About

Professor Birks’ professional goal is to enhance the quality and experience of tertiary education for students and educators through leadership, research and innovation. Her track record in publication, grant success and consultancies demonstrate her determination to advance scholarship in health professional education. Professor Birks’ professional goal grew out of her own experience of the power that education has in promoting and enhancing personal and professional opportunities for practitioners and educators in the health sciences.

Professor Birks’ publications include 7 textbooks, most notably Grounded Theory – a practical guide (2011, 2015), and Qualitative Methodology – a practical guide (2014), along with around 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters

Professor Birks has extensive experience and expertise in educational administration, teaching and curriculum design and development in local, international, military and civilian environments, and has worked in Malaysia, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and Australia. She is active on numerous expert advisory panels and is also a recipient of the Australian Defence Medal.

Interests
Professional
  • Curriculum quality
  • The student experience
  • Leadership and management
  • Program accreditation
Research
  • Accessibility and pathways
  • Curriculum relevance
  • Academic integrity
  • Innovation in education
  • Scope of practice
  • Qualitative research
Teaching
  • Research principles and methods
  • Professional issues
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Communication
  • Fundamental nursing skills
Experience
  • 2012 to present - Adjunct Professor, Monash University (Melbourne)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Deputy Dean, Central Queensland University (Noosa)
  • 1997 to 2011 - Senior lecturer, Monash University (Gippsland)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2010 - Student nominee – Monash University Student Union
  • 2010 - Faculty nominee – Monash University Vice Chancellor’s award for teaching excellence
  • 2007 - Golden Apple teaching awards
  • 2007 - Australian Defence Medal
  • 2005 - Australian Postgraduate Award
Memberships
  • 2011 - Australian College of Nursing Australia (Fellow)
  • 1997 to 2015 - Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Standby Reserve – Commissioned Officer (Flight Lieutenant)
Publications

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU.

Journal Articles
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 117+ research outputs authored by Prof Melanie Birks from 1993 onwards.

Supervision

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

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.

Current
  • Can Plyometric/Ballistic Exercise Improve High-Level Mobility for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis? (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Notes on pre Nightingale Nursing: What it was and what it was not. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The Caring Profession: In Need of a Cure? (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Teaching Medical Leadership at Australian Universities: Are We Transformative? (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • "Optimising Freedom of Movement" Intervention For Low Risk Primiparous Women Who Labour in the Conventional Birth Suite Setting. (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • A Case Study of: A Professional Coaching Model in Clinical Nursing (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Category 2 Outpatient Waitlist, Profiling the Potential Deterioration Risk Factors of Patients Diagnosed with Diabetes (Masters , Secondary Advisor/AM)
Completed
Collaboration

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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  • 25.250, Nursing Sciences (Townsville campus)
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