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Melinda was awarded her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and moved to Australia in 1999 after having lived in the USA, UK, and Japan. Melinda’s professional background includes work to improve various chronic conditions (cancer, diabetes, and heart disease) across research, policy, service development, and program management. She also has a keen interest in community development. In October 2011, Melinda submitted her PhD thesis entitled A Conceptual Framework for Breast Nurses' Practice in Rural Settings: A Pragmatic Mixed Methods Study as a student with the Department of Rural Health at UTAS under the supervision of Dr Clarissa Hughes and Dr Christine Stirling. The Cancer Council Tasmania Postgraduate Research Scholarship supported Melinda to complete her thesis.
Melinda is the Community Representative on the Premier’s Physical Activity Council (since 2007) and successfully attained over $200,000 for Womensport and Recreation Tasmania’s Get Active Program. Melinda received UTAS’ Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Award in 2011. Melinda’s foremost passion is her daughter.
- Health services research
- Translation of research to practice
- Chronic disease self-management
- Physical activity
Research Projects and Roles
- IMNPACT Tasmania – Evaluating Aged Care Nurse Practitioners Models
- Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing