Malcolm Elliott

Assoc Professor

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1993 …2022

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Personal profile


Malcolm Elliott is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in intensive care, high dependency and emergency nursing. He has held academic posts at Wollongong, Deakin, ACU and Charles Darwin universities. He has taught primarily at the undergraduate level including foundations of nursing, acute and critical care, nursing research, and law and ethics. He is currently the Master of Nursing Practice Course Co-ordinator. 

Malcolm’s doctoral research program explored the interrelationship of clinician, patient and system factors to post-ICU adverse events. It involved three phases and used a mixed method approach. His thesis was submitted by publication. 

Malcolm's research interests include quality and safety and adverse outcomes in acute clinical settings with a particular focus on vital signs assessment. He is also interested in the competence and safety of graduate nurses. He is the current Chair of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Quality Advisory Panel.

Research interests

Adverse events, quality and safety, human factors

Vital signs

  • How they are taught and assessed at the undergraduate level
  • Why they are neglected in clinical practice

Clinical activities

  • Vital signs neglect and patient mortality: an audit of a national coronial database
  • What is the nature of nursing student engagement? An exploratory study
  • Clinical support for nursing students who speak English as a second language: a pilot programme

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Chair - Quality Advisory Panel, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Ltd (ACCCN)

Research area keywords

  • Quality and safety

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