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About Thea F van de Mortel

Dr. Thea van de Mortel, PhD (SCU), MHlthScience(SCU), BSc(Hons)(W'gong), DipNursing(W'gong),
Thea is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Intensive Care. In the early 90s Thea developed an interest in the Biomedical/Biological Sciences and completed a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Biology. Her Honours project examined the influence of ultraviolet light on anuran physiology. During that time she demonstrated biochemistry, physiology, and various other biology subjects to biology and nursing students at the University of Wollongong.
Thea began lecturing in Biomedical Science at SCU in 1996 and completed a PhD in 2010. Her doctoral research was entitled: "A cross cultural comparison of health care students' hand hygiene knowledge, beliefs and practices." She developed and validated an instrument called the Hand Hygiene Questionnaire that is currently being used in various research projects in Europe on health care students' hand hygiene.
In 2008, Thea was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for: "Inspiring and flexible approaches to teaching science to nursing students and leadership in continuous quality improvement of the curriculum", and in 2009 was the recipient of an Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for: "Sustained leadership in curriculum design, practice and strategies to inspire and motivate students in the study of science within nursing'.
Thea has as a particular interest in infection control, wound healing, the effects of stress on the human body, and continuous quality improvement of curricula. She has expertise in quantitative research methods and grounded theory.


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Lismore NSW
Australia 2480
Phone: (+61 2) 6620 3305
Fax: (+61 2) 6620 3022


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