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 the 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.

  • Undergraduate nursing education
  • Teaching innovation
  • Internationalisation of curricula
  • Preparation for practice
  • Professional transition
  • Qualitative research
  • Research principles and methods
  • Professional issues
  • Leadership and management
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Communication
  • Fundamental nursing skills
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2011 - Australian College of Nursing Australia (Fellow)
  • 1997 to 2015 - Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Standby Reserve – Commissioned Officer (Flight Lieutenant)

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

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 101+ research outputs authored by Prof Melanie Birks from 1993 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.

  • Working Together: Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses in the Australian Healthcare System (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Historical Exploration of Instruccions de Enfermeros (Instructions for Nurses) and its Influence on the Nursing Profession in 17th Century Spain (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Genetic Literacy of Registered Nurses and Midwives and Their use of Genetics/Genomics in Clinical Practice (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • The Caring Profession: In Need of a Cure? (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • New graduate registered nurse practice readiness for Australian health care contexts: A collective instrumental case study. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Does the Schema Model explain developmental origins and maintaining factors of depression? (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • North Queensland Adolescent Mental Health Literacy: A 10 Year Follow up (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Can Plyometric/Ballistic Exercise Improve High-Level Mobility for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis? (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Teaching Medical Leadership at Australian Universities: Are We Transformative? (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
Note: Map points are indicative of the countries or states that institutions are associated with.

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

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