Miss Ebony Lewis
Lecturer

Miss Ebony Lewis

UNSW Scientia PhD Candidate (2021 -estimated date of completion 2024) 

MIPH

BN

Medicine & Health
School of Population Health

Ebony is an early career researcher and has a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of older adults. She has extensive experience in gerontology research and geriatric assessment in clinical practice.

Ebony has been working at UNSW since 2015, holding a combined research and teaching role in the School of Population Health since 2018. Her research has focused largely on a program of research aiming to reduce avoidable hospitalisations and unnecessary treatments to improve the end-of-life experience for frail older adults, caregivers and clinicians, with a team led by Associate Professor Magnolia Cardona (https://swscs.med.unsw.edu.au/project/validation-cristal-criteria-screening-and-triaging-appropriate-alternative-care). Her research has had an impact at both a national and international level. In 2021, Ebony and Dr Magnolia Cardona jointly wrote, collected and collated a book which is a collection of real life stories from families, patients and clinicians encouraging and normalising end-of-life discussions (https://www.book2look.com/book/QWXA1Ke5xy) . She also leads a program of research around frailty and ageing through the lifecourse within both Indigenous and non-Indigenous older adult populations, with a strong focus on frailty identification and screening in older populations to improve health outcomes within tertiary, primary care and in the community setting. Ebony is the co-lead of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Theme at the School of Population Health. She uses mixed methods to aid in the translation of research into clinical practice. 

Ebony is a Lecturer in the School of Population Health, and is the Master of Public Health Stream Convenor of the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Specialisation and convenes two postgraduate stream defining courses. Ebony also delivers regular lectures in the undergraduate Medical Program. Ebony completed her Masters of International Public Health at UNSW in 2013, and in 2020, Ebony received a UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship and is currently undertaking her PhD at UNSW with her research focusing on frailty and dementia throughout the life course. 

