School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions

Adjunct Associate Professor Susan Joy Stacpoole

Position: Adjunct Associate Professor, Ballarat Health Services Senior Research Consultant
Discipline: Health Services Research


  • Graduate Certificate in Frontline Management, 2010, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 2004, School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia
  • John A Hartford Fellowship in Geriatrics, 1999, Department of Family Practice, School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC), San Antonio Texas USA,
  • Research Fellow - Orthopedics, 1998, Texas Diabetes Institute, Department of Orthopedics, School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Texas USA,
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry) 1988, Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, Melbourne, Australia

Professional development studies

Federation University Master of Business Administration

Teaching areas/interests

Research Supervisor, Mentor, Coach and team member: Health Services Research, Health Systems Governance Research, Multidisciplinary Clinical Research, Health Workforce Research Capacity and Capability Research

Professional associations/affiliations

Trustee Ballarat Symphony Orchestra

Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australia

Fellow Australasian Association of Quality and Safety in Health Care

Member Australian Association of Bioethics and Health Law

Research interests

Health Services Research, Health Systems Governance Research, Multidisciplinary Clinical Research, Health Workforce Research Capacity & Capability Research

Personal and professional vision

To create positive change in society through supporting and advancing individuals through collaborative team membership and joyful bonding with our community.

I influence positive change in our world by creating experiences that enable meaningful human connection and collaboration. Driven to empower people to make the most of opportunities - I work to understand the human and environmental context of those I serve, uncovering new insights that affect widespread change. Compassionate, visionary, and big-picture focused, I shine when I am able to deliver significant societal impact by tailoring environments to those involved. I feel most invigorated by my work when I see my contributions pave the way for large-scale advances that help people realise their greatest potential. I am an agent of positive change.

Supervised projects (current and completed)

Current – Associate Supervisor - Masters of Public Health, Griffith University - Health Services Admissions Coding Data Paired with Clinical Pharmacy Expertise to Explore Adverse Drug Reactions Prevalence from a Regional Perspective.

Completed - Panel Member - Don Garlic Masters of Emergency Management – Charles Sturt University

Completed - Panel Member - Kate Appledore Masters of Health Service Management – RMIT


Victorian Government Women’s Diversity Scholarship 2015

Golden Key Award. Federation University 2015


Journal articles

Weickhardt, A., Joseph, T., Stacpoole-Shea, S., Arhanghelschi, D., Lowe, A.  Hamilton, K., and Chong, G (2009) Comparison between radiologically inserted arm ports versus surgically placed chest ports for chemotherapy. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 5: 181-186

Weickhardt, A., Chong, G., Stacpoole-Shea, S., Arhanghelschi, D & Hamilton, K (2008) Durability and complication rates of arm-sited central venous access ports (CVAPs) versus chest-sited CVAPs for chemotherapy administration at a rural Australian centre. Journal of Clinical Oncology 26:15_suppl, 20643-20643

Phelps, G. & Stacpoole-Shea, S., (2007) Assessing Service Quality in the Outpatient setting: the Patient perspective. Journal of the Australian Association of Quality in Health Care Winter 11-15

Armstrong, D. & Stacpoole-Shea, S. (2000) Lengthening of the Achilles Tendon in Diabetes.  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Stacpoole-Shea, S., Shea, G, & Lavery, L (1999) An Examination of Plantar Pressure Measurements to Identify the Location of Diabetic Forefoot Ulceration. Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery 38(2) 109-115.

Armstrong, D., Stacpoole-Shea, S., Nguyen, H. & Harkless, L., (1999) Lengthening of the Achilles Tendon in Diabetic Patients Who Are at High Risk for Ulceration of the Foot. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 81-A(4), 535-538.

Stacpoole-Shea, S. & Shea, G., (1999) Use of a Computerized Digital Camera in Podiatric Medical Practice. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 89(3), 131-136.

Armstrong, D. & Stacpoole-Shea, S., (1999) Total Contact Casts and Removable Cast Walkers – Mitigation of Plantar Heel Pressure. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association 89(1), 50-53.

Armstrong, D., Steinberg, J. & Stacpoole-Shea, S., (1999) The Potential Benefit of Passive Range of Motion Exercises to Reduce Peak Plantar Foot Pressure in the Diabetic Foot.

Peters E., Armstrong, D., Wunderlich, R., Bosma, J., Stacpoole-Shea, S. & Lavery, L., (1998) The Benefit of Electrical Stimulation to Enhance Perfusion in Persons with Diabetes Mellitus. Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery 37(5), 396-400.

Stacpoole-Shea, S., Shea, G., Otago, L. & Payne, W., (1998) Instrumentation considerations of a clinical and a computerized technique for the measurement of foot angles. Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery 37(5), 410-415

Stacpoole-Shea, S., Otago, L. & Payne, W., (1997) The reliability and precision of a static clinical versus a dynamic laboratory method of measurement of the leg and foot on stable and unstable ankles. The Foot (7), 135-138.