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Professor Margaret Mcallister

Dip App Sc (Nursing), Psych. Nurs. Cert, BA, M Ed, Ed D
Professor - Nursing
Tertiary Education Division
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I completed my nursing degree at QUT in 1984 and won the Centaur Memorial Award for Nursing. I then worked for 2 years in acute nursing, before beginning studies in mental health. I completed a psychiatric nursing certificate in 1987 and won an award for excellence. I worked for 6 years in acute psychiatry and also gained experience as a clinical facilitator. In 1994 I moved into academia, working for 4 years at ACU, 10 years at Griffith, 5 years at USC, and now 7 years at CQU. I have been a Professor for 10 years and hold the position, Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences at CQU, based in Brisbane. I am also an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at USC and UTS. I hold higher degrees with a Master of Education and a Doctor of Education.

I have an international reputation for innovative work in nursing education – including the Palgrave (2006) publication “Solution focused nursing”, the 2011 and 2019 Springer publication “The resilient nurse”, and the Elsevier publication “Stories in mental health”.

I am an experienced researcher, with particular expertise in critical and narrative methods. Research scales I have developed are used throughout the world and include the attitude to deliberate self-harm questionnaire (ADSHQ) and the Capabilities of the Nurse Educator Scale (CONE). I have published over 170 refereed journal articles and have been honoured to receive five awards for excellence in teaching, including in 2010 a national citation for outstanding contributions to nursing education. I have completed terms as Associate Editor for the UK journal, Nurse Education in Practice (2012–14) and been a long-standing member (now fellow) of the Australian College of Nursing and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. In the latter organisation I have served many years on research and education committees as well as one term as a board director.

Since joining CQU, I have pursued a program of cross disciplinary research in nursing and the humanities, aiming to contribute to the health-humanities. I continue to teach higher degree students in course work and doctoral studies. I mentor academics in research, teaching and community engagement. In 2019, I was awarded Research Supervisor of the Year.

Universities Studied At

Queensland Institute of Technology, 1982-1984, Diploma of Applied Science (nursing), Silver medal winner, Centaur Memorial Prize for Nurse

University of Queensland, 1988-90, Bachelor of Arts

Australian Catholic University, 1993-5, Master of Education

Queensland University of Technology, 1995-7, Doctor of Education

Universities Worked At

Australian Catholic University - 1993-1996

Griffith University - 1996-2006

University of the Sunshine Coast - 2006-2012


2015 CQ University, Vice Chancellor's Award for Good Practice in Learning and Teaching

2013 Awarded best paper in the general award category, at the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 39th Annual Conference, Perth, for the paper “Resilience in mental health nursing”

2013 Special commendation for superior performance in Higher Degree Research Student Supervision Award, CQU.

2012 Outstanding Reviewer at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012, for reviews in 2011 for “The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice”

2012 with colleagues, awarded high commendation for the paper “Teaching ideas for generating critical and constructive insights into well-functioning multidisciplinary mental health teams” at the the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012 (only 3 awarded).

2011 with colleagues, awarded Best Poster (Peer reviewed) at Learning and Teaching Week USC - Let’s go STAR!: A travel guide for educators to help them apply transformative learning theory to prepare students for the steep and challenging journey into nursing

2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning for the creation and development of Solution focused nursing, an innovative and internationally recognized model for student learning that develops high level caring skills ($10,000)

2005 Teaching Citation, Griffith University, awarded for outstanding contribution to quality learning and teaching by developing an innovative and distinctive approach to student learning through Solution Focused Nursing ($2,000)

2000 Certificate of Commendation, Individual Teaching Award Category, Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching

1999 Certificate of Commendation with honourable mention, Individual Teaching Award Category, Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching

1987 The Prince Charles Hospital, Medal for excellence in psychiatric nursing

1984 Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses, Medal for excellence in undergraduate nursing

Media Citations

iCARE strengthens youth mental health

"AN INNOVATIVE health program designed by researchers at CQUniversity has engaged with more than 1000 high school students across coastal, central and western areas of"

November 17, 2016 | Daily Mercury News (Australia)

World War nurses the focus of talk

"WHEN we think of war, the first thing that usually springs to mind is the soldiers who fought and fight to keep us free. But"

October 6, 2016 | Noosa News (Queensland) (Australia)

'Diary Healer' book part of June's PhD journey (Central Queensland University)

"(Source: Central Queensland University) June Alexander's latest book, Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders - The Diary Healer, resounds with the 'voices' of"

August 1, 2016 | World News Network

Professional Experience



Role and Affiliation

4 Oct 2012

Professor of Nursing, CQ University

2.5 years (2010-2012)

Professor of Nursing, University of the Sunshine Coast

2.5 years (2007-2009)

Associate Professor in Nursing, University of the Sunshine Coast

2 years (2005- 2007)

Associate Professor, Postgraduate Programs Coordinator, Griffith

6 mths (2004)

Joint Appointment – Research Secondment, Sheffield University + Project management, Sheffield Care Trust

6 mths (2004)

Deputy Head of School, Associate Professor, Griffith

7 years (1996-2003)

Lecturer (3 years), then Senior Lecturer (3 years): course coordinator and subject convenor - Masters in Mental Health, Griffith

4 years (1993-1996)

Assoc Lecturer and Lecturer, convenor – third year undergraduate nursing, subject convenor- post registration research, Australian Catholic University

6 mths (1992)

Research assistant, Genetics of Schizophrenia project, UQ

 6 mths (1992)

Part time Clinical Teacher and Part time RN in acute psychiatry, Prince Charles Hospital and QUT

7 years (1986-1992)

Part time Project Officer in Mental Health Promotion, advocacy & referral; & Part time Second in Charge RN, acute psychiatry, Qld Ass Mental Health, Prince Charles Hospital

2 years (1984-1986)

General RN, Greenslopes Hospital


Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing

Member of the Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Organisation

Member, Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Profession Educators

Credentialed mental health nurse (to 2013)

Registered Nurse (AHPRA, 2012)


Elsevier Editor, Journal of Nurse Education in Practice, 2013-15

Elsevier Nursing Editor, 2015-17

Research Interests
Medical And Health Sciences

Nursing - Mental Health Nursing

Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Mental Health

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing - Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified

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