Health care professionals provide care and support of patients and their loved ones during bereavement. However health professional students may not feel prepared for this role. The aim of this project is to establish current practice in the undergraduate education of health care professionals (nurses, midwives and social workers). 

This project will conduct a literature review to determine latest practices around disciplinary training on bereavement and mortality. 

Expected outcomes and deliverables:

This project provides the opportunity for the student to participate in a systematic review of the research literature focusing on the education of undergraduate health professional students. Students will collaborate with experienced researchers in the SNMSW to complete the review.

It is anticipated that the results from the systematic review will form the basis of literature review to be submitted for peer review.

It is anticipated that by undertaking this process students skills will be enhanced in communication, advanced literature searchers, consolidation of research findings and generation of a research paper for publication. These skills would be beneficial to all students, particularly those wishing to complete honours or research based study. 

Suitable for:

This application is open to students currently enrolled within the in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social work. Candidates will need to work independently with regular meetings and support from their supervisor/s. View eligibility criteria.


Two students required: one nurse/midwife student and one social work student.

Candidates will be required to attend the UQ St Lucia campus for 20 hours per week for this project. Days to be negotiated with the team prior to commencement.

Please contact Catherine Kilgour or John Drayton prior to submitting an application.

Project members

Dr John Drayton

Program Lead, Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work