Dr Melanie Jessup

Honorary Lecturer

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


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. A lecturer 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

Current Supervision

Exploring the influence of adverse childhood experiences among adults who frequently present to an Australian Emergency Department.

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor
  • Other advisors: Dr Robyne Le Brocque, Dr Amy Johnston

Healthcare experiences of people living with Myotonic Dystrophy

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor
  • Other advisor: Dr Marion Tower

An exploratory study of self-concept in adults with Cystic Fibrosis in an evolving health environment

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor
  • Other advisors: Dr Kellie Bennett, Dr Siobhan Mulrennan

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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  • Doctor 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. WILEY-BLACKWELL.

  • 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. 27th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, 17-19 October 2013. Hoboken, NJ, United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/ppul.22898

  • 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. ITCH 2013, Laurel Point, Victoria, BC, Canada, 21-23 February 2013. Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press. 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. 23rd Conference of the European Federation of Medical Informatics (MIE), Oslo, Norway, Aug 28-31, 2011. Amsterdam, BG Netherlands: IOS Press. 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. WILEY-BLACKWELL.

  • Jessup, M. M., Cameron-Tucker, H., Cummings, E., Hauser, J., Joseph, L., Saddington, H., Cheney, J., Turner, P., Wainwright, C. and Reid, D. W. (2010). ‘Someone to talk to’: adolescent and adult CF patients' feedback on their experience of a mentoring and IT intervention. 33rd European Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Valencia, Spain, 16-19 June 2010. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/s1569-1993(10)60416-x

  • Jessup, Melanie and Parkinson, Camillus (2010). All at sea: the experience of living with cystic fibrosis. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage Publications. 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. 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE-Engineering-in-Medicine-and-Biology-Society, Vancouver Canada, Aug 20-24, 2008. IEEE. 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). 38th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology
, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, 2005. Richmond, VIC, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2005.00130.x

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors: