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Dr Melissa Carey

Dr Melissa Carey
Name Melissa Carey
Position Senior Lecturer (Nursing)
Section School of Nursing and Midwifery
Location Ipswich Campus
Qualifications BNurs Western Sydney , GCertAdvNurs(AC) Coll Nursing , MNurs USQ , MAdvancedPrac Griffith , PhD QUT
Languages Maori (non accredited translator)

Dr Melissa Carey is Registered Nurse who descends from Ngati Raukawa Iwi. Melissa has worked as a registered nurse for over 20 years practising within the acute clinical setting in regional and rural Australia. Since 2006 Melissa has been employed within the tertiary education sector where she has developed and delivered various nursing education programmes for undergraduate and post graduate students. Completing a PhD in 2016 at Queensland University of Technology, Melissa is an emerging health researcher with experience in Ethnographic, Auto-ethnographic and Kaupapa Maori research methodologies. Her research areas include Indigenous knowledge and research, creativity and health education, cultural recovery and healing, cultural safety, cultural needs at end of life and healthy ageing for Maori. Melissa co-leads the Australia and New Zealand Aged, Palliative and End of Life Care research team within the Institute for Resilient Regions, Centre for Health Research and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2020 Melissa commenced a Postdoctoral Maori Career Development Fellowship funded by the Health Research Council New Zealand and the University of Auckland within the School of Nursing. The focus of this research is to develop and pilot a compassionate community toolkit for healthy ageing and end of life care for Maori people in South Auckland.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Maori Health ( 111713 )
  • Public Health and Health Services ( 111700 )
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) ( 111002 )
  • Preventative Health Care ( 420605 )
  • Public Health ( 420600 )
  • Te Hauora Me Te Oranga O Te Maori (Maori Health And Wellbeing) ( 451000 )

Research interests
Maori health and well-being
Indigenous Knowledges
Cultural Safety and Nursing
Aged , Palliative and End of Life Care Research

Professional memberships
International Association for Contemporary Ethnography Across Disciplines
Australian College of Nursing
HRC Maori Health Research Fellow University of Auckland

Industry affiliations
Queensland Maori Society

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (CHIER)

Currently teaching courses/programs
HEA8302 Culture as a Determinant of Health
HEA8303 Community Development and Health

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
14 Years

Research most recent
Carey, Melissa (2018) Pushing back against competencies in nursing curriculum design. In: 7th International Nurse Education Conference: Research, Scholarship and Evaluation: Ensuring Nursing Leadership in Education Practice and Healthcare, 6-9 May 2018, Banff, Canada. Item availability may be restricted.

Carey, Melissa (2018) The transformative process of Indigenous autoethnography: (re)connecting with Kaupapa Maori [Online case study]. In: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2. Sage Publications, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781526439994 Item availability may be restricted.

Carter, Jennifer and Carey, Melissa (2018) Reawakening spiritual roots in nursing practice: sacred places and sacred spaces. In: Southern hemisphere ethnographies of space, place and time. Peter Lang, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 103-118. ISBN 978-1-78707-904-5 Item availability may be restricted.

Research most notable
Emmanuel, E., Collins, D., & Carey, M. (2010). My face, a window to communication: Using creative design in learning. Nurse Education Today, 30(8), 720-725. doi:

Publications in ePrints

Carey, Melissa ORCID: (2021) Maori palliative and end of life experiences during lockdown restrictions, enabling culturally safe care. In: 4th Annual Palliative, Aged, Dementia Care & Mental Health Forum, 19-22 Jan 2021, Melbourne, Australia.

Morgan, Tessa and Carey, MelissaORCID: and Gott, Merryn and Williams, Lisa and Egli, Victoria and Anderson, Natalie (2021) More than mortality data: a news media analysis of COVID-19 deaths in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Kotuitui: New Zealand journal of social sciences online, 16 (2). pp. 419-43.

Carey, Melissa ORCID: and Taylor, Melissa (2021) The impact of interprofessional practice models on health service inequity: an integrative systematic review. Journal of Health, Organization and Management. ISSN 1477-7266

Moeke-Maxwell, Tess and Nikora, Linda Waimarie and Mason, Kathleen and Carey, MelissaORCID: (2020) Te Whakatara! – Tangihanga and bereavement COVID-19. The Ethnographic Edge, 4. pp. 19-34. ISSN 2537-7426

Neville, Christine ORCID: and Beccaria, LisaORCID: and Carey, MelissaORCID: (2020) Withdrawal versus continuation of long-term antipsychotic drug use for behavioural and psychological symptoms in older people with dementia. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 41 (2). pp. 176-177. ISSN 0161-2840

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Maori Health ( 111713 )
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) ( 111002 )
  • Preventative Health Care ( 420605 )
  • Public Health ( 420600 )
  • Te Hauora Me Te Oranga O Te Maori (Maori Health And Wellbeing) ( 451000 )