Alex Chan

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Alex Chan


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Alex Chan is a lecturer at the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health. He is based in Darlinghurst, Sydney campus. He is interested in cardiovascular nursing and clinical assessment.


Before joining the University of Tasmania, Alex was a lecturer at the University of Adelaide. He taught health assessment and nursing management in their Bachelor of Nursing (post registration) program in Singapore. He is a registered nurse in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore (Nurse Educator).

Career summary


  • Master of Education, Macquarie University, Sydney. 2011 
  • Master of Nursing, University of Sydney, Sydney. 2000 
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Sydney 1995
  • Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Sydney. 2003
  • Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing (Majors in Gerontology), La Trobe University, Melbourne. 1998

Languages (other than English)

Cantonese, Mandarin (beginning level).


Professional practice

Alex is a Registered Nurse and an Honorary Clinical Associate Lecturer at the University of Adelaide.


clinical nursing, human sciences, cardiovascular nursing, health assessment

Teaching expertise

Alex has worked extensively to  provide professional development opportunities for nursing staff promoting high clinical standards.

Teaching responsibility

Alex is currently a lecturer for the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Tasmania. He is involved in the teaching of Introduction to Nursing CNA116 and is unit coordinator for Health Assessment & Physical Examination CNA112.

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Alex has extensive experience in cardiac nursing and implementing training programs. His work has focused on health literacy screening an developing accurate risk assessments for cardiovascular disease. Alex is currently involved in a project with St Vincent's hospital Sydney and Heart Foundation (NSW), which aims to explore the impact of an educational tool on the health literacy and modifiable risk factors of adults with cardiovascular disease. This project is funded by Heart Foundation (NSW division).

Research Themes

Alex's research interests align with the research theme of Better Health. His work focuses on heart failure, symptom management, health literacy, health behaviour and refugee health.  He is currently working on a joint research project with St Vincent's Hospital Sydney, Heart Foundation (NSW Division) and University of Tasmania.  He also commenced his PhD study this year.

Current projects

  • 'Explore the impact of an educational tool on the health literacy and modifiable risk factors of adults with cardiovascular disease' – co-author
  • 'Investigating the effects of culturally diverse dietary habits on behavioural change for chronic heart failure management among older Southeast Asians from refugee backgrounds (OSAFRB)' – My PhD study

Fields of Research

  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Nursing (111099)
  • Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative) (111004)
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)

Research Objectives

  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health (920301)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Palliative Care (920211)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)


Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2017Chan A, Molloy L, Pertile J, Iglesias M, 'A review for Australian nurses: Cannabis use for anti-emesis among terminally ill patients in Australia', The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 34, (3) pp. 43-47. ISSN 1447-4328 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Molloy L; Pertile J; Iglesias M


2015Chan A, 'Making the case for a more accurate cardiovascular disease risk assessment tool for Indigenous Australians', Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for The Australian Nursing Profession, 50, (1) pp. 92-93. ISSN 1037-6178 (2015) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2015.1010251 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1


2014Chan A, 'Health literacy screening instruments in adults with cardiovascular disease and their importance to the nursing profession', The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 32, (2) pp. 14-23. ISSN 1447-4328 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 1


Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
2015Betihavas V, Duff J, Chan A, Say RE, Ferry C, et al., 'Identifying health literacy levels and modifiable risk factors in adults with cardiovascular disease', Heart, Lung and Circulation, 13-16 August, 2015, Melbourne, Australia, pp. S113-S472. ISSN 1443-9506 (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Duff J; Say RE; Walker KN

2014Chan A, Molloy L, Pertile JA, 'A pilot study: Nursing students' perceptions of the clinical learning environment during a fast-track nursing degree', Proceedings of the 15th National Nurse Education Conference 2014, 30 April - 2 May 2014, Adelaide, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Molloy L; Pertile JA

2013Cronin PN, Molloy L, Chan A, Pertile JA, 'Nursing students' perceptions of the clinical learning environment during a fast-track nursing program', Teaching Matters: Open UTAS to the World, 28-29 November 2013, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 53. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Cronin PN; Molloy L; Pertile JA

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



The health Literacy Adults with Cardiovascular Disease (ACD) study (2014)$4,545
This project will evaluate the impact of a structured cardiac rehabilitation program. Specifically, this study will evaluate participants satisfaction with the program, its effect on their cardiovascular health knowledge and literacy, and its impact on their modifiable cardiovascular risk factors.
National Heart Foundation ($4,545)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Walker KN; Betihavas V; Duff J; Chan A; Say RE