Marilynne Kirshbaum


Registered to supervise postgraduate research

1994 …2023

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Professor Marilynne N Kirshbaum,  Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc., RN (New York), RN (UK), RN (Australia), PGDipAdult Onc, PGDipHealthCareEd, DipCounselling, DipCBT, Hypnotherapist, Fellow Higher Education Academy (UK)

Research interests:

  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Physical exercise in cancer care
  • Energy medicine/Integrative Health & Wellbeing
  • Art, Music and Dance for Wellbeing
  • Development of theory

Marilynne joined CDU as Professor of Nursing in October 2014 and then took up the position of Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee in 2018. She remains strongly committed to promoting excellence in nursing research and teaching. Throughout a long career she has amassed over 100 research articles, books, book chapters and invited plenary international conference presentations, 16 PhD completions and has led doctoral programs for health care professionals.

Her area of clinical and research expertise is in cancer and palliative care, specifically in exploring how people who suffer with debilitating fatigue can summon up sources of vitality and energy. This is her life’s work!

Currently she is writing a commissioned textbook entitled: The Joyful Freedom Approach to Cancer-related Fatigue: Introducing an Energy Creation Framework and is developing a validated tool based on her Energy Creation Framework.

Her goal has always been to enable, motivate and inspire others to follow a path of excellence through integrity, compassion, truth and intelligence. She researches because she is determined to advance the evidence base of nursing science and improve people’s lives though increasing knowledge and corresponding practice in health care. As a research supervisor and mentor, she strives to encourage and support others to expand their minds and nurture their innate abilities. She promises to listen and guide students through to a successful thesis as best as she can, but it is up to the student who has the ultimate responsibility of self-direction through self-motivation, planning, organising and implementing their own research.



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