Dr Shane McIver





Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009
Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 2007
Bachelor of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, 2002


+61 3 925 17263

Career highlights


2017: O’Hara, J., Beauchamp, A., McIver, S., McPhee, C., Shih, S. Identifying ways to improve adherence to podiatric treatment. HSD Whole School Grant: ($30,000)
2015: McIver, S., Murphy, B., Beauchamp, A., Hakman, N: Self-assessment project: HSD School Grant ($5,000)
2010: Murphy, B. McIver, S. Thinking and working outside the square:
Building a community of reflective practice: Deakin STALGS Grant ($40,000)
McIver, S. Discovery Grant, VicHealth: ($5,000)
McIver, S. Teaching and Learning Grant: Deakin ($3,000)
Weil, J., Philip, J., Gold, M., Rotstein, L., McIver, S.
Development of palliative care training modules for health care professionals.
Palliative Care Grant, Department of Human Services: ($15,000)
Philip, J., Gold, M., Weil, J. McIver, S.
COPD versus cancer treatment trajectories
Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation (BGRF): ($40,000)
Philip J., Gold, M., Komesaroff, P., McIver, S.
The experience of COPD patients and their carers
Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation (BGRF): ($40,000)

Research interests

My research focuses on evaluation methods - particularly the evaluation of meditation-based and alternative approaches to wellbeing, exemplified through eastern traditions such as yoga (physical health) and mindfulness (mental health). These modalities charter the course from healing to health (therapy), to ultra-health, to the superlative (high-end performance, including teaching and learning).


Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA)

Teaching interests

I draw on Friere’s (1976) metacognition theories, Moon’s (2002) experiential learning and reflective practices and Boler’s Pedagogy of Discomfort (1999) to create transitions from surface to deep learning, and to empower students through thought-provoking content and delivery. 

Units taught

Unit Chair for: HSH105 Understanding Families and Health/HSH206 Health and Human Development/HSH313 Contemporary Health Issues

Knowledge areas

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Reflective Practice, Assessment and Evaluation
Mixed-methods Research
Meditation-based approaches to health and wellbeing



Evaluation/Meditation-based approaches to health and wellbeing


Outcomes from self-assessment in higher education.
McIver, S., Murphy, B., Beauchamp, A., Hakman, N.
International Conference to Promote Resilience, Empathy and Well-being in Health Care Professions. October 18-21, 2015. Washington DC.

Wrestling with the Angel:  Examining challenges and opportunities for exploring hope and meaning within Palliative Care.
Piele, D., McIver, S., Gold, M. 20th International Congress on Palliative Care: 40 Years of Sharing, Inspiring, Renewing. September 9-12, 2014. Montréal, Canada.

How might education help? Outcomes from redeveloping a determinants-led University subject with over 2,000 students. McIver, S., Hakman, N. AHPA Equity at the Centre Conference. September 3 – 5, 2014. Alice Springs, Australia.

Using the Ottawa Charter to map perspectives from leaders in the health field.
Zosel, R, McIver, S. AHPA Equity at the Centre Conference. September 3 – 5, 2014. Alice Springs, Australia.

Healing Without Cure:  Mapping pathways for improving quality of life for the grieving and the bereaved. McIver, S. Social Sciences Conference. November 17-19, 2012. University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Integrating Complementary Therapies within Clinical and Residential Settings
McIver, S. Day-hospital, day-surgery and home healthcare – improvement from technological advancements. December 15 – 18, 2011. Ravello, Italy.

Ordinary and Profound: Drawing on Conversation Learning to Identify Innovative Practice in Higher Education. McIver, S., Murphy, B. The 5th International Conference of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 2 – 5 August, 2010. University of Cambridge, UK.

Yoga as a treatment for binge eating: Triangulated findings from a mixed-methods controlled trial. McIver, S. North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. May 12-15, 2009. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Research groups

National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM)


2013 Health and Social Development Award for Teaching Excellence
2013 Health and Social Development Award for Service Excellence


Current projects:

Evaluating outcomes from the Soldier Recovery Centre programs (Defence Force - Army)

Implementing a meditation-based intervention for incarcerated youth and detention centre staff (Department of Justice, NSW)


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Reducing stress and burnout in the public-sector work environment: a mindfulness meditation pilot study

Elizabeth Vella, Shane McIver

(2019), Vol. 30, pp. 219-227, Health promotion journal of Australia, Chichester, Eng., C1


Healing fears, conquering challenges: narrative outcomes from a wilderness therapy program

S McIver, E Senior, Z Francis

(2018), Vol. 13, pp. 392-404, Journal of creativity in mental health, Abingdon, Eng., C1


One false move: a singular account of multiple outcomes arising from drink?driving

S Mciver, D van den Hoek

(2018), Vol. 29, pp. 133-139, Health promotion journal of Australia, London, Eng., C1


I wish I understood this so I could make it change : results from a Web-Based Survey Investigating Weight Loss and Regain

S Mciver, R Tayeh

(2017), Vol. 9, pp. 1-6, International journal of complementary and alternative medicine, Edmond, Okla., C1


Australian resident doctors want more palliative medicine education : a survey of attitudes and perceived needs

J Weil, M Gold, S McIver, L Rotstein, J Philip

(2012), Vol. 47, pp. 828-830, Internal medicine journal, Milton, Qld., C1-1


Between a rock and a hard place: exploring the conflict between respecting the privacy of patients and informing their carers

M Gold, J Philip, S McIver, P Komesaroff

(2009), Vol. 39, pp. 582-587, Internal medicine journal, Richmond, Vic., C1-1


Yoga as a treatment for binge eating disorder: A preliminary study

S McIver, P O'Halloran, M McGartland

(2009), Vol. 17, pp. 196-202, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, C1


"Overeating is not about the food": Women describe their experience of a yoga treatment program for binge eating

S McIver, M McGartland, P O'Halloran

(2009), Vol. 19, pp. 1234-1245, Qualitative Health Research, C1


Oddsocks at the Melbourne Fringe Festival : a methods paper for using an arts installation in promoting public health

P Robinson, S McIver, J Rumbold, B Rankin, R Hawkins, B Colliver, B Rumbold

(2008), Vol. 32, pp. 250-253, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Milton, Qld., C1-1


The impact of hatha yoga on smoking behavior

S McIver, P O'Halloran, M McGartland

(2004), Vol. 10, pp. 22-23, Alternative therapies in health and medicine, Aliso Viejo, Calif., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

How weight loss might be maintained: the development of a web-based survey.

Dr Shane McIver

  • 2008: $4,650


No completed student supervisions to report