Blake Peck

Position: Senior Lecturer
Location: H113
(03) 5327 9097


Doctor of Philosophy – University of Ballarat – 2013

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) – Deakin University (Burwood Campus) – 1999

Bachelor of Nursing – Deakin University (Burwood Campus) – 1994-1996

Teaching areas


  • Master of Health
  • Master of Health (Research Practice)


  • Research Thesis A (HEALT 7002)
  • Research Thesis B (HEALT 7003)


Dr Blake Peck came to academia from a background in paediatric clinical nursing practice. Through his Doctor of Philosophy he focused on developing a new theoretical model for qualitative research termed Hermeneutic Constructivism, a theoretical position that is committed to understanding human experience at a particularly high level of abstraction. Dr Peck’s key focus is on finding ever better ways to understand and improve the lives of children and their families. He is currently involved in a number of projects in the area of childhood injury, asthma management, and is leading a large clinical RCT with a major paediatric healthcare provider seeking to improve the management of incontinence in children. Other work includes understanding the decision-making process of children and families in rural areas attending hospital for emergency care. He has a keen interest in issues of rural health workforce and finding better ways to encourage career longevity within the regions. He has an emerging body of research expertise and has secured more than $1.8 million in funding. Blake is currently leading research with a number of international collaborators on a series of projects to better understand how much young children understand about their long-term illness.

Research interests

  • Paediatric Health Literacy
  • Paediatric Asthma
  • Paediatric Injury
  • Child and Family Health and Wellbeing
  • Qualitative Research
  • Workforce development


Current HDR and Course Work Projects

  • PhD: The impact of probiotics on the absence from childcare due to illness and physical and psychological developmental milestones of children in Australian childcare centres: A double-blinded randomised controlled trial(Principal Supervisor)
  • PhD: Making sense of student engagement: Shaping academic performance and dropout contemplation among nursing students (Principal Supervisor)
  • PhD: The Lived Experience of Emergency Department Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Co-Supervisor)
  • PhD: The experience of key-stakeholders in the Better at Home care model (Co-Supervisor)
  • Master of Health: Experience of compassion fatigue: The Intensive Care Nurse experience (Principal Supervisor)
  • Master of Health: Mental Health in Australian Prisons: What the healthcare clinicians experience (Principal Supervisor)
  • Master of Health: Perception of men and their significant other towards seeking mental health support in rural or regional areas of Australia (Principal Supervisor)
  • Master of Health: Understanding the meaning that undergraduate nursing students ascribe to the idea of ‘cultural competence (Co-Supervisor)
  • Master of Health: Perceptions of the Causation of Handheld Nail Gun Injury in Residential Construction (Co-Supervisor)
  • Master of Health: Parental Decision Making for Non-urgent Presentations in the Emergency Department in the State of Victoria (Principal Supervisor)


Registered Nurse, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Member, Australian College of Children and Young People’s Nurses (ACCYPN)

Active member engaged in influencing the care provided by nurses to children and families.

Member, iSupport, Rights Based Standards for Children and Young People Undergoing Procedures - Australian representative in this international collaboration of more than 50 academics, clinicians, and social care leaders. Have developed Rights Based standards that are currently being trialled.

Invited Member, Children’s Healthcare Australasia

Grants and competitive funding

Successful Grant Outcomes (Last 10 years)

  • Evaluation of DELIVER: Delivering Enhanced healthcare at home through optimising Virtual tools for older people in Rural and regional Australia, Grant of $761,590, MRFF - Rapid Allied Research Translation Initiative, Department of Health, 2021 – 2026.
  • Food Security and Wellbeing program evaluation, Grant of $61,000, Latrobe Health Assembly, Collaborative Evaluation & Research Group, 2022-2023.
  • Evaluation of the Youth-led Gippsland Bushfire Recovery project, Grant of $100,000, Latrobe Youth Space Inc., Collaborative Evaluation & Research Group, 2022 – 2023.
  • Evaluation of the Early Years Violence Advisor project, Grant of $25,000, Latrobe Health Assembly, Collaborative Evaluation & Research Group, 2022 – 2023.
  • The Latrobe Health Assembly Community Programs Evaluation. Grant of $173,866, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Latrobe Health Assembly (LHA) Collaborative Evaluation & Research Group, 2022.
  • Ballarat for Kids: Listening to parent and carer experiences of children’s services in Ballarat, Victoria, Grant of $150,000 Department of Health, Ballarat 4 KIDs, 2020-2022.
  • SeeMore Connecting Generations, Grant of $75,000, Jack Brockoff Foundation, KIDS Foundation, 2021-2022.
  • Better enabling, retaining, and sustaining the pharmacy workforce in regional, rural and remote settings, Grant of $9,893, Health Innovation and Transformation Centre (HITC) - Seed Grant, 2020-2021.
  • Student experiences of health and wellness through cultural emersion in Tonga. Grant of $134,000, New Colombo Plan Mobility Program, St John of God (Ballarat), 2021-2024.
  • Validity of a body-worn alarm system for the effective management of enuresis in children: A study in Western Victoria. Grant of $58,700, Western Alliance, 2018-2021.
  • The Western Victoria Practice Nurse Study, Grant of $28,300, Western Alliance, Deakin University, 2018-2019.
  • Exchanging evidence based best practice and leadership building in nursing and allied health, Grant of $50,000, Commission for Australian and Arab Relations, 2017-2018.
  • Identifying challenges faced by first year students transitioning from VET into Higher Education, Grant of $30,000, Office of Learning and Teaching, 2015-2016.
  • Hands On Learning in Virtual Spaces – The Creation of a Second Life Learning Environment, Grant of $30,000, iPOL Teaching Innovation Incentive Grant, 2011


