Micah Peters

Micah Peters

Adelaide Nursing School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Micah DJ Peters - Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Dr Micah DJ Peters is a Titleholder in the University of Adelaide School of Nursing. He is based in the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre (RBRC), UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences. Micah is the inaugural Director of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Federal Office's National Policy Research Unit.

Micah's role is to provide evidence-based research that supports the objectives of the ANMF’s Strategic Plan 2018-2023 and the ANMF’s mission to empower nurses, midwives, and carers to improve the health and well-being of all Australians. This includes developing and leading a coherent and coordinated policy research programme supporting the Federal Office to contribute to the continued growth and success of the ANMF and its branches.

Micah's aim is to develop and lead an effective federal-level policy and research program through the coordination of policy research activities and collaborations to attain;

- optimum delivery of safe, quality care by nurses, midwives, and carers;
- optimum personal and professional safety and well-being of nurses, midwives, and carers;
- increased public awareness of the contributions of nursing, midwifery, and carers;
- improved recognition of the nursing and midwifery professions as a powerful national voice;
- prominence of key nursing, midwifery, and carer issues in national policy, decision-making and debate, and;
- improved recognition of the ANMF as a source of high-quality education, evidence, and analysis for politicians and decision makers.

Micah's work contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the ANMF’s Strategic Plan 2018-2023 by:

- Building collaborative policy research relationships and networks with ANMF State and Territory Branches and external stakeholders.
- Promoting and supporting the production, synthesis, and evaluation of evidence into effective health and aged care policy and practice decision making.
- Managing and coordinating ANMF federal-level policy research activities.
- Working with ANMF senior staff and advising on potential opportunities for policy research.
- Representing the ANMF at local, national, and international policy research events.
- Managing the administration and quality assurance processes for ANMF research.
- Leading the ANMF's peer reviewed, scholarly journal the Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing (AJAN) as Editor-in-Chief.
- Developing evidence-based resources for ANMF members and the broader health and aged care sector (e.g. for COVID-19)

Micah has a background of over 12 years in research and teaching in health and social sciences and post-doctoral expertise in evidence synthesis, implementation science, and policy research. Micah has experience leading high-profile research projects funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), Stillbirth Foundation Australia, and the United Kingdom Department for International Development as well as rapid reviews for the New South Wales and Victorian Health Departments, NSW Cancer Institute, and the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health and has developed over 200 evidence-based recommended clinical practice resources and policy documents for clinicians and knowledge users.

On behalf of the ANMF, Micah has led and contributed to many submissions including to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Senate Select Committee Inquiry into COVID-19, and the Productivity Commission's Mental Health Inquiry.

Micah has also taught courses in the conduct of systematic reviews as well as the implementation of evidence-based practice in clinical settings around Australia and internationally and supervises higher degree students (Masters and PhD) at UniSA.

Selected roles and achievements:

ANMF National Policy Research Adviser (Federal Office)
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Adelaide School of Nursing, University of Adelaide
Editor-in-Chief, Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing (AJAN)
Associate Editor, International Journal of Nursing Studies
Member, the Australian GRADE Centre
Member, the Centre for Evidence-Based Practice South Australia (CEPSA), Adelaide School of Nursing, University of Adelaide
Led the development and publication of an internationally recognised methodology for undertaking and reporting scoping reviews and contributed to the development of PRISMA reporting guidelines (PRISMA-ScR)
Led the development of evidence-informed guidelines for supporting parents affected by stillbirth, Stillbirth Foundation Australia (endorsed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Beyond Blue)
Invited speaker at national and international conferences and workshops
Published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals

Dr Micah Peters currently works across the following research areas:


  • 2015    Australian Department of Health. Health Technology Assessment Panel
  • 2014    UK Department for International Development. What are people’s views and experiences of delivering and participating in microfinance interventions?: a systematic review (£40,000)
  • 2014    Sax Institute/NSW Kids and Families. Safe management of Expressed Breast Milk ($20,000)
  • 2014    Stillbirth Foundation Australia. Provision of effective, meaningful, appropriate care for families who have experienced stillbirth: a comprehensive review of the evidence and best practice guidance ($50,000)
  • 2013    Sax Institute/NSW Ministry of Health. Community grant programs targeting reduction of risk factors for lifestyle-related chronic disease: An evidence review to identify factors related to their effectiveness ($27,000)
  • 2013    HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation. Use of surgical and interventional radiology checklists in Australian hospitals: uptake, barriers and enablers ($311,195)
  • 2012    Cancer Australia / Cancer Council SA. Supporting People with Cancer. Cancer Survivorship: A focus on return to work. A targeted intervention to address unmet survivorship care needs.
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Swallowing Outcomes Following Primary Surgical Resection and Primary Free Flap Reconstruction for Oral and Oropharyngeal Squamos Cell Carcinomas: A Systematic Review of Quantitative Evidence Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Dr Stephen Shih-Teng Kao
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Effectiveness, Cost Effectiveness, Acceptability and Implementation Barriers/Facilitators of Chronic Kidney Disease Management Programs for Indigenous People in Australia, New Zealand and Canada: A Systematic Review of Mixed Evidence Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Ms Rachel Elizabeth Reilly
    2014 - 2016 Principal Supervisor The Effectiveness of Allied Health Therapy in the Symptomatic Management of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy: A Systematic Review Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Erica Tilley
    2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor The Effectiveness and Safety of Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist Mechanical Ventilation Compared to Pressure Support Ventilation in Optimizing Patient Ventilator Synchrony in Critically ill Patients: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Ms Arisara Patthum

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