Sue has worked in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University since 1999.  She is currently Academic Advisor for the postgraduate public health programs and coordinator of the Master of Public Health program. 

 Her background is in clinical nursing and midwifery but for the last 20 years she has been working in public health and health promotion roles in North Queensland.  Before commencing at JCU, she worked for Cancer Council Queensland and the Rural Health Training Unit at Queensland Health.  She has a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching.  In 2012 she completed a DrPH where she examined the role of local government in creating supportive environments for physical activity at a community and workplace level.  She also have a strong interest in workforce capacity building in health promotion and health promotion evaluation research.

Sue teaches across a broad range of public health related areas but her main area of focus is on health promotion both at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. 


  • HS2402: Health Professional Research 1 (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • TM5525: Communicable Disease Control (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5528: Health Promotion (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5541: Managing Effective Health Programs (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5581: Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (Level 5; TSV)
  • Health promotion evaluation
  • Workforce capacity building in health promotion and public health
  • Physical activity
  • Rural and remote health
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2015 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - overall winner
  • 2015 - National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 78+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Sue Devine from 2003 onwards.

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Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Exploring the potential for dog assisted interventions in a FNQ hospital rehabilitation setting: a co-design study

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$48,784 over 2 years
There is increasing interest in animal-assisted interventions (AAI) as a complementary, non-pharmacological intervention in health care settings. While biological, psychological and social benefits of human animal interactions have been demonstrated, the evidence base for AAI in health care settings is weak, partly due to low participant numbers. Our project involves two parts: 1. A scoping review to report on dog-assisted interventions (DAI) for people undergoing rehabilitation in hospitals. 2. An exploratory case study involving consumers, staff and key informants to identify the perceived benefits and challenges to implementation of DAI.
Sandra Downing, Mary O'Loughlin, Sue Devine, Edward Strivens, Madeleine Downey and Em Bould (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and College of Medicine & Dentistry)

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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.

  • An Investigation on the Impacts of Social Exclusion on the Health and Well-being of Niger Delta Communities in Nigeria (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Drowning incidence and risk mitigation strategies for migrant populations living in Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The adult drowning victim (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • IAHA Framework: The development and implementation of an audit tool for culturally responsive healthcare practices (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Fatal unintentional drowning in Indonesia: Mortality rates, risk factors and prevention (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Gender differences for drowning incidents; exploring differences using the Haddon's matrix (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Understanding the OT Perspective on Cultural Responsiveness in Neurorehabilitation (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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