Sarah Cresp

Sarah Cresp
PhD Candidate
RTP Scholarship Awardee
Monash Nursing & Midwifery

Associate Professor Susan Lee (Main)
Associate Professor Cheryle Moss

The support and education needs of substitute decision makers for people with dementia at end of life: A qualitative interpretive description

A future nurse leader in supporting substitute decision makers for people with advanced dementia

For Sarah, her journey with Monash started when she was just sixteen years old. Making her the youngest student in the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s history.

Having grown up on the Mornington Peninsula, Monash ticked all of the boxes – it was close to home, offered exceptional teaching facilities and the opportunity to learn from experts in the field.

With 10 years of experience under her belt, Sarah returned to Monash to pursue her Doctor of Philosophy degree to explore much-needed human research in aged care.

Dementia being the second leading cause of death of Australians

With dementia being the second leading cause of death of Australians, Sarah’s research aims to discover the education and support needs of substitute decision markers supporting older persons with dementia near the end of life.

“I am passionate about aged care and possess clinical, research and teaching skills in the fields of aged care and palliative care. I am looking to leverage my knowledge and experience into a long-term role as a future nurse leader in supporting substitute decision makers and caring for people with advanced dementia.”

Monash provides a conducive environment for her to pursue her higher education and research goals. “My supervision team possess a vast range of clinical and research expertise..."

“My supervisors are continuously present to share their wisdom and offer support in flexible arrangements to balance my family, study and work commitments.”

Throughout her PhD journey, Sarah has already achieved lots to be proud of, such as being a recipient of multiple grants, having her work published in peer review journals and been a finalist in the Faculty’s 3-Minute Thesis Competition.

As a current Teaching Associate at Monash, Sarah is now transferring her knowledge to undergraduate students as they make their mark as future nurses.