Associate Professor Amanda Muller

Associate Professor

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (N226)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia



Health research: disaster health, disability assistance dogs, nursing & midwifery, mental health, CALD.

Linguistic research: language testing, language policy, medical terminology, health communication, educational apps, nationally accredited editor.

Teaching: research methods, knowledge translation, epidemiology and population health, quantitative methods, linguistics, nursing communication.

Research skills: quantitative (biostatistics, machine learning, epidemiology, survey validation, Rasch item response models, and others), qualitative and mixed methods, corpus linguistics, reviews.


BA (Social Sciences): Psychology, English, Sociocultural Anthropology

PhD (English/Linguistics): Corpus Lingustics, Sociolinguistics

MA Public Health (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Machine Learning, Social Determinants)

Grad Cert TESOL

Grad Cert Higher Education

Introduction to Classical and Rasch Measurement Theories (graded topic)

Dog Behaviour and Training (National Dog Trainers Federation Cert III)

Positions and Accreditations

Flinders University Council academic staff member (2018, 2019-20, 2021-22, 23-24)

Australian Research Council (ARC) Assessor

TEQSA Register of Experts (one of approx 300 nationally)

Nationally Accredited Editor (IPEd) (one of approx 300 nationally)

Nationally Accredited Dog Behaviour and Training

Honours, awards and grants


2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

2018 National Excellence Award for Best Practice in International Education (International Education Association of Australia)

2017 College of Nursing and Health Sciences Award - Outstanding Individual Prize (Innovation)

2017 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

2015 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers

2014 Faculty Executive Dean's Teaching Excellence Award

2014 Quality Labels for Valid Serious Games (Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare)

2012 HESTA 'Innovation in Nursing' category finalist (top 3)

2004 FUSA Service to International Students Award


2023 "Evaluation of a pilot transition to professional practice program in residential aged care" Nurses Memorial Foundation of SA, ($25,000)

2023 "Benchmarking International English Proficiency Standards across Universities and Professions" IELTS Research Grants ($72,344)

2022 "Benchmark of English Language Requirements" TEQSA ($32,175)

2020 “Co-design and evaluation of resources and training strategies to support technology use in the hospital setting” CRG8: Collaborative Research ($46,891)

2020 "Error rates and types expected for IELTS half-band scores between 5.5-7.5, and the effect of this knowledge on stakeholders" IELTS Research Grants ($48,438)

2019 "Updating the ALL University Register of Teaching and Learning Centres/Units" AALL ($3901)

2017 “Development of an interactive online teaching tool to promote nursing students’ clinical decision making skills” FMNHS T&L Innovation ($5,000)

2017 “Evaluating the impact of a 3D cultural simulation experience” SoNM Start-up ($4,974)

2016 “A causal experimental study of the reciprocal relationship between vocabulary knowledge, IELTS, and academic grades.” Flinders Re-Entry Fellowship ($40,000)

2015 “Vocabulary size effects on the academic achievement of equity groups.” SoNM Start-up ($4,981)

2014 “Improving International Students’ Writing Skills.” SoNM Strategic Research Initiative ($5,000)

2014 “viRtual Nurse education” SoNM seed grant ($4,608)

2010 “CALL for Nursing English.” Flinders T&L Innovation ($10,000)

2010 “InSoNMia project.” SoNM Project ($50,477)

Teaching interests

Postgraduate Nursing, Epidemiology, Population Health, Clinical Communication, Nursing English, Linguistics, e-Learning, Quantitative Research Methods.

Topic coordinator
NURS9222 Advancing Research Knowledge to Inform Healthcare Practice
NURS9220 Developing a Literature Review
NURS9219 Introduction to Research
SPTH1509 Linguistics and Phonetics 2
HLTH3105 Quantitative Research Methods
NURS9123 Epidemiology and Population Health
Supervisory interests
Animal-human relations
Applied linguistics
Biostatistics and epidemiology
Computer assisted language learning (CALL)
Non-verbal communication
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Corpus Linguistics, Assistance Dogs (1), Health Security (1), Educational Gaming (1), Corpus Linguistics (1)
Associate supervisor: Aged Care (2), Psychosocial Resilience (2), Emergency & Midwifery (1), Emergency & Systems (1)
Principal supervisor: Technology & Disability (1), Trilingualism (1)
Associate supervisor: Midwifery (2), Medical Education (1), Professional Transition (1)
Expert for media contact
Community/Public health
Assistance Dogs
Breastmilk research
IELTS and English language testing
Public Health
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Community/Public health
  • Disability
  • Language/Linguistics
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Breastmilk research
  • IELTS and English language testing
  • Public Health
Further information

Welcome to the Paw Rights App which allows you to record assistance dog access refusals and have documentation of the event sent to your email, along with links of where to make a complaint. You can save a link to the site on your phone's home screen. This app is a part of a national study. With your help, enough data will be gathered to document the full national problem of assistance dog refusals, and we will be making the case for both an official single-point complaint system and more definitive action against those who break the law by refusing access. Please try Paw Rights and we welcome your feedback about improving it.

Paw Rights Information Sheet (pdf)

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