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Linda is a proud Wiradjuri woman who has over 30 years' experience in the nursing profession and has a wide range of nursing expertise having worked in specialities such as aged care, primary health care, emergency care, peri-operative care, forensic nursing, leadership and nursing management. Linda has experience in both the public and private sector of the health industry. Currently Linda is the Head of School, Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at Charles Sturt University. Prior to joining the Charles Sturt team, Linda worked for over 10 years in senior nursing leadership and management roles ranging from Nurse Unit Manager to District Director of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has a keen interest in Indigenous health and nursing workforce issues and completed a PhD on this topic through Charles Sturt University (CSU). Linda has multiple qualifications in nursing and affirms a strong commitment to nursing education and building a skilled nursing workforce for the future.

Research Interests

Linda has a keen interest in nursing and health research and has a PhD  in Indigenous nursing workforce and education. Other research projects that Linda has been involved in and/or is currently participating in are:

  • 2020-  Indigenist Health and Cultural Safety Education Research Consortium: Decolonising Nursing and Midwifery
  • 2019 - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Nursing and Midwifery workforce mentoring program in a rural NSW Local Health District
  • 2016- Management of palliative care in Multipurpose Health Services (MPS)- CSU
  • 2015 -2016– Analysis of identified clinical handover incidents in a rural and regional setting- CSU and WNSWLHD
  • 2015- First year undergraduate nurses experiences of wearing uniforms whilst undertaking simulated clinical skills within nursing laboratories: A cohort comparison study CSU
  • 2014 - Caring for people who have a life limiting illness project – CSU
  • 2013 - Nursing stress and satisfaction outcomes resulting from implementing a team nursing model of care in a rural setting- WNSWLHD and CSU
  • 2012 to current - PhD: Does policy support Indigenous people to enter, remain and advance in Nursing? - A Discourse Analysis- CSU
  • 2009 - 2011 - Developing an effective workplace culture through Practice Development - UTS and GWAHS


Linda joined the Charles Sturt University academic staff on a full time basis in 2015. Currently Linda is the Head of School for the School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences within the Faculty of Science and Health at Charles Sturt. Linda's contribution to teaching and learning at the university level is demonstrated in the following ways;

  • Leading and developing curriculum for undergraduate and post graduate courses
  • Convening and teaching into courses at the undergraduate and post graduate level
  • Utilising a range of teaching strategies to support student learning within the online and face to face environment
  • Participating in ongoing professional development as a way to discover new and innovative ways to teach which support student learning in a range of environments

Linda has taught in and has an interest in the following areas of nursing: rural and remote health, nursing leadership and management, nursing workforce and organisational culture, Indigenous health, aged care, palliative care, chronic care, nursing research, practice development, and disaster management.

A highlight of Linda's career in academia has been the publication of the textbook – Chronic Care Nursing: A framework for practice. This textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the role of the nurse in dealing with chronic conditions across a variety of health care settings in Australia and New Zealand. This textbook was developed to support undergraduate nurses to understand the complexity of this area of nursing and how this applies to practice.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 09 Dec 2019

Graduate Certificate in Learning and Charles Sturt University- Bathurst Teaching in Higher Education, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 11 Dec 2017

Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics , University of Tasmania

Award Date: 13 Dec 2010

Graduate Diploma in Gerontology , University of New England

Award Date: 15 Dec 2003

Masters of Health Management , University of New England

Award Date: 11 Dec 2000

Graduate Certificate in Anaesthetic NSW College of Nursing – Glebe & Recovery Room Nursing, NSW College of Nursing

Award Date: 18 Nov 1996

Bachelor of Nursing , University of New England

Award Date: 14 Dec 1992

Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing), Nepean College of Advanced Education

Award Date: 12 Dec 1988

External positions

LINMEN National Advisory Committee, CATSINaM

2018 → …

Subject keywords

  • nursing
  • First Nations health
  • health workforce
  • chronic care
  • Rural health
  • health policy


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