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Associate Professor Zerina Tomkins

Qualitifcations: PhD (Tissue Engineering); MNSc, BAppSc (Hons), BAppSc (MedLabSci), Grad Cert (Health Informatics & Digital Health), Grad Cert (University Teaching), FHEA, RN

A/Prof Zerina Tomkins is a transdisciplinary researcher who is a registered nurse, health informatician, and scientist. In response to the devastating Australian Summer bushfires of 2019-2020, A/Prof Tomkins shifted her research focus to support interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary climate change adaptation efforts at individual, community, and healthcare system levels. Her international recognition as an advocate for nursing's role in climate change adaptation and mitigation, with a specific emphasis on community adaptation to climate change impacts, has been steadily growing.

As a quantitative researcher, A/Prof Tomkins is particularly interested in modelling the effects of climate change on healthcare services and service access. Her areas of research expertise encompass maternal and child health, vascular anomalies endothelial cell biology, wound healing, health informatics, and digital health. She centres her research on promoting equitable and just designs and utilization of digital health technologies in the preparation, response, and recovery phases of natural disasters.

A/Prof Tomkins has successfully led multidisciplinary teams employing various research designs, such as observational cohort studies, clinical audits, mixed methods designs, and health informatics approaches, to generate evidence that drives practice change. Furthermore, she maintains ongoing collaborations with tissue engineers, contributing her expertise on endothelial cell biology to aid in the development of tissue engineered blood vessels.

A/Prof Tomkins is an active member of Australian Institute of Digital Health Nursing Community of Practice, International Medical Informatics Association Students and Emerging Professionals Group, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and Climate and Health Alliance.


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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Tissue Engineering, PhD, Angiogenic growth and remodelling in a large non-collapsible in vivo space with tissue engineering applications, University of Melbourne

15 Feb 200214 Feb 2005

Medical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), Identification of endothelial precursor cells in cutaneous wound tissue by immunohistochemistry, RMIT University

Medical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Applied Science, RMIT University

Higher Education, Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Melbourne

Health Informatics, Digital Health, Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health, University of Melbourne

Nursing, Master of Nursing Science, University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Pregnancy
  • Health Informatics
  • Planetary Health
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Workforce development and training

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