Dr Heather Gibb

Ph.D (Psychology), M.Psych (Work and Organisational), RN

Principal Research Fellow

Heather’s current research spans the areas of ageing and support for ageing, in rural and remote contexts. She is particularly interested in developing and evaluating integrated service models to ensure successful ageing in remote places. Heather has a mixed career in nursing and psychology and an overarching interest in resilience across the lifespan. She has held the position of Professor of Nursing, Aged Care at the University of Technology, Sydney (joint appointment with South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service) and Professor of Rural and Remote Health with the faculty of Nursing, at Charles Sturt University (joint appointment with Mid Western and Macquarie Area Health Services in rural NSW).

Heather is also an organisational psychology consultant. Much of her work is with teams and organisations providing health care and social support services. Related to this work is her special interest in how people maintain their resilience through life transitions, especially ageing related, transition and change. She is currently undertaking two projects: Firstly, research into ageing in remote places, studying the relationship between ageing communities, their connection to place and the impact of this relationship on service appropriateness. Secondly, Heather has been working with services in the NT government, coaching executive leaders and building high performing executive teams.

Research Interests

  • Development capacity in executive teams and leaders
  • Organisational change and development
  • Teamwork in complex work situations
  • Maintaining resilience through life transitions
  • Resilience in ageing remote communities
  • Importance of place appropriateness in the development of social support services

Current Research Projects

  • Ageing in Remote Places: Safeguarding resilience of older people in a remote NT community.
  • Addressing neglected contexts of ageing in northern Australia. LEBA Supporting Stronger Research and Collaboration, $50,000.
  • Research and design of a community based social marketing strategy for the PWCNT ‘Be Crocwise’ program. Parks and Wildlife Commission, Northern Territory, $34,264.
  • Organisational development and enhanced teamwork practices underlying delivery of client focused community social support.

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

  • Registration as a Psychologist with endorsement as an Organizational Psychologist
  • Fellow of the College of Nursing, Australia 
  • Australian Psychological Society – full membership
  • Member of the College of Organizational Psychologists

Media Coverage

  • Watch 'Ageing is Living: Expert Perspectives. Community engagement in an older Australia' featuring Dr Gibb talking about remote communities as places for growing old. This video will likely feature as a material submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety by the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG).
  • 2003 - 2BS Breakfast Show, Promoting research led innovations in remote educational opportunities in nursing.
  • 2002 - Radio National: All in the Mind: Roots of Ageism.
  • 2002 - 2BS Breakfast Show, ABC Country Radio Central West, Promoting remote and Aboriginal Health as a special needs category.
  • 2000 - 2MCE FM: Issues in rural health.
  • 2000 - “Country breakfast” (Radio National): The remote classroom and distance education of nurses.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision

  • Sarah Ajowi
  • Sandra Stuart
  • Ilonka Guse

Link to Research Publications

Dr Heather Gibb


T: +61 413 580 317
E: heather.gibb@cdu.edu.au

Adelaide, SA