Nick Arnott

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Nick Arnott


Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4696 (phone)

Mr Arnott is a Registered Nurse with 25 years' experience in a diverse range of roles and settings, both in Australia and overseas. His professional philosophy affirms the belief that all people are citizens of equal worth who have the right to live a meaningful and valued life within the community, where their diverse needs, interests, opinions and aspirations are actively embraced, encouraged, supported and celebrated. 

Mr Arnott's work is strongly guided by the principles of social justice, community development and health promotion, including collaborative forms of thinking and action and an emphasis on partnerships, community participation, capacity building and the sharing of knowledge and resources from a local through to a global level.


Prior to commencing at the University of Tasmania, Mr Arnott held a senior executive position in the Victorian Community Health Sector and an academic role with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He has considerable expertise in primary health care, public/population health, post-acute care and chronic disease management, with a particular emphasis on marginalised population groups such as people with disability, newly-arrived refugee groups and homeless young people.


Teaching expertise

Mr Arnott teaches a variety of units within the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Health and Bachelor of Paramedic Studies. His particular teaching interests include: community & primary health care nursing, the social dimensions of health, understanding and responding to diversity, foundations of nursing and development of professional identity, health assessment and clinical reasoning and person-centred practice, engagement and communication. He also has an interest in simulation-based education; interdisciplinary learning and practice; and curriculum design and development for health professional education.

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  • The Arts-Health Intersection (the application of arts/visual-based methodologies)
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Life stories, social history and digital story-telling initiatives

Research Themes

Mr Arnott has a strong interest in the social determinants of health and the practice of nursing and healthcare within resource-poor settings and to marginalised population groups. This is well aligned with the University's key theme of Better Health

Much of his recent research has been in the context of 'living with disability', including social inclusion, self-directed planning, individualised funding models, and the health care needs and experiences of people with disability, especially those with cognitive impairments (intellectual disability and acquired brain injury) and people experiencing dual disabilities or multiple and complex needs.

Mr Arnott's other research interests are health professional education, 'creative' pedagogy and the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Fields of Research

  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Care for Disabled (111703)
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Nursing (111099)
  • Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711)
  • Residential Client Care (111718)
  • Aged Care Nursing (111001)
  • Architectural Design (120101)

Research Objectives

  • Health Policy Evaluation (920208)
  • Health Inequalities (920206)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Information and Communication Services (899999)
  • Disability and Functional Capacity (920403)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design (970112)
  • Ability and Disability (940101)


Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2015Arnott NJ, 'Achieving health equity for people with disabilities: a call to action', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 23, (6) pp. 52. ISSN 2202-7114 (2015) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
2014Arnott NJ, 'Working with people who have a disability', An introduction to community and primary health care, Cambridge University Press, D Guzys and E Petrie (ed), New York, pp. 354-364. ISBN 978-1-107-63309-4 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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2014Guzys D, Arnott NJ, 'The social model of health', An introduction to community and primary health care, Cambridge University Press, D Guzys and E Petrie (ed), New York, pp. 3-16. ISBN 978-1-107-63309-4 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(5 outputs)
2017Arnott N, 'The grateful nurse: the possibilities and dilemmas of gratitude in nursing education and practice', 11th Annual Graduate Research Conference - University of Tasmania, 7-8 September 2017, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2016Williams Danielle, Arnott NJ, 'Achieving a Sense of Place: A qualitative case study of 'place making' on an undergraduate nursing satellite campus', 6th International Nurse Education Conference, 3 - 6 April, 2016, Brisbane, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2014Williams D, Arnott N, 'Achieving a sense of place': reflections from a satellite campus', Teaching Matters: Places and Spaces 2014, 2-3 December, Launceston, Tasmania (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Arnott N, 'An exploration of the barriers and facilitators of community access and social inclusion for disabled and socially-marginalised population groups', Proceedings of the Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Conference, 19-21 October 2012, Perth, Western Australia (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2011Arnott NJ, 'ISP Management Tools and Resources', Proceedings of the EDSN Seminar Series, Leadership in the reorientation of day services, 30 March, Melbourne, Victoria (2011) [Plenary Presentation]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(3 outputs)
2011Arnott NJ, Newnham D, 'Community Inclusion and Support Services (CISS) Attendant Care Service Evaluation', EACH Social & Community Health Attendant Care Industry Management Standards Audit Ringwood, Vic, Australia (2011) [Contract Report]

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2006Arnott NJ, 'Developing a 1300 Telephone-based Service Access System for the Outer East - Scoping Paper', Outer East Primary Care Partnership, Ringwood Victoria (2006) [Contract Report]

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2001Arnott NJ, 'Interim (formative) Evaluation of the Care Coordination in the Emergency Department Program', Maroondah Hospital, Eastern Health, Victoria (2001) [Consultants Report]

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