Professor Alison Kitson

Vice-President and Executive Dean

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (N119)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Alison Kitson is the inaugural Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University South Australia. Prior to this appointment she was Dean and Head of School at Adelaide Nursing School at the University of Adelaide.

Before moving to Australia in 2009, Alison worked at the Royal College of Nursing in executive leadership, education and research roles. She has published over 300 peer reviewed articles and in 2014 was acknowledged in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Thomas Reuters) list of high cite world researchers for her work on knowledge translation.

Her contribution to nursing and health service research continue to be recognised internationally. Honours include, Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science (2015); Honorary Doctorate from Malmo University (2013); Fellowship of the American Nurses Association (2011). Earlier awards include the Florence Nightingale Leadership Award in 2004; Distinguished Graduate of the Year from the University of Ulster in 2002, a Florence Nightingale Travel Award in 1999 (The Edith Cavell Travel Fellowship) and a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in 1991.

Alison is an Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark and a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University and QUT. She is also an Associate Research Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. In 2017 she was appointed to the Board of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.



Honours, awards and grants

2018 Adjunct Professor Aalborg University, Denmark

2017 Adjunct Professor Australian Health Services Institute, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

2017 Honorary Professor Faculty of Health Sciences Oxford Brookes University Oxford, UK

2009 Associate Fellow Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

2008 - 2009 Adjunct Professor University of Adelaide, Australia

2008 Adjunct Professor University of Alberta, Canada

2008 Honorary Professor University of Western Sydney, Australia

2004 Florence Nightingale Leadership Award,

2002 - 2007 Honorary Professor, University of Ulster, City University, Leicester University

2000 Visiting Professor, University of Adelaide

1999 Visiting Professor, Rosenstadt Professor of Nursing, University of Toronto

1999 Florence Nightingale Travel Fellowship: Edith Cavell Scholarship

1996 Distinguished Nurse Lecturer, The Johns Hopkins Hospital University of Baltimore, USA

1995 - 2009 Supernumerary Fellowship, Green College, Oxford University

1992 - 1997 Personal Professorial Chair, Oxford Brookes University

1989 - 1992 Junior Research Fellowship, Green College, Oxford University

1980 - 1982 The First Department of Health Nursing Research Studentship to be awarded in Northern Ireland


2015 Fellowship Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Australia

2013 Honorary Doctorate (University of Malmo)

2009 Fellowship of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)

2002 University of Ulster, Distinguished Graduate of the Year. .

1991 Fellowship of Royal College of Nursing (FRCN)

Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Knowledge Translation (1), Fundamentals of Care (2)
Principal supervisor: Knowledge Translation (2), Fundamentals of Care (1)

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