Dr Priyanka Vandersman

Senior Research Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Health Sciences (3.17)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Priyanka is a Registered Nurse and digital health technology researcher. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying [RePaDD], and works with the End of Life Directions in Aged Care [ELDAC] Project's Flinders University team. Her work focuses on building the capability of the Australian aged care sector in providing quality end of life care using novel approaches. She is particularly interested in developing, implementing, and evaluating novel digital technologies to support end of live care giving processes.

Priyanka’s research interests include digital health, chronic disease management, and aged care. Her mixed methods doctoral project explored the feasibility of using a pain self-management app to help older people better manage their arthritic pain. In addition to her digital technology expertise, Priyanka also has extensive experience in the area of Palliative Care clinical trials, including trial implementation, data monitoring, and safety reporting procedures.


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Notre Dame Australia (2020)

Thesis: Using Digital health technology to optimize older people’s pain self-management capabilities. DigiTech Pain Project.

Bachelor of Nursing Honours (First Class)

University of Technology Sydney (2014)

Thesis: Pain in older chronic heart failure patients. PAIN Study

Bachelor of Nursing

University of Notre Dame Australia (2011)

Honours, awards and grants

Oceanic Palliative Care Conference (2019)

  • Finalist for the 'Individual Emerging Researcher'

Palliative Care Nurses Australia Conference (2018)

  • Vivien Bullwinkel Best Submission Award- Plenary oration

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA)

  • The Collaborative Research Network PhD Scholarship (2015)

The University of Technology of Sydney, (UTS)

  • Partial scholarship for Bachelor Honours (2014)
Key responsibilities

Coordination of ELDAC project's activities.

Supervisory interests
Chronic condition management and self-management
Digital health
Mixed method research
Palliative care in aged care