Margaret Simmons

Assoc Professor


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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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