Refereed journal articles (Last 10 years)

Peck, B. & Mummery, J. (2022) ‘Hermeneutic Constructivism: One ontology for authentic understanding’, Nursing Inquiry e12526.

Peck, B., Terry, D., Martin, B., Matthews, B., & Green, A. (2022) Group‐urotherapy for children with complex elimination disorder: An Australian study. International Journal of Urological Nursing.

Peck, B., Terry, D., Martin, B. Matthews, B., and Green, A., (2022). Outcomes of a pilot evaluation of a group-urotherapy program for children with complex elimination disorders. An Australian experience. Journal of Child Health Care. May

Bray, L., & Peck, B. (2022). Ensuring children feel calm during clinical procedures. Nursing Children and Young People, 34(3), 7-8.

Martin, B., Peck, B., & Terry, D. (2022). Young Children’s Experiences with Yoga after School. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 1-18.

Terry, D, Peck, B, Hills, D, Bishop, J, Kirschbaum, M, Obamiro, K, et al. Sustaining rural pharmacy workforce understanding key attributes for enhanced retention and recruitment. Aust J Rural Health.  2022; 00: 1– 12.

Terry, D, Peck, B, Kloot, K & Hutchins, T (2022) Pediatric emergency asthma presentations in Southwest Victoria: a retrospective cross-sectional study 2017 to 2020, Journal of Asthma, 59:2, 264-272, DOI: 10.1080/02770903.2020.1845725

Naiker, M., Wakeling, L., Cook, S., Peck, B., Johnson, J., Brown, S. (2022) Student Engagement Amongst Regional Australian Undergraduate Students" to Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 22(3).

Terry, D., Phan, H, Peck, B., Hills, D., Kirschbaum, M., Bishop, J., Obamiro, K., Hoang, H., Nguyen, H., Baker, E., and Schmitz, D. (2022). Factors contributing to the recruitment and retention of rural pharmacist workforce: A Systematic review. BMC Health Service Research. 21:1052.

Ahmad, H. H., Peck, B., & Terry, D. (2022). The influence of probiotics on gastrointestinal tract infections among children attending childcare: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 132(3), 1636-1651.

Terry, D., Peck, B., Perkins, A. J., & Burgener, W. (2022). Learning on the periphery: a modified Delphi study of a nursing student communities of practice model. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 19(1).

Terry, D., Peck, B., Baker, E., & Schmitz, D. (2022). The Rural Nursing Workforce Hierarchy of Needs: Decision-Making concerning Future Rural Healthcare Employment. Healthcare, 9(9).

Cole, C., Mummery, J., and Peck, B. (2022)Empowerment as an alternative to traditional patient advocacy roles in contemporary healthcare. Nursing Ethics. 29(7) DOI: 10.1177/09697330211020434

Terry, D, Peck, B., Perkins, A., and Burgener, W. (2022). Learning on the periphery: A pilot study of an undergraduate nursing student Communities of Practice model. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

Peck, B., Terry, D. (2021). The KIDS are Alright: An evaluation of the SeeMore Safety Program for addressing childhood injury in Australia. European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education. June, 11(2): 546-56.

Peck, B., Smith, A., Terry, D., and Porter, J. (2021). Self-Regulation for and of Learning: Student Insights for Online Success in a Bachelor of Nursing Program in Regional Australia. Nursing Reports. June 11(2): 364-72.

Peck, B., Terry, D., and Kloot, K (2021). The socioeconomic characteristics of childhood injuries in regional Victoria, Australia: What the missing data tells us. European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education. 18(3), 7005.

Terry, D., Hoang, H., Peck, B., and Lê, Q. (2021). The historic to contemporary challenges among International Medical Graduates seeking to practise in Australia. Health and History. 23(2).

