Dr Christine Palmer | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Christine Palmer

PhD UniSA, MNurs Qld.UT, BAppSc-Nursing Qld.UT, DipAppSc-NEd QIT, RN

  • Clinical Program Coordinator, Southern Region
  • Lecturer, Nursing (USC Caboolture)
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Christine Palmer

Dr Christine Palmer is a mental health nurse with extensive clinical practice experience in inpatient and community settings as well as 10 years working in private practice. She is particularly interested in recovery-oriented practice across all settings. Christine is a clinical supervision educator (in collaboration with Adjunct Professor Brenda Happell) and provides clinical supervision in private practice.

While her Master of Nursing degree included a research project using a quantitative methodology, her PhD study used critical ethnography as the research methodology (Nursing Practice in an Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit: A Critical Ethnography). Christine considers herself a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in critical methodologies that interrogate power relations and question the status quo. Christine is very interested in working with students keen to apply any of the qualitative methodologies to their research practice.

Professional Memberships 

  • Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)


  • Best Poster at the ACMHN International Conference, Cairns, October 2018
  • Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme - $1,500 - Australian College of Nursing 2014
  • APA Scholoarship 2005-2007
  • Queensland Nursing Council Scholarship - A$5,000 each year - 2005-2007

Research Grants

Project name Investigators  Funding Body Year
Early Career Research grant James, S., Perry, L., Lowe, J., Palmer, C. & Harris, M. USC ($4,000) 2018-2019
Vacation Research Education Scheme grant Palmer, C & Christensen, M. QUT ($2,000) 2017-2018
SALHN and Flinders University Faculty of MMNHS Collaborative Partnership grant Muir-Cochrane, E., Gerace, A., O’Kane, D., & Palmer, C. SALHN & Flinders University ($40,000) 2016
Faculty Competitive Research grant Muir-Cochrane, E., Gerace, A., O’Kane, D., & Palmer, C. Flinders University ($16,000) 2014-2016

Research areas

  • Mental health and mental illness
  • Clinical supervision
  • Critique of mental health services
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Working with people with addiction
  • Perinatal mental illness
  • Psychotropic medications

Teaching areas

  • Mental health
  • Research
  • Primary health care / Health promotion