My family and I came to Townsville from Adelaide in 1998 and I commenced work at the (then) School of Nursing as a lecturer. I commenced my nursing career in 1975 and worked in a variety of clinical areas as a Registered Nurse before working for 10 years as a Nurse Educator in a multidisciplinary team at the South Australian Rural Health Training Unit.

I have a number of postgraduate degrees including a PhD, the title of which was “Exploring the roles of Nurse Practitioners in Fiji: a critical social theory perspective”. I remain interested in Nurse Practitioner (NP) roles and was involved in the development and coordination of the Master of Nursing (NP) within the School of Nursing at JCU.

Since coming to JCU, I have held a number of administrative roles, including a period as Head of School from 2008-2011.

At present my research interests include the prevalence within and impact upon the health workforce of long term conditions (chronic diseases), rural health and rural nursing, and Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing roles in rural areas and developing countries. My professional goals are to increase my research and scholarly outputs, improve my teaching, and gain further experience in supervising higher degree students to successful completion.

Outside work, my interests include active involvement with a local Church, playing guitar, listening to music, gardening, home renovation, watching and playing sport, and spending time with family.

  • NS2015: Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • nursing curriculum development across the Western Pacific
  • Long-term conditions self management; students in nursing/midwifery roles.
  • Law and ethics Synthesising evidence for practice Conflict management and dispute resolution Nursing Practice 2 Nursing Practice 5
  • 2008 to present - Associate Professor, Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
  • 2011 to 2013 - Coordinator, Postgraduate Coursework programs, Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
  • 2007 to 2012 - Coordinator, Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
  • 2011 - Interim Director, Tropical health Research Unit (Townsville Health Service)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Head of School, Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
  • 2004 to 2007 - Deputy Head of School, Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
  • 2002 to 2005 - Director of Undergraduate Studies, Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2011 - Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 35+ research outputs authored by A/Prof David Lindsay from 2001 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • A history of nursing in North Queensland from 1910-1925. (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • How is Health Information Technology changing Nurses' Social Practices when Caring for Patients? (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Remote Area Safety Project (RASP) Analysing workplace health and safety for Remote Area Nurses in Australia (2022, Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Bullying in nursing: trapped in history (2021, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Implementing Continuous Quality Improvement and Patient-centred care for maternal health in Timor-Leste: An Action Research approach (2023, PhD , Primary Advisor)

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