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Dr Susan Alexander


Contact Information Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.410
Staff Member Details
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.410  


Susan is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Current Teaching

  • NP2201: Professional Nursing Practice 2 - Unit Coordinator.


  • 2012 - 2016: Lecturer, Western Sydney University
  • 2007 - 2011: Lecturer, CQ University.

Professional Associations

  • Australian College of Nursing.
  • Palliative Care Association.
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Awards and Recognition

  • Royal College of Nursing Australia High Achiever Award 2006.
  • Bundaberg Brewed Drinks Local Research Award 2007.
  • Bundaberg Regional Council Award for Excellence in Research (2009 and 2010).

Research Areas and Interests

  • Palliative care, particularly psycho social and spirituality.
  • Indigenous health.
  • Lived experience of ill health.


  • Graduate Diploma in Couselling for Health and Social Care, The University of New England, 2015.
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, Central Queensland University, 2012.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Central Queensland University, 2010.
  • Bachelor of Health (Nursing) (Honours), Central Queensland University, 2005.


Recent Research Grants

  • Quality of end-of-life care in hospital: A multi-faceted study of end-of-life care and perceptions of bereaved family and clinical staff.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2017 Open Round,  2018 - 2019,  $149,270.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Tranberg, R., Alexander, S., Hatcher, D., Mackey, S., Shahid, S., Holden, L., Kwok, C., (2016), Factors influencing cancer treatment decision-making by indigenous peoples: a systematic review. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 25(2), 131-141, DOI: 10.1002/pon.3900.
  • Alexander, S., (2013), Time to get serious about assessing – and managing – psychosocial issues associated with chronic wounds. Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, 7(1), 95-100, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Ltd., DOI: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e32835bf2a3.
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