Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Julie Reis

Dr Julie Reis

BN (Hons), PhD

Dr Julie Reis is a nurse academic with a passion for issues relating to health, education and community. Julie believes strong, healthy and sustainable communities are critical for quality of life with health and education fundamental to life outcomes. Her beliefs about health and education stem from Primary Health Care (PHC) philosophy, underpinned by principles of social justice and equity.

Julie graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing Degree at LaTrobe University, Wodonga Campus in 1996.  She then gained a first class Honours in Nursing in 1999 from La Trobe University, Wodonga Campus.  Julie subsequently completed her PhD in Rural Sociology at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton Campus in 2008.

Julie’s professional career includes experience in the health and tertiary education sectors as a clinician, clinical facilitator, and academic. She has been an Elected Member of Local Government (District Council of Grant, South Australia) with interests and portfolios relating to Health, Education and Training, and Community Development.

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Julie’s motivation for teaching is related to promoting opportunities for people in regional/rural communities. Her teaching is focused on building capacity of the individual student for the wider public good. This involves not only acquiring the knowledge and skills that underpin the discipline of nursing but also developing the communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills required for life-long learning and everyday application useful for individuals in the communities in which they live, work and go about their daily lives. Based upon Primary Health Care principles, Julie advocates a person-centred approach, working with students, staff and community members to realise their needs and aspirations.

Julie’s preferred pedagogy is Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL). This is excellent for the authentic learning required for nurses, because as students explore, discuss, question and reflect, they come to realise that people have different experiences, ideas, values and attitudes. In conjunction, a flipped classroom approach helps students take responsibility for their own learning and increases student-to-student engagement, especially in peer learning and social interaction through collaborative projects.

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Julie places effort on engaging in research activities within the School/Faculty that supports research leaders, and, actively seeks pathways for a range of research opportunities. Her passion and commitment to scholarship and regional community development has inspired her to focus scholarly and research activities on local community health and development projects. She has initiated projects such as:

  • An evaluation of a local mental health program (Reis & Klotz 2008)
  • An investigation of the nutritional well-being of the elderly in the community (Reis & Nagy 2015, 2016)
  • A collaboration with St John Ambulance (SA) to pilot a model whereby university students volunteer to provide the ‘St John First Aid in Schools Program’ to school students across primary and secondary schools (Reis & McLachlan 2017).

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Australian Nurses Federation

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group (University of South Australia)


2018: Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

Awards and Nominations

2019: Finalist Gambier Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards: Employee of the Year

2018: Nomination Division of Health Science (UniSA) Staff Recognition Award

2017: Merri Paech Award for Excellence in Course coordination in the Bachelor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, UniSA

2017: Nomination PVC: Student Engagement & Equity Staff Recognition Awards

2011: Grace Benny Award, Australian Local Government Women’s Association South Australian Branch Inc

2010: Chancellors Award for Community Engagement: UniSA

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