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Prof Bodil Rasmussen



Chair In Nursing (Western Health)


Faculty of Health


School of Nursing & Midwifery


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Research interests

Professor Rasmussen primary research focuses to improve the quality of care and self-management in people with diabetes and complex conditions. She has published extensively in the field with the specific focus on how individuals manage life transitions and understanding the psychological and social contexts in health care. Her research program has two arms of programs. One program focusses on empowering people to self-managing their condition by using technologies. The second program focusses on implementation of research evidence into practice using different approaches to increase the uptake of research by clinicians to improve patient outcomes. Professor Rasmussen is recognised as an expert in diabetes. She is an international leader in diabetes nursing research and education within professional leadership roles. She works in partnership with teams from Scandinavian Universities and leads numerous e-Health teams to improve health services for people with chronic and complex conditions.


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

HNN772 Nursing and Midwifery in Low Resource Complex Environments

HNN773 Nursing and Midwifery Management of Vulnerable Groups in Low Resource Complex Environments

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:

2017 - Second Qatar International Endocrinology Conference. Keynote address: Diabetes Education; Why It’s so Crucial to Care. Workshop presentation: Barriers and Strategies for Counselling the Adolescent with Diabetes Facilitation of workshop: Diabetes Education Review of 6 Posters, 30 November to 3 December.

2017 - Malaysian Diabetes Educators Society Conference. Keynote address: The Role of Diabetes Education in the Management of Diabetes, workshop and oral presentation: Psychological and Motivational Aspects of Diabetes Education, 7-9 April.

2016 - Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA), Keynote address: ‘The guided self-determination program: an online self-management intervention for young adults with diabetes’, 12th Annual National Conference, Person Centred Healthcare: Achievements & Challenges, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 20-21 October

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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Self-determination theory interventions versus usual care in people with diabetes: a protocol for a systematic review with meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis

A Mathiesen, M Rothmann, V Zoffmann, J Jakobsen, C Gluud, J Lindschou, M Due-Christensen, B Rasmussen, E Marqvorsen, T Thomsen

(2021), Vol. 10, Systematic Reviews, C1

journal article

Factors associated with breastfeeding to 3 months postpartum among women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus: an exploratory study

B Rasmussen, A Nankervis, H Skouteris, C McNamara, C Nagle, C Steele, L Bruce, S Holton, K Wynter

(2020), Vol. 33, pp. e274-e279, Women and birth, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Analgesic Outcomes in a Danish Acute Care Hospital Following Electronic Prescribing and Analgesic Self-Administration

M Botti, B Rasmussen, D Khaw, I Kristensen, E Esmarch, A Hutchinson

(2020), pp. 1-9, Pain Management Nursing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Preventative and early intervention diabetes-related footcare practices in primary care

Leanne Mullan, Karen Wynter, Andrea Driscoll, Bodil Rasmussen

(2020), Vol. 26, pp. 161-172, Australian journal of primary health, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Teach-back: A systematic review of implementation and impacts

J Talevski, A Shee, B Rasmussen, G Kemp, A Beauchamp

(2020), Vol. 15, PLoS ONE, C1

journal article

A unified call to action from Australian nursing and midwifery leaders: ensuring that Black lives matter

L Geia, K Baird, K Bail, L Barclay, J Bennett, O Best, M Birks, L Blackley, R Blackman, A Bonner, R Bryant AO, C Buzzacott, S Campbell, C Catling, C Chamberlain, L Cox, W Cross, M Cruickshank, A Cummins, H Dahlen, J Daly, P Darbyshire, P Davidson, E Denney-Wilson, R De Souza, K Doyle, A Drummond, J Duff, C Duffield, T Dunning, L East, D Elliott, R Elmir, D Fergie OAM, C Ferguson, R Fernandez, D Flower AM, M Foureur, C Fowler, M Fry, E Gorman, J Grant, J Gray, E Halcomb, B Hart, D Hartz, M Hazelton, L Heaton, L Hickman, C Homer AO, C Hungerford, A Hutton, D Jackson AO, A Johnson, M Kelly, A Kitson, S Knight, T Levett-Jones, D Lindsay, R Lovett, L Luck, L Molloy, E Manias, J Mannix, A Marriott, M Martin, D Massey, A McCloughen, S McGough, L McGrath, J Mills, B Mitchell, J Mohamed, J Montayre, T Moroney, W Moyle, L Moxham, H Northam OAM, S Nowlan, A O'Brien, O Ogunsiji, C Paterson, K Pennington, K Peters, J Phillips, T Power, N Procter, L Ramjan, N Ramsay, B Rasmussen, J Rihari-Thomas, B Rind, M Robinson, M Roche, K Sainsbury, Y Salamonson, J Sherwood, L Shields, J Sim, I Skinner

