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Professor Fiona Bogossian

PhD Qld, MPH Griff, BAppSc(N) Qld.UT, DipAppSc(NEd) Qld.UT, RN, RM, FACM, SFHEA, MAICD, Churchill Fellow


  • Deputy Dean, School of Health
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Fiona Bogassian

Professor Fiona Bogossian is Deputy Dean, School of Health.

Fiona is Registered Nurse and Midwife with qualifications in education, public health and epidemiology who has over 3 decades of tertiary education experience. In 2018 Fiona commenced at UniSC as Professor of Practice Education in Health and, until 2022, was Academic Lead at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI). In 2022, Fiona was invited to lead the UniSC School of Health Strategic Steering Group to inform the unification of the then School of Health & Behavioural Sciences and the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine to become the School of Health.

Fiona’s engagement is demonstrated at national and international levels through a long history of State and Federal ministerial appointments, membership of research foundation grants committees, and accreditation panels. She was Sub-Editor for Women & Birth (2005-2019), Chair of Universitas 21 Deans of Nursing & Midwifery and Member U21 Health Sciences Group Executive (2013-2016) and Panel Member for the ARC – ERA Impact and Engagement Pilot (2107). Fiona is currently Deputy Chair and Senior Education Expert for Midwifery Accreditation Committee of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.




Professional Awards

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Honorary Professor – Monash University
  • Churchill Fellow
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • The WATTLE Women in Leadership Alumni
  • Quality Maternal and Newborn Care Research Alliance
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia
  • Women on Boards
  • International Network for Health Workforce Education
  • Interprofessional Global
  • Australia and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Education
  • Australian College of Neonatal Nurses
  • Perinatal Society of Australia & New Zealand
  • Churchill Fellows Association – Queensland
  • Australian College of Midwives


Fiona has a sustained and strong track record in two areas of research concentration relating to perinatal health and health workforce education. Her research has wide impact from changing clinical and education practice to informing government policy. She has expertise in systematic and scoping reviews, cross sectional survey design, longitudinal cohort studies, randomised controlled trials, qualitative approaches, mixed methods and consumer co-design/led research.

She has published over 120 peer reviewed papers, 10 books/chapters and has made over 150 conference presentations including keynote and invited presentations. ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9909-5852. The impact of her publications is highlighted by a Field Weighted Citation Impact (2012-2021) of 2.66. Since 2008 she has been a named investigator on competitive grants totaling over $4 million including Cat 1, OLT and ALTC and Cat 4 grants.

Research Grants

Project name Investigator/s Funding body Year(s) of operation

Faculty development for sustained excellence in simulation

Natalie Dodd, Fiona Bogossian, Kris Tulloch, Michele Verdonck, Matt Hill, Leisa Swift

School of Health Collaborative Initiatives Scheme – Learning & Teaching Grant



Consumer- and student-led co-design for interprofessional education of healthy ageing in regional/asynchronous contexts

Kris Tulloch, May El Haddad, Nat Dodd, Hattie Wright, Sarah Davies, Rebekah Shakhovskoy, Fiona Bogossian

School of Health Collaborative Initiatives Scheme – Learning & Teaching Grant



Sensory sensitivity as a determinant for early cessation of exclusive breastfeeding

Pamela Meredith, Terri Downer, Jessie Johnson-Cash, Jude Maher, Fiona Bogossian

School of Health Collaborative Initiatives Scheme - (Pilot) Interdisciplinary Research



Evaluation of the Quality-adjusted passing students educated measure to determine the cost effectiveness of clinical placements in health professions students

Katharina Merrolini, Kaylenne Byrne, Fiona Bogossian, Alison Craswell

School of Health Collaborative Initiatives Scheme – (Pilot) Interdisciplinary Research



Accelerating interprofessional education for the Sunshine Coast – Extension Funding

Fiona Bogossian, Rebekah Shakovskoy, Natalie Dodd


Sunshine Coast Health Institute Executive Board



Optimising spontaneous vaginal birth in nulliparous women

Rachel Nugent, Lauren Kearney, Fiona Bogossian

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Clinical-Academic Collaborative PhD Scholarship Program

RTP Stipend Rate 


Accelerating interprofessional education for the Sunshine Coast

Fiona Bogossian, Rebekah Shakovskoy, Natalie Dodd, Jen Williams, Mark Reilly


Sunshine Coast Health Institute Executive Board



Learning together to work together: Developing best practice and credentialing frameworks for interprofessional education for health disciplines at USC

Bogossian, F., Barr, N., Carter, R., Craven, D., George, K., Hamilton, A., Henderson, A., Katsikitis, M., Masters, N., Nash, G., Pelly, F., Taylor, J.

