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Margaret Simmons



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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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Research Output

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.

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Open Access

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.

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1 Citation (Scopus)



  • 1 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

Monash Medicine Curriculum Conference 2019

Margaret Simmons (Speaker), Charlotte Rees-Sidhu (Organiser), Christopher Wright (Speaker), Julia Harrison (Speaker), Deborah Leach (Speaker), Florence Ho (Speaker), Kevin Shi (Speaker)
19 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course