Professor Fran McInerney - Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


I am a registered nurse and a sociologist. I hold postgraduate qualifications in nursing, education, social science, and public health. I have been engaged in teaching, practice, and research in the areas of aged and palliative care nursing for over twenty years and have published broadly in these fields over that time. In 2011 I was appointed inaugural Professor of Aged Care, a joint appointment between the Australian Catholic University and Mercy Health in Melbourne. My research interests include social constructions of death and dying, the nexus between aged and palliative care, dementia as a terminal illness, health workers in aged care and palliative contexts, and qualitative methodologies.


Phone :(03) 9953 3856 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Aged-Care ; Requested Death ; Residential Aged Care Services ; Palliative Care ; Dementia Care ;

Methods Expertise

Ethnography ; Discourse Analysis ; Critical Social Theory ; Qualitative Methodologies ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Experiences of graduate registered nurses in aged care: A case study, in Contemporary Nurse: health care across the lifespan...

Drawing the experience of chronic vaginal thrush and complementary and alternative medicine, in International Journal of Social Research Methodology (print version)

Realizing a palliative approach in dementia care: strategies to facilitate aged care staff engagement in evidence-based practice, in International Psychogeriatrics (print version)

Residential aged-care workers and the palliative approach: Tensions in the field, in Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (print version)

Cinematic Visions of Dying, in The Study of Dying: From Autonomy to Transformation


Creating comfort: nurses' perspectives on pressure care management in the last 48 hours of life, in Contemporary Nurse

Nurses' decision-making in pressure area management in the last 48 hours of life, in International Journal of Palliative Nursing


Death and the body beautiful: aesthetics and embodiment in press portrayals of requested death in Australia on the edge of the 21st century, in Health Sociology Review


Heroic frames: discursive constructions around the requested death movement in Australian print media in the late-1990s, in Social Science & Medicine (printed version)