Dr Deidre Morgan

Senior Lecturer Palliative Care

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Flinders Medical Centre (3.27)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

As an occupational therapist with 25 years clinical experience, Deidre has an indepth understanding of the public health system and the value and importance of clinical research that informs practical patient care. Her clinical and research focus is in palliative care and she has a particular interest in ways to optimise function at the end of life. Her PhD, completed in 2012, focused on the embodied experience of functional decline at the end of life and patient priorities at this time. In 2013 Deidre moved to Adelaide to take up a research fellow position with the Department of Health NBN telehealth project. Following this, she held a balanced position in the Occupational Therapy program for 3 years until her move to Palliative and Supportive Services in May 2017. Deidre topic coordinates the Master of Palliative care research topics, supporting students to conduct clinically relevant research. She is also the Senior Academic Integrity Officer for the College of Nursing and Health Services. 

Deidre's research interests focus factors that optimise function for people with advanced disease and ways to measure meaningful clinical gains in this area. Deidre is an inaugural member of the Flinders University Research Centre in Palliative Care, Death and Dying and the founding chair of Australian Allied Health in Palliative Care (AAHPC). She is also a clinical research member of the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) (UTS). Deidre has research collaborations in the USA and Europe and is a member of the European Association for Palliative Care occupational therapy palliative care taskforce and research collaborative which aims to devleop an international research agenda to evaluate the effectiveness of palliative care OT interventions.

Qualifications

Initial degree:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, Carlton, Victoria (conferred 1985)

Higher Degrees:

  • Master of Clinical Science (Occupational Therapy), Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia (conferred 2004), Treatise topic: The lived experience of occupational therapists whist facilitating return to home for their palliative patients (minor thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (NHMRC scholarship), The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria (conferred July 2012),Treatise topic: The ordinary becomes extraordinary: The occupation of living whilst dying. http://repository.unimelb.edu.au/10187/13902

Other qualifications:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care, Edith Cowan University, Claremont, Western Australia (conferred 1999)
  • Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling, Kingsley College, Melbourne, Victoria (conferred 1993)
Honours, awards and grants

NHMRC Palliative Care PhD Training Scholarship

Nominated for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, University of Melbourne

Key responsibilities

I teach into the Palliative and Supportive Care and topic co-ordinate the research topics (Independent inquiry for evidence based practice).

I am the Senior Academic Integrity Officer for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and chair the Flinders University Academic Integrity Officers group.

My current research explores

  • ways to optimise function for people with advanced disease and the impact of allied health interventions on function.
  • the experience of functional decline, particularly around self care and dignity for people with advanced disease.
  • the impact of physical caring on caregivers of someone with advanced disease.
  • the relationship between volition and agency and how people adapt to functional decline at the end of life.
Teaching interests
  • Supporting development of fundamental research skills for health professionals, with a focus on palliative care and the end of life.
  • Supporting translation of knowledge and research into clinical practice
  • Educating allied health about the role and scope of AH assessment and interventions in palliative care
Topic coordinator
PALL9417A Independent inquiry for evidence-based practice
PALL9417B Independent inquiry for evidence-based practice
PALL9417 Independent inquiry for evidence-based practice
Topic lecturer
OCCT8004 Occupational Therapy evaluation and practice 2
PHYT9006 Complex case and advanced practice
Supervisory interests
Aged care
Allied health
Occupational therapy
Palliative care
Phenomenology
Public health
Qualitative, mixed methods and survey research
Rehabilitation
TeleHealth
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Palliative care and ageing (1), Palliative care (1), Occupational therapy & palliative care (1)
Expert for media contact
Hospice care
Palliative care
Rehabilitation
Dignity at the end of life
Enabling agency and volition for those with incurable disease
Optimising function at the end of life, non pharmacological symptom management
Rehabilitation in palliative care
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Media expertise
  • Hospice care
  • Palliative care
  • Rehabilitation
Interests
  • Dignity at the end of life
  • Enabling agency and volition for those with incurable disease
  • Optimising function at the end of life, non pharmacological symptom management
  • Rehabilitation in palliative care