Dr Malinda Steenkamp

Academic Status

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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

I have 30 years’ epidemiological research experience and have led and managed several research projects. My work has resulted in close to 50 peer-reviewed articles, reports, book chapters and other publications.

Before moving to Australia in 1998, I worked at the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) where I managed injury research projects. Two large studies involved interviews with about 20,000 injured patients seen in metropolitan and rural hospitals in the Western Cape. During my time at the MRC, I progressed from a field worker who interviewed patients in emergency departments to a researcher who managed comprehensive injury data bases and reported on findings.

From 1998 to 2002, I was employed by the Flinders Research Centre for Injury Studies, which incorporates the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Injury Surveillance Unit. I was responsible for the analysis and reporting of national injury mortality and morbidity data for Australia.

Between 2003 and 2006, I was employed as a Senior Advisor and Science Officer at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia. I led the establishment of the National Violent Death Reporting System in 17 states. The data from the system were used in research to inform policy decisions around deaths from violence, especially gun violence.

In 2006, I was appointed as Head of Research at the Flinders Centre for Remote Health (CRH) in Alice Springs. Between 2007 and 2012, I conducted research for my PhD which was part of a five-year National Health and Medical Research Council funded project.

Since completion of my PhD in 2013, I worked at the Torrens Resilience Institute, Flinders University.


PhD, University of Sydney, Australia, 2013

Master of Philosophy (Epidemiology), University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1998

Honours Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of South Africa, South Africa, 1995

Bachelor of Nursing, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 1988

Honours, awards and grants

I was a PhD student on one of the NHMRC’s Ten of the Best Research Projects for 2014 list, Strategic Award to the 1+1=A Healthy Start to Life Project, Chief Investigator: Prof Lesley Barclay, $587,272 (2007-2012) 

Key responsibilities

The Torrens Resilience Institute aims to be a national and international centre of excellence through the development of advanced thinking in the concept of resilience. Our mission is to assist the Federal and State Governments, the emergency services, organisations and civil society enhance their leadership and management capabilities, and thus enable them to prepare for, and respond better to, disruptive challenges.

As Senior Research Fellow, I play a key role in expanding and diversifying the Institute's knowledge and expertise to improve the capacity of organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges which have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management capabilities and plans. I conduct research and manage many of the research projects we undertake at the Institute.

My focus is on building stronger and safer communities.

Teaching interests

Although I have been employed in research-only positions or non-teaching roles throughout my career, I am interested in teaching and have taken and created opportunities to teach and supervise students:

2019       Tutor, NURS 9123 Epidemiology and Population Studies for Health Care Practice, Flinders University

2018-       Associate Supervisor, PhD, Flinders University

2014-2016   Associate Supervisor, PhD, Flinders University

2013       Supervisor, Masters of Public Health research project, University of Adelaide

2011-2013   Tutor and Assistant to Topic Coordinator, PUB HLTH 7075 Introduction to Epidemiology, University of Adelaide

2012       Practical Facilitator, 7104HO Biostatistics Elective, University of Adelaide

2006       Topic Coordinator, CRH Masters of Remote Health Practice Public Health Principles and Practice, Centre for
           Remote Health, Alice Springs, Australia

2013       Clinical Mentor, Third Year Midwifery Student, Flinders University

2012        Occasional Tutor, PUB HLTH 2200 Public Health Inquiry II, University of Adelaide

2001-2002    Coordinator and Tutor for the Introductory Epidemiology course for first year medical students,
           Flinders University

Occasional lectures

2014-2017   Presented an occasional Lecture entitled ‘How does evidence from epidemiology support health promotion and primary
           health care objectives?’
to more than 200 second-year nursing students over the four years

2015        Presented occasional lecture entitled ‘Disaster Resilience: What is it and can it be measured?
           Lessons from the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience and Community Resilience Projects?

           Disaster Resilience Course, Torrens Resilience Institute, Adelaide

2015       Presented occasional lecture entitled ‘Observational and experimental research designs?’ to postgraduate nursing

2015       Initiated and organised the Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery Quantitative Research Workshop series for
           staff comprising 6 lectures over 12 weeks

Supervisory interests
Disaster research
Disaster resilience
Domestic violence, women's health
Injury epidemiology
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Disaster, women's well-being (1)
Further information


  •     High level research and analytical skills within complex environments
  •     Demonstrated experience in coordinating, managing and delivering research projects on time
  •     A proven ability to work with people across a variety of settings and in collaborative teams
  •     High level interpersonal skills in establishing, maintaining and growing networks and collaborations
  •     High level written and oral communication skills as evidenced by a strong publication record
  •     Demonstrated experience in writing successful grant and ethics applications
  •     Demonstrated experience in working with industry partners
  •     Demonstrated experience in quantitative data collection, entry, cleaning and analysis
  •     Demonstrated experience in using a range of computer software, including Stata
  •     Teaching experience