  • Books | 2021
    CARDONA M, 2021, WHEN THE TIME COMES Stories from the End of Life
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Cardona M; Fien S; Myooran J; Hunter C; Dillon A; Lewis E; Browning M; Lewis L; Ní Chróinín D, 2022, 'Clinical and cost-effectiveness of telehealth for Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people: a scoping review', Ethnicity and Health, pp. 1 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2021.2023111
    Journal articles | 2022
    Lewis ET; Williamson M; Lewis LP; Ní Chróinín D; Dent E; Ticehurst M; Peters R; Macniven R; Cardona M, 2022, 'The Feasibility of Deriving the Electronic Frailty Index from Australian General Practice Records', Clinical Interventions in Aging, vol. Volume 17, pp. 1589 - 1598, http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/cia.s384691
    Journal articles | 2022
    Macniven R; Delbaere K; Lewis E; Radford K; Canuto K; Dickson M; Richards J; Gwynn J; Withall A, 2022, 'Community co-selection of measures to evaluate the health and wellbeing impact of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community running groups', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.600
    Journal articles | 2022
    Yashadhana A; Howie A; Veber M; Cullen P; Withall A; Lewis E; McCausland R; Macniven R; Andersen M, 2022, 'Experiences and perceptions of ageing among older First Nations Australians: A rapid review', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol. 41, pp. 8 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.13031
    Journal articles | 2021
    Allen B; Canuto K; Evans JR; Lewis E; Gwynn J; Radford K; Delbaere K; Richards J; Lovell N; Dickson M; Macniven R, 2021, 'Facilitators and barriers to physical activity and sport participation experienced by aboriginal and torres strait islander adults: A mixed method review', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, pp. 9893 - 9893, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189893
    Journal articles | 2021
    Kenning G; Ee N; Xu Y; Luu BL; Ward SA; Goldwater MB; Lewis E; Radford K; Anstey KJ; Lautenschlager NT; Fitzgerald JA; Rockwood K; Peters R, 2021, 'Intergenerational Practice in the Community—What Does the Community Think?', Social Sciences, vol. 10, pp. 374 - 374, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/socsci10100374
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lewis ET; Hammill KA; Ticehurst M; Turner RM; Greenaway S; Hillman K; Carlini J; Cardona M, 2021, 'How do patients with life-limiting illness and caregivers want end-of-life prognostic information delivered? A pilot study', Healthcare (Switzerland), vol. 9, pp. 784 - 784, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9070784
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lewis ET; Harrison R; Nicholson M; Hillman K; Trankle S; Rangel S; Stokes C; Cardona M, 2021, 'Clinicians’ and public acceptability of universal risk-of-death screening for older people in routine clinical practice in Australia: cross-sectional surveys', Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 33, pp. 1063 - 1070, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40520-020-01598-w
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lewis ET; Howard L; Cardona M; Radford K; Withall A; Howie A; Rockwood K; Peters R, 2021, 'Frailty in Indigenous Populations: A Scoping Review', Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.785460
    Journal articles | 2021
    Peters R; Ee N; Ward SA; Kenning G; Radford K; Goldwater M; Dodge HH; Lewis E; Xu Y; Kudrna G; Hamilton M; Peters J; Anstey KJ; Lautenschlager NT; Fitzgerald A; Rockwood K, 2021, 'Intergenerational Programmes bringing together community dwelling non-familial older adults and children: A Systematic Review', Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, vol. 94, pp. 104356 - 104356, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2021.104356
    Journal articles | 2021
    Thompson KJ; Finfer SR; Coombes J; Eades S; Hunter K; Leong RNF; Lewis E; Liu B, 2021, 'Incidence and outcomes of sepsis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous residents of New South Wales: population-based cohort study', Critical Care and Resuscitation, vol. 23, pp. 337 - 345, http://dx.doi.org/10.51893/2021.3.oa11
    Journal articles | 2020
    Cardona M; Anstey M; Lewis ET; Shanmugam S; Hillman K; Psirides A, 2020, 'Appropriateness of intensive care treatments near the end of life during the covid-19 pandemic', Breathe, vol. 16, pp. 1 - 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1183/20734735.0062-2020
    Journal articles | 2020
    Cardona M; Williamson M; Jones M; Chroinin DN; Gullotta J; Hillman K; Lewis ET; Morgan M, 2020, 'It is feasible to flag ‘near end-of-life' status in older patients from routine general practice data', Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 49, pp. 752 - 758, http://dx.doi.org/10.31128/AJGP-08-19-5033
    Journal articles | 2020
    Lewis ET; Mahimbo A; Linhart C; Williamson M; Morgan M; Hammill K; Hall J; Cardona M, 2020, 'General practitioners' perceptions on the feasibility and acceptability of implementing a risk prediction checklist to support their end-of-life discussions in routine care: A qualitative study', Family Practice, vol. 37, pp. 703 - 710, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/FAMPRA/CMAA036
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ooi M; Lewis ET; Brisbane J; Tubb E; McClean T; Assareh H; Hillman K; Achat H; Cardona M, 2020, 'Feasibility of using a risk assessment tool to predict hospital transfers or death for older people in australian residential aged care. A retrospective cohort study', Healthcare (Switzerland), vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030284
    Journal articles | 2020
    Raftery C; Lewis E; Cardona M, 2020, 'The Crucial Role of Nurses and Social Workers in Initiating End-of-Life Communication to Reduce Overtreatment in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic', Gerontology, vol. 66, pp. 427 - 430, http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000509103
    Journal articles | 2020
