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 ( She is lecturing 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

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

· Indigenous peoples' experiences of acute cardiac care.

Doctor Philosophy — Co-supervisor

· The psychological impact of in-hospital falls

Master of Philosophy — Co-supervisor

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