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Professor Fiona Coyer

Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing


Professor Fiona Coyer
Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - CDA
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), MSc (City University, London), Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Education (University of Surrey)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN Ltd)
  • Member, (International), American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Editorial board member, Australian Critical Care journal
  • International Advisory Board member, Intensive & Critical Care Nursing journal
  • Member Australian Wound Management Association

family care, intensive care, mechanical ventilation, patient care

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


BackgroundDr Coyer is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Programs, in the School of Nursing. Her Director of Academic Program responsibilities include

  • leadership for the School’s academic (learning and teaching) activities including the development and oversight of policies and quality assurance related to learning and teaching.
  • Liaison with the Assistant Dean (Learning and Teaching) with regard to matters pertaining to learning and teaching within the School including the development of new courses and/or changes to existing courses.
  • Co-ordination of curriculum development activities related to the accreditation and/or approval of courses.
  • Promotion of the development of innovative teaching and learning practices within the School and across the Faculty.
  • Monitoring of teaching performance within the School against relevant performance indicators.

  Dr Coyer completed her PhD at QUT exploring family focused intensive care nursing through action research. Her research interests include

  • patients and families perspectives of intensive care
  • nursing care of the critically ill patient
  • skin integrity in critically ill patients.

Her research goal is to develop evidenced-based approaches to nursing care and management of the mechanically ventilated critically ill patient in intensive care. In August 2012, Dr Coyer established the Intensive Care Nursing Professorial Unit at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital. Project highlights

  • 2013-15: Educating for health service reform: clinical learning, governance, and capability. Gardner, A., Gardner G., Coyer, F., Henderson, A. & Gosby, H. Australian Research Council
  • 2012: Nursing focussed blood conversation practices across critical care settings. Keogh, S., Ullman, A., Coyer, F. & Rickard, C. Australian College of Critical Care Nursing Systematic Review Grant
  • 2012: Establishment of the Intensive Care Nursing Professorial Unit. Coyer, F. QUT School of Nursing Seeding grant.
  • 2012-14: Educating nurse practitioners: advanced specialty competence, clinical learning and governance. Gardner, A., Gardner G., Coyer, F., Henderson, A., Gosby, H. & Lenson, S. DEWA Office of Learning and Teaching.
  • 2011: Device related pressure ulcers in critical care. Coyer F & Stotts, N. Atlantic Philanthropies QUT & UCSF Grant.
  • 2011: ReVAMP: Reducing ventriculitis in ICU patients.Churchill, A. (student), Coyer F. RBWH Foundation Grant.
  • 2010: Interventional skin integrity patient protocol in a high risk environment (InSPiRE Study), Coyer, F. RBWH Foundation Grant.
This information has been contributed by Professor Fiona Coyer.



2011: Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning – For leadership in the teaching of intensive care nursing by developing innovative course-level curricula and resources in close collaboration with healthcare industry partners. 2007: Faculty of Health Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Fund Award

This information has been contributed by Professor Fiona Coyer.


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