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Sabi Kaphle

Lecturer - Public Health
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Melbourne - 4.22
About Me

I was born and raised in Nepal. I completed undergraduate in Nursing from Nepal and moved to Australia for postgraduate study. I have been to most rural and remote parts of Nepal to establish basic health care services. 

I have over 20 years experiences of working in health sector internationally. I am a passionate and experienced academic, researcher and public health professional with outstanding knowledge developed through extensive engagement in international, national and local organisations including government, the non-for-profit, research and academic sectors.

I am a strategic planner, change maker, qualitative researcher, academic and policy advocate. I have high level expertise in prevention and population health, primary and community health, cross-cultural community engagement, partnership building and stakeholder engagement, services and contract management, training, teaching and facilitation, advocacy, research, program evaluation and leadership.

I have strengths in strategic and operational planning, building and maintaining strong, outcomes-focused, high performing and cohesive teams and fostering collaborative partnerships. I have demonstrated excellence in leadership and management across programs, teams and at a strategic levels. As a system thinker, a team player and a person with a broad vision, I embrace challenges and seek opportunities to develop effective solutions.

I take community lens in teaching and research and value the knowledge that people in community hold in shaping the the way the health system should work to address related inequalities. 


I migrated to Australia from Nepal. I have been trained as a nurse, midwife, educator, researcher and public health practitioner. I have mentored various PhD projects in the past with my cross-cultural experiences. 

Universities Studied At

I have done my PhD and Master of Public Health from the Flinders University of Australia. 

I have completed Master of Education from Nepal. 

I have completed Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery from Nepal. 

Universities Worked At

I currently work for Central Queensland University. 

I have worked at Flinders University, Torrens University and Universities of Nepal. 

Professional Experience

2018 – 2019 

Manager, Community Engagement and Capacity Building

Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne

I have been providing strategic and operational direction to plan, deliver, monitor and evaluate the community engagement and capacity building programs of Brotherhood of St Laurence in their NDIS rollout areas. This role involves managing teams with seven direct reports and facilitating the engagement of more than five hundred staff to deliver community engagement activities across the Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood and Early Interventions (ECEI) catchments. This role is also responsible to facilitate the partnerships with various sectors including NDIA, state and local governments, mainstream and community services, businesses, and community organisations. I developed the two years strategic plan for community engagement and capacity building for this area and leading the fortnightly, monthly and quarterly reporting to meet the requirement of NDIA.

2016 – 2018

Sessional Academic

Torrens University, Adelaide

I have been a sessional academic at Torrens University for the past two years, teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate public health and health promotion courses within the Health Science Department. I coordinated Community Health and Diseases Prevention course being delivered across five campuses in 2017 and delivered online Master of Public Health course meeting needs of students locally and internationally. I have also written a course ‘Health Promotion across the Lifespan’ which has been offered on campus and online mode for health science students.2012 – 2018 Team Leader and

2012 - 2018

Team Leader and Program Manager

DPV Health - formerly known as Dianella Health, Melbourne

In this role I was responsible for planning and delivering Healthy Together Hume, Integrated Health Promotion, Volunteering and Community Transport and School Focused Youth Services programs. My tasks involved providing strategic and operational direction to the teams in planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting against the deliverables. I developed the four years Integrated Health Promotion Strategic Plan and produced four years report to meet the requirement of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

2009 – 2012

Sessional Academic

Flinders University, Adelaide

I was a sessional academic at Flinders University during my PhD and taught both undergraduate and postgraduate public health, health promotion, indigenous health and health sociology courses within the Health Science and Nursing Departments. More specifically, I taught ‘Social Determinants of Health’, ‘Health Sociology’, ‘Psychology for Health Professionals’ and ‘Health Professional Practice’ for both online and on campus modes.

2008 – 2009

Program Advisor, Maternal and Newborn Health

United Mission to Nepal, Kathmandu

In this role I was responsible to provide strategic and operation direction of the development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of Maternal and Newborn Health program of United Mission to Nepal in partnership with UNICEF, DFID and the Government of Nepal. I had three project officers working together to deliver program in two remote and two semi-urban hospitals and 12 health care centres which focused on the establishment of safe birthing services for women. This program resulted significant reduction in maternal and newborn deaths in the program areas.

2006 – 2008

Regional Program Consultant, Maternal and Newborn Health


In this role I was responsible to undertake assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of a maternal and newborn health program in five remote districts of Nepal. This involved working with local, regional and national government bodies and other sectors to establish a sustained and safe emergency obstetric care services. I had five coordinators working with me to deliver this program and we established emergency obstetric care services in five district hospitals and midwife-led safe birthing services in 25 peripheral health centres. The result of the formal evaluation of this program demonstrated a significant increase in service access in remote areas with a reduction in maternal, perinatal and newborn deaths.

2005 – 2006

Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Public Health

Nepal Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS), Kathmandu

In this role I worked as a member of curriculum development committee, course coordinator, lecturer, clinical facilitator and a member of the editorial board of the journal Stupa Journal of Health Sciences, itself an initiative of the team at the Institute. I developed a teaching-and-learning plan for the Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Nursing courses. I delivered lectures on various topics and supervised students in their placements, in both clinical and community settings. I also provided supervision and guidance to three junior lecturers within the department and supervised various research projects of students who had a minor thesis component as part of their course requirement.

1997 – 2003 Registered Nurse and Midwife

Western Regional Hospital, Pokhara, Nepal

I worked at a 300-bed public hospital in various departments including General Medical/Surgical, Orthopaedics/ENT, and Gynaecology/Obstetrics. This role involved clinical duties, student teaching/supervision, and contributing to research undertaken by the departments, mostly randomized-controlled trials. I was responsible for training sub-ordinate staff in specific procedures and protocols.

1995 – 1995 Community Development Officer

Rural Reconstruction Nepal, Pokhara, Nepal

In this role I designed, delivered and evaluated Community Health, Women’s Empowerment and Skill Development for Women programs. I worked in remote villages of Nepal and delivered training to women’s groups, community health volunteers and traditional birth-attendants. I delivered community-based literacy, empowerment and health promotion projects. I was also involved in writing grant proposals for new projects.

Professional Memberships


Women’s Health in the North (2016 -2019): Member - Strategic Planning Subcommittee, Member - Business Development Advisory Group and Deputy Chair (2018 - 2019)


Nepalese Community of Craigieburn, Victoria (2016-2019)


Nepalese Women’s Association of Victoria (2012 - 2016)


International Association of Public Participation (IAP), Australia

Panel Member

Confirmation of Candidature of PhD, Deakin University (2015 - 2018)


Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4205 Nursing
  • 4401 Anthropology
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Languages, Communication And Culture

Cultural Studies - Culture, Gender, Sexuality

Languages, Communication And Culture

Cultural Studies - Migrant Cultural Studies

Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Community Child Health

Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Health and Community Services

Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Health Promotion

Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Pacific Peoples Health

Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Preventive Medicine

Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Primary Health Care

Studies In Human Society

Sociology - Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment

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