Terry, D. R., Peck, B., & Baker, E. (2021). Self-efficacy, grit and perceptions of rural employment: What changes occur after graduation?. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care21(2), 44-68.

Mornane, C., Peck, B., Terry, D., and Ryan, M. (2021). Twice-daily moisturizer application for the prevention of skin tears amongst older persons in an acute care environment: A control trial. Advances in Skin & Wound Care. 34(2):1-4. https://doi:10.1097/01.ASW.0000725180.14180.da

Peck, B., Peck, B., Harvey, J., Green, A., Svedas, K., Whitaker, S., ... & Shea, R. (2020). Body-Worn Versus Bell-and-Pad Alarm Device for the Management of Monosymptomatic Nocturnal Enuresis in Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing, 47(5), 507-512.

Terry, D., Peck, B., and Gazula, S. (2020). Workplace Based Assessment Program for International Medical Graduates: An Evaluation of an Australian Trial Site. Universal Journal of Public Health. 8(6): 198-206. https:///

Terry, D., Peck, B., Kloot, K., and Hutchins, T. (2020). Paediatric emergency asthma presentations in Southwest Victoria: A retrospective cross-sectional study 2017 to 2020. Journal of Asthma.

Peck, B., Terry, D., and Ervin, K. (2020). A Narrative Synthesis of Childhood Injury Prevention Programs for Pre-School Children. Universal Journal of Public Health. 8(6), 193-197. https://doi:10.13189/ujph.2020.080602

Peck, B., Terry, D., and Kloot, K (2020). Understanding childhood injuries in rural areas: Using Rural Acute Hospital Data Register to address previous data deficiencies. Emergency Medicine Australasia. 32, 646–649. http://doi:10.1111/1742-6723.13565

Terry, D., Peck, B., Carden, C., Perkins, A.J., and Smith, A. (2020). Traversing the funambulist’s fine line between nursing and male identity: A systematic review of the factors that influence men as they seek to navigate the nursing profession. European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education. 10(3): 691–703. https://doi:10.3390/ejihpe10030051

Terry, D., and Peck, B. (2020). Factors That Impact Measures of Grit among Nursing Students: A Journey Emblematic of the Koi Fish. European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education. 10(2): 564–574;

Terry, D., and Peck, B. (2020). Academic and clinical performance among nursing students: What’s grit go to do with it? Nursing Education Today. 88: 104371.

Terry, D., Peck, B., Smith, A., Stevenson, T., Nguyen, H., and Baker, E. (2020). What Australian Nursing Students Value as Important in Undertaking Rural Practice. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care. 20(1):32-56.

Terry, D.,Peck, B., and Kloot, K (2020). The data deficit for asthma emergency presentations might surprise you: How RAHDaR addresses the data chasm. Rural and Remote Health. 20(2): 1-3.

Terry, D., Nguyen, H., Peck, B., Smith, A. and Phan, H. (2020). Communities of Practice: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of what it means and how it really works among nursing students and novices. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 29:370-380.

Terry, D., and Peck, B. (2020). Television as a Career Motivator and Education Tool: A Final-Year Nursing Student Cohort Study. European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education. 10(1): 346-357.

Terry, D.,Peck, B., Smith, A, and Nguyen, H. (2020). Occupational self-efficacy and psychological capital amongst nursing students: A cross sectional study understanding the malleable attributes for success. European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education. 10(1): 159–172.

Terry, D., Nguyen, H., Perkins, A.J., and Peck, B. (2020). Supervision in Healthcare: A Critical Review of the Role, Function and Capacity for Training. Universal Journal of Public Health. 8(1): 1-14.

Porter JE, Peck B, McNabb TJ, Missen K. (2020). A review of Code Blue activations in a single Regional Australian Healthcare Service: A retrospective descriptive study of RISKMAN data. Journal of Clinical Nursing; 29:221–227.

Porter JE, Barbegallo, M., Peck B, Allen, L., Tanti, E., Chirchill, A. (2020). The academic experiences of transitioning to blended online and digital nursing curriculum. Nurse Education Today, 87 104361.

Peck, B. & Mummery, J. (2019) ‘Engaging Gadamer and qualia for the mot juste of individualised care’, Nursing Inquiry. April, 26(2).

Peck, B. & Mummery, J. (2019) ‘Recovering the ‘individual’ for qualitative research: An idiographic approach’, Forum: Qualitative Social Research: Sozialforschung. September, 26(20:3).

Terry, D., Peck, B., Smith, A., Stevenson, T., and Baker, E. (2019). Is nursing student personality important for considering a rural career? Journal of Health Organization and Management. 33(5): 617-634.

