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Dr Steven James

PhD University of Technology Sydney, GradCertDiabEdM University of Technology Sydney, Dip Higher Ed NursStudies (AdultBranch), Southbank University UK

  • Senior Lecturer in Nursing
  • School of Health
+61 7 5430 2929
Office location
Moreton Bay
Steven James

Dr Steven James has around two decades experience as a clinician in cardiology, emergency medicine, paediatrics and, primarily, diabetes. This has been in world-wide healthcare systems, and at non-governmental organisations. More recently, he has been a Senior Lecturer of Nursing at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Steven’s PhD focused on current and future service support for young adults with type 1 diabetes in Australia, and his research direction is to expand his contribution in the field of chronic disease, particularly type 1 diabetes involving emergency medicine, kidney disease, and children, adolescents and young adults. He has led and is part of teams that have been awarded grants involving type 1 diabetes and emergency medicine, kidney disease, and psychosocial care, and has been recognised as a future research leader by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Australia). He is regularly invited to participate in domestic and international diabetes-related initiatives. Of his publications in SciVal, his field-weighted citation impact from 2014 to 2022 was 19.52, which put him 1852% over the world average in all subject areas; 6.9% of these publications are in the 1% most cited publications world-wide, and 13.8% in the 10% most cited publications worldwide (field weighted).

Professional memberships 

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, RN
  • The International Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes


Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

Steven is open to receiving enquiries from prospective PhD, Masters or Honours students for diabetes-related study. He is currently supervising:

  • Four students undertaking a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
    • “An evaluation of primary healthcare Australian nurse-led diabetes clinics and HbA1c levels, in patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes”
    • “How are registered nurses measuring respiratory rates in adult patients across medical and surgical wards?”
    • “The nurses’ perspective of the mobile nurses’ station in the emergency department: a convergent parallel mixed methods study”
    • “Promoting nurses’ performance of basic life support in non-intensive care hospital wards”
  • One student undertaking a Master of Research at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
    • “An investigation of education and support provided to primary school staff caring for students with type 1 diabetes in non-metropolitan New South Wales, Australia”

Research areas

  • Type 1 diabetes, particularly young adults
  • Common diabetes-related technologies

Dr Steven James' specialist areas of knowledge include diabetes and diabetes-related technologies.

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