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Chair In Nursing (Western Health)


Faculty of Health


School of Nursing and Midwif.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Research interests

Associate Professor Rasmussen’s program of research investigates the impact of changes during life transitions on diabetes self-management and risk management among young adults with diabetes. Dr Rasmussen supervises Masters and Doctoral students in her research field. She works in partnership with professional national and international diabetes organisations and with world renowned researchers in the field of self-management in chronic conditions and leads projects in self-management of chronic conditions during life transitions in Scandinavia.


Dr Rasmussen is active participating member in following organisations:

Australian Diabetes Educators Association
Australian Diabetes Society
Diabetes Victoria
The Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society
Fellow, College of Nursing, Australia
Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Study Group (Europe)
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes

Membership of Boards and Committees at Deakin University:

Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee (FAPDC)
Teaching and Learning Committee, The School of Nursing and Midwifery
School Research and Research Training Committee (SRRT)
Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) Strategic Research Centre (QSP)
Course Advisory Sub-Committee, Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education
Course Advisory Sub-Committee, Master of Nursing Practice
Course Advisory Sub-Committee, Nurse Practitioner.

Teaching interests

HND731 Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals

HND732 Social and Psychological Contexts of Diabetes

HNN725 Research Thesis A

HNN726 Research Thesis B

Associate Profesor Rasmussen teaches in numerous units across undergraduate and postgraduate courses with the focus on psychosocial aspects of living with chronic conditions, in particular in the perspective of life transitions and self-management.

Knowledge areas

Diabetes edcuation and educational outcomes, psyhosocial aspects of living with diabetes and other chronic conditions, life transitions and coping with life changes.


Recent Invited to Speaker:

2014  ‘Diabetes Update Conference’,  Danish Diabetes Association (Diabetes Foreningen) Annual Conference, Hotel Scandic Copenhagen, Vester Søgade 6, 1601 Copenhagen V., Denmark, 17 November, Copenhagen.

2013   World Diabetes Congress 2013, Melbourne, Symposium titled “Diabetes transitions and their psychosocial effects, Presentation titled: "Women's life transitions and diabetes", International Diabetes Federation, Melbourne Convention Centre, 3 – 6 Dec 2013, Melbourne.

2013   Conference for Nurses - Title of Conference: Nursing People with Chronic Illness, Presentation title: Life Transitions as experienced by people with Chronic Illness, 13 May, The Hotel Ibis, Therry Street, Melbourne.

Research groups

Strategic Research Centre: Quality and Patient Safety (QPS)

ScanTRICC: TRanslational Interventions to assist people in living well with Chronic Conditions, a Scandinavian initiative.


Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Office of Learning and Teaching, Australian Government, 2013.

Deakin University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2012.

Awarded Overseas Placement (OSP) for first trimester 2012.

Deakin University Commendation for Excellence in Teaching Award, December 2011.

Deakin University Commendation for Excellence in Teaching Award, December 2009.

Deakin University Commendation for Excellence in Teaching Award, December 2008


Collaborative International Research projects

Research Project established between Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) Strategic Research Centre, Deakin University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Copenhagen University and Diabetes Victoria,  ‘An innovative online self-management intervention for Victorian young adults with type 1 diabetes: Guided Self-Determination Program’ (established November 2014).

Research Project established between Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) Strategic Research Centre (QSP), Deakin University, Eastern Health, Melbourne and Barwon Health, Geelong Centre, Clinical Nursing Research, VIA Viborg, Denmark and Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health, Aarhus University, Denmark. A/Prof B. Rasmussen, A/Prof Trish Livingstone, Prof Trisha Dunning, A/Prof Vibeke Lorentzen and A/Prof Helle Terkildsen ‘Self-management needs among younger people with type 2 diabetes: An Australian and Danish Cohort Comparison’, (established June 2012).

Research Project established between Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) Strategic Research Centre, Deakin University, School of Nursing, VIA Holstebro, A/Prof Bodil Rasmussen, A/Prof Trish Livingston, Dr Jette Henriksen and Mrs Anette Meldgaard. ‘The transitional experience and health care needs of newly diagnosed breast cancer in a regional hospital in Denmark’ (established November 2012).

