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Dr John Rosenberg

PhD Qld.UT, MPallC Flin, GradDipNsg(PallCare) Aust.Cath, BN La Trobe

  • Senior Lecturer, Nursing (UniSC Caboolture)
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John Rosenberg

Dr John Rosenberg is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health. A Registered Nurse with a clinical background in community-based palliative care, John was awarded his PhD in 2007 for his research “A study of the integration of health promotion principles and practice in palliative care organisations.” He continues to contribute to this field of Public Health Palliative Care locally, nationally and internationally.

John teaches in palliative care, grief, nursing practice, chronic disease management, ethics, evidence-based practice, and qualitative research methods in face-to-face and online forums in undergraduate and post-graduate programs. He provides academic supervision of Higher Degree Research students.

John was the Foundation Director of the Calvary Centre for Palliative Care Research in Canberra in a joint appointment with the Australian Catholic University and was as a Research Fellow at the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in End-of-Life Care at Queensland University of Technology. His research has included palliative and end-of-life care for older Australians, palliative care in primary care settings, death literacy, Compassionate Communities, and community practice.

John has published widely and speaks to a wide range of audiences. John is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University with the Caring at the end of life research group.

Professional Memberships 

  • Public Health Palliative Care International
  • Palliative Care Nurses Australia
  • Palliative Care Queensland


  • NHMRC Palliative Care PhD Scholarship (2004-2007)
  • QUT Faculty of Health Executive Dean’s Commendation for a Higher Research Degree (2007)

Research Grants

Project name Investigators Funding body (A$) Year
End of Life Directions for Aged Care – The ELDAC Project Yates, P., Tieman, J., & Parker, D. (Rosenberg, J.P. – Research Fellow) Australian Government Dept of Health and Ageing. A$15,000,000 2017-2019
Developing an Index to Measure Death Literacy in Australia. Horsfall, D., Leonard, R., Noonan, K., Rosenberg, J.P., Grindrod, A. & Rumbold, B. The Wicking Trust. A$246,054 2017-2019
Reducing futile care in acute hospitals: A trial of implementation, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an intervention designed to reduce the frequency of futile care among patients in acute hospitals. Willmott, L., White, B., Graves, N., Barnett, A., Rosenberg, J.P., Page, K. & Carter, H. Australian Centre for Health Law Research/ Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation Research Collaboration Grant, Queensland University of Technology. A$16,131 2016-2017
Determining palliative care service capacity for community engagement: a national scoping study. Rosenberg, J.P. Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation Mid-Career Researcher Grant, Queensland University of Technology. A$10,000 2014-2015

Research areas

  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Death Literacy
  • Compassionate Communities
  • Community practice

Teaching areas

  • Research methods, evidence-based practice
  • Health law and ethics
  • Palliative and end of life care, grief and loss

John Rosenberg’s specialist areas of knowledge include public health palliative care, end of life care, and qualitative research methods.

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