School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions

Associate Professor Danny Hills

Phone: (03) 53276652
Position: Associate Professor Nursing
Discipline: Nursing


BN, Grad Cert Mgt, Grad Cert Ter Teach, MN Hons, PhD

Teaching areas/interests

Research Methods, Evidence Based Health Care, Patient Safety and Care Quality / Clinical Governance

Professional associations/affiliations

Australian Association of Gerontology, Australian College of Nursing, Australasian Epidemiological Association.

Research interests

Health services and workforce, workplace aggression, mental health and well-being, ageing and aged care

Supervised projects (current and completed)

Kench, P. [PhD]. Towards sustainable equity in mental health services for LGBT people: A rhizomatic contribution from nurses constituted at n – 1. Completed 04/2015 (secondary supervisor from July 2014).

Gardner, P. [Masters]. How do care staff in a regional residential aged care facility assess and manage pain in residents with dementia? Completed 12/2017 (primary supervisor).

Taylor, C. [BN Hons]. Perceived barriers to high quality haemodialysis care for patients with co-occurring end stage renal failure and mental health issues: a qualitative approach. Completed 12/2016 (primary supervisor until 02/2016).

Mammen, B. [BN Hons]. What are new graduate nurses’ experiences of disrespect, incivility and marginalisation in Australian hospitals? Completed 12/2017 (primary supervisor).

In progress

Alasiry, S. [PhD]. Modelling a cardiac rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia. Expected completion 09/2018.

Kidgell, D. [PhD]. Foreign credential recognition of nurses as part of Australia's international trade in services. Expected completion 04/2021.

Bumpstead, S. [Honours]. New graduate nurses’ knowledge skills and attitudes concerning communication with people who have complex communication needs (as a result of disability) in Australian hospital settings. Expected completion 12/2019.

Grants and awards

2018 Robinson, T., Hills, S. & Hills, D. Anxiety in later life - Screening and intervention study Ella Lowe Grant, Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited $49,890
2018-2020 Sharoun, L., Montana-Hoyos, C. & Hills, D. Inspired by Singapore: Design and healthy ageing in multicultural societies Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


2017-2018 Robinson, T. & Hills, D. Towards integrated care: improving patient and frontline staff engagement and experience of ambulatory care referral and communication processes Medical Research Future Fund $135,779
2017-2018 Hills, D. & Lam, L. Workplace aggression experiences in nursing and midwifery: Prevalence, prevention, responses and impact Mona Menzies Post-doctoral Research Grant, Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited $40,828
2017-2018 Hills, D., Hills, S., Robinson, T. & Hungerford, C. Identifying anxiety in later life Univers Foundation, Japan ¥990,000 ($11,402)
2017 Sharoun, L., Montana-Hoyos, C. & Hills, D. Inspired by Singapore: Design and healthy ageing Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade $85,800
2016 Robinson, T., Northam, H. & Hills, D. Implementing a workforce resilience program with clinicians working in cancer services: A feasibility study University of Canberra, Faculty of Health $4,935
2014-2015 Hungerford, C., Gibson, D., Hercelynskij, G., Hills, D., Petrie, E. & Grealish, L. Co-operative for healthy ageing research and teaching (CHART) service in the ACT and Southern NSW – a focus on sustainability Department of Social Services $ 30,000
2014 Hills, D., Hutchinson, A., Jones, T. & Craig, P. Tri-focal Model of Care: Practice and service development project Co-operative for Health Ageing Research and Teaching (CHART) $5,000
2012-2014 Shochet, I., Wurfl, A., Robinson, T. & Hills, D. Development of a resilience program for Indigenous job seekers in rural NSW Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation (MPREC) $200,000
2011 Robinson, T. & Hills, D. Transcultural mental health care scoping study NSW Ministry of Health $20,000
2011 Robinson, T. & Hills, D. Evaluation of the deadly thinking program Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health $30,000
2009-2011 Robinson, T., Hills, D. & Kelly, B. Mental health emergency care learning and development program NSW Ministry of Health $533,000
2008-2009 Robinson, T. & Hills, D. Introduction to rural mental health practice NSW Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Teaching $150,000
2006-2008 Robinson, T., Hills, D. & Kelly, B. Mental health emergency care learning and development pilot NSW Ministry of Health $80,000


Mammen, B., Lam, L. & Hills, D. (2018). Newly qualified graduate nurses’ experiences of workplace incivility in Australian hospital settings. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, In press, 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2018.08.003

Hills, D. J. (2018). Defining and classifying aggression and violence in health care work. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, In press, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2018.08.002

Foster, K. P., Hills, D. & Foster, K. N. (2018). Addressing the support needs of families during the acute hospitalization of a parent with mental illness: A narrative literature review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27(2), 470-482. doi: 10.1111/inm.12385

Freene, N., Cools, S. Hills, D., Bissett, B., Pumpa, K. & Cooper, G. (2017). A wake-up call for physical activity promotion in Australia: Results from a survey of Australian nursing and allied health professionals. Australian Health Review, Online Early, A-F. doi: 10.1071/AH16240.