    Trankle SA; Shanmugam S; Lewis E; Nicholson M; Hillman K; Cardona M, 2020, 'Are We Making Progress on Communication with People Who Are Near the End of Life in the Australian Health System? A Thematic Analysis', Health Communication, vol. 35, pp. 158 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2018.1548335
    Journal articles | 2019
    Cardona M; Lewis E; Shanmugam S; Nicholson M; Williamson M; Hanly L; Hillman K, 2019, 'Dissonance on perceptions of end-of-life needs between health-care providers and members of the public: Quantitative cross-sectional surveys', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol. 38, pp. e75 - e84, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12630
    Journal articles | 2019
    Cardona M; O'Sullivan M; Lewis ET; Turner RM; Garden F; Alkhouri H; Asha S; Mackenzie J; Perkins M; Suri S, 2019, 'Prospective validation of a checklist to predict short‐term death in older patients after emergency department admission in Australia and Ireland', Academic Emergency Medicine, vol. 26, pp. 610 - 620, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acem.13664
    Journal articles | 2019
    Cardona M; Shanmugam S; Lewis ET; Psirides A; Anstey M; Hillman K, 2019, 'A rapid review of patient and family perspectives on inappropriateness of intensive care treatments at the end of life', MedRXiv, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/19007138
    Journal articles | 2019
    Lewis E; Harrison R; Hanly L; Psirides A; Zammit A; McFarland K; Dawson A; Hillman K; Barr M; Cardona M, 2019, 'End-of-life priorities of older adults with terminal illness and caregivers: a qualitative consultation', Health Expectations, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hex.12860
    Journal articles | 2019
    Lewis ET; Dent E; Alkhouri H; Kellett J; Williamson M; Asha S; Holdgate A; Mackenzie J; Winoto L; Fajardo-Pulido D; Ticehurst M; Hillman K; McCarthy S; Elcombe E; Rogers K; Cardona M, 2019, 'Which frailty scale for patients admitted via Emergency Department? A cohort study', Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, vol. 80, pp. 104 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2018.11.002
    Journal articles | 2018
    Cardona M; Kellett J; Lewis E; Brabrand M; Ní Chróinín D, 2018, 'Truth disclosure on prognosis: Is it ethical not to communicate personalised risk of death?', International Journal of Clinical Practice, vol. 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijcp.13222
    Journal articles | 2018
    Cardona M; Lewis ET; Kristensen MR; Skjøt-Arkil H; Ekmann AA; Nygaard HH; Jensen JJ; Jensen RO; Pedersen JL; Turner RM, 2018, 'Predictive validity of the CriSTAL tool for short-term mortality in older people presenting at emergency departments: a prospective study', European geriatric medicine, vol. 9, pp. 891 - 901, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s41999-018-0123-6
    Journal articles | 2018
    Cardona M; Lewis ET; Turner RM; Alkhouri H; Asha S; Mackenzie J; Perkins M; Suri S; Holdgate A; Winoto L, 2018, 'Efficacy of a tool to predict short-term mortality in older people presenting at emergency departments: protocol for a multi-centre cohort study', Archives of gerontology and geriatrics, vol. 76, pp. 169 - 174, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2018.02.014
    Journal articles | 2018
    Cardona M; Turner RM; Chapman A; Alkhouri H; Lewis ET; Jan S; Nicholson M; Parr M; Williamson M; Hillman K, 2018, 'Who Benefits from Aggressive Rapid Response System Treatments Near the End of Life? A Retrospective Cohort Study', Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, vol. 44, pp. 505 - 513, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjq.2018.04.001
    Journal articles | 2017
    Cardona-Morrell M; Lewis E; Suman S; Haywood C; Williams M; Brousseau AA; Greenaway S; Hillman K; Dent E, 2017, 'Recognising older frail patients near the end of life: What next?', European Journal of Internal Medicine, vol. 45, pp. 84 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2017.09.026
    Journal articles | 2017
    Lewis E; Samperi S; Boyd-Skinner C, 2017, 'Telephone follow-up calls for older patients after hospital discharge', Age and Ageing, vol. 46, pp. 544 - 546, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afw251
    Journal articles | 2016
    Cardona-Morrell M; Chapman A; Turner RM; Lewis E; Gallego-Luxan B; Parr M; Hillman K, 2016, 'Pre-existing risk factors for in-hospital death among older patients could be used to initiate end-of-life discussions rather than rapid response system calls: a case-control study', Resuscitation, vol. 109, pp. 76 - 80, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.09.031
    Journal articles | 2016
    Lewis E; Cardona-Morrell M; Ong KY; Trankle SA; Hillman K, 2016, 'Evidence still insufficient that advance care documentation leads to engagement of healthcare professionals in end-of-life discussions: A systematic review', Palliative Medicine, vol. 30, pp. 807 - 824, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269216316637239
  • Preprints | 2022
    Cardona M; Lewis ET; Bannach-Brown A; Ip G; Tan J; Koreshe E; Head J; Lee JJ; Rangel S; Bublitz L; Forbes C; Maréchal-Ross I; Bathla N; Kusnadi R; Brown PG; Alkhouri H; Ticehurst M; Lovell N, 2022, Development and pilot testing of an electronic guide incorporating patient values and prognostic information in preparation for older people’s decision-making near the end of life., http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-1417334/v1
    Conference Abstracts | 2019
    Cardona M; Lewis E; Stehlik P; Sun S; Clark J, 2019, 'Inappropriate hospitalisations, aggressive treatments, and insufficient deprescribing: the medicalisation of death from natural causes', in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine, BMJ Publishing Group, presented at Preventing Overdiagnosis, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjebm-2019-POD.35
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Lewis E; Kristensen MR; O’Sullivan M; Ekmann AA; Skjøt-Arkil H; Nygaard HH; Cardona-Morrell M, 2017, 'CHALLENGES OF MEASURING FRAILTY IN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS AND PROPOSED SOLUTIONS', in Innovation in Aging, Oxford University Press (OUP), pp. 383 - 383, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.1391

