Dr Gillian Murphy

Gill MurphyPosition

Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery


Gill has worked as a mental health nurse for 20 years, with experiences in forensic, in-patient, community and emergency mental health services. She has worked in both UK and Australian clinical mental health services. Gill is actively engaged with mental health research. Her own PhD study generated parenting narratives of adults who had experienced childhood parental mental illness. Her past research studies include an international study which considered health outcomes for people diagnosed with schizophrenia; supporting people with personality disorder using a clinical network and familial experiences of death as a result of suicide.  Gill’s current research programme focuses on mental illness; loss and recovery. Gill has published in the area of mental illness in international journals and is a peer reviewer for mental health and nursing related publications. She is currently a lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University, enjoying her role with undergraduate students as they embark on their nursing careers. Gill is actively involved in post-graduate teaching and is currently a supervisor for higher degree research students.

Research Interests

  • Mental Health
  • Bereavement
  • Childhood Parental Death
  • Recovery
  • Suicide Risk Reduction

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education University of Liverpool
  • Master of Arts University of Sheffield
  • Bachelor of Arts University of Lancaster

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 4570 1280
LocationBuilding 10, Hawkesbury Campus