Rebecca Disler

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Dr Rebecca Disler is Associate Professor, ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow, and Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, based in the Respiratory Research@Alfred section of the Department of Immunology and Pathology in the Central Clinical School. 

A/Prof Disler is an early-career clinical respiratory researcher, who has a rapidly emerging research trajectory and profile for her clinical research into chronic lung disease, for which she has been awarded a prestigious ARC DECRA fellowship grant, to address end-stage chronic disease across rural Australia. Through her research, A/Prof Disler seeks to influence and lead healthcare improvement for people living with chronic disease. Her research builds on 8 years’ experience as clinical nurse and Respiratory Specialist Nurse across acute and community sectors in Australia and the UK. Dr Disler is also an adjunct with the Monash School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Department of Rural Health for The University of Melbourne. 

Dr Disler has published >37 articles, including 19 first author and four Cochrane publications. Her research has been recognised internationally in 2017 with an Early Career Achievement Award from American Thoracic Society and through her recognition as a Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) in 2022. Her work has been included in several international and national guidelines, including UK’s National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) statements and the Global Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) Strategy. Dr Disler is Co-Convenor of the TSANZ Palliative and Supportive Care and sits on the TSANZ Board Research Sub-committee, she also sits on the Planning, Programming and Awards committess for the American Thoracic Society, as well as the Editorial Board for ATS Scholar Journal.

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
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 13 Aug 2015

Research, Master of Science, King's College London

Award Date: 14 Dec 2009

Critical Care, Postgrad Diploma in Advance Practice Nursing, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 14 Dec 2005

Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 14 Apr 2004

Bachelor of Nursing, La Trobe University

Award Date: 14 Apr 2002

External positions

Adjunct with Department of Rural Health, University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • Chronic lung disease
  • Obstructive lung disease
  • End-stage chronic disease
  • Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Rural and Remote Health


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