(2020), Vol. 56, pp. 297-308, Contemporary nurse, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Prioritisation of diabetes-related footcare amongst primary care healthcare professionals

L Mullan, K Wynter, A Driscoll, B Rasmussen

(2020), Vol. 29, pp. 4653-4673, Journal of Clinical Nursing, C1

journal article

EatSmart, a web-based and mobile healthy eating intervention for disadvantaged people with type 2 diabetes: Protocol for a pilot mixed methods intervention study

N Karimi, D Crawford, R Opie, R Maddison, S O'Connell, P Hamblin, A Ng, C Steele, B Rasmussen, K Ball

(2020), Vol. 9, JMIR Research Protocols, C1

journal article

Clinical cues used by nurses to recognize changes in patients' clinical states: A systematic review

G Burdeu, G Lowe, B Rasmussen, J Considine

(2020), Nursing and Health Sciences, C1

journal article

Psychological well-being of Australian hospital clinical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sara Holton, Karen Wynter, Melody Trueman, Suellen Bruce, Susan Sweeney, Shane Crowe, Adrian Dabscheck, Paul Eleftheriou, Sarah Booth, Danielle Hitch, Catherine Said, Kimberley Haines, Bodil Rasmussen

(2020), pp. 1-9, Australian Health Review, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Ascorbic acid supplementation improves postprandial glycaemic control and blood pressure in individuals with type 2 diabetes: findings of a randomized cross-over trial

Shaun Mason, Bodil Rasmussen, Luc van Loon, Jo Salmon, Glenn Wadley

(2019), Vol. 21, pp. 674-682, Diabetes, obesity and metabolism, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The transitional experience of women with newly diagnosed breast cancer

Ingrid Villadsen Kristensen, B Rasmussen, Patricia Livingston, Anette Meldgaard, Ida Zerlang, Michael Birkelund, Jette Henriksen

(2019), Vol. 9, pp. 23-31, Journal of nursing education and practice, Toronto, Ont., C1

journal article

Anaesthetic nurses' perceptions of learning during interprofessional simulation education

T Armour, R Ford, B Rasmussen

(2019), Vol. 35, pp. 5-9, Clinical simulation in nursing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Psychosocial wellbeing among new mothers with diabetes: exploratory analysis of the postnatal wellbeing in transition questionnaire

B Rasmussen, A Nankervis, H Skouteris, C McNamara, C Nagle, C Steele, L Bruce, S Holton, K Wynter

(2019), Vol. 22, pp. 1-6, Sexual and reproductive healthcare, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Barriers and enablers to delivering preventative and early intervention footcare to people with diabetes: a scoping review of healthcare professionals' perceptions

Leanne Mullan, Andrea Driscoll, Karen Wynter, Bodil Rasmussen

(2019), Vol. 25, pp. 517-525, Australian journal of primary health, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal article

A mHealth support program for Australian young adults with Type 1 diabetes: a mixed methods study

A Ng, T Crowe, K Ball, B Rasmussen

(2019), Vol. 5, pp. 1-10, Digital health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Older people with diabetes and life transitions

B Rasmussen

(2018), pp. 121-136, The art and science of personalising care with older people with diabetes, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Moving knowledge into action for more effective practice, programmes and policy: protocol for a research programme on integrated knowledge translation

