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Research Biography

With a distinguished career in nursing Dr. Caroline Phelan is a seasoned expert in the field of Palliative and End of Life Care. After beginning her training at the University of Canberra, her nursing career evolved from critical care settings into the sphere of public health with a Master's degree from the University of New South Wales. With a passion for improving patient outcomes, particularly in decision making and acute care settings, she completed a relevant PhD at the University of Newcastle.

Dr. Phelan has excelled in various clinical environments, from intensive care to emergency to clincial education, with a recent emphasis on pain management. Her interprofessional collaborations span medicine, nursing, and allied health, contributing valuable interdisciplinary insights.

Within her academic role at Flinders University, Dr. Phelan is not only the Course Coordinator for the Postgraduate Palliative and End of Life Care programs but also an active clinical and health professional education researcher. She is part of the Flinders Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death & Dying, where she applies critical theories to address complex healthcare challenges. Dr Phelan is co-lead on End-ofLife-Essentials, a Commonwealth funded project which provides online learning opportunities and practice resources for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to improve the quality and safety of End-of-Life care in hospitals.



Research Interests

  • Pain Management
  • Decision making
  • Advanced symptom management
  • Palliative Care
  • Critical theory, Systems Theory
  • Qualitative research
  • End of Life care for people with a disability

Current Research Projects:

End-of-life Essentials. Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Government.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Mandatory Medical Education. Phelan, C., Huntley, R., Thorpe, C., Kumar, KSA Health.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Knowledge and Attitude Survey SALHN. Phelan, C., Thorpe, C., Pumpa, E., Allcroft, P., To, T. SA Health.

The experience of Sleep for Palliative Care Patients and their Carers. To, T., Walker, A., Allcroft, P., Phelan, C., Murkherjee, S., Eckert, D. SALHN Research Grant

Effectiveness of a novel approach to managing dry mouth in Rehabilitation, Aged and Palliative Care. O’Loughlin, M., Phelan., C., Allcroft, P., To, TSALHN Research Grant.

Feasibility study for a novel approach to delivery of breakthrough analgesics in palliative care. To, T. Phelan, C., Allcroft, P., O’Loughlin, M. SALHN Research Grant

Feasibility study for a novel approach to the delivery of breakthrough analgesics in palliative care. Phelan, C., Briffa, M., & Swetenham, K..The Hospital Research Foundation.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Pain Management and Decision Making, University of Newcastle, Australia

Award Date: 14 Mar 2019

Master of Public Health, University of New South Wales

Award Date: 1 Nov 2006

Bachelor of Nursing, University of Canberra

Award Date: 1 Jun 1996


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Research Areas

  • Nursing
  • Palliative care and end of life

Supervisory Interests

  • Palliative care
  • Acute care
  • Healthcare for older people
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Critical Theory
  • Clinical trials
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Public health


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