Wyett, R., Peck, B. and Terry, D. (2019). Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Management: A Retrospective Study in Rural General Practice. Advances in Diabetes and Metabolism. 7(1): 1-7

Mornane, C., Franc, M., Waddington, M., Peck, B., and Terry, D. (2019). Twinning with Tonga: The experiences of Tongan stakeholders with a long-term partnership with regional Victoria, Australia. Universal Journal of Public Health. 7(3): 144-150.

Hemstock, M., Peck, B., & Porter, J. (2018) ‘Evaluating a blended on-line learning model amongst undergraduate nursing students: A quantitative study", Computers, Informatics, Nursing

Peck, B. & Mummery, J. (2018) ‘Hermeneutic Constructivism: An Ontology for Qualitative Research’, Qualitative Health Research. May, pp. 1-19.

Coombs, N, Allen L, Cooper S, Cant R, Beauchamp A, Laszcyk J, Giannis A, Hopmans R, Bullock S, Waller S, McKenna L, Peck B. (2018) ‘Exploring young Australian adults’ asthma management to develop an educational video’, Health Education Journal.

Peck, B. (2015) The personal construct and language: Towards a rehabilitation of Kelly’s ‘inner outlook’. Theory and Psychology. March, pp.1-15.

Brown, S., Wakeling, L., Peck, B., Naiker, M., Hill, D., & Naidu, K. (2015). Attitude to the subject of chemistry in undergraduate nursing students at Fiji National University and Federation University Australia. Collegian. 22(4), 369-375

Miller, C., Lee, M., Rogers, L., Meredith, G., & Peck, B. (2011). Enhancing tertiary healthcare education through 3D MUVE based simulations. In G. Vincenti, & J. Braman (Eds.), Teaching through Multi-User Virtual Environments: Applying Dynamic Elements to the Modern Classroom (pp.341-364). Hershey, PA: Information science Reference.

Peck, B., Deans, C., & Stockhausen, L. (2011). The Tin-Man and the TAM – A Journey into M-Learning in the Land of Aus. World Journal of Educational Technology, 2(1), 16-26.

Book Chapters

Smith, A., Peck, B., and Terry, D.(2021). Nursing Men. In N. Wilson, P. Lewis, L. Hunt, and L. Whitehead (Ed.), Nursing in the Australian Context. Melbourne: Allen & Unwin.

Refereed conference proceedings

Peck, B. and Terry, D. (2020). Fictional Medical Television: An inaccuracy or motivation and learning tool? The Australian College of Nurses National Nursing forum, Canberra, Australia, 19-20 August

Terry, D., Perkins, AJ., Nguyen, H., and Peck, B. (2020). Supervision in contemporary practice: A critical review in healthcare. The Australian College of Nurses National Nursing forum, Canberra, Australia, 19-20 August.

Peck, B. (2019)How can we continue to give voice to the human lifeworld: The possibilities of Hermeneutic Constructivism for understanding differently. International Institute of Qualitative Methodology, Brisbane, Australia, 1-3 May.

Terry, D., Peck, B., Smith, A., and Baker, E. (2019). What nursing students value as important in undertaking rural practice: A cross-sectional study. The Australian College of Nurses National Nursing forum, Hobart, Australia, 21-23 August.

Terry, D., Peck, B., Smith, A., and Baker, E. (2019). What does personality have to do with rural nursing? Career intentions among nursing students. The Australian College of Nurses National Nursing forum, Hobart, Australia, 21-23 August.

Martin, B., Mattews, B., Odgers, J., Peck, B., Terry., D. (2019). Pilot evaluation of structured group urotherapy sessions for children with complex elimination disorders in a regional hospital. Ballarat Health Services Annual Research Symposium, Ballarat, Australia. 28 November.

Zibell, K., Peck, B., Terry, D., Tickell, D., Du Plessis, L., Pepe, M. (2019). Impact of a neonatal early-onset sepsis risk calculator on antibiotic use in a regional Australian hospital. Ballarat Health Services Annual Research Symposium, Ballarat, Australia 28 November.

Peck, B. (2017)The possibilities of hermeneutic constructivism for understanding the lives of children and families differently. Edge Hill, Centre for Children and Family Health, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 3 September.

Peck, B. (2017)Taking nursing online: An Australian experience. University of Highlands and Islands, School of Nursing, Scotland, United Kingdom, August.

Peck, B. (2013)Who Took the Qualia out of Qualitative Research. 32nd International Human Science Research Conference, Aalborg University, Denmark, 26-29 August.

Peck, B. (2013)Personal Construct Psychology: Hermeneutics or Bust? 32nd International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, Sydney, Australia., 14-17 July.

Peck, B. (2011)Personal Construct Psychology and Hermeneutic Phenomenology – a Possible Synergy for Qualitative Research, Annual Philosophy Symposium, University of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, November.