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From beach days to bureaucracy: academic nursing in Australia

David Thompson found many similarities with working in the UK – but differences too
Australia and academia

When David Thompson took up a post in Melbourne, he found a number of differences to his work life in the UK

I qualified in orthopaedic, general and mental health nursing in the 1970s, spent a decade in coronary care nursing in the 1980s and embarked on an academic career in the 1990s.

My career since then is that of someone who relishes new challenges and has itchy feet. In 1994, I was appointed professor of nursing at the University of Hull, then York in 1998, followed by professor of nursing research at the Department of Health. I moved to the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2002 and became the UK’s first professor of cardiovascular nursing at the University of Leicester in 2007.

Three years later, I was appointed a professor of nursing at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia,


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