Faculty of Health

Professor Penny Paliadelis

Professor Penny Paliadelis Phone: (03) 5327 9242
Email: p.paliadelis@federation.edu.au
Room: P928
Position: Professor and Executive Dean

Professor Penny Paliadelis is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at Federation University Australia. Her discipline background is nursing and her PhD explored leadership roles in nursing, with a particular focus on the challenges that face rural nurse managers. Penny has a particular interest in research that focuses on collaborative interprofessional health education, rural workforce capacity-building, leadership and management in health contexts. Penny has researched and published widely and attracted a number of external grants to support this work. Penny is an Executive member of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia and New Zealand, and a Member of the Australian Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Register of Experts. She has expertise in developing and delivering accredited health programs offered both online and via blended learning delivery modes across a range of health professions. She has a reputation for encouraging and supporting scholarly and research collaborations within and across health disciplines in partnership with colleagues and doctoral students in academic and clinical settings.

Research interests and focus

Penny's research interests focus on building the capacity of the health workforce to meet the needs of consumers of healthcare services, particularly in rural contexts:

  • Healthcare leadership roles
  • Interprofessional collaborative education and practice
  • Supporting the self-management of chronic disease
  • Clinical education models
  • Storytelling as a learning framework
  • e-learning pedagogy

Recent successful grants

  • 2016-2017 Federal Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT): Council for Australian-Arab Relations ($44,000)  Project: Exchanging Best Practice and Leadership Building in Nursing/Allied Health for Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2014 Health Education & Training Institute (HETI), NSW Ministry of Health, ($88,392) Project: A story-based learning program to enhance clinical supervision skills across health disciplines.
  • 2012 Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), NSW Ministry of Health ($74,839) Project: Sharing stories: Promoting deep learning to support quality clinical education and training.
  • 2011-2012 Clinical Education & Training Institute (CETI), NSW Ministry of Health ($31,525) Project: All together now! : An integrated inter-professional learning program for rural health students at the University of New England
  • 2011-2013 School of Health (UNE) Internal Research Grant ($9000) Project: A pilot study evaluating models of self-care for chronic disease in rural NSW and Northumbria, UK.
  • 2009-2011 Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Teaching (IRCST)( $23,948) Project: The actual and the potential of inter-professional teamwork in rural health care.
  • 2008-2009 Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales ($12,000) Project: The challenges that confront clinicians in rural acute care settings

Higher degree research supervision

Current topics available

  • Digital story telling as a learning framework
  • Health workforce leadership needs
  • Building effective interprofessional teams in healthcare contexts
  • Rural/regional health and workforce needs

Current PhD student topics as principal supervisor

  • 2013 - 2017 PhD - 'Reciprocal peer teaching in an undergraduate nursing program'
  • 2013- 2017 PhD - ‘The complexity of safety in sport’
  • 2012 - 2017 PhD – ‘Venous thromboembolism: Knowledge and perception among registered nurses in orthopaedic surgical units’

Recently completed higher degree topics as principal supervisor

  • 2016 PhD ‘An appreciative inquiry into nurses’ experiences of administering medications’
  • 2015 PhD - 'The perceived components of teamwork that influence the successful implementation of total quality management program among employees in health care settings in Saudi Arabia'
  • 2015 PhD ‘Job Satisfaction among Saudi Nurses Who Work in Hospital Operating Program (HOP) Hospitals in the Ministry of Health
  • 2014 PhD - 'What is the lived experience of venous access?'
  • 2014 PhD - 'Job Satisfaction among Saudi nurses in Ministry of Health OH hospitals'
  • 2013 Doctor of Health Service Management - 'A phenomenological investigation of the lived experiences of older people in residential aged care facilities'
  • 2013 Doctor of Health Service Management - 'Exploring the working world of occupational therapy clinical leaders'
  • 2011 Doctor of Health Service - 'Management Health managers and health reform'
  • 2008 Master of Nursing (Honours) - 'The experiences of those undergoing  Percutaneous Cardiac Interventions'

Recent publications and conference papers


Paliadelis, P. 2008, Developing Clinical Judgment: A Case Scenario Approach, Cengage, Melbourne

