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Margaret Simmons


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Personal profile

Research interests

  • Rural Health
  • Narrative analysis and less traditional forms of representation
  • Gender and rural issues
  • Ageing and notions of home and migration


Margaret is the Deputy Director at Monash Rural Health, Monash University, Gippsland, Australia, teaching first year graduate-entry medical students a social perspective on health.  She also coordinates the Community Based Practice Program which aims to equip students with an interprofessional understanding of the social and community aspects of health through a community placement.  

Margaret’s PhD used poetic representation to tell the stories of Gippsland women evacuated as children in WWII Britain who immigrated to Australia in the postwar period.  

Margaret’s qualitative research interests focus on narrative analysis, gender issues, stories of illness, ageing and notions of home and migration and pedagogies of practice in medical education.  

Margaret has also taught qualitative social research methods, gender, sexuality and identity and other sociological concepts in addition to which, she has been a Language and Learning Skills adviser.

Research area keywords

  • Ageing
  • Evacuation
  • Home
  • Migration
  • Narrative Analysis
  • Poetic Representation

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Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 2006 2019

Beyond the 2009 Gippsland bushfires: Acknowledgement and young rural adults' recovery

Forbes, R. J., Simmons, M. & Willems, J., Jan 2018, In : The Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 33, 1, p. 32-37 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Emotional freedom techniques (EFT) as a practice for supporting chronic disease healthcare: a practitioners’ perspective

Kalla, M., Simmons, M., Robinson, A. & Stapleton, P., 2018, In : Disability and Rehabilitation. 40, 14, p. 1654-1662 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Creative piece as a tool of assessment

Simmons, M., 2016, Melbourne, Australia: Monash University. 1 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOther

Stories of illness: Theirs, mine and ours

Simmons, M., Apr 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther

Open Access