Associate Professor Amanda Muller

Associate Professor

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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



Research skills: quantitative (R, SPSS, Rasch, biostatistics, epidemiology, survey validation, plus others), qualitative and mixed methods, corpus dataset analysis, systematic reviews, CALD populations, nationally accredited editor.

Health research: CALD, population health, midwifery & nursing, breastfeeding, mental health, assistance dogs.

Linguistic research: language testing, language policy, medical terminology, Nursing English, educational apps.

Teaching: research methods (nursing & midwifery), quantitative methods (health sciences), linguistics (speech pathology), Nursing English.


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

PhD (English/Linguistics): Corpus Lingustics, Sociolinguistics

Grad Cert Public Health (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Social Determinants)

Grad Cert TESOL

Grad Cert Education (Higher Ed)

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 elected staff member (2018, 2019-20, 2021-22)

Australian Research Council (ARC) Assessor

TEQSA Register of Experts (one of approx 300 nationally)

Nationally Accredited Editor (IPEd) (one of approx 309 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 - IEAA)

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


2020 “Co-design and evaluation of resources and training strategies to support technology use in the hospital setting” CRG8: Collaborative Research Grant ($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 Research and Resource Development Grant ($3901)

2017 “Development of an interactive online teaching tool to promote nursing students’ clinical decision making skills” FMNHS Executive Dean Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants ($5,000)

2017 “Evaluating the impact of a 3D cultural simulation experience on a diverse cohort of nursing/midwifery students” SoNM Start-up Grant ($4,974)

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

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

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

2014 “‘viRtual Nurse education’: To what extend does virtual gaming support nursing students’ development of clinical decision making?” SoNM seed grant ($4,608)

2010 “CALL for Nursing English.” Flinders Teaching & Learning Innovation Grant ($10,000)

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

Teaching interests

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

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
Cognitive linguistics
Communicative competence
Computer assisted language learning (CALL)
Computers in second language learning
Digital game design
English as a second/foreign language
Games in education
Non-verbal communication
Second language acquisition
Teaching and learning a second language
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Educational Gaming (1), Trilingualism (1), Corpus Linguistics (1)
Associate supervisor: Technology & Disability (1), Disaster & Resilience
Associate supervisor: Professional Transition (1), Medical Education, Midwifery (2)
Expert for media contact
English language
Public health
Assistance Dogs
Breastmilk research
English as a second language
IELTS and English language testing
International Students
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Animals
  • Disability
  • English language
  • Linguistics
  • Nursing
  • Public health
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Breastmilk research
  • English as a second language
  • IELTS and English language testing
  • International Students
Further information

Access Refusal App prototype link for transport refusals.

Doctoral and Masters projects are available, see "PhD and Masters projects available NOW".

PhD and Masters projects available NOW (pdf)

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