Associate Professor Ann Harrington

Associate Professor (Academic Status)

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (W408)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Ann is Associate Professor, Health Care for the Older Person in the College of Nursing & Health Sciences and has had thirty eight years of extensive clinical and teaching experience in health and higher education institutions in New South Wales and South Australia. She currently teaches students in both the undergraduate and post graduate programs in the areas of qualitative research designs (including ethnography, phenomenology, philosophical hermeneutics, case study) palliative care and spirituality.

Her research interests are in the areas of patients, relatives and health care providers views of end-of-life care; culture and spiritual life of older people, the resident as a consumer of care; the role of the community palliative care nurse; registered nurses' perceptions of spiritual care. Her publications include book chapters and international journals on various topics including palliative care, spirituality and qualitative research.

RN (TWH), DNE (CCHS), B.Ed (SACAE), M.Ng (Flinders), PhD (Flinders), FACN MPCNA
Honours, awards and grants

Ann's aged care focus has resulted in an invitation to speak to the Senate Inquiry into aged care.

She is a Foundation Member of the Australian Hartford Consortium of Gerontological Nursing Excellence and an Honorary Research Consultant with Meaningful Ageing Australia. She made contributions to the first edition of the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care as an Expert Advisor.

Key responsibilities

Ann has been successful in leading research projects in Active Ageing, Culture and Spirituality in Aged Care and an active member of projects around Healthy Lifestyles; Skilled and Sustainable Aged Care workforce for Australia; Development of a multicultural workforce; Cultural and Spiritual Care for Aboriginal Aged Care and the Factors that impact on Older People's decision making following hospital discharge.

Teaching interests
  • Approaches to research
  • Ageing and aged care
  • Palliative care
  • Spiritual care
Topic coordinator
NURS9218 Approaches to Research Designs
Topic lecturer
NURS9218 Approaches to Research Designs
NURS2001 Understanding People and the Healthcare Environment
NURS2004 Dynamics of Care 1
NURS1003 Psychosocial perspectives of Health Care
Supervisory interests
Aged care
Aged care workforce
Palliative care
Palliative care and end-of-life nursing
Spiritual care
Spirituality in end of life care
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Mental health and Spirituality (1), End of life care in Singapore (1), End of life care in the community (1), Personhood in residential aged care, The 'voice' of the resident in aged care (1)
Principal supervisor: E-learning-student and academic issues (1), Older people's experience of vitreo-retinal day surgery: A Gadamerian guided study (1), Spirituality and spiritual care in the deployed Australian military nursing context (1)
Associate supervisor: Spiritual care and palliative care in the rural setting (UniSA) (1), Spirituality in cancer care from the perspective of oncology professionals (1)
Expert for media contact
Palliative Care
Nursing Research
Palliative Care; Spiritual Care, Medical Surgical nursing
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Media expertise
  • Ageing
  • Nursing
  • Palliative Care
  • Religion
  • Spirituality
  • Nursing Research
  • Palliative Care; Spiritual Care, Medical Surgical nursing