Mardhie Coleman

Coordinator for International Nursing students

Phone: (03) 5327 9047
Room: H109
Position: Lecturer
Discipline: Nursing


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) Federation University, candidate 2018
  • Post Graduate Diploma Education (Secondary) Science & Mathematics. Edith Cowan University, 2003
  • Post Graduate Diploma Nursing; Curtin University of Technology, 1999
  • Bachelor of Nursing - Health and Human Sciences. Post-Registration. Edith Cowan University. 1995
  • Paediatrics/Neonates Intensive Care Post Graduate Diploma of Nursing. Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Camperdown, NSW, 1982
  • Diploma of Nursing. Manly District Hospital NSW, 1980

Teaching areas

  • Undergraduate – Nursing caring, Clinical practice, Complex and critical care
  • Post graduate – Critical care

Professional associations

  • 2015 - CCCAN
  • 2014 - NTEU
  • 2009 - 2015 Australian Nurses Federation.
  • 1995 - present Member Royal College of Nursing, Australia. Now CAN
  • 2007 - 2009 NSW Nurses Association.
  • 2001 - present Australian Association For Research in Education

Grants and awards


  • Coleman, M.E., Kristjanson, L., Jackson, G., & McConigley. (2001). Lower Great Southern Primary Health Service Asthma Program Evaluation. Health Department, Western Australia. $38,600.
  • Maltby, H.,Marshall, C., Coleman, M.E., & Kristjanson, L. (2001). Replication and Testing of SNIPAC (Vermont,USA). Agency for Health Care Quality and Research Small Grant US $66,000.
  • Coleman, M. E., Maltby, H. J., Jackson, G., & Kristjanson, L. Replication and Testing of SNIPAC (Vermont, USA).Children's' Mental Health Group, New York Agency for Health Care Quality and Research Small Grant.
  • Coleman, M. E., Maltby, H. J., Jackson, G., & Kristjanson, L. (1999). Development And Testing Of The SNIPAC Tool.Australian Research Council University Grant Scheme (>$5000) $16,400.
  • Coleman, M.E., Maltby, H.J., & Kristjanson, L.(1998). Parents' perceptions of living with a child with asthma: A phenomenological study. Australian Research Council/University Grant Scheme (>$5000) $12,996.
  • Coleman, M. E. (1997). Aboriginal Student Nurses Perceptions' of Learning and Teaching at a Tertiary Level. Thesis by research for PhD (Nursing), ECU. RCNA $1500 plus NRBWA Post graduate award 2000 ($2,000)
  • Molan, E., Coleman, M.E., James, F., Jenista, J., Northam, H. L., Aitken, M., Fergusen, S. (2015). International students in Bachelor of Nursing- identifying strategies for a positive experience throughout the student life cycle. Pilot Research Project Research internally funded Disciplines of Nursing and Midwifery. Commenced March 2015.
  • Coleman, M. E., Northam, H.L., Delaney, L.J., Curry, M., Cussack, A.(2015). Multi-disciplinary health staff needs analysis of end-of life care in the ICU (A re-analysis to address rigor and validity). Research Project internally supported by the Discipline of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Canberra.
  • Coleman, M. E. ( 2014 - ongoing). Lived experience of N.O.K./Significant others of patients that have received End of Life care in the ICU. PhD candidate
  • Coleman, M.E., Cussack, A., Knight, T., Northam, H. (2014). Needs analysis of the multi-disciplinary staff in relation to the delivery of End of Life Care in ICU at Canberra Hospital. (Internally funded research The Canberra Hospital).
  • Marriott, R.,Armson, A., Coleman, M.E.,Medigovich, K., Peel Health Campus, & Mandurah Aged Care Facility (2004 -2005). The Identification of Priorities for Nursing Research in the Peel Region of Western Australia: A Delphi Study. $19,216.68 from Murdoch University Research & Development Board.


  • Nominated for the Betty Watts Award for Indigenous Education Research,Australian Association For Research in Education. 2001.
  • Nominated by students for the Vice-Chancellors Teaching in Excellence Award 2000.
  • Awarded Nurses Board of WA Post Graduate Research Award 2000 ($2,000).
  • Admitted to the RCNA as member in 1995.
  • Awarded a RCNA scholarship to assist with Master Degree of Nursing. 1998($1,500)
  • Awarded a Curtin University of Technology Post –graduate scholarship to meet HECS Awarded Commonwealth Post Graduate study scholarship – PhD 2014

Research interests

  • End of Life Care in the Intensive Care – Multidisciplinary and family needs and perceptions.
  • Indigenous and International Nursing Students Needs and Perceptions of Learning at University
  • Impact of Health on Families specifically chronically ill children.


Book chapter

Coleman, M. E., Maltby, H. J., Robinson, S. & Kristjanson, L. (2001). Chronic Pulmonary Diseases; supporting the needs of parents of children with asthma: In Primary Care Pediatrics, C, Hernandz-Greene, J. K, Singleton, & D.Z, Aronzon. Philadelphia, USA : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Chapter 55: Part 3. 699-702.

Journal articles

Toye, C.,Kristjanson, L.J., Coleman, M.E.,Maltby, H.J., & Jackson, G. (2005). Psychometric Testing and Refinement of the Support Needs Inventory for Parents of Asthmatic Children (SNIPAC)Journal Quantitative Measurement. Vol 9.

Toye, C., Kristjanson, L.J., Coleman, M. E., Maltby, H.,& Jackson, G.(2004) Psychometric testing and refinement of the Support Needs Inventory for Parents of Asthmatic Children. Journal of Nursing Measurement 02/2004; 12(3):179-93. DOI:10.1891/jnum. 12.3.179

Maltby, H.J., Kristjanson, L.J., & Coleman, M.E. (2003). The Parenting Competency Framework: Learning to be a Parent of a Child with Asthma, International Journal of Nursing Practice 9(6).

Coleman, M. E., Maltby, H. J. & Kristjanson, L.(2002). 'Waiting To Exhale': Parents' Perceptions of Living with a Child with Asthma, The Australian Experience. Contemporary Nursing, 18.5

Coleman, M.E. & Kristjanson, L. (2001)'Trials and Tribulations': Indigenous Nursing Education. Australian Association for Research in Education 2001. International Education Research Conference: ISSN 1324-9320

Coleman, M. E., Maltby, H. J. & Kristjanson, L. (2001). The Lived Experience of Parents with Asthmatic Children; SNIPAC Instrument Development. Paediatric Nursing.

Coleman, M.E. (2000) Waiting to Exhale: Support for parents of children with asthma. Nursing Review, September: 37

Coleman, M.E. (2003). Surfing Through Science. Web based learning and resource for Science Secondary Students (Year 8 -10) of Western Australia. Developed and maintained by author.