About Me

An Internationally Recognized Nurse Leader

Philip Darbyshire is internationally recognized as a leader in nursing and health care research and practice development.

He enables the best in staff potential to solve problems, think creatively and ‘raise the bar’, thus improving the condition of your organisation.

He has won over a million dollars in competitive research funding and established and led one of Australia’s most successful Research & Practice Development units for thirteen years.

Making research come alive

He has a particular aptitude for helping organisations develop research and ‘thinking in practice’ strategies that will actually work and for “making clinical research come alive” for all staff in ways that enable them to take research from rhetoric to reality.

His research department was accredited by the Australian Council for Healthcare Standards in 2008 as being an “example of excellence in research leadership”.

Inspiring keynote speaker

Philip is one of the most sought after of keynote speakers and seminar presenters. He has presented over 100 keynote papers, seminars and workshops in 12 countries. He has a special passion for making research and systematic inquiry accessible and exciting and in using arts and humanities approaches to help nurses and healthcare staff develop a deeper appreciation of ‘the patient’s experience’.

A prolific writer

Philip has published over 80 refereed papers, books and book chapters.

Philip is a Professor of Nursing at Monash University, Victoria and Flinders University, South Australia. He serves on the Grants Committee of state and national research funding bodies and on the editorial board of several leading nursing and research journals.

For fun and in a vain attempt to keep in touch with his distant youth, Philip’s hobby is photographing and reviewing rock bands. Check out Philip’s Flickr page below.

People often ask me ‘What do you consult on?’ Wrong question. I don’t have a pat ‘5-Step Process’ or a ‘toolbox’ to sell.

My answer is always, “tell me about you, your services, your goals and your values”. That’s because this is about you and the people that you serve. And if your issue is outside my expertise, I’ll tell you then and there.

As a consultant, I’m here to help you improve and develop key aspects of your organisation. If something’s not working, I’m the one to see. I’ll work directly with your staff, leadership groups, stakeholders and patients/clients. I’ll observe your day-to-day operations, I’ll listen carefully and I’ll recommend strategies you can actually use, backed up with real data.

My strategies and approaches have been shown time and again to improve the outcomes that matter most – the ones that my clients value.

Working with me is not for the faint-hearted. I work with great organisations and organisations that really want to become great.

If you’re looking for a tame consultant who will write you another turgid and tedious report that will look great collecting dust on a shelf, you should look elsewhere. If you want someone to provide a convenient ‘external review’ to justify an unpopular or inevitable management decision that’s already been made, there are others in that niche market you could hire.

But if you’re truly motivated to get stuff done, find out how your services are really functioning, discover how great your service could be and turn around the culture of your organisation, there’s no time like the present. We should talk.