Patricia Schwerdtle



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Patricia’s Researcher Profile


Patricia joined Monash Nursing and Midwifery in 2015 after 15 years clinical experience in various primary and tertiary healthcare settings in Australia, Europe and Africa. Trish is the Bachelor of Nursing 1st year coordinator and Chief Examiner for NUR1111: Global Health and Cultural Competence.

Trish has post-graduate qualifications in emergency nursing, health professional education and international public health and is an accredited Masters of Nursing supervisor. Trish is on the Board of Directors of Medecins Sans Frontieres, Australia and a fellow for the United Nations Environmental Program GEO-6 Report. 

Trish's research interests lie in health in developing countries, medical humanitarian assistance and climate change and human health. She is currently undertaking a PhD investigating the health impacts of climate-related migration in sub-Saharan Africa.


  • NUR1001 - Professional and scholarly communication
  • NUR1205 – Population and socio-cultural health research
  • NUR1111 - Global health and cultural competence
  • NUR2003 – Health promotion

Research interests

  • health and climate change
  • environmental sustainability in healthcare
  • emergency medical humanitarian aid
  • epidemiology
  • emergency nursing
  • health promotion

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Professional affiliations

  • Medecins Sans Frontiers Australia, Association, Member
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, Member
  • Australian College of Nursing, Member
  • College of Emergency Nurses Australia, Member
  • Climate and Health Alliance, Member
  • Australian Health Promotion Association, Member


Schwerdtle. P, De Clerck. V, Plummer. V (2017) ‘The experience of Ebola Survivors: Causes of Distress and Sources of Resilience’, Prehospital Disaster Medicine.

Schwerdtle, P. (2017) 'Trump's global gag rule will cause more abortions, not fewer', The Conversation.

Schwerdtle. P & Bonnamy. J (2016) ‘Big Data in Tertiary Nursing Education’, Nurse Education Today.

Schwerdtle, P (2016) ‘Prevalence Distrubution and Impact: The global disease burden of Diabetes, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal

Schwerdtle, P (2015) ‘Nurse Initiated Hospital Greening’ Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal

Schwerdtle, P. (2010) Masters Thesis: "'A comparison of the impact of WHO’s new international anthropometric child growth standards with the NCHS growth reference on the gender mix of admissions of children aged 6-59 months to emergency nutrition programs in Niger, North Sudan and Ethiopia".

Schwerdtle, P. (2007) "Emergency medical relief in South Sudan with MSF" Australian Emergency Nursing Journal, Vol. 10. No. 4. p. 152-153.


Conference presentations

(2017) Speaker: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Foundation, Health and well-being conference. ‘Integrating environmental sustainability into the undergraduate tertiary nurse curriculum’

(2017) ‘MSF-Monash Missing Mapathon’: Annual host for the missing mapathon, Monash University, Melbourne.(2016) Keynote Speaker: ‘Environmental Sustainability in Health Care Conference’, NSWNMA Topic: ‘A bottom up and top down approach to Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare’.

(2016) Keynote Speaker: ‘Environmental sustainability in healthcare conference’, NSWNMA Topic: ‘A bottom up and top down approach to environmental sustainability in healthcare’.

(2016) ‘MSF Scientific Days’: Annual host of live-stream from MSF, London to Monash University, Melbourne.

(2015) Panel Speaker: Greening the Healthcare Sector Think Tank. Topic: Engaging Stakeholders and Leadership in Sustainability.