Researcher biography

Melanie joined the School in 2018, coming from a research position with Queensland Health and the Australian Catholic University. She focuses on researching with multi-disciplinary teams in her two distinct areas of interest: emergency medical care - patient and system flow and workforce issues, and in chronic conditions - patient self-management, respiratory conditions, especially cystic fibrosis. Melanie enjoys collaborative links with colleagues in emergency care, in paediatric and adult respiratory, and the CSIRO's Australian E-Health Research Centre, the latter being co-investigators in devising the Emergency Department Patient Admission Predictive Tool. A lecturer in the Master of Nursing Studies programme, with a clinical background in general practice and paediatrics, all of Melanie's work is underscored by a patient and family centred care perspective.


· Registered General Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

· Bachelor of Nursing with First Class Honours, The University of Tasmania

· Bachelor of Nursing, The University of Tasmania

· Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania

Current Supervision

Exploring the influence of adverse childhood experiences among adults who frequently present to an Australian Emergency Department.

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor
  • Other advisors: Dr Robyne Le Brocque, Dr Amy Johnston

Healthcare experiences of people living with Myotonic Dystrophy

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor
  • Other advisor: Dr Marion Tower

An exploratory study of self-concept in adults with Cystic Fibrosis in an evolving health environment

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor
  • Other advisors: Dr Kellie Bennett, Dr Siobhan Mulrennan

Research Interests

Health systems:

  • Emergency medical care: patient and system flow, workforce issues
  • Chronic conditions: patient self-management, respiratory conditions - cystic fibrosis
  • Patient and family centred care - paediatrics
  • Qualitative methodologies