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Overview

Current Work

Professor Debra Anderson has forged innovative solutions to promote the health of women and girls, partnering with them to manage symptoms of health related conditions and improving their quality of life across the lifespan. Her research focuses on understanding the basis and effects of risk behaviours in women and the interventions to change them; focusing on wellness and healthy behaviours. Her research aims to promote healthy behaviour change in women with and without chronic disease, including midlife women and women cancer survivors, including physical activity, dietary intake, stress management, and smoking cessation; and to develop and test interventions that promote these behaviours.  

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Expertise Keywords

  • Anorexia
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Health women Rural
  • Healthy ageing of women
  • Hormone replacement therapy and its alternatives
  • International womens health
  • Menopause
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Women and cardiovascular disease
  • women and exercise

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 52 (Other: 52)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Qualitative Research (7018NRS)
    Supervisor, Print Materials, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Qualitative Research (7018NRS)
    Supervisor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Qualitative Research (7018NRS)
    Supervisor, Print Materials, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Qualitative Research (7018NRS)
    Supervisor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Qualitative Research (7018NRS)
    Supervisor, Online, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Issues Disaster & Pandemic Mgt (8038NRS)
    Supervisor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Qualitative Research (7018NRS)
    Supervisor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Emerg. Nurs. Prac. Foundations (8031NRS)
    Supervisor, Online, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Issues Disaster & Pandemic Mgt (8038NRS)
    Supervisor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2016.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Background

Education and Training

  • AB Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland 1986 -
  • DPhil Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland - 1999
  • GDipN Graduate Diploma Of Nursing, Armidale College of Advanced Education - 1988
  • MN Master of Nursing, Flinders University of South Australia 1993

Academic experience

  • Lecturer, School of Nursing, Deakin University 1987 - 1990
  • Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology 1990 - 2000
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology 2000 - 2005
  • Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology 2006 - 2010
  • Professor, Queensland University of Technology 2010 - 2015
  • Head of School, 2015 - Present

Awards and Honours

  • INDEN Scholarship, International Network for Doctoral Education 2004
  • Invitational Research Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 2005
  • Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award, Queensland University of Technology 2007
  • Nurse Scholar, Nursing and Midwifery, Department of Human Resources for Health, World Health Organisation 2009
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Flinders University 2013

Professional experience

  • Director, Women's Wellness Research Program, 2016 - Present
  • Director, Women's Wellness Research Program, Queensland University of Technology 2010 - 2015
  • Director of Research, Queensland University ot Technology 2010 - 2015
  • Collaborator, Australian Longitudinal Women's Health Study, 2012 - Present
  • Program Leader, Chronic Conditions Management, Queensland University of Technology 2014 - Present

Internal service roles

  • Member, Griffith University, ASI 2016 - Present

External service roles

  • President, Sigma Theta Tau International-Phi Delta-at-Large chapter
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Member and Chair, Organisations Working Group (Sigma Theta Tau International), United Nations Advisory Council
  • Board member, International Council of Women's Health Issues
  • Oceania Regional Coordinator, Sigma Theta Tau International 2011 - Present

Visiting appointments

  • Visiting Scholar for Cancer Nursing, Princess Alexandra Hospital 2014 - Present

Editorial roles

  • Invited Editorial Board member, Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Association

Professional memberships

  • Member, Women's Health Queensland Wide
  • Member, Australian Cancer Nurses Society
  • Member, Asia Pacific Menopause Federation
  • Member, International Council of Women's Health Issues
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International-Phi Delta-at-Large chapter
  • Member, UN Women Australia

Government representation roles

  • Strategic Directions in Nursing and Midwifery, World Health Organisation 2010 - 2015

Clinical roles

  • Registered Nurse, Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane 1985 - 1987
  • Clinical Fellow, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital 2007 - Present