Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University

Melissa's research interests include end-of-life care, palliative care, terminal care and chronic illness.
Melissa completing a PhD investigating how nurses 'recognise' and 'respond' to the dying patient in the acute hospital setting.

Experience

  • 2009–present
    Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University
  • 2008–2009
    Clinical Nurse Consultant (Research), Joint Appointment Monash University and Peninsula Health

Education

  • 2013 
    Monash University, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • 2009 
    University of Sydney, Masters Nursing (Honours)
  • 2009 
    Deakin University, Master of Professional Education and Training
  • 2008 
    Deakin University, Master of Nursing Practice

Publications

  • 2014
    End of life care in an Australian rehabilitation facility for older people: Staff focus groups, Death Studies
  • 2013
    Considering Aboriginal palliative care models: The challenges for mainstream services, Rural and Remote Health
  • 2013
    How the observed create ethical dilemmas for the observers: Experiences from studies conducted in clinical settings in the UK and Australia, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • 2013
    The environment of inpatient healthcare delivery and its influence on the outcome of care, HERD
  • 2013
    End of life care in a rehabilitation facility for older people in Australia, Australasian Journal on Ageing
  • 2012
    Caring for Patients Dying with Dementia: Challenges in sub-acute care, Journal of Palliative Care
  • 2012
    Care in final days, Nursing Review
  • 2012
    Qualitative Observation in a Clinical Setting, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • 2012
    Nursing Care of the Family before and after a Death in the ICU - An Exploratory Pilot Study, Australian Critical Care
  • 2012
    Providing end-of-life care in the intensive care unit: Issues that impact on nurse professionalism, Singapore Nursing Journal
  • 2012
    Development and application of palliative care cultural standards using clinical indicators, Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • 2012
    Transferring from an acute hospital and settling into a subacute facility: The experience of patient, International Journal of Older People Nursing
  • 2011
    End of Life Care in Acute Hospitals - An Integrative Literature Review, Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness
  • 2011
    Problems associated with end of life care in acute hospitals, End of Life Care
  • 2010
    End of Life Clinician-Family Communication in the ICU: A retrospective observational study, Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • 2010
    End of Life Management of adult patients in an Australian Metropolitan Intensive Care Unit, Australian Critical Care
  • 2010
    End of Life Care: the importance of advance care planning in primary care, Australian Family Physician
  • 2010
    The unacknowledged role of after-death care carried out by palliative care nurses, End of Life Care

Research Areas

  • Nursing Not Elsewhere Classified (111099)
  • Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
  • Nursing (1110)
  • Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative) (111004)