Adelaide Nursing School brings together an energetic and enthusiastic group of nursing clinicians and academics, each dedicated to furthering nursing as a practice and discipline.

Our team works collaboratively across professions, with a range of stakeholders, and within a variety of clinical practice settings, at a state, national and international level.

Professor Frank Donnelly

Dean and Head of School

Professor Frank Donnelly

Associate Professor Frank Donnelly began his nursing career at the Royal Adelaide Hospital after graduation from the University of South Australia (Salisbury). After a stint in neurosurgical nursing Frank moved to work in Intensive Care, where he spent the majority of his clinical life.  After completing post graduate qualifications in ICU a shift in direction saw him move into nursing education, particularly clinical education. Further study and completion of a Master of Nursing, with a thesis examining the lived experience of a tracheostomy tube change, led Frank toward a PhD, a study which combined his primary interest in nursing knowledge and the role of clinical placement experiences. Frank is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). In 2019 Frank was awarded The Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence, the University of Adelaide’s premier learning and teaching award. This award recognises the University’s highest achievers in teaching, support of teaching, and supervisory practices.  

Key contacts

School office

Nguyen Matthias - Faculty Administration Coordinator
Phone: +61 8 8313 3595

Academic and professional staff

Please visit the Adelaide Nursing School staff directory.


Visit the titleholders webpage for information on how to become a titleholder and resources for existing titleholders.

Student society

Adelaide Nursing Students' Society
Charisse Teoh
Vice President: Hing Keung Ma (Henry)

Looking for student support?

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Centre

Find us
Ground Floor, Helen Mayo North
Frome Road
See the campus map 

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+ 61 8 8313 0273

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Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 10 am - 4 pm

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