Research project established between Epworth Health-Deakin University, Centre for Clinical Nursing Research , Australia and Holstebro Hospital, Region Midt, Denmark Botti, M, Rasmussen, B., Brandt-Jørgensen, E. ‘The Pain Experience and Pain Treatment of Patients after Surgery’,  (established in August, 2010).



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Translating person-centered care into practice: a comparative analysis of motivational interviewing, illness-integration support, and guided self-determination

Dr Vibeke Zoffmann, Asa Hornsten, Solveig Storbaekken, Marit Graue, Dr Bodil Rasmussen, Astrid Wahl, Marit Kirkevold

(2016), Vol. 99, pp. 400-407, Patient education and counselling, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Psychosocial factors impacting on life transitions among young adults with type 2 diabetes : an Australian - Danish qualitative study

Dr Bodil Rasmussen, H Terkildsen Maindal, Peter Livingstone, Prof Trisha Dunning, Vibeke Lorentzen

(2016), Vol. 30, pp. 320-329, Scandinavian journal of caring sciences, Chichester, Eng., C1


Learning transitions-a descriptive study of nurses' experiences during advanced level nursing education

Marit Graue, Dr Bodil Rasmussen, Anne S. Iversen, Prof Trisha Dunning

(2015), Vol. 14, pp. 1-9, BMC Nursing, London, Eng., C1


Exploring staff diabetes medication knowledge and practices in regional residential care: triangulation study

Prof Sally Wellard, Dr Bodil Rasmussen, Dr Sally Savage, Prof Trisha Dunning

(2013), Vol. 22, pp. 1933-1940, Journal of clinical nursing, Oxford, England, C1


The impact of the expanded nursing practice on professional identify in Denmark

Karin Piil, Raymond Kolbaek, A/Prof Goetz Ottmann, Dr Bodil Rasmussen

(2012), Vol. 26, pp. 329-335, Clinical nurse specialist, Philadelphia, Pa., C1


Communication pathways in community aged care: an Australian study

Ms Jacqui Allen, A/Prof Goetz Ottmann, Dr Rhonda Brown, Dr Bodil Rasmussen

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 226-235, International journal of older people nursing, Chichester, England, C1-1


Young adults’ management of Type 1 diabetes during life transitions

Dr Bodil Rasmussen, Glenn M. Ward, A/Prof Alicia Jenkins, Dr Susan King, Prof Trisha Dunning

(2011), Vol. 20, pp. 1981-1992, Journal of clinical nursing, Oxford, England, C1


Nursing care of clients treated with atypical antipsychotics who have a risk of developing metabolic instability and/or type 2 diabetes

Dr Karen-Leigh Edward, Dr Bodil Rasmussen, Dr Ian Munro

(2010), Vol. 24, pp. 46-53, Archives of psychiatric nursing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Transitions : experiences of women with type 1 diabetes : Turning points and transitions as experienced by young women with type 1 diabetes in Australia

Dr Bodil Rasmussen

(2010), Koln, Germany, A1


The mother-daughter guilt dynamic : effects of type 1 diabetes during life transitions

Dr Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Trisha Dunning, Prof Helen Cox, Prof Beverly O'Connell

(2008), Vol. 17, pp. 380-389, Journal of clinical nursing, United Kingdom, C1


Young women with type 1 diabetes' management of turning points and transitions

Dr Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Beverly O'Connell, Prof Trisha Dunning, Prof Helen Cox

(2007), Vol. 17, pp. 300-310, Qualitative health research, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1


Young women with diabetes: using internet communication to create stability during life transitions

Dr Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Trisha Dunning, Prof Beverly O'Connell

(2007), Vol. 16, pp. 17-24, Journal of clinical nursing, Oxford, England, C1


Consumer issues in navigating health care services for type I diabetes

Dr Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Sally Wellard, Dr Alison Nankervis

(2001), Vol. 10, pp. 628-634, Journal of clinical nursing, Oxford, Eng., C1


En studie I sundhed

Dr Bodil Rasmussen

(1992), Vol. 92, pp. 30-33, Sygeplejersken, Copenhagen, Denmark, C1-1