Dr Dean Whitehead

Academic Status

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Health Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I have been at Flinders University since January 2015. I relinquished my formal contract with the university in late January 2019 - but retain Full Academic Status in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

I sit/sat on several international Executive Editorial / Advisory Journal Boards, including the Journal of Clinical Nursing, Nurse Education Today, International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing and ISRN – Nursing(International Scholarly Research Network). I am a Regional Editor for Health Education and an Associate Editor for BMC Public Health and The Open Nursing Journal. I also have extensive experience of reviewing and advising for 40 journal review panels – involving a number of prominent international nursing journals - but also including leading generic journals in my area of expertise – including Health Promotion International, Health Education, Health Education Research, Health Education & Behavior, Global Health Promotion, Health Policy and Preventative Medicine.

I am an active researcher and publisher where the main focus lies with my research interests in health promotion and health education theory and practice, health policy, public health and primary health care. I have over 150 theoretical/research publications in these fields and received the Emerald LiteratiNetwork ‘Highly Commended Award for Excellence’ for my work in this area. I have co-edited/co-authored four editions (2007, 2013, 2016, 2020 [in press]) of the popular Elsevier 'Nursing and Midwifery Research' text – and co-editor of the successful second edition of a text on community and primary health care (third edition 'in press' - 2020) published through Cambridge University Press. My current research focus lies with several New Zealand and Australian-based health promotion projects that investigate the assessment of issues related to Settings-based Health Promotion networks. My PhD was an epistemology of health promotion as it related to clinical theory, policy and practice issues.


PhD - Griffith University - 2008

MSc/MPH in Health Promotion/Health Education - Leeds University - 1998

BEd - University of Huddersfield - 1994

RN - 1986

Honours, awards and grants

Emerald LiteratiNetwork ‘Highly Commended Award for Excellence 2006

Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa New Zealand - FCNA (NZ)

Key responsibilities

Topic co-ordination

RHD supervision

Staff supervision

Committee member - Academic Senate

Academic community engagement i.e. Journal associate editor, journal boards, journal expert review advisor, journal international advisor, grant reviewer, international scientific committees

Teaching interests

My teaching interests centre mainly on health promotion, health education, health policy, primary health care and public health. In addition, another main teaching interest lies with the theory and practice of research and research methodology - especially as teaching and learning related to research supervision. I'm also interested in academic process related to assignment, thesis and publication development.

Topic coordinator
NURS2003 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
NURS8720 Primary Health Care Contexts
NURS8725 Primary Health Care Observational PEP
Supervisory interests
Health education, theoretical models eg community development and health promotion
Health professions
Health promotion
Health promotion policy
Health promotion practice
Health service, public policy, equity and access
Health services research
Primary health care
Public health
Qualitative, mixed methods and survey research
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Health promotion (-10)
Principal supervisor: Health promotion (-20)
  • Health promotion and health education

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