ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Professor Linda Shields

Professor Linda Shields

Linda Shields is Professor of Rural Health at Charles Sturt University, and an Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland. Her research interests include the influence of a rural and remote environment on nursing and health outcomes across the life span; the care of children in health services, in particular family-centred care and the history of nursing and ethical issues surrounding nursing such as nurses’ roles in the “euthanasia” programmes of the Third Reich.

She holds a Doctor of Medicine from The University of Queensland, the first nurse in Australia to attain a Higher Doctorate. She has been inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of Sigma Theta Tau International, and in 2014 was awarded a silver medal by the European Society for Person Centered Health Care, for her work on family-centred care.

She is a Life Member of the Australian College of Children and Young People’s Nursing, a Credentialed Child and Young People’s Nurse, Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing; and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK). She sits on the board of directors of the Australian College of Nursing, the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare, and editorial boards of Journal of Child Health Care, Nursing Children and Young People, Nordic Journal of Nursing Research, and Comprehensive Children and Adolescent Nursing.

She has over 400 publications in nursing, medical and history journals and several books and chapters.

Her previous positions include professorial appointments at the University of Limerick in Ireland, University of Hull in England, Curtin University in Western Australia and James Cook University in Queensland.

While living in England, she was invited to, and attended, Buckingham Palace on 21 February 2006 to meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Research Interests

  • Health in rural/remote areas
  • Care of children in health services
  • History and Holocaust studies

Bachelor Applied Science (Nursing) Queensland University of Technology 1989

Master of Medical Science (Research) The University of Queensland 1995

Doctor of Philosophy Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Queensland, 1999

Doctor of Medicine (Higher Doctorate) School of Medicine,  The University of Queensland 2011

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Benedict, S., Shields, L., Holmes, C., & Kurth, J. (2018) A nurse working for the Third Reich: Eva Justin, RN, PhD. Journal of Medical Biography26(4), 259–267.

Shields, L. (2018) Rural and Remote Child and Adolescent Nursing—What Are We Missing?, Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, 41: 162-164,

Griffin, B., Watt, K., Kimble, R. & Shields, L. (2018) Incidence and Characteristics of Low-Speed Vehicle Run-Over Events in Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Children and Other Australian Children Aged 0 to 14 Years in Queensland: An 11-Year (1999–2009)

Shields, L., Arabiat, D., Ben-Sefer, E., Carter, B., Coyne, I., Foster, M.,  Kalembo, F., Zgambo, M. (2018) International commentary on Phiri et al. ‘Registered nurses’ experiences pertaining to family involvement in the care of hospitalised children at a tertiary government hospital in Malawi’. Nordic Journal of Nursing Research, doi:10.1177/2057158518791778

Bristow, S., Jackson, D., Shields, L. & Usher, K. (2018) The rural mother's experience of caring for a child with a chronic health condition: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 0(0). doi:10.1111/jocn.14360

Shields, L., & Santy-Tomlinson, J. (2018). Have you had your bowels opened today? International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing. doi:

Griffin, B., Watt, K., Kimble, R., Shields, L. (2018) Development, implementation and evaluation of an education intervention to prevent low speed vehicle run-over events: lessons learned. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2018, 15: 685  doi: 10.3390/ijerph15040685

Shields, L., Benedict, S. (2018) Response to Darbyshire 2018: Nursing a media grievance. Journal of Clinical Nursing, doi: 10.1111/jocn.14314

Bristow, S., Usher, K., Jackson, D., Shields, L. (2018) The rural mother’s experience of caring for a child with a chronic health condition: an integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, accepted March 2018.

Shields, L. (2018) Using knowledge wisely. Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing,

Shields, L. (2018) Editorial: Why international collaboration is so important – a new model of care for children and families is developing. Nordic Journal of Nursing Research, 2018. doi: 10.1177/2057158518765072

Shields, L., Burmeister, O. (2018) Education needed to enhance inclusive, non-discriminatory nursing practice towards lesbian, gay and bisexual parents. Invited commentary on Andersen, A.E., Moberg, C., Bengtsson Tops, A., Garmy, P., Lesbian, gay and bisexual parents' experiences of nurses' attitudes in child health care-A qualitative study. Journal Clinical Nursing. 2017; doi: 10.1111/jocn.14006. Evidence Based Nursing. 21: 47

Edwards, D.J., Wicking, K., Smyth, W., Shields, L., Douglas, T. (2018) Information needs of parents of infant diagnosed with cystic fibrosis: a pilot study. Journal of Child Health Care. doi: 10.1177/1367493518760734

Uniacke, S., Kayali-Brownem, T., Shields, L. (2018) How should we understand family-centred care? Journal of Child Health Care Early View, 1-10. doi: 10.1177/1367493517753083

Griffin, B., Watt, K., Kimble, R., Shields, L. (2018) Incidence and characteristics of low speed vehicle run over events in rural and remote children aged 0-14 years in Queensland: an eleven year (1999-2009) retrospective analysis. Rural and Remote Health. 18: 4224. doi: 10.22605/RRH4224

Rossiter, R., Clark, D., Shields L. (2018) Supporting young people’s emotional wellbeing during the transition to secondary school in regional Australia. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education. 28: 73-85

Mediani, H.S., Duggan, R., Chapman, R., Hutton, A., Shields, L. (2017) An exploration of Indonesian nurses’ perceptions of barriers to paediatric pain management. Journal of Child Health Care DOI: 10.1177/1367493517715146

Smith, J., Shields, L., Neill, S., Darbyshire, P. (2017) Losing the child’s voice and ‘the captive mother’: an inevitable legacy of family-centred care? Evidence Based Nursing DOI: 10.1136/eb-2017-102700

Smyth, W., Abernethy, G., Jessup, M., Douglas, T., Shields, L. (2017) Family-centred care in cystic fibrosis: a pilot study in North Queensland, Australia. Nursing Open, DOI: 10.1002/nop2.84

Shields, L., Jomeen, J., Smyth, W., Stanley, D. (2017) Matthew Flinders Senior (1751-1802): surgeon and man-midwife. Journal of Medical Biography, DOI: 10.1177/0967772017707713

Al-Motlaq, M.A., Shields, L. (2017) Family-centered care as a Western-centric model in developing countries: luxury versus necessity. Holistic Nursing Practice, 31: 343-7

Mediani, H.S., Duggan, R., Chapman, R., Hutton, A., Shields, L. (2017) An exploration of Indonesian nurses’ perceptions of barriers to paediatric pain management. Journal of Child Health Care doi: 10.1177/1367493517715146

Sheilds, L. (2017) All is not well with family-centred care. Invited paper. Nursing Children and Young People. 29: 14-15