Dr Susan Heyes

Casual Academic

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt West
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Susan Heyes is a registered general nurse with experiences in theatres with anaesthetics, scrub/scout, and interventional radiological procedures. Following her 1st Class Honours comprising of a qualitative study on the experiences of men going through prostate cancer screening, Susan won an Australian post-graduate award and a PhD candidature at Flinders University. Her PhD is a two-phase mixed methods study which investigated the experiences of couples and families as they go through the bladder cancer trajectory. This study led to the development of a new model of care for people diagnosed with bladder cancer and their partners and family, for use in urology settings.

As a researcher Susan has also worked on and End of Life Care Pathway on the Acute Ward, a nursing and medical model that gives nurses autonomy in the event of a dying patient with the focus being on the specific requirements of not only the dying patient but also the family care required. Additionally, Susan has worked on a six-month telephone follow-up study on the ACORN parenting course project for young mothers with mental health problems. Other research involves interviewing audiologists about their perspecitves of client care and interactions, and a complimentary therapies study.

Susan is a tutor in various undergraduate topics across all year levels and a post-graduate leadership topic. As a board member of the Sturt Honors Society of Nursing Susan is dedicated to the support of young nurses and student and their pursuit of leadership. She has served on various other committees and is also an ALLY representative within the school. Peer reviewing journals articles for Collegian, European Journal of Cancer Care,International Journal of Nursing Studies, and Urologic Nursing.


2011-2017     PhD                                       Flinders University College of Medicine & Public Health

Feb-Dec 2015  Flinders Foundation of University Teaching (FFOUT) Flinders University

Feb-Dec 2013  Academic Internship                           Flinders University

2009-2010    Honours (1st class)                            Flinders University School of Nursing & Midwifery

1996-1998    Bachelor of Nursing                           Flinders University School of Nursing & Midwifery

Honours, awards and grants

Nov. 2015

Flinders University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Publishing award $500

Nov. 2014

Flinders University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Publishing award $1,000

Oct. 2014

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Conference fund $500

June 2014

Research Student Conference Travel Grant $3510

Feb. - Dec 2013

Academic Internship


Flinders University SONM Research Scholarship publishing Initiative-Academic Excellence Award $1,000.

Dec. 2010

December 1st Class Honours, & PhD candidature offer

Dec. 2010

Flinders University SONM Australian Post Graduate Award

March 2009

Flinders University SONM Honours Scholarship $5,000

Key responsibilities

I have been teaching at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences since 2012. I teach in both Nursing and Health Sciences topic in all undergraduate year levels and a masters core topic. I am also involved in research that has included Bladder Cancer, Prostate Cancer, End of Life Care in an acute ward, Audiology, a Young Mothers with mental health disorders intervention, 6-month follow-up, and Complimentary Therapies.

Teaching interests
  • Research
  • Chronic diseases
  • Psychosocial issues in health care
  • Communication
  • Perioperative nursing
  • Men's health
  • End of Life care
Topic coordinator
NURS9014 Masters Independent Study
NURS0915 Masters Independent Study
NURS9518 Masters Independent Study
NURS9507 Masters Independent Study
NURS9602 Masters Practice Project in Nursing or Midwifery
NURS9508 Masters Independent Study
Topic lecturer
NURS3006 Transition to Professional Practice
NURS1003 Psychococial Perspectives of Health Care
NURS9126 Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Global Health Care) Leadership in Health Studies
NURS2107 Evidence for Health Care Practice 2
NURS1107 Evidence for Health Care Practice 1
NURS2001 Understanding people and the health care environment
NURS2004 Dynamics of practice 1
NURS2006 Clinical Governance and Practice Improvement
NURS3105 Evidence for health care practice 3
HLTH3102 Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research
Supervisory interests
Bladder cancer
Chronic disease
Men's health
Prostate cancer
Expert for media contact
Men's experiences of prostate cancer screening
Patients & families experiences of bladder cancer
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Media expertise
  • Cancer
  • Nursing
  • Research
  • Men's experiences of prostate cancer screening
  • Patients & families experiences of bladder cancer