Professor Kim Foster - Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Kim Foster is Professor of Mental Health Nursing at Northwestern Mental Health and Australian Catholic University. This is a joint professorial appointment in mental health nursing between Melbourne Health and ACU. She is based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she leads the mental health nursing research unit.

Professor Foster is an internationally recognised mental health nurse academic, researcher and educator and is widely published in mental health and psychosocial health research. She has won numerous awards for research. Her areas of research expertise and interest include co-associated physical and mental health; resilience; and mental health family carers & families where parents have mental illness. She is currently a CI on an NHMRC Partnership Grant in the field of Paediatric Trauma. Kim is an experienced higher degree research supervisor with 10 HDR completions.


Phone :03 9342 7676 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

resilience & emotional intelligence ; co-associated physical & mental health ; mental health family carers ; families where parents have mental illness ;

Methods Expertise

Mixed methods ; qualitative methods ; Surveys, program evaluation ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Major traumatic physical injury in young people: an explanatory sequential mixed methods study (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Mental health and traumatic physical injury: an explanatory sequential mixed methods study (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Family focused practice in mental health care: an integrative review. , in Child & Youth Services


Physical health risk behaviors in young people/emerging adults with mental illness., in Issues in Mental Health Nursing

Emotional intelligence education in pre-registration nursing programs: an integrative review. , in Nurse Education Today


Developing resilient children and families where parents have mental illness: a family-focused approach. , in International Journal of Mental Health Nursing