Dr Melanie Jessup


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 344 37003


Melanie joined the School in 2018, coming from a research position with Queensland Health and the Australian Catholic University. She focuses on researching with multi-disciplinary teams in her two distinct areas of interest: emergency medical care - patient and system flow and workforce issues, and in chronic conditions - patient self-management, respiratory conditions, especially cystic fibrosis. Melanie enjoys collaborative links with colleagues in emergency care, in paediatric and adult respiratory, and the CSIRO’s Australian E-Health Research Centre, the latter being co-investigators in devising the Emergency Department Patient Admission Predictive Tool (https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/BF/Areas/Digital-health/Waiting-times). She is lecturing in the Master of Nursing Studies programme. With a clinical background in general practice and paediatrics, all of Melanie’s work is underscored by a patient and family centred care perspective.


· Registered General Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

· Bachelor of Nursing with First Class Honours, The University of Tasmania

· Bachelor of Nursing, The University of Tasmania

· Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

· Indigenous peoples’ experiences of acute cardiac care.

Doctor Philosophy — Co-supervisor

· The psychological impact of in-hospital falls

Master of Philosophy — Co-supervisor

Research Interests

Health systems:

  • Emergency medical care: patient and system flow, workforce issues
  • Chronic conditions: patient self-management, respiratory conditions - cystic fibrosis
  • Patient and family centred care - paediatrics
  • Qualitative methodologies


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Li, A., Jessup, M., Fulbrook, P. and Bell, S. (2013). Journey to Parenthood: a Qualitative Investigation of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis. In: Pediatric Pulmonology. , , (422-422). .

  • Jessup, M., Shields, L., Branch-Smith, C. and Douglas, T. (2013). Scary Stuff: Parents' Self-Seeking of Information Via the Internet Following Their Child'S Diagnosis with Cystic Fibrosis. In: Pediatric Pulmonology. , , (448-448). .

  • Roehrer, Erin, Cummings, Elizabeth, Turner, Paul, Hauser, Jenny, Cameron-Tucker, Helen, Beggs, Sean A., Micallef, Nicole A., Wainwright, Claire, Cheney, Joyce, Jessup, Mel, Saddington, Heather, Ellis, Leonie, Walters, Haydn and Reid, David W. (2013). Supporting cystic fibrosis with ICT. In: Enabling health and healthcare through ICT: available, tailored and closer. ITCH 2013, Laurel Point, Victoria, BC, Canada, (137-141). 21-23 February 2013. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-203-5-137

  • Cummings, Elizabeth, Hauser, Jenny, Cameron-Tucker, Helen, Fitzpatrick, Petya, Jessup, Melanie, Walters, E. Haydn, Reid, David and Turner, Paul (2011). Enhancing self-efficacy for self-management in people with cystic fibrosis. In: User Centred Networked Health Care - Proceedings of MIE 2011. 23rd Conference of the European Federation of Medical Informatics (MIE), Oslo, Norway, (33-37). Aug 28-31, 2011. doi:10.3233/978-1-60750-806-9-33

  • Jessup, M., Hauser, J., Cameron-Tucker, H., Cummings, E., Turner, P., Blizzard, L. and Reid, D. (2011). Facilitating Self-Management in Adolescents and Adults with Cystic Fibrosis: a Pilot Study. In: Pediatric Pulmonology. , , (405-406). .

  • Jessup, Melanie and Parkinson, Camillus (2010) All at sea: the experience of living with cystic fibrosis. Qualitative Health Research, 20 3: 352-364. doi:10.1177/1049732309354277

  • Boyle, Justin, Wallis, Marianne, Jessup, Melanie, Crilly, Julia, Lind, James, Miller, Peter and Fitzgerald, Gerard (2008). Regression Forecasting of Patient Admission Data. In: 2008 30Th Annual International Conference of the Ieee Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Vols 1-8. 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE-Engineering-in-Medicine-and-Biology-Society, Vancouver Canada, (3819-+). Aug 20-24, 2008. doi:10.1109/IEMBS.2008.4650041

  • Jessup, M., Courtney-Pratt, H., Robinson, A., Cameron-Tucker, H., Walters, H., Wood-Baker, R., Reid, D., Turner, P., Lea, E. and Cummings, E. (2005). Cementing Pathways Home: enhancing quality of life for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In: 38th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology
, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (A13-A14). 2005. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2005.00130.x

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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