Book chapters

Paliadelis, P. 2016 ‘Implementing & Evaluating’ in Kozier & Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing, 3rd edn.Eds A.  Berman, S. Snyder, T.  Levett-Jones, T. Dwyer,M.  Hales, N. Harvey,Y.,. Moxham, T. Park, B. Parker,K.  Reid-Searl, D. Stanley; Pearson Education, Sydney, (in press)

Paliadelis, P., Parmenter, G. & Lea, J. 2014 Chapter 16 ‘Disseminating Research’ in Understanding Nursing Research: Pathways for Evidence-based Practice, 2nd edn. eds S. Jirojwong, M. Johnson & A. Welch, Oxford University Press, Sydney, pp.337-354.

Paliadelis, P. 2013, 'Responses to altered cardiac function' in LeMone and Bourke's Medical-Surgical Nursing 2nd edn., Levett-Jones, T. Dwyer, T.,  Moxham, L., Reid-Searl, K., Berry, K.,Carville, K., Hales, M.,Luxford, Y. & Raymond, D.  Pearson Education, Sydney.

Paliadelis, P. 2012 'Implementing & Evaluating' in Kozier & Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing,  2nd edn.eds A.  Berman, S. Snyder, T.  Levett-Jones, T. Dwyer,M.  Hales, N. Harvey,Y.  Luxford, L. Moxham, T. Park, B. Parker,K.  Reid-Searl, D. Stanley Pearson Education, Sydney, pp. 274-287.

Paliadelis, P., Parmenter, G. & Lea, J. 2011  'Disseminating Research' in Understanding Nursing Research: Methods for Evidence-based Practice, eds S. Jirojwong, M. Johnson & A. Welch, Oxford University Press, Sydney, pp.374-392.

Paliadelis, P. 2011 'Assessing Clients with Hematologic, Peripheral Vascular, and Lymphatic

Disorders' in LeMone and Bourke's Medical-Surgical Nursing, eds P. LeMone , K. Bourke, Pearson Education, Sydney, pp.1084-1109.

Paliadelis, P. 2009 'Implementing and Evaluating', in Kozier & Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, eds A. Berman, S. Snyder, T. Levett-Jones, T. Dwyer,M.  Hales, N. Harvey,Y.  Luxford, L. Moxham, T. Park, B. Parker,K.  Reid-Searl, D. Stanley Pearson Education, Sydney, pp.241-253

Paliadelis, P. 2004, 'Nurses as Managers: Education and Support for the Role' in Education : Concepts and Practices, eds A. Lazaridou,  G. Papanikos & N, Pappas, Athens, Institute for Education and Research, Athens, pp. 559-567.

Refereed journal articles

Paliadelis, P & Wood, P. 2016 ‘Learning from clinical placement experience: Analysing nursing students' final reflections in a digital storytelling activity’. Nurse Education in Practice, 20:39-44

Walker, H. & Paliadelis. P. 2016 ‘Older peoples' experiences of living in a residential aged care facility in Australia’. Australasian Journal on Ageing DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12325

Robinson-Reilly, M. Paliadelis, P. & Cruickshank, M. 2016 ‘Venous access; the patient experience.’ Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(3):1181-7

Alotaibi, J., Paliadelis, P. & Valenzuela-Abaca, F. 2016 ‘Factors that affect the job satisfaction of Saudi Arabian nurses’, Journal of Nursing Management , 24: 275-282. DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12327

Alonaizi, N. & Paliadelis, P. 2015 'Triple Ps and Cs to solve the trouble of transition: A new theoretical model'. Journal of Health Specialties, 3(4):20-27.

Paliadelis, P., Parker, V., Parmenter, G. & Maple, M. 2015 ‘Right’ for publication: Strategies for supporting novice writers across health and medical disciplines. Australian Health Review 39, 165–168: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH14104

Paliadelis, P., Stupans, I., Parker, V., Piper, D., Gillan, P.,  Lea, J., Jarrott, H.M. Wilson, R.,  Hudson, J.  & Fagan, A. 2015. The development and evaluation of online stories to enhance clinical learning experiences across health professions in rural Australia. Collegian,22(4),397-403.