Professor Rose McEldowney

BA, MEd, PhD

Head of School - Health

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

Professor Rose McEldowney has extensive practical and management experience from Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in New Zealand, where she managed and taught tertiary nursing, midwifery and health programs in partnership with practice.

Prof McEldowney originally trained as a nurse and has broad practical experience across mental health, primary health, palliative, surgical and postnatal nursing.

Professor McEldowney has broad interests across health care and said she enjoyed applying academia to the evolving and dynamic roles of nursing, midwifery and allied health.

She has also spent many years setting up primary health care, degrees in nursing and midwifery and postgraduate courses in partnership with Indigenous peoples.

Rose’s research interests include:

  • Narrative inquiry (life story, oral history, autobiography)
  • Hermeneutics
  • Phenomenology
  • Critical and feminist inquiry
  • Participatory inquiry
  • Evaluation research
  • Clinical inquiry
  • Indigenous research methods
  • Mixed methods
  • Educational pedagogies and practices
  • Primary health
  • Mental health
  • Cultural safety and health workforce development.

Professional Memberships and Awards

  • Awarded: Best Postgraduate Supervisor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington Postgraduate Students Association, 2001
  • Awarded: Effie Redwood Endowment Award for Nursing Research, Masonic Institute, 1997
  • Awarded: Senior Scholar Award, Victoria University of Wellington, 1988
Professor Rose McEldowney


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                   Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909
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