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Dr Clint Douglas

Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing


Dr Clint Douglas
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - CDA
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Current Clinical Partnerships

  • Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Queensland Health

Professional Memberships 

  • Registered Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Member, Australian College of Nursing
  • Member, Australian Pain Society


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



Having completed a Bachelor of Nursing in 2002 and PhD in 2008, I joined the School of Nursing and currently hold a Senior Lecturer position.


I have a growing track record in health services research, focused on the organisation of nursing work to improve patient safety and health outcomes. For the last 3 years I have been a core member of the RBWH Patient Assessment Research Council – a collaborative initiative between QUT and hospital staff to explore and improve patient assessment practices in general acute care settings. Building on this, I am currently working on a collaborative research project with nursing leadership across Metro North Hospital and Health Services to strengthen nurse surveillance for early recognition and response to patient deterioration in general wards.

I also have strong research interests in pain and symptom management. My PhD examined the impact of pain on the quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis, testing a biopsychosocial model of chronic disability-related pain. Many of the research students I supervise are also in the area of symptom burden and self-management in chronic disease.

Along with clinical and research skills, I bring a strong commitment and successful record of building genuine collaboration with industry partners. My analytical and writing abilities are key strengths in turning ideas into outcomes. Currently funded grants include:

  • 2014-2015,  A core + clusters approach to physical assessment to improve nurses’ timely recognition of clinical deterioration. QUT IHBI Mid-Career Research Scheme and RBWH Workforce Development & Education Unit.
  • 2014-2015, Improving pain assessment in residential aged care: A pilot and feasibility study. Nursing and Midwifery Research Fellowships (HMR), Queensland Government; QUT School of Nursing seeding grant; and Wesley Mission Brisbane.
  • 2013-2015, Examining patient assessment practices in the acute hospital environment. QUT School of Nursing initiative grant.
  • 2015-current, Reducing pain-related attention biases and improving mental health and well-being in Defence personnel. Defence Health Foundation Grants for Medical Research.
  • 2014-current, Evaluation of an integrated chronic disease nurse practitioner model of care. Queensland Government, Department of Health.
  • 2016-current, Health services research on legislated nurse-to-patient ratios in Queensland Australia. Queensland Government, Department of Health.
  • 2016-current, Enhancing nursing core assessment in acute hospitals: The ENCORE pilot study. QUT IHBI Mid-Career Research Scheme and RBWH.


As an experienced nurse academic, I value the opportunities I have to teach future generations of RNs and to strengthen nursing’s vital contribution to healthcare. I am third year coordinator of the BN program and coordinate the nursing practice capstone unit (NSB026) in the final semester of the course.

I am also an experienced supervisor for student research projects. Current projects include (*Principal supervisor):

  • Hayfa Hamed Almutary (PhD candidate), Exploring symptom clusters in people with chronic kidney disease.
  • Katharyn Havas (PhD candidate), A pre-post trial of a person-centred, theory-based intervention to support self-management in chronic kidney disease.
  • Molly Milazi (DHthSc candidate), A bundled intervention to improve phosphate control in people with end stage kidney disease.
  • Thi Nguyet Nguyen (PhD candidate), Nurse-led intervention to improve chronic kidney disease self-management.
  • *Jacqueline Peet (Masters student), Strengthening nurse surveillance in general wards: A practice development approach.
  • *Anthony Schoenwald (PhD candidate), Nurse practitioner-led pain management following caesarean section: A randomised controlled trial.
  • Colette Wembenyui (Masters student), Self-management in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 2-4: validation of CKD knowledge and self-management measures.
  • Suzanne Williams (PhD student), Paediatric pain management in the emergency department.
This information has been contributed by Dr Clint Douglas.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.