McKenna, L., Robinson, E., Penman, J., Hills, D. (2017). Factors impacting on psychological wellbeing of international students in the health professions: A scoping review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 74(1), 85-94. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.06.007

Hills, D. J. (2017). Differences in risk and protective factors for workplace aggression between male and female clinical medical practitioners in Australia. Australian Health Review, 41(3), 313-320. doi: 10.1071/AH16003

Robinson, T., Janssen, A., Harnett, P., Museth, K., Provan, P., Hills, D. & Shaw, T. (2017). Embedding CQI processes in multi-disciplinary teams in cancer care: Exploring the boundaries between quality and implementation science. Australian Health Review, 41(3), 291-296. doi: 10.1071/AH16052

Hills, D. (2016). Associations between Australian clinical medical practitioner exposure to workplace aggression and workforce participation intentions. Australian Health Review, 40(1), 36-42. doi: 10.1071/AH14246

Hills, D. J., Ross, H. M., Pich, J. Hill, A.T., Dalsbø, T. K., Riahi, S., Guay, S., Martínez-Jarreta, B. (2015). Education and training for the prevention and minimisation of workplace aggression directed toward healthcare workers (protocol). The Cochrane Library, 9(CD011860), 1-18. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011860

Wanaratwichit, C., Hills, D., Cruickshank, M. & Newman, B. (2015). A model of home based care for people with disabilities: Better practice in rural Thailand. The Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 10(2), 44-51.

Hills, D. & Joyce, C. (2014). Workplace aggression in clinical medical practice: Associations with job satisfaction, life satisfaction and self-rated health. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(9), 535-540. doi: 10.5694/mja13.00152

Hills, D. & Joyce, C. (2013). A review of research on the prevalence, antecedents, consequences and prevention of workplace aggression in clinical medical practice. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal, 18(5), 554-569. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2013.07.014

Hills, D. & Joyce, C. (2013). Personal, professional and work factors associated with Australian clinical medical practitioners’ experiences of workplace aggression. The Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 57(7), 898-912. doi: 10.1093/annhyg/met012

Hills, D., Joyce, C. & Humphreys, J. (2013). Workplace aggression prevention and minimisation in Australian clinical medical practice settings – a national study. Australian Health Review, 37(5), 607-613. doi: 10.1071/AH13149

Robinson, T., Hills, D. & Rossiter, R. (2013). Mental health emergency care in Australia: An education program for clinicians. Education for Health, 26(3), 172-177. doi: 10.4103/1357-6283.125994

Hills, D., Joyce, C. & Humphreys, J. (2012). A national study of workplace aggression in Australian clinical medical practice. Medical Journal of Australia, 197(6), 336-340. doi: 10.5694/mja12.10444

Hills, D., Joyce, C. & Humphreys, J. (2012). Validation of a job satisfaction scale in Australian clinical medical practice. Evaluation and the Health Professions, 35(1), 47-76. doi: 10.1177/0163278710397339

Hills, D., Joyce, C. & Humphreys, J. (2011). Prevalence and prevention of workplace aggression in Australian clinical medical practice. Australian Health Review, 35(3), 253-261. doi: 10.1071/AH10983

Robinson, T., Hills, D. & Kelly, B. (2011). The evaluation of an online orientation to rural mental health practice in Australia. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18(7), 629-636. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01712.x

Hills, D., Robinson, T., Kelly, B. & Heathcote, S. (2010). Outcomes from the trial implementation of a multidisciplinary online learning program in rural mental health emergency care. Education for Health, 23(1), 1-12.

Hills, D. (2008). Relationships between aggression management training, perceived self-efficacy and rural general hospital nurses’ experiences of patient aggression. Contemporary Nurse, 31(1), 20-31. doi: 10.5172/conu.673.31.1.20