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, CALD, nursing & midwifery, mental health.

Linguistic research: language testing & policy, health communication, educational apps.

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

Research skills: quantitative (biostatistics, machine learning, epidemiology, survey validation, Rasch, etc), qualitative and mixed methods, corpus linguistics.


BA Social Sciences: Psychology, English, Sociocultural Anthropology

PhD English/Linguistics: Corpus Lingustics, Sociolinguistics

MA Public Health: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Machine Learning, Social Determinants

Grad Certs TESOL & HighEd

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


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

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

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers

HESTA 'Innovation in Nursing' Award - national top 3 finalist

Quality Labels for Valid Serious Games (Serious Gaming Committee, Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare)


“Understanding the Difficulty of Disaster Preparation Tasks”. SAFECOM Disaster Risk Reduction Grant ($65,556)

“Accessibility of emergency preparedness resources and planning tools for SA CALD communities”, Australian Red Cross ($9,921)

“Evaluating the effectiveness of the People at Risk in Emergencies Collaborative Action project” Australian Red Cross ($5,000)

“Assistance Dog Refusal Laws: Addressing the Impact of Inconsistent State Legislation”, Law Foundation SA ($6,000)

“Large Language Models for chatbots to support health behaviour change for prevention and management of chronic conditions.” Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grants ($24,594)

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

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

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

"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)

"ALL University Register of Teaching and Learning Centres/Units" AALL ($3,901)

The reciprocal relationship between vocabulary knowledge, IELTS, and academic grades.” Flinders Re-Entry Fellowship ($40,000)

“InSoNMia project: Nursing English language learning computer games.” SoNM Project ($50,477) & Flinders T&L Innovation ($10,000)

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
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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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