Anna Shillabeer

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Anna Shillabeer

Head of School, Information and Communication Technology

Room 355 , Centenary

Professor Anna Shillabeer is a PhD qualified computer scientist with 20 years experience as a higher education academic including, 9 years in the role of Head of School and 3 years as an international education quality consultant. Her research focus is sustainable health solutions, workforce capacity building, higher education renovation and cross-cultural education.


Before joining The University of Tasmania, Anna was a Dean of School and a lecturer in information security and data management at Flinders university following 4 years as Head of school for RMIT in Vietnam. She has also been an international higher education quality assurance consultant and has sat on the TEQSA panel of academic experts since 2011.

Anna also has significant experience in teaching and supporting international students and in providing rich WIL opportunities. Her non academic career pathway includes time as an education and health consultant with one of the Big 4 consulting companies and as a self employed IT consultant and wine promoter.

Anna brings a passion for cross-disciplinary teaching and research and thinking outside of the traditional education square.

Career summary


DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDAutomation of medical knowledge acquisition Flinders UniversityAustralia2010
Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning RMITAustralia2013
B.A.The internet as an educational toolFlinders UniversityAustralia2006
B.A Flinders UniversityAustralia1988

Languages (other than English)

I am proficient in English and French and speak a small amount of German, Vietnamese and Japanese.

Administrative expertise

My key administrative responsibilities in my academic management positions have been introducing new proposing, developing and teaching online degrees and topics, increasing student enrolments in targeted programs, financial and human resource management, whole of school budget development and management, strategic policy development and management, design and delivery of promotional activities and leading innovation projects in computing teaching and research.


Teaching expertise

I have been teaching in Australian and international universities for 20 years. I have proposed, developed and coordinated 5 separate degrees at undergraduate and Masters level both internal and online. I have taught a vast range of units but with a specialisation in database and data management and analytics, information security, project management, software engineering and self-directed applied and research capstones

My key publications:


A Shillabeer. The Health of Vietnam. Singapore. Springer (2016).

Book Chapters

The Specialist Digital Health Workforce: now and in the future (2021)

Editors: Karen Day, Kathleen Gray and Kerryn Butler-Henderson

Springer Nature

Anna Shillabeer: Case studies of workforce impact on access and equity.

Enterprise Architecture for Connected E‚ÄźGovernment: Practices and Innovations (2012)

Editor: Dr. Pallab Saha

National University of Singapore | Institute of Systems Science

Anna Shillabeer and Terry Buss: Public Sector IT Reform and Enterprise Architecture in the Federal Government: Barriers and Recommendations

General publications

Shillabeer, A.G. and Anderson, B.W. (2018). Educating for the next health revolution: are we failing the frontline? In David Abramson, ed. Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, (ACSW) 2018. Brisbane, Queensland: Computing Research and Education Association of Australiaq. Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, (ACSW) 2018. Brisbane, Queensland. Jan 2018.

Wilden, A.J., Shillabeer, A.G. and de Vries, D.B. (2017). Predicting success in e-learning courses. In e-Proceeding of the 5th Global Summit on Education: Trends and Challenges in Education. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.5th Global Summit on Education. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mar 2017, pp. 274-281.

Shillabeer, A., Anderson, B. (2013). Symposium: The Public Health Context in Vietnam and the Potential for Informatics. MEDINFO 2013 - Proceedings of the 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, 20-13 August 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark. IOS Press 2013 Studies in Health Technology and Informatics ISBN 978-1-61499-288-2

Shillabeer, A (2013). The Impact of IT Outsourcing on Worker Dynamics in Vietnam. In Proc. ICMAC 2013. Singapore July 11-13. Springer.

Nguyen, G & Shillabeer, A (2013). The regulation of transnational higher education in Vietnam In Proc. ICMAC 2013. Singapore July 11-13. Springer.

Shillabeer, A & Jackson, K (2013). Gender Imbalance in Undergraduate IT Programs – A Vietnamese Perspective. ITALICS. The Higher Education Academy. York U.K.

Research Supervision

I have 5 PhD completions and over 30 research Masters completions. My primary supervision expertise is around capacity building and solutions for cross cultural, rural and remote based healthcare provision, technology driven education and cross border operational complexity for SME’s.




PhDOptimizing Supply chain management using Big Data technology in the Forest Sector2021
PhDInvestigation of a 'Proof-of-concept' Operational Level Forest Biomass Supply Chain Decision Support System2021