I Graham, A Kothari, C McCutcheon, G Alvarez, D Banner, M Botti, T Bucknall, I Botting, J Considine, M Duke, S Dunn, T Dunning, A Gagliardi, H Gainforth, W Gifford, K Harlos, T Horsley, A Hutchinson, M Kastner, S Kreindler, L Li, M MacLeod, E Manias, J Mitchell, T Montini, S Pakhale, M Pearson, B Rasmussen, J Rycroft-Malone, N Salbach, J Salsberg, S Sibbald, K Sibley, D Stacey, H Van Spall, M Watson, A Williamson, D Wright, E Yeung, E Jenkins, S Bahrani, F Bell, L Boland, C Hamilton, J Jull, J Leese, G MacDonald, R McLean, K Mrklas, T Nguyen, K Plamondon, D Rolfe, K Salter, B Wood, I Ormel, M Zych, D Angus, B Beaupre, K Connell, J Edwards, S Fenton, M Gagnon, K Graham, M Harriman, M Hillmer, B Holmes, R Ives, I Jones, K Lee, A Mihalchuk, M McEvoy, W Nicklin, M O'Brien, P Odnokon, S Permack, S Rogalski, H Sabourin, Y Savoie, G Scarrow, R Sheldon, A Sprague, A Tang, C Ulrich, P Valentine, C Weise, G Wells, B Wright, J Brehaut, M Brouwers, C Godfrey, J Grimshaw, J Lavis, F Legare, D Moher, J Presseau, J Squires, S Straus, J Volmink, S Law, A Lyddiatt

(2018), Vol. 13, Implementation science, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Exploring the workplace violence risk profile for remote area nurses and the impact of organisational culture and risk management strategy

J Wressell, B Rasmussen, A Driscoll

(2018), Vol. 25, pp. 601-606, Collegian, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Are nurses meeting the needs of men in primary care?

D Lovett, B Rasmussen, C Holden, P Livingston

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 319-322, Australian Journal of Primary Health, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Transitional needs of Australian young adults with type 1 diabetes: mixed methods study

Ashley Ng, Tim Crowe, Kylie Ball, B Rasmussen

(2017), Vol. 2, pp. 1-10, JMIR diabetes, Toronto, Ont., C1

journal article

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

B Rasmussen, H Terkildsen Maindal, P Livingston, T Dunning, V Lorentzen

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

journal article

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

V Zoffmann, Å Hörnsten, S Storbækken, M Graue, B Rasmussen, A Wahl, M Kirkevold

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

journal article

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

M Graue, B Rasmussen, A Iversen, P Dunning

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

journal article

Cross-cultural examination of the structure of the Revised American Pain Society Patient Outcome Questionnaire (APS-POQ-R)

M Botti, D Khaw, E Jørgensen, B Rasmussen, S Hunter, B Redley

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 727-740, Journal of pain, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Breastfeeding practices in women with type 1 diabetes: A discussion of the psychosocial factors and policies in Sweden and Australia.

B Rasmussen, H Skouteris, M Berg, C Nagle, H Morris, A Nankervis, C Sparud-Lundin

(2014), pp. 1-5, Women and Birth, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Communication pathways in community aged care: An Australian study

J Allen, G Ottmann, R Brown, B Rasmussen

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 226-235, International Journal of Older People Nursing, C1-1

journal article

Transition to motherhood in type 1 diabetes: design of the pregnancy and postnatal well-being in transition questionnaires.

B Rasmussen, T Dunning, C Hendrieckx, M Botti, J Speight

(2013), Vol. 13, BMC pregnancy and childbirth, C1

journal article

Primary prevention of gestational diabetes for women who are overweight and obese: A randomised controlled trial

C Nagle, H Skouteris, H Morris, A Nankervis, B Rasmussen, P Mayall, R Kennedy

(2013), Vol. 13, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, C1

journal article

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

S Wellard, B Rasmussen, S Savage, T Dunning

(2013), Vol. 22, pp. 1933-1940, Journal of Clinical Nursing, C1

journal article

Psychosocial issues of women with type 1 diabetes transitioning to motherhood: A structured literature review

B Rasmussen, C Hendrieckx, B Clarke, M Botti, T Dunning, A Jenkins, J Speight

(2013), Vol. 13, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, C1

journal article

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

K Piil, R Kolbæk, G Ottmann, B Rasmussen

(2012), Vol. 26, pp. 329-335, Clinical Nurse Specialist, C1

journal article

Young adults' management of Type 1 diabetes during life transitions

B Rasmussen, G Ward, A Jenkins, S King, T Dunning

(2011), Vol. 20, pp. 1981-1992, Journal of Clinical Nursing, C1

journal article

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

B Rasmussen

(2010), Koln, Germany, A1


Nursing Care of Clients Treated with Atypical Antipsychotics Who Have a Risk of Developing Metabolic Instability and/or Type 2 Diabetes

