for carers who may be at risk of complex grief.” 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

    Sealey, M., O’Connor, M., Breen, L.J., Aoun, S.M.   (2015 August) Platform presentation “Bereavement: Why identify those at risk of prolonged/complicated grief?” Royal Perth Hospital Annual Palliative Care Study Day, Perth, Australia.

    Sealey, M., O’Connor, M., Breen, L.J., Aoun, S.M. (2015 July) Platform presentation:  “Developing a bereavement risk assessment model for palliative care in Western Australia: An action research study.” Curtin University Denis Glencross Student Seminar, Perth, Australia.

    Sealey, M. & Humphries, G. (2015, April) Poster presentation “Transition from home to residential care for people living with dementia: A pilot study.” 30th Annual International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International (Care, Cure and the dementia experience- A global challenge) Perth, Australia.

    Sealey, M. (2015, April) Poster presentation “Ambiguous loss: Challenging the worldview of people living with dementia.”  30th Annual International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International (Care, Cure and the dementia experience- A global challenge) Perth, Australia.

    Sealey, M., O’Connor, M., Breen, L.J., Aoun, S.M. (2015 February)  Platform symposium presentation: “Beyond Life-limiting Illness: Bereavement risk assessment in palliative care.” Australasian Society of Behavioural Health & Medicine, Perth, Australia.

    Sealey, M., Aoun, S.M., O’Connor, M., & Breen, L.J. (2014, November) Platform presentation: “Developing a bereavement risk assessment model for palliative care” Curtin University School of Nursing & Midwifery Research Week, Perth, Australia.

    Sealey, M., O’Connor, M., Breen, L.J., Aoun, S.M. (2014, October) Poster presentation “Existing measures in the changing landscape of grief” Palliative Care WA State Conference, Perth, Australia.

    Sealey, M., O’Connor, M., Breen, L.J., Aoun, S.M. (2014, September) Platform presentation “Bereavement risk assessment in palliative care” Western Australian Psycho-Oncology Group (WACOG) Research Symposium, Perth, Australia.

    Sealey, M., O’Connor, M., Breen, L.J., Aoun, S.M.  (2014 June) Platform presentation (Best abstract award) “Bereavement risk assessment in palliative care: Existing measures in the changing landscape of grief.” 10th International Conference on Grief & Bereavement in Contemporary Society (East Meets West: Expanding frontiers and diversity) Hong Kong, China.

    Sealey, M., O’Connor, M., Breen, L.J., Aoun, S.M.  (2014 March) Platform presentation “Bereavement risk assessment: Where theory meets practice.” Australian Centre for Grief & Bereavement Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

    Sealey, M., O’Connor, M., Breen, L.J., Aoun, S.M.  (2013 August) “Developing a bereavement risk assessment model for palliative care in Western Australia: An action research study.” Curtin University Denis Glencross Student Seminar, Perth, Australia.

    Sealey, M., O’Connor, M., Breen, L.J., Aoun, S.M. (2012 October) Platform presentation “Thinking outside the box on bereavement risk assessment: A review of instruments and proposal of bereavement framework.” Palliative Care WA State Conference, Perth, Australia.

    Sealey, M. (2010).“Euthanasia and MND: A case study” Motor Neurone Disease Association Australia conference, Sydney.  Platform presentation: July 2010.

    Sealey, M. (2009).“Non-malignant palliative care.”  Palliative Care Australia Conference 2009 combined with 10th Asia Pacific Palliative Care Network and 9th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference, Perth.  Platform presentation: Pre-conference Masterclass: September 2009.

    Sealey, M. (2009). “Providing care and advocacy to clients when it is against the law: euthanasia and MND.”  Palliative Care Australia Conference 2009 combined with 10th Asia Pacific Palliative Care Network and 9th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference, Perth. Poster presentation: September 2009.

     

     

    Professional and community service

    I have regularly volunteered with Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDAWA) to provide complementary therapies for patients and carers.

    I have also participated as a member of the executive committee for Palliative Care WA.

    Publications

    Sealey, M., Breen, L.J., O’Connor, M., & Aoun, S. M. (2015). A scoping review of bereavement risk assessment measures: Implications for palliative care. Palliative Medicine, 29(7), 577-589. doi: 10.1177/0269216315576262

    Sealey, M., O’Connor, M., Aoun, S.M., & Breen, L.J.(2015). Exploring barriers to  assessment of bereavement risk in palliative care: perspectives of key stakeholders. BMC Palliative Care, 14(49), 1-12. doi: 10.1186/s12904-015-0046-7

    Stomski, N. J., Morrison, P., Sealey, M., Skeffington, P., & O’Brien, G. (2018). The association between gratitude and burden in Australian mental health carers: a cross-sectional study. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. Doi: 10.1111/scs.12623