Associate Professor Virginia Plummer

BN, Midwifery Cert, Critical Care Cert, Grad Cert Emerg Hth (Disaster Preparedness & Management), Grad Cert (Health Professional Education), Grad Dip (Hth Admin), (Health Policy & Management), MSc, PhD.

Associate Professor Research, Monash University and Peninsula Health
Director International Engagement, Monash Nursing and Midwifery


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Virginia’s Researcher Profile


Virginia is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. Her academic interests are in building research capacity and she has supervised multiple higher degree research students to successful completion. Virginia’s research interests include local and international approaches to acute care, disaster and emergency management and health service management. Her background in health services management is extensive with directorship in public and private sectors and board membership of several health care organisations before entering the tertiary sector. She was a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project grant entitled ‘Enhancing patient management at point of care using electronic-based clinical pathways’ which introduced bridging technologies to the digital EMR for nurses.

In 2013, Virginia was appointed the inaugural conjoint Associate Professor of Nursing and Midwifery Research Monash University and Peninsula Health, developing clinical and educational research opportunities in nursing, midwifery and related disciplines. She has expertise in mixed method research, systematic reviews and knowledge translation.


  • NUR5210 – Disaster and Emergency Nursing Management

Research interests

  • health service management
  • emergency nursing
  • disaster nursing
  • critical care
  • midwifery
  • informatics
  • nursing workforce
  • advanced practice roles

Research methodologies

  • quantitative methods – basic
  • mixed methods

Research projects

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Research grants

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Supervision projects

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Accredited Level 2 Supervisor


Professional engagement/service

  • Co-joint appointment, Associate Professor nursing and midwifery research at Peninsula Health – building research capacity in the health service
  • Associate editor, BMC Nursing
  • Member, international advisory board to International Emergency Nursing journal’s editorial board
  • Developing research and educational collaborations with key international universities and health services for bilateral academic and student engagement
  • Reviewer, Joanna Briggs Institute and for a range of nursing, midwifery and informatics journals
  • Grant reviewer, local and international grants and awards
  • Contributor, Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Clinical Indicator Report on behalf of the Royal College of Nursing Australia
  • Member, Hospital Wide Clinical Indicator Working Party to revise the current version 11.1 of the ACHS Hospital Wide Clinical Indicator set
  • Member, stakeholder engagement group for the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority working to define teaching, training and research and identify associated cost drivers for activity based funding purposes
  • Honorary tutor, Peoples-university, a volunteer-based organisation providing open access education in public health for people working in developing countries
  • Accreditation surveyor, Council of Ambulance Authorities

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow, Australian College of Nursing
  • Fellow, Australian College of Health Service Management
  • Executive member, Nursing Section, World Association Disaster and Emergency Medicine
  • World Association Disaster and Emergency Medicine, World Health Organisation Nursing in Asia representative
  • Member, Oceania chapter, World Association Disaster and Emergency Medicine
  • Member, Torrens Resilience Institute
  • Foundation member, Disaster Evaluations Section, World Association Disaster Emergency Medicine
  • Member, College of Emergency Nurses Australia
  • Practitioner member, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia


  • Sigma Theta Thau Honor Society Victoria and Tasmania, Foundation member
  • Elsevier Australia and New Zealand, Nursing Advisory Board
  • Peninsula Health, Human Research Ethics Committee, Chair
  • Peninsula Health, Research Advisory Committee


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