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Louise D. Hickman

Professor and Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) University of Wollongong, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Louise Hickman is a registered nurse clinician-scientist who holds a Master in Public Health and an implementation science PhD in models to improve care of the older person. Professor Hickman has an exceptional record in senior leadership within the university sector, service and leadership appointments within industry groups, clinical research, governance positions within health and higher education.

Professor Hickman research program builds upon the crucial urgency to address unmet chronic health care needs in our ageing population, and moving care from a traditional acute episodic care model of treating one patient, one disease, to a person-centred, culturally safe care continuum model across care settings.

Professor Hickman’s research program has a large number of publications with citations in international guidelines and position statements. Professor Hickman has successfully worked on multiple research projects to completion and attained competitive funding. Her research work has been presented at international and national conferences, webinars, television media coverage, and extensive dissemination through social media.

Professor Hickman has over 20 years of significant clinical, research and academic leadership anchored in healthcare delivery. With three Director Roles for post-graduate programs over the last decade. Her in-depth knowledge of research and the health care industry combined with her significant understanding of curriculum, pedagogy and drivers for learning enables her to better address the needs of communities and health care organisations.

Professor Hickman is currently Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) University of Wollongong where she is partnering with industry and communities to drive change and innovation. Professor Hickman remains an adjunct Professor at the UTS research center IMPACCT (Improving Palliative, Aged & Chronic Care through Clinical Research & Translation).


  • 2017–present
    Director Palliative Care Programs, University of Technology
  • 2012–2017
    Director Post Graduate Studies Nursing, University of Technology


  • 2008 
    Western Sydney University, PhD
  • 2005 
    UNSW, Master Public Health
  • 1998 
    New Zealand, Bachelor of Nursing