The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease focuses on improving the heart health and outcomes of groups and communities i.e. Regional Australians, Indigenous Australians and International Health

Ms. Natasha Morris

Natasha Morris is a registered nurse and her clinical background is critical care and cardiac rehabilitation and has extensive work experience in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Natasha is a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne coordinating the Critical Care Nursing Practice course and Course Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice. She also coordinates Nursing Research for the Master of Nursing Science students.


Natasha is a PhD student at Monash University (Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Health) and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. Her PhD project is titled the ‘Indigenous Australian Malnutrition Project’ which measures the burden and impact of malnutrition in regional hospital settings in the Northern Territory and Far North Queensland, and the project also validates a malnutrition screening tool for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous hospital patients (The Adult Nutrition-Screening Tool).


Natasha is the recipient of the Bellberry Limited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health scholarship and an NHMRC Public Health postgraduate scholarship. These scholarships provided Natasha with the opportunity to not only undertake her PhD full-time, but work with experts who have invaluable experience in a field that is closely aligned to her research.


Natasha is a PhD candidate researcher ‘The Indigenous Australian Malnutrition Project’ with the CRE.

  1. Morris, N. Stewart, S. Malcolm, R. & Maguire, G. (2016). The Indigenous Australian Malnutrition Project: the burden and impact of malnutrition in Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Island hospital inpatients, and validation of a malnutrition screening tool for use in hospitals – study rationale and protocol. SpringerPlus. 5(1): 1-10. doi:10.1189/s4006-016-2943-5
  2. Franklin, N. & Melville, P. (2013). Competency assessment tools: An exploration of the pedagogical issues using competency assessment tools nurses in the clinical environment. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research. Article in Press:
  3. Franklin, N.F., Leathwick, S. & Phillips, M. (2014). Clinical supervision at a Magnet hospital: a review of the preceptor-facilitator model’. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 4(12): 134-142. doi: 10.5430/jnep.v4n1p134
  4. Franklin, N. (2013). Clinical supervision in undergraduate nursing students. eJournal of Business Education and Scholarship Teaching, 7(1): 34-42.
  5. Franklin, N. & Chadwick, S. (2013). ‘The impact of workplace bullying’. The Australian Nursing Journal. 21(3): 31.
  6. Franklin, N 2012, ‘Identifying medication documentation errors using handwritten versus pre-printed ICU flowcharts’, Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 29(3): 30-39.