1. Lewis E, Radford K, Peters R, Cardona M, Howie A, Withall A, Rockwood K. An exploration of frailty in older Aboriginal peoples in New South Wales. UNSW Ageing Futures Institute -Seed Research Grant. 2021. $26,000

2.  Radford K, Withall A, Ni She E, Cullen P, Lavrencic L, Lewis E, Anstey K. Collaboratory Ageing Meeting Place For Innovative Research and Engagement (CAMPFIRE): A living lab. UNSW Ageing Futures Institute -Seed Research Grant. 2021. $28,996

3. Peters R, Ee N, Ward S, Kenning G, Goldwater M, Delbare K, Rockwood K, Dodge H, Fitzgerald A, Lewis E, Radford K. INTERgenerAtional Clinical Trial In at risk Older adults and pre-school children (INTERACTION). Mindgardens’ Translational Research Scheme. 2021. $149,337

4. Lovell N, Sze-Yuan O, Delbaere K, Branko C, Harris M, Christensen H, Cohn R, Krishnan A, Welsh A, Liaw T, Anstey K, Betbeder-Matibet L, Larsen L, Wakefield C, Jennifer Y, Ivers R, Stevenson G, Guozhen L, Lewis E, Parameswaran S, Mohammadi G, GllegoLuxan B. Connected Health Apps and Systems (CHAppS) Network Laboratory. Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor UNSW. 2020. $192,511

5. Lewis E, Macniven R, Poulod R, Cardona M, Menzies R, Ni Chroinin D, Webster R, Liaw T, Williamson M. Identification of frailty in an Australian general practice database using the electronic Frailty Index: an exploratory study. SPHCM UNSW seeding grant. 2019. $25,000

6. Anderson M, Ivers R, Lovell N, McCausland R, MacGillivary P, Lewis E, Poulos R, Macniven R, Pollard-Wharton N, Poulos C, Eades A, Spencer W. Supporting Aboriginal People to Age Well in Remote Settings: The Dharriwaa Elders Group. UNSW Ageing Futures Institute -Seed Research Grant. 2019. $30,000

7. Macniven R, Delbaere K, Withall A, Radford K, Lewis E, Lovell N. Community co-design to develop and test measures to examine the health and wellbeing impact of Deadly Running Australia. UNSW Ageing Futures Institute -Seed Research Grant. 2019. $30,000

8. Cardona M, Lewis E, Asha S, Alkhouri H, Lovell N, Turner R. Electronic tool to facilitate decision making and advance care planning in emergency departments. Agency for Clinical Innovation. 2018. $85,330

9. Hillman K, Cardona M, Middleton P, Peronchik J, Harlum J, Wiltshire J, Lewis E, Nicholson M, Frost S, Turner R. Reducing inappropriate admissions and long hospital stays to improve health management for elderly patients. HCF Research Foundation. 2017. $150,000

 

1. Winner, Paper of the Year Award 2016
https://eapcnet.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/palliative-medicine-paper-of-the-year-award-helping-clinicians-engage-in-end-of-life-discussions-with-older-dying-patients/

2. Finalist, NSW Health Statewide Awards for Innovation in Research
CriSTAL clinical prediction tool to encourage advance care planning. New South Wales Health Ministry (October 2017)

3. Winner. Quality Award for Patient Safety, September 2017
South Western Sydney Local Health District for program of work on Criteria for Screening and Triaging to Appropriate aLternative care (CriSTAL)

 

I am on a number of committees and working groups. 

My Research Supervision

Leanne Howard. MPH Research Project. Frailty in the Indigenous Lanscape