K Edward, B Rasmussen, I Munro

(2010), Vol. 24, pp. 46-53, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, C1

journal article

The Effect of Tai Chi on Psychosocial Well-being: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

W Wang, A Zhang, B Rasmussen, L Lin, T Dunning, S Kang, B Park, S Lo

(2009), Vol. 2, pp. 171-181, JAMS Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, C1

journal article

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

B Rasmussen, T Dunning, H Cox, B O'Connell

(2008), Vol. 17, pp. 380-389, Journal of Clinical Nursing, C1

journal article

Young women with diabetes: Using Internet communication to create stability during life transitions

B Rasmussen, P Dunning, B O'Connell

(2007), Vol. 16, pp. 17-24, Journal of Clinical Nursing, C1

journal article

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

B Rasmussen, B O'Connell, P Dunning, H Cox

(2007), Vol. 17, pp. 300-310, Qualitative Health Research, C1

journal article

Consumer issues in navigating health care services for type I diabetes

B Rasmussen, S Wellard, A Nankervis

(2001), Vol. 10, pp. 628-634, Journal of Clinical Nursing, C1

journal article

En studie I sundhed

B Rasmussen

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

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

A novel approach for supporting healthy eating amongst disadvantaged individuals with T2 Diabetes

Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Rachelle Opie, A/Prof Peter Hamblin, Prof Ralph Maddison, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Dr Ashley Ng

DART Grant - Research - Diabetes Australia - Victoria (Research Trust)

  • 2019: $58,806

Other Public Sector Funding

Evaluation of the Working Together Project

Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Dr Sara Holton, Dr Karen Wynter, Mr Shane Crowe

  • 2020: $15,000
  • 2019: $100,000

Industry and Other Funding

Novel strategies for managing life transitions for young adults with type 1 diabetes

Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Trisha Dunning, A/Prof Glenn Ward, A/Prof Alicia Jenkins

  • 2008: $27,222
  • 2007: $21,995

Self-management strategies used by women with Type 1 diabetes in their transition to motherhood

Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Trisha Dunning, Prof Jane Speight, Prof Mari Botti

  • 2011: $5,000

Physical, social, psychological and cultural factors influencing breastfeeding intention, initiation and duration among women living with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes (T1DM & T2DM) in Victoria.

Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Dr Alison Nankervis, Prof Helen Skouteris, Mrs Cheryl Steele, Mrs Catharine McNamara, A/Prof Catherine Nagle

  • 2017: $10,000
  • 2016: $40,000

Development, testing and evaluation of an online education resource for breastfeeding women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Mrs Cheryl Steele, Prof Mary Corolan-Olah, Dr Alison Nankervis, Prof Helen Skouteris, Mrs Margaret McCormick, Mrs Kim Henshaw, Dr Sara Holton, Mrs Catharine McNamara

  • 2020: $14,782
  • 2019: $45,000

Diabetes on campus: a tailored settings-based approach to supporting transition to university for young adults with diabetes.

Dr Virginia Hagger, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Dr Amelia Lake, A/Prof Shane Hamblin

  • 2020: $44,963

Evaluation of the expansion of telehealth through primary care in Australia.

Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Elizabeth Manias, A/Prof Kevin Mc Namara, A/Prof Vincent Versace, Ms Andrea Hernan, A/Prof Martin Hensher, Prof Marj Moodie, Dr Lan Gao, Prof Liliana Orellana, Prof Andrea Driscoll, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Peter Vuillermin, Dr Kate Anderson

  • 2020: $24,250


Principal Supervisor

Ashlyn Sahay

Thesis entitled: The Impact of Nurse-to-Nurse Interactions on Patient Safety Outcomes: A Qualitative Study of Australian Graduate Nurses and Nurse Leaders

Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing & Midwifery


Ashley Huixian Ng

Thesis entitled: Supporting Diabetes Management in Young Adults During Life Transitions Using mHealth

Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing & Midwifery


Del Frances Lovett

Thesis entitled: Victorian nurses' and men's perceptions of the primary care nurse role

Master of Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Associate Supervisor

Jianqiu Kou

Thesis entitled: Closed Loop Medication Administration Using Mobile Nursing Information System

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health & Social Development


Yen Yang

Thesis entitled: Self-care perspectives of Chinese immigrants with type 2 diabetes living in Victoria, Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing & Midwifery