Dr Didy Button


College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (E220)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am an experienced nurse academic in both education developement and delivery. My area of research is nursing workforce development and patient safety.



Honours, awards and grants

2021 Internal funding $15,000 evaluation study for Bachelor of Nursing. Effctiveness of Mixed reality hologram to teach anatomy to first year nursing students.

2019 Nurses Memorial Foundation grant $7,000 Recognition andresponse to the deteriorating patient: Building confidence among undergraduate nursingstudents through virtual simulation.

2017 The Vice President and Executive Dean’s Team Prize for all round contributions to the success of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Evidence of teams’ ability to function under challenging circumstances; maintain a customer focus and adhere to the Flinders values of integrity, courage, innovation and excellence. Dr Button Project lead.

2016 Start up grant Measuring the impact of a 3D simulation experience on the diverse nursing/midwifery students’ cultural empathy and change of practice $5000.

2012 HESTA finalist in Education Innovation in Nursing

2011 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation $10,000 D Button (Team leader), K Wotton, M Kelton G Mathews.Category;
Citation: For significant contribution by team members in developing an online self-directed Clinical Communication Program assisting nursing students' development and application of professional language.

2009 HESTA finalist in Education Innovation in Nursing.

2008 $10,000 Executive Dean's Teaching and learning Grant 'Nursing paramedics and medical staff working as a team: Development of interdisciplinary clinical decision making and communication using high fidelity simulation'. K.Wotton, D Button, J Davis, M Kelton, M Neill, T Pointon, P Clarke, J Thompson.

2008 $8,000 Culturally Diverse and Inclusive Practice (CDIP) grant: 'How to make a Cultural quilt Utilising the CDIP toolkit to educate Casual Part-time Teachers and academic staff members about culturally inclusive practices focus on students undertaking clinical placement.' M Kelton, D Button.

Key responsibilities

Undergradaute and post graduate teaching

E-learning innovation across the program

Teaching interests

Teaching and evaluation research in undergraduate programs
Using all forms of simulation to enhance students learning
Developing online teaching resources to motivate students learning in preparation for clinical practice

Topic coordinator
NURS1005 Applied Science in Professional Practice (PEP)
NURS1004 Physical dimensions of being human
Supervisory interests
Aged and community care
Aged care
Education, nursing
Interprofessional education
Interprofessional practice
Rehabilitation and aged care
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Nursing Informatics (-1), Health Informatics (1)
Associate supervisor: Nursing workforce (1), Chronic health management (1), International nursing workforce (1), Aged care Dementia (1), Patient safety/dection of deterioration (1)
Principal supervisor: Skin care neonates (1), Diabetes and fathers (1)
Associate supervisor: Experiences of people undergoing mutiple eye surgey eye (1), Adult suprapubic catheter lived experience (1), Nursing student education (1), Pre-school asthma family experience (1)
Expert for media contact
Communication and interpersonal skills
Education - Curriculum
Education - Technology
Clinical Teaching
High Fidelity Simulation
Simulation Development
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  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Education - Curriculum
  • Education - Technology
  • Nursing
  • Clinical Teaching
  • E-learning
  • High Fidelity Simulation
  • Simulation Development