Dr Claudia Virdun

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Faculty of Health,
School of Nursing

Personal details


Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Health,
School of Nursing


Public Health and Health Services

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Tech., Sydney)

Professional memberships and associations


  • Palliative Care Australia National Expert Advisory Panel (NEAP) – 2020 - current
  • Palliative Care Australia Standards Review Group- 2020 – current
  • National Advisory Group for the End of Life Essentials Project – 2020 - current
  • Palliative Care Nurses Australia - Board member (elected 2019); Secretary (elected 2020) – current
  • Palliative Care Nurses Australia representative for the National Advisory Committee for the national project: End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) - September 2020 to June 2023
  • Palliative Care Queensland – Ordinary member, 2019 – current
  • Australian College of Nursing- member from 2017 – current
  • Australian College of Nursing’s policy chapter – End of Life Care: 2018 - current
  • Member of the NSW Translational Cancer Research Network: 2017 - current


Australian Award for University Teaching 2017 - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning – Nursing and Midwifery: Indigenous Professional Capability. For developing Indigenous professional capabilities as every nursing and midwifery student’s business: innovating student learning through distributed leadership and active collaboration.

UTS Learning and Teaching awards

  • 2016 – Award:  Gray, J. Power, T. Virdun, C. Doab, A. Phillips, A, Smith, R & Newman, J. 2016, UTS 2016 Inaugural Learning and Teaching Award for Integration of Indigenous Professional Capabilities into Curriculum for ‘For the development of innovative learning and teaching activities enabled by a Faculty of Health Indigenous Graduate Attribute to support growth of student Indigenous Professional Capabilities, University of Technology Sydney, Broadway,NSW
  • 2016 - Citation:  Power, T. Virdun, C. Hayes, C. & White, H. 2016, UTS 2016 Learning and Teaching Citation for ' Plastic with Personality – inspiring and motivating undergraduate nurses’ engagement with manikins and flipped learning through the introduction of online audio-visual vignettes in Medical-Surgical Nursing', University of Technology Sydney, Broadway, NSW

Research related awards

  • Awarded one of three best poster abstracts within the category, awarded by the 11th European Association for Palliative Care World Research Congress, 2020 for: Co-designing improvement measures for people with serious chronic illness requiring palliative care within the hospital setting, and their families/carers: a qualitative study
  • First place award within the 2019 International Palliative Care Network Poster Exhibition
  • Awarded best oral presentation at the UTS Research Student Forum, Dec 2017
  • Awarded the Editor’s Choice for my first PhD publication (2015) in Palliative Medicine

Other awards

  • Awarded the Inaugural UTS Faculty of Health Nurse of the Year, 2014
  • Awarded the Faculty of Health Dean’s Academic Excellence Award 2014 for Human Rights
  • Nominated for the UTS Reconciliation Award 2014 and received a commendation
  • Nominated in the category of ‘Leadership’ for the Inaugural Palliative Care NSW Awards 2009


I have taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Nursing and an interdisciplinary Masters in Palliative Care. My teaching experience is inclusive of subject design, development and implementation both in subject coordinator and tutor roles. I also previously led a project to develop and embed graduate attributes including work to: develop and embed graduate attributes, ensure alignment with learning and teaching opportunities through to assessment work and implement key processes for ongoing review and refinement ensuring a ‘course’ view was retained. Importantly, the development of each set of graduate attributes was informed by key stakeholders inclusive of representatives from health services, consumers and other relevant academic leaders. A large piece of work within this project was to develop, embed and implement an Indigenous graduate attribute for all courses to utilise.


Selected publications

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