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Professor of Nursing and Health Services Research, Avondale College of Higher Education

Professor Brett Mitchell is a Professor of Nursing and Health Services Research at Avondale University, as well as a conjoint scholar at the Central Coast Local Health District (NSW). Brett holds an adjunct Professor of Nursing position at Monash University and the University of Newcastle. He has lead hospital and State programs. He has clinical experience in hospitals in Australia, overseas and public health. Brett is the Editor-in-Chief of Infection, Disease and Health, an international peer reviewed journal. Professor Mitchell is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control and a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing. Brett has over 150 peer reviewed journal and conference presentations. He was the Chair of an NHMRC committee responsible for the national infection prevention and control guidelines for healthcare facilities and has sat on national committees with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. His research interests include health services research, environmental cleaning, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and surveillance of infections.


  • 2019–present
    Professor, University of Newcastle
  • 2016–present
    Editor-in-Chief, Infection, Disease and Health
  • 2017–2019
    Professor, Avondale College of Higher Education
  • 2015–2017
    Associate Professor, Avondale College of Higher Education


  • 2013 
    Australian Catholic University, PhD
  • 2004 
    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dip.T.N
  • 2004 
    Griffith University, Masters Adv.Prac
  • 1999 
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Nursing

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
  • Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control
  • Australian College of Nursing
  • Hospital Infection Society (UK)