Dr Anthony Tuckett

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 66787


Anthony G. Tuckett PhD is Director, Postgraduate Coursework (PGCW) [Nursing, Midwifery] at The University of Queensland (Australia), School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work and Program Lead, Master of Advanced Nursing. Anthony is an Associate Editor, Nursing Ethics (Sage). In late 2018 for a 5 year term, Anthony was appointed Member, Nursing & Midwifery Panel of Assesors, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunel (QCAT).

Anthony undertakes health services research: the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviours affect access and quality of to health care, and ultimately our health and well-being. Its research domains are individuals, families, organizations, institutions, communities, and populations. His expertise is qualitative and evaluative research.

Dr Tuckett is currently undertaking Citizen Science research: relying on volunteer or amatuer scientists to co-create and co-design research projects (human-centered design). The approach means the Citizen Scientists collect and analyse their data; determine their needs and propose solutions to them; then advocate for change by bringing their findings and solutions to the policy people and government officials who can get the job done.

Research Interests

  • Technology
    Use by healthcare workforce; application of smart technology via phone or ipad applications targeting older peoples physical activity in their lneighbourhood
  • Older persons and citizen science
    Population ageing issues including but not limited to physical activity and health; care of the older person and ethical issues; workplace and workforce qualitative evaluation in the context of the older persons and their care; built environment
  • Qualitative methods and methodology
    Theoretical underpinning: social constructionism, symbolic interactionism. Analysis: qualitative content analysis and thematic analysis. Methods: interview, focus group, journal/diary/researcher field note. Sampling., Community-based co-created Citizen Science relying on: citizens as research partners; citizen volunteer contributions; human-centered design
  • Nurses, nursing
    Profession issues including but not limited to education, workforce and workplace issues evaluating higher education, values and image

Research Impacts

BRAE Walks 2017 Project

This BRAE Walks 2017 study used the Our Voice citizen science framework. Our Voice is a citizen science-driven community model for health promotion and addressing health equity. Our Voice conceptualises citizen science by the people whereby they document their physical environment, code and synthesize their data, and use the findings to advocate for change. Data were collected from January to March 2018. To discover aspects of the built environment, members of the Burnie Brae (Chermside, Queensland, Australia) Centre, as citizen scientists, walked around Burnie Brae and a park adjacent to the community centre. During these walks, the citizen scientists used the Stanford Healthy Neighbourhood Discovery Tool (DT) application on a tablet. This app is designed to record GPS-tracked walking routes, take photographs and record audio narratives. In this project, the DT allowed the citizen scientist to photograph and record geocoded narratives about the surrounding built environment (neighbourhood features) and building access points they perceived impacted walking or accessing their centre. OUTCOME: Citizen Scientists were responsible for the Councillor for Northgate, Adam Allan, instructing action be taken (and actions were taken) by his Council Parks Team, the Transport Planning and Strategy Branch, and the Field Services Team to repair and/or improve surrounding parklands, footpaths and roadways to better facilitate physical activity (walking) in their local neighbourhood.

Citizen Science and the built environment

Nurses and other health professionals are the latest group to be urged to play a part in creating improvements to the built environment to promote healthy ageing. Dr Anthony Tuckett of University of Queensland’s School of Nursing says, “This would involve older adults taking an active role in documenting features of their environment that help or hinder healthy living and then voicing them to policy makers to promote change.” This is not a new idea. The World Health Organizationpromotes the idea of a “bottom up” approach to improving streets and neighbourhoods for older people. The two minute video below “Our Voice Citizen Science for Health Equity” explains more and you can see the article,Senior citizen science: older people urged to advocate for changes to built environment, published in Aged Care InSite.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Arts, Queensland University of Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Australian Catholic University
  • Diploma of Applied Science - Nautical Sciences


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Featured Publications


  • Parker, Deborah, Clifton, Karen and Tuckett, Anthony (2010) Comprehensive evidence-based palliative approach in residential aged care: final report St. Lucia, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland; Blue Care Research & Practice Development Centre

  • Allen, Suellen, Britton, Kate, Chen, Any Yi-Chen, Iedema, Rick, Piper, Donella, Scheeres, Hermine, Sorensen, Ros, Elliott, Doug, Gallagher, Thomas, Baker, Andrew, Chapman, Ross, Dadick, Ann, Fitzgerald, Anneke, Sloan, Terry, Manias, Elizabeth, Williams, Allison, Dunn, Stewart, Jones, Liz, Watson, Bernadette, Tuckett, Anthony, Allan, Alfred, Grbich, Carol, Reynolds, Louise and Meyer, Samantha (2010) Final report: open disclosure research and indicator development including the '100 patient stories project' Broadway, NSW, Australia: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

  • Hegney, Desley, Parker, Deborah, Tuckett, Anthony and Eley, Robert (2008) Your work, your time, your life: report of results St. Lucia, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensand

  • Iedema, Rick, Manias, Elizabeth, Hegney, Desley, Tuckett, Anthony, Piper, Donella, Hor, Suyin, Mallock, Nadine, Williams, Allison, Sorensen, Roslyn, Brownhill, Sue, Perrott, Bruce and Scheeres, Hermine (2007) Evaluation of the National Open Disclosure Program: Final Report Brisbane, QLD, Australia:

Book Chapter

  • Burston, Adam, Estefan, Andrew and Tuckett, Anthony (2019). Practical ethical decision-making. In Margaret McAllister (Ed.), Empowerment strategies for nurses: developing resilience in practice 2nd ed. (pp. 85-103) New York, NY USA: Springer.

  • Tuckett, Anthony G. and Tolson, Debbie (2011). Truth-telling and the evidence. In Debbie Tolson, Joanne Booth and Irene Schofield (Ed.), Evidence informed nursing with older people 1 ed. (pp. 55-67) Oxford; Ames: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Tuckett, Anthony G. (2006). Anthony Tuckett. In David Vernon (Ed.), Men at Birth: Stories of Triumph, Power and Love from the Men and Women who Brought New Life into the World - and How It was Done (pp. 50-57) Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian College of Midwives.

  • Tuckett, Anthony G. (2002). An ethic of the fitting: A conceptual framework for nursing practice. In John Rowan and Samuel Zinaich (Ed.), Ethics for the professions (pp. 278-282) Belmont, California, USA: Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc.

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

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