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Dr Clint Douglas

Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing


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


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.
  • Ali Drummond (Masters candidate), Quality assurance of the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, health, wellness and culture in Queensland bachelor of nursing programs.
  • Kelly Foster (PhD candidate), Which factors affect recognition and escalation of deteriorating children within the emergency department?
  • 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 candidate), Translating physical assessment skills into practice: A peer-learning project with acute care nurses.
  • *Anthony Schoenwald (PhD candidate), Nurse practitioner-led pain management following caesarean section: A randomised controlled trial
  • Yanny Trisyani (PhD candidate), The role of nurses in emergency care settings in West Java Indonesia.
  • Colette Wembenyui (Masters candidate), Self-management in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 2-4: validation of CKD knowledge and self-management measures.
This information has been contributed by Dr Clint Douglas.


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