Staff profile - Nikki Phillips

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AsPr Nikki Phillips

Position: Deputy Head of School
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Nursing and Midwif.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17774 +61 3 925 17774



Nikki Phillips is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Course Director for the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) and combined degree courses in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University. Nikki joined the School of Nursing and Midwifery in May 2009. Prior to this Nikki had over 15 years experience in facilitating the learning of both undergraduate and post-graduate nursing students in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bhutan. Nikki has significant experience in problem-based student learning and inquiry-based learning methods. Nikki is committed to quality nursing courses that incorporate evidence-based practice, person-centred care, quality and risk management and improving patient outcomes.


  • Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing), La Trobe University, 1990
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Monash University, 1993
  • Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing, La Trobe University, 1997
  • Master of Nursing Studies, La Trobe University, 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 2008

Professional activities

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Registered Nurse Accreditation Committee

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registration- Registered Nurse


Teaching Interests

Nikki teaches in the undergraduate nursing courses in the areas of health assessment, acute care nursing practices and research. Nikki has also taught into the Master program. Nikki supervises Honours students and Higher Degree in Research students both at Master and PhD levels.

School of Nursing and Midwifery Committees
2014 to current  School Research and Research Training Committee
2010 to current  Teaching and Learning Committee
2010 to current  Academic Progress Committee
2010 to current  Midwifery Education Team Committee
2010 to current  School of Nursing and Midwifery Board
2010 to 2015  School of Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Board
2011, 2012  Midwifery Education Advisory Board

Faculty of Health Committees
2014 to current  Chair of Admission and Selection Committee
2013 to current  Access and Equity Committee
2011 to current  Academic Progress and Discipline Committee
2012 to current  Health/IKE Joint Committee
2011, 2012  Faculty Board
2011, 2012  Admissions Access and Equity Committee

Strategic Research Centre Committee
Member of the Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) Strategic Research Centre

University Committees
2015 to current  University Teaching and Learning Committee
2012 to 2014  University Academic Appeals Committee


Awards and prizes

2013 Vice -Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Creating Innovative Environments: Bachelor of Nursing course enhancement (team award)

2013 Faculty of Health Student and Support team, Outstanding Support Award

2002 Dean's Doctoral Scholarship (3 years), Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University


Research interests

Nikki’s research is focused on evidence-based practice and solutions for quality health outcomes and patient safety. Nikki also conducts research into teaching and learning strategies that facilitate the learning of nursing and midwifery students, to ultimately improve patient outcomes.

Research grants

2013 The questioning skills of undergraduate clinical facilitators
$27,956. School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Funding Support
CI: Phillips NM, Duke M

2013 Expert in my pocket: a mobile-enabled repository of learning resources for the development of clinical skills in student health professionals- Collaboration with University of the Sunshine Coast and Deakin University
$180,000 Office for Learning and Teaching
Project team member: Deakin team : Forbes H, Phillips NM, McTier, L.

2013  Measuring patient participation in health care: a systematic review. $37,690 QPS Innovation/Seed Study Funding 2013
CI: Phillips NM, Street M, Botti, M, Kent B

2012 Post-operative risk and surgical monitoring (PRISM). $21,289.
Deakin University’s Strategic Research Centre for Quality and Patient Safety
Project team member: Street M, Phillips NM, Kent B

2012 Minimising post-operative risk through PACT (Post- Anaesthetic Care Tool): a pilot study. $122,620. HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation
Project team member: Street M, Phillips NM, Kent B, Whitefield A

2011 Managing patient deterioration: Enhancing student nurses’ competence through web-based simulation and feedback techniques- collaboration with Monash University, Deakin University, University of Queensland (UQ) and GippsTAFE. $211,000.The Australian and Learning and Teaching Council Project team member; Deakin team: Bucknall T, Phillips NM, Forbes H

2011 Achieving consensus for assessing patient discharge from post-anaesthetic care. $27,931. Deakin University’s Strategic Research Centre for Quality and Patient Safety
CI: Phillips NM, Street M, Kent B

2010 Post-anaesthetic discharge scoring criteria: A comprehensive systematic review. $12,915. Clinical Care, Quality and Risk Management Research Centre, Deakin University
CI: Phillips NM, Street M, Kent B

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