Dr Priyanka Vandersman

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 the Research Associate for ‘Technology and Innovations’ stream of the End of Life Directions in Aged Care [ELDAC] Project at Flinders University. Her work focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating an evidence based palliative care digital dashboard for the Australian aged care sector.

Priyanka’s research interests include digital health, chronic disease management, pain self-management, and aged care. She is particularly interested in investigating the use of digital technologies in the context of chronic, aged, and palliative 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 clinical trials recruitment, trial implementation, data monitoring, and safety reporting procedures. Priyanka is a member of the University of Notre Dame, School of Nursing Ethics committee, and serves as a peer-reviewer for Collegian, Chronic illness, and Translational and behavioral medicine.


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 Stream 2 activities.

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