Matthew Mason commenced his career at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne (Trauma/Orthopaedic ward and then Trauma ICU and Hyperbaric Medicine) and from there moved to community nursing in outer Melbourne where his portfolio included men’s and youth health, and coordinating the needle and syringe exchange program. Matthew and his family then moved to the Pitjitjanjara lands to work for Nganampa Health Council as a Remote Area Nurse. Following this he took up a position as an Infection Prevention and Staff Health Clinical Nurse Consultant at a Victorian rural facility, acting in the Nursing Coordinator role whilst maintaining his clinical skills by relieving in Accident and Emergency.
Before coming to lecture at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Matthew and his family spent four years on Thursday Island where he was the site co-ordinator and lecturer for James Cook University. This was a varied and wide-ranging position that offered many challenges and rewards.
Matthew's interests are in infection prevention, infectious diseases, emergency management and clinical governance. He can see the role of clinical governance changing in the coming years as the privatisation of public services increases in Australia.
In his free time he enjoys underwater hockey, spearfishing, camping and generally being out on the water. He is also an active member of the local Rural Fire Brigade. He tries to combine his extra curricula interests with his research interests where possible.