Mayumi has her first nursing qualification from Kobe City College of Nursing in Japan. After she worked as a registered nurse for some years, she has earned her Bachelor of Nursing (post-registration course) and Master of Nursing at Finders University. She has developed her strong interest in nursing history through her master degree, consequently completed doctoral degree studying on the professionalization discourse in South Australia since the 1950s in 2008. Her current interest has been emerged in investigating disaster health/nursing based on her previous disaster community relief activities during the 1995 Hanshin Awaji Earthquake and 2011 The Great East Japan Earthquake in Japan. Especially, she is interested in developing safe and secure environment for older people who live in disaster prone areas.
Mayumi's other research interests are:
PhD (Flin) 2008, MNg (Flin) 2001, BNg (Flin) 1999, RN
2012 The Historical Society of South Australia to support the project "Historical study of the role of nurses during the Spanish Influenza between 1918-19 in South Australia ($480).
2013 Faculty Seeding Grant, Kargillis C, Kako M. Stories from disaster survivors: Acknowledging emotional impact in recovery (A$19,000)
2013 School of Nursing & Midwifery, Start-Up Grant, Kako, M., Mitani, S., Arbon, P. Review of literature related to Chemical Biological Radio-Nuclear (CBRN) disaster education for health professionals ($4,750).
: disaster nursing