Margaret O'Connor

Emeritus Prof

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Personal profile

Biography

Emeritus Professor O'Connor was the inaugural Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing, in Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University Melbourne, a position she held from 2003-2014. Prior to this she enjoyed a long and diverse career in palliative care, in roles that have encompassed the establishment and management of mainly community-based palliative care services. 

Emeritus Professor O'Connor was responsible for the Palliative Care Research Team and managed a number of clinical research projects, which  received funding from internal and external sources. She supported an NHMRC post-doctoral fellow and a large number of PhD students. Her research projects are centred around key areas - service system and policy issues and issues of culture and palliative care and many research questions have arisen from within the clinical setting. She continues to be well published in these research areas.

Professor O'Connor sits on many State and National Committees and served as President of Palliative Care Australia 2006 - 2010. In 2017 Emeritus Professor O'Connor has been appointed to a Victorian Ministerial Advisory Panel to consider the details of developing and implementing a legislative framework for assisted dying.

In 2002, 2008 and 2016 Emeritus Professor O'Connor was awarded the Nina Buscombe Prize from the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria. She is a lifetime member of Palliative Care Victoria. In 2005 Emeritus Professor O'Connor accepted the national honour of Member of the Order of Australia, for service to the development and establishment of palliative care services in Victoria, an acknowledgement of her 20 year contribution to palliative care.

Emeritus Professor O'Connor continues to be active in her profession and contributes to the School through publications and student supervision.

Research

 

Preferred Research Methodologies

  • Qualitative and mixed method methodologies, including phenomenology and discourse analysis

Accredited as Level 2 Supervisor

Keywords

  • Bereavement
  • Cultural Issues Surrounding Death and Dying
  • Death and Dying
  • Palliative Care
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • Bereavement Services
  • Hospice

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Projects 2005 2014

Research Output 2001 2018

A qualitative evaluation of Australian palliative care services’ participation in National Palliative Care Standards self-assessment

Rosenberg, J., O'Connor, M. & Huang, X., 4 Mar 2018, In : Progress in Palliative Care. 26, 2, p. 81-87 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Australian family carer responses when a loved one receives a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease—“Our life has changed forever”

O'Connor, M., Aoun, S. M. & Breen, L. J., 1 May 2018, In : Health and Social Care in the Community. 26, 3, p. e415-e421 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Children's understanding of maternal breast cancer: A qualitative study

Huang, X., O'Connor, M., Hu, Y., Gao, H. & Lee, S., 1 Jun 2018, In : European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 34, p. 8-14 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Reflections on establishing a nurse practitioner role across acute hospital and home-based palliative care settings in Australia

O'Connor, M., Palfreyman, S. & Borghmans, F., 2 Sep 2018, In : International journal of palliative nursing. 24, 9, p. 436-442 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Roles and functions of enrolled nurses in Australia: Perspectives of enrolled nurses and registered nurses

Endacott, R., O'Connor, M., Williams, A., Wood, P., McKenna, L., Griffiths, D., Moss, C., Della, P. & Cross, W., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27, 5-6, p. e913-e920 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review