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Mr Sam De Oliveira

Mr Sam De Oliveira Mr Sam De Oliveira


Position Associate Lecturer
Faculty Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 211.202
Phone 08 9266 7794
Fax 08 9266 2888
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Brief Summary

I work as a lecturer with the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) teaching in the Indigenous Community Health and the Indigenous Cultures and Health Behavours unit for Health Science students. Some of the subjects I teach in and coordinate at CAS include: Mental Health Law and Ethics, History of Mental Health and Introduction to Indigenous health Issues.

I also enjoy martial arts training, yoga, motorcycling and body boarding.


Before becoming a nurse, I worked in the computer industry as a system designer and also undertook customer training in Hong Kong, Macau and Sydney. I made the career change to nursing and completed a 12 month graduate program with St John of God hospital following my degree. This was in Perioperative nursing and it was the area I worked in for approximately five more years. I then branched out into more acute areas such as ED, ICU and CCU across Perth and in some country centres. In addition to these areas, I found an increasing interest in mental health and forensic nursing and as the years passed, I sought staff development roles too, as I enjoyed the teaching component of my work. I also have served as a Nursing Officer with the RAAF Reserves since 2001 and currently work at St John of God Midland in ICU, CCU and Emergency. Thus I feel my broad experience base lends itself to what I really enjoy the most and that is teaching future health practitioners.

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Memberships, Awards and Training

  • Australian Service Medal
  • 5th Dan Black Belt in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu
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Employment History

  • St John of God - Midland 
  • Curtin University
  • Health Department WA
  • Department Justice WA
  • Murdoch University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Secure Health Management
  • St John of God - Subiaco
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Unit Coordinator for:

  • Historical Development of Mental Health
  • Introduction to Indigenous Health Issues
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Research Interests

  • Primary Health Care
  • Indigenous Education and Health
  • Intensive Care Nursing 
  • Mental Health Recovery
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Specialty Areas

  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
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Current Studies

Currently studying the Master of Philosophy with a view to transferring this to the PhD.

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