Personal details

Professor Fiona Coyer
Faculty of Health,
School of Nursing
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - CDA
Discipline *
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Identifiers and profiles

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
  • International Advisory Board member, Intensive & Critical Care Nursing journal
  • Editorial Board member, Journal Wound Care
  • Member, Australian Wound Management Association.

Skin integrity in the critically ill patient, Intensive care

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


Professor Coyer is jointly appointed as a Professor in the School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, and Critical Care and Clinical Support Services, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital (RBWH), Metro North Hospital Health Service. She is an experienced researcher with a record of leading and working with multidisciplinary teams. To date, she has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and sits on numerous editorial and review panels.

Research Interests

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

Her research goal is to develop evidenced-based approaches to nursing care and management of skin integrity in critically ill patient in intensive care.

Project Highlights

  • (2019-2020) A novel implementation of best available evidence into practice for incontinence-associated dermatitis (IMBED). NSW Health, Translational Research Grant Scheme
  • (2019-2020) Effectiveness of a pressure injury clinical judgement risk-screening tool and prevention plan: A cluster randomised control trial (EmPiRIC RCT). MRFF & NSW Health, Rapid Applied Research Translation Fund
  • (2019) Evaluation of a closed loop-blood sampling system in intensive care: A pilot randomised controlled trial. RBWH Foundation Research Grant
  • (2019) The effects of renal replacement therapy on immunosuppressive drug concentrations. RBWH Foundation Research Grant
  • (2018-2019) Biochemical characteristics and healing rates of medical device-related pressure injuries (the MEDICI study): A prospective observational pilot study. QUT, SON Pilot Grant
  • (2018-2019) A multidisciplinary pre-operative optimisation care bundle for women undergoing vulval surgery: A feasibility study. RBWH Foundation Research Grant
  • (2018) Intensive care point of care testing for arterial gas analyses: The INCEPT audit. QUT, New Profesor Grant
  • (2018) Validity of laser speckle contrast imaging for assessment of superficial perfusion in the lower limb of patients with vascular leg and foot ulcers. QUT, IHBI Mid-Career Research Grant
  • (2017-2018) Reducing the prevalence and severity of wounds through implementation of the Champions for Skin Integrity Model – Protecting Skin Integrity (PSI). Health Innovation, Investment and Research Office (HIRRO), Queensland Health
  • (2017-2019) Efficacy of incontinence-associated dermatitis interventions for critically ill patients in intensive care: The Distinct pilot randomised control trial. 3M
  • (2015-2018) Efficacy of nasogastric and endotracheal tube securement devices, preventative dressings and topical skin applications for reducing device-related pressure injuries in intensive care patients; the REMEDy study, a randomised controlled trial. Wound Management Innovation Centre for Research Collaboration
  • (2015) Academic-industry integration in health: Enhancing postgraduate professional learning. Office of Teaching and Learning (OLT)
  • (2015) The effect of time spent in a position on critically ill patient’s skin: the EXTREME pressure 2 study. Wound Management Innovation Centre for Research Collaboration
  • (2014) Translating evidenced-based pressure injury prevention into the intensive care environment. Health and Medical Research, Queensland Health
  • (2013-2015) Educating for health service reform: clinical learning, governance, and capability. Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • (2012) Nursing focused blood conversation practices across critical care settings. Australian College of Critical Care Nursing Systematic Review Grant
  • (2012) Establishment of the Intensive Care Nursing Professorial Unit. QUT School of Nursing Seeding grant
  • (2012-14) Educating nurse practitioners: advanced specialty competence, clinical learning and governance. Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT)
  • (2011) Device related pressure ulcers in critical care. Atlantic Philanthropies, QUT & UCSF Grant
  • (2011) ReVAMP: Reducing ventriculitis in ICU patients. RBWH Foundation Grant
  • (2010) Interventional skin integrity patient protocol in a high risk environment (InSPiRE Study). RBWH Foundation Grant
This information has been contributed by Professor Fiona Coyer.


Professor Coyer has taught across numerous undergraduate and postgraduate units.

Teaching awards

In recognition of her teaching excellence, she has received the following awards:

  • (2018) Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.  In recognition of exceptional sustained performance and outstanding achievement in leadership.
  • (2014) Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. In recognition of exceptional sustained performance and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching and partnerships and engagement
  • (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.


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

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Academic-industry integration in health: enhancing postgraduate professional learning
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Curriculum;Industry-Academic Engagement;Postgraduate
Educating Nurse Practitioners: advanced speciality competence, clinical learning and governance
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Educating for Health Service Reform: Clinical Learning, Governance and Capability
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Nurse practitioner