Mrs Hannah Beks



Associate Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Medicine


Warrnambool Campus


Master of Public Health, University of Sydney, 2016
Bachelor of Nursing, University of Wollongong, 2013

+61 3 556 33039


Hannah Beks is a registered nurse with a clinical background in rural emergency nursing. She developed an interest in qualitative research whilst undertaking a Master of Public Health. Hannah is currently employed full time as an Associate Research Fellow with Deakin Rural Health.

Hannah has a keen interest in working with Aboriginal communities to improve regional health outcomes in the space of chronic disease and social and emotional wellbeing. She is an investigator on a local project which was awarded a grant of $74,804. The project aims to improve the management of chronic disease in Aboriginal people by developing community-driven strategies.

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Career highlights

Peer review publications

'When you're it': a qualitative study exploring the rural nurse experience of managing acute mental health presentations, Rural and Remote Health Journal 2018, volume 18(3). (Early abstract)

Research interests

Public Health
Qualitative methodology
Rural Health
Social Determinants of Health
Mental Health
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Nursing education
Emergency nursing


Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association


‘When you’re it’: the experience of rural nurses in managing acute mental health presentations in South West Victoria’, Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, October 2017, Albury.

‘Screening for, assessing and treating Gambling Disorder in rural communities in Victoria, Australia: a pilot study’, 14th National Rural Health Alliance, April 2017, Cairns.


2013- Australasia Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) forum, PASS Senior Leader Award

2011- Health and Behavioural Sciences Faculty, University of Wollongong, Undergraduate Scholarship


Current Projects

2018-2019: Western Alliance Project Grant “Let’s have a yarn about chronic disease: a collaborative multi-disciplinary participatory action research approach to addressing Aboriginal health in south west Victoria” (Principal Investigator) - $74,804

2018-2019: Western Alliance Project Grant "Patient Measure of Safety in Primary Care: pilot study of an intervention to improve safety in rural Victoria" (Associate Investigator) - $87,348

2018-2019: “Evaluation of ASIST as a suicide prevention intervention” (Associate Investigator) Internally funded by Deakin University

Completed Projects

2016-2017: Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, “Economic evaluation of the Partnered Pharmacy Medication Charting program”. Funding: Tender, $268,216

2016-2017: Western Alliance Project Grant “Does 20-minute rounding reduce the number of falls in aged care?”, $30,000