Dr Evdokia Kalaitzidis

Academic Status

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt West Wing (W423)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Evdokia is a Registered nurse and Registered midwife specialising in applied ethics. Her focus in research and teaching is in Professional ethics in nursing and in health care. She is the author of the book titled Client centered nursing ethics published by Lambert publishing. Evdokia has served on several research ethics committees was a long term member of the Minister's Disability Advisory Council in South Australia and is curently a member of the South Australian Health Practioners Tribunal

2006 PhD  University of South Australia, School of Business and Management
1995 Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Philosophy) Flinders university
1983 Registered Midwife Whyalla and District Hospital, South Australia 
1979 Registered Nurse Queen Elizabeth Hospital, South Australia
Honours, awards and grants

Grants/Research funding
2013-2015 Co funding arrangement bewteen Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders university and RACF industry
Total funding of $20,000. Project title 'Resident as consumer in RACF's'. Chief Investigator. (Report 2016)

2010 Establishment grant $5,000: Faculty of Health Sciences Flinders university. Project title 'Patient as agent'.

Research expertise
Applied ethics
Health professional education
Research interests

My areas of research are in the application of ethical standards to decisions and actions in contemporary heath care arrangements.

This includes:

  • The impact of compromised self client self determination on the decisions and actions by professionals, policy makers and administaratiors in the context of acute care setting, residential care facilitaties and community setting.
  • The impact of compromised client self determination on the moment to moment decisions and actions of nurses and midwives.
  • Issues of consequences to client, informed consent, benefit and the distribiution of ethical responsibilites.
  • The application of philosophical ethics to professional nursing and midwifery practice

Current research projects

  • Resident decision making, choice and control in residetial aged care facilites (RACF)

This research explores the decision making choice and controle experinces of residental aged care residents and care staff. Research funded by two major aged care providers and Flinder University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. 

Presentation at the Health Care for the Older Person Symposium, July 2016: Consumer choice-what does it mean for older people living in RACF?

  • Applied ethics in an era of emerging technologies

This research examines how the devlopment and use of innovative technologies, facilitates independence in daily living for indivuals.

  • Advocacy in practice: International professional codes

This research describes nurse's undertanding of advocacy and compares results with International professional codes.

  • Client-centered practices, policies and procedures

This research identifies the extent to which client self determination is enhanced or inhibited within the context of actute care settting. Long term aim is to develop ethical guidelines
Research funded by the Faculty of Health Sciences. Establishment grant ($5,000)

Teaching interests

Client centred approaches to nursing and midwifery: critical thinking tools and strategies; ethics and nursing; ethics and midwifery; psychosocial dimensions of professional practice; effective communication.

Supervisory interests
Applied philosophy, bioethical problems
Ethical dimensions of nursing and midwifery practice
Ethical issues in health care
Nursing and midwifery issues around the disabled
Nursing professional code of conduct
Patient experience
Patient outcomes
Patient preferences
Patient/home based management strategies
Professional nursing issues, regulation
Public health ethics
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Women, ageing and health care delivery services in Bangladesh
Associate supervisor: Advanced care directives
Expert for media contact
Health management, policy and ethics
Human rights
Professional ethics
Available for contact via
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Bioethics
  • Health management, policy and ethics
  • Hospitals
  • Human rights
  • Philosophy
  • Professional ethics
Further information
Associated Publications
Review of 2009 book titled Client centered nursing ethics.  Book reviewed by Dr Leila Toiviainen and published in Nursing Ethics 2011, vol, 18 no.3. page 453.

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