USC Commissioned Learning & Teaching Program Grant



Promoting and facilitating spontaneous vaginal birth in nulliparous women at full term:  systematic review, predictive cohort study and development of an evidence-based bundle of care.

Kearney, L., Bogossian, F., George, K., Reed, R., Reeves, J., Triggs, T.

Wishlist-SERTF Collaborative Research Grant



Respectful maternity care: a cross-sectional survey of Queensland Women

Rachel Reed, Fiona Bogossian, Lauren Kearney, Mary Kynn, Rebecca Jenkinson, Rachel Nugent, Jocelyn Toohill, Saraswathi Vedam




Scaffolding for meaningful, authentic, quality learning experiences for students on international placement in low resource countries

Alison Bourke, Fiona Bogossian

Karen New, Marion Tower



Narrative Centred Inquiry: Provision of an Innovative Learning and Teaching Resource

Linda Ng, Fiona Bogossian, Anthony Tuckett




Vascular Assessment Suite

Jeff Coombes, Wendy Brown, Ulrik Wisloff, Stephan Riek, Michael Leveritt, Shelley Keating, David Briskley, Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, Vincent Kelly, David Copeland, Katie McMahon, Catherine Turner, Fiona Bogossian, Mia Schaumber, Ingrid Hickman, Peter Davies, Gary Leong, Peter Cain

UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure and NHMRC Equipment Grant



Resource Guide for Best Practice in Clinical Simulation

Craig Lambert, Fiona Bogossian

U21 Health Sciences Group

$2,800 (USD)


Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in nurses who work night shifts

Tracey Kolbe-Alexander, Wendy Brown, Catherine Turner, Fiona Bogossian

HABS Research Collaboration Grant



The Australian and New Zealand Nursing and Midwifery Simulation Study – Phase 1

Fiona Bogossian, Simon Cooper, Lisa McKenna, Tracy Levett-Jones

Queensland Regional Training Network



Improving the care of mothers and infants in general practice: a pilot intervention with practice nurses

Wendy Brodribb, Fiona Bogossian

HABS & M+BS Collaboration Seeding Grant



Tobacco use by Aboriginal people – a focus group study examining views on contemporary and historical use

Kathryn Steadman, Pauline Ford, Fiona Bogossian

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Research Collaboration



Sensory exposure to light and sound in the newborn care unit

Kobi Best, Fiona Bogossian, Karen New

Private Practice Trust Fund – Gold Coast Hospital



Sensory exposure to light and sound in the newborn care unit

Kobi Best, Fiona Bogossian, Karen New

Queensland Health Nursing and Midwifery Research Fellowship



Research areas

  • perinatal health
  • health workforce and development
  • education, simulation and patient safety

Fiona was at the forefront of the transition of nursing (and subsequently midwifery) education, from the apprenticeship model into the tertiary sector. She established quality pre-registration undergraduate programs, postgraduate discipline specific programs and research training pathways and was responsible for the first Bachelor of Midwifery program in Queensland. She developed Honours and Clinical Research Pathways and established education scholarship schemes. In 2017, Fiona was awarded a Senior Fellow in Higher Education Academy for leadership in the design of e-portfolios and in simulation pedagogy and research.

As Professor of Practice Education in Health, Fiona has accelerated the development of interprofessional (IPE) and interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) models for UniSC and SCHI, developed a Best Practice Framework for IPE at UniSC, and lead the development and pilot implementation of a series of Introductory and Faculty Development IPE-4-IPCP online learning modules which provide a unified approach to IPE. Over the past decade, her direct teaching (face-to-face and online) has been highly rated and focused on applied research skills and evidence-based practice.

Fiona has successfully completed 25 HDR scholars, including 13 PhD completions as a Principal Supervisor. She currently supervises 5 HDR scholars as Principal and Mentor Supervisor. She takes a career development approach to supervision which is reflected in the success of her candidates and postdoctoral scholars as measured by securing competitive grants, scholarships, and awards. The quality of her HDR supervision has been recognised in three Research Supervision Awards.

Teaching areas

  • research and research methods
  • professional education
  • population health and epidemiology

Professor Fiona Bogossian's specialist areas of knowledge include research and research methods, health professional education, perinatal health, health workforce development and education, simulation and patient safety.

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