A/PROF Bridget Hamilton

A/PROF Bridget Hamilton




  • Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton is the Director of the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing. She leads a team of clinical nurse academics and consumer academics to build up the skills and contribution of mental health nurses in Victoria, for the benefit of people receiving mental healthcare. Bridget Hamilton is a registered mental health nurse with a 30 year career working as a clinician, manager, educator and researcher in public sector services.
    She highly values partnering with consumers in everyday work, research and teaching. She teaches solutions-focused interventions; her research spans ethnographic fieldwork in healthcare settings, knowledge transfer for seclusion reduction, evaluations of recovery orientation, narratives of Strengths approaches.   


Member of

  • Australian College of Mental Health Hurses. Member of the College 2001 -
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia. Registered Nurse 1986 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Assoc Prof Hamilton has been the recipient of a NICS NHMRC Fellowship,a University of Melbourne Engagement Grant and several grants from Department of Health   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2008
  • BN (Hons), Deakin University 2003
  • BN (Psychiatric), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1999

Awards and honors

  • Vice-Chancellor's Engagement Award 2012 for Consumer Involvement Station, The University of Melbourne, 2012
  • Prize for best methodological paper 2005, Masters and PhD researchers' seminar, Department of Nursing, University of Melbourne, 2010
  • Dreamlarge Knowledge Transfer Excellence Award for evidence implementation postdoctoral fellowship project “Translating evidence to practic, The University of Melbourne, 2010
  • Emeritus Professor Judith Parker Prize for most meritorious doctoral thesis, School of Nursing and Social Work, The University of Melbourne, 2009
  • Senior Investigator Award, St Vincent's Research Week, St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, 2008


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I take great pleasure in mentoring research students through the apprenticeship that is a PhD. I have supervised to completion eight PhDs, several of which were nominated by examiners for a chancellor's prize. My focus is first on discovering together a question that the student is passionate about, then in coaching the student to build a scholarly argument. My goal for the thesis is that the findings that are robust, interesting and make a real contribution for people in healthcare. My goal for the students I supervise is that they are expert in their topic and well prepared for the next career step that harnesses their expertise. I collaborate with service users/consumers in my research. In terms of methods, I am experienced in a range of qualitative sociological methods and in using mixed methods approaches to health services research questions.