Professor Nathan Wilson

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Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Wilson's research interests are in applied research that enhances the health, wellbeing and social participation of people with long-term disabilities, in particular people with intellectual and developmental disability. Dr Wilson has expertise on the intersection of intellectual disability, social inclusion, the nursing workforce, men’s health and sexual health. With over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers, 2 books and multiple book chapters, Dr Wilson is an Australian disability nurse leader.

Dr Wilson is the President of the Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disabilities, Australia (PANDDA), and has led many campaigns to promote the specialty role of nurses who work with people with intellectual disability: (opens in a new window)

Dr Wilson presents regularly at national and international scientific meetings and has research collaborations with groups in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and South Africa. His funded research projects cover a number of areas including: 1) reducing the use of pyschotropic medication for people with intellectual disability, 2) mentoring young unemployed adults with intellectual disability at Men's Sheds, 3) cross-modal community mobility of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, 4) place of death and people with intellectual disability, 5) disability nursing standards of practice, 6) toward the self-management of type 1 diabetes for people with intellectual disability, and 7) increasing the capacity of mainstream nurses to work with people with intellectual disability and/or autism.

Research Interests

  • Applied Methodology
  • Social, health and educational Interventions
  • Disability
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies and Ethnography
  • Social Inclusion


  • Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability Aust. (2004 - 2018)


  • Human Research Ethics Committee

Qualifications & Recognition

  • GCertSc(Applied Statistics) Swinburne University of Technology
  • PhD University of Sydney
  • MSc University of Birmingham (UK)
  • BSS Charles Sturt University
  • RN Nurse Registration Board of NSW

Research & Publications

Contact Details
Telephone(02) 4570 1926