Dr Nigel Armfield

Senior Research Fellow

RECOVER Injury Research Centre
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Health Services Research
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 64748


Nigel is public health and health services researcher with interests and expertise in research methods, epidemiology, evidence-based health care, clinical trials, and digital health. He currently works in the Designing Better Therapies group at the RECOVER Injury Research Centre where he is exploring the use of linked health-service data to describe the epidemiology of minor injury, longitudinal data analyses of trial data, and the potential of mobile heath and wearables for assessment and intervention following injury.

Nigel has particular interests in new innovations in healthcare, and has previously worked in minimally-invasive surgical trials in gynaecology, and clinical trials assessing the feasibility, efficacy and effectiveness of clinical telemedicine in paediatric healthcare. His doctorate work (Awarded 2011, UQ School of Medicine) involved the design, development, and clinical/cost/acceptability evaluation of real-time telemedicine for acute consultation between a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit and four peripheral hospitals in Queensland. He maintains an active research interest in telemedicine, and more broadly in digital health. Between 2004 and 2015, Nigel was involved in the telepaediatric service at the Royal Children's, and the Lady Cilento Children's hospitals in Brisbane where he also co-ordinated an Indigenous Ear Health Screening Program. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

Nigel regularly participates in national and international grant review panels, and is an active HDR and occupational-trainee supervisor. He also contributes to Clinical Epidemiology teaching in the UQ School of Public Health.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health, The University of Queensland
  • MSC, Leeds Met


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Edirippulige, Sisira, Smith, Anthony C., Bensink, Mark, Armfield, Nigel R. and Wootton, Richard (2018). Nurses and telehealth: current practice and future trends. Health information systems: concepts, methodologies, tools, and applications. (pp. 323-338) edited by .Hershey, PA, United States: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-60566-988-5.ch022

  • Armfield, Nigel R. and Donovan, Tim (2016). Acute care telemedicine. Telemedicine and electronic medicine. (pp. 597-618) edited by Halit Eren and John G. Webster.Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b19210-32

  • Edirippulige, Sisira, Armfield, Nigel R., Caffery, Liam and Smith, Anthony C. (2016). Education and training for supporting practitioners in the use of clinical telehealth: a needs analysis. Telehealth and mobile health. (pp. 319-328) edited by Halit Eren and John G. Webster.Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b19147-19

  • Edirippulige, S, Smith, A.C., Bensink, M.E., Armfield, N.R. and Wootton R (2009). Nurses and Telehealth, Current Practice and Future Trends.. Nursing and Clinical Informatics: Socio-Technical Approaches. (pp. 94-109) edited by Bettina Staudinger, Victoria Hob and Herwig Osterman.USA / UK: Information Science Reference, Idea Group Inc (IGI). doi:10.4018/978-1-60566-234-3.ch007

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Obermair, A., Armfield, N. R., Forder, P. and Janda, M. (2018). Achieving healthy weight after endometrial cancer surgery-10-year follow-up of the Laparoscopic Approach to Cancer of the Endometrium (LACE) trial. State of the Art Conference of the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology, Lyon, France, 4-6 October 2018. London, United Kingdom :BMJ Group.

  • Obermair, A., Graves, N., Coleman, M., Hanna, G., Armfield, N. and Janda, M. (2018). The implementation of a standardised surgical training program for specialist gynaecologists to decrease the rate of open, abdominal hysterectomy. RANZCOG 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting “Shifting Sands: Exploring the Boundaries of Specialisation”, Adelaide, South Australia, 16–19 September 2018. Richmond, VIC Australia :Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia.

  • Al Dossary, Sharifah, Martin-Khan, Melinda, Armfield, Nigel and Smith, Anthony (2017). The evaluation of a telemedicine planning framework based on needs assessment. International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT-17), Brisbane, Australia, 30-31 October 2017.

  • Al Dossary, Sharifah, Martin-Khan, Melinda, Smith, Anthony and Armfield, Nigel (2016). Assessment of the availability and expressed need for services in Dalby – Queensland. Successes and Failures in Telehealth - 7th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society, Auckland, New Zealand, 1 - 3 November, 2016.

  • Bradford, N., Herbert, A., Mott, C., Armfield, N., Young, J. and Smith, A. (2015). Components and principles of a pediatric palliative care consultation: results of a Delphi study. RACP Congress 2015, Cairns, QLD, Australia, 24-27 May 2015. West Sussex, United Kingdom :Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12913_18

  • Fatehi, F., Armfield, N.R., Dimitrijevic, M. and Gray, L.C. (2014). Clinical applications of videoconferencing. International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth 2014 (SFT-14), Adelaide, Australia,, 17-18 November 2014.

  • Smith, Anthony C., Armfield, Nigel R., Brown, Cecil and Perry, Christopher (2014). Re-engineering health service models: the value of telemedicine for people living in Indigenous communities. ATA 2013: American Telemedicine Association 19th Annual International Meeting and Trade Show, Baltimore, MD, USA, 18-20 May, 2014. New Rochelle, NY, United States :Mary Ann Liebert, Publishers. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2014.9986-A.abstracts

  • Smith, A. C., Armfield, N. R. and Gray, L. C. (2013). Retrospective review of Medicare reimbursement for telehealth in Australia. American Telemedicine Association Meeting 2013, Austin, Texas, 5-7 May 2013. Austin, Texas : doi: 10.1089/tmj.2013.9994-A

  • Donovan, T., Armfield, N., Coghill, K., Smith, A., Van der Westhuysen, J., Hurley, T. and Rogers, D. (2012). Remote management of ill infants by telemedicine: improving access and outcome in a vulnerable patient group. 17th Congress of the Federation of Asian and Oceania Perinatal Societies (FAOPS) and the 16th Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ), Sydney, NSW, Australia, 18-21 March 2012. Oxford, United Kingdom :Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2012.02411.x

  • McCall, T., Armfield, N., Coulthard, M., Slater, A. and Smith, A. (2011). A method comparison approach to determine the efficacy of telemedicine for assessment of the critically-ill child: Preliminary results. Sixth World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care One World Sharing Knowledge, Sydney, Australia, 13 - 17 March 2011. Baltimore, MD, United States :Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0b013e3182112e80

  • Bradford, Natalie, Armfield, N., Young, J. and Smith, A. (2011). Accuracy of medication checks via internet video: Resources and research update. Successes and Failures in Telehealth, 2nd Annual Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society., Royal on the Park, Brisbane, 1-2nd December 2011.

  • Smith, Anthony C., Armfield, Nigel R., White, Megan M., Williams, Michael L., Koh, T.H.H. Guan, Hurley, Tom, Maclean, Sue, McCrossin, Robert, Van der Westhuyzen, Jasper and Coulthard, Mark G. (2010). Clinical services and professional support: a review of mobile telepaediatric services in Queensland. Global Telehealth 2010 (GT2010), Fremantle, Perth, WA, 10-12 November, 2010. The Netherlands :I O S Press. doi: 10.3233/978-1-60750-659-1-149

  • Armfield, N.R., Donovan, T. and Smith, A.C. (2010). Clinicians' perceptions of telemedicine for remote neonatal consultations. Global Telehealth 2010 (GT2010), Fremantle, Perth, WA, 10-12 November, 2010. The Netherlands :I O S Press. doi: 10.3233/978-1-60750-659-1-1

  • Bradford, Natalie, Herbert, Anthony, Walker, Rick, Pedersen, Lee-Anne, Hallahan, Andrew, Irving, Helen, Bensink, Mark E., Armfield, Nigel R. and Smith, Anthony C. (2010). Home telemedicine for paediatric palliative care. Global Telehealth 2010 (GT2010): "Telehealth for every nation, community and home", Fremantle, Perth, WA, Australia, 10-12 November 2010. Amsterdam, Netherlands :IOS Press. doi: 10.3233/978-1-60750-659-1-10

  • Armfield, N. R., Bensink, M. E., Donovan, T. and Smith A. C. (2010). Neonatal consultation at a distance. 14th Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, 28-31 March, 2010. Oxford, NSW, United Kingdom :Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01708.x

  • Armfield, N. R., Smith, A. C., Williams, M. and Guan Koh, T. H. H. (2009). Improving continuity of care for transported infants by the use of telemedicine - initial results. 13th Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, 19–22 April, 2009. United Kingdom, Australia :Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2009.01475.x

  • Armfield, N. R., Bensink, M. E., Donovan, T. and Smith, A. C. (2009). Neonatal consultation at a distance – a case series. Telemedicine and e-Health 2009, Palm Springs, California, 24–25 September 2009. New York :Mary-Ann Liebert. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2009.9946

  • Armfield N. R., Bensink, M., Donovan, T. and Wootton, R. (2008). NEMO: A system for neonatal teleconsultation. Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 12th Annual Congress, Gold Coast, Australia, 20–23 April 2008. West Sussex, UK :Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2008.01299.x

  • Edirippulige, Sisira, Armfielf, Nigel R., Bensink, Mark E., Marasinghe, Rohana and Wootton, Richard (2008). Preliminary evaluation of a practical program in e-health education. American Telemedicine Association Meeting 2008, Seattle, Washington, USA, 6-8 April 2008. New Rochelle, NY, USA :Mary Ann Liebert. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2008.9983.supp

  • Gray, Len, Wright, Olivia, Armfield, Nigel R. and Wootton, Richard (2007). Geriatric ward rounds conducted by videoconference. Successes and Failures in Telehealth, Brisbane, Queensland, 27-28 August, 2007. U.K. :Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd..

  • Armfield, N. R., Bensink, M., Smith, A. C., Donovan, T. J. and Wootton, R. (2007). Mobile telemedicine: robots,fish and other stories. European Conference on eHealth 2007, Germany, 11-12 October, 2007. Bonn, Germany :Gesellschaft für Informatik.

  • Smith, A. C., Bensink, M., Armfield, N., Stillman, J. and Caffery, L. (2005). Telemedicine and rural health care applications. Mumbai, India :Medknow Publications.

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