Libby Miller, Committee Member
Libby, (also known as Elizabeth), is currently undertaking a full-time PhD at Federation University Australia, Gippsland campus, under the supervision of Associate Professor Joanne Porter and Dr Michael Barbagallo. Her current research is examining environmental factors - the natural, built, social (behaviour and language), and symbolic environments where people may receive bad news about their life-limiting illness within the palliative care unit. Two publications relating to the examination of the background literature have been published. These works were presented at the recent 2021 Oceanic Palliative Care conference (21OPCC).
Libby completed her nursing (honours) degree in 2019 receiving an H1 distinction for the thesis titled 'The exploration of the role of primary carers who are providing end of life care in the home: A qualitative study of carers in Gippsland, Victoria.' Two articles have been published from the findings of this research project.
Libby completed a Bachelor of Nursing in 2017 with high distinctions and received the University Medal for outstanding achievement. During that year she participated in a 3-week nursing placement at Scheer Memorial Hospital in Benapa, Nepal, igniting a passion to explore carer roles and the hospital environment for people with palliative and end-of-life needs through an honours research project. For 18 months during her studies, Libby also provided personal and nursing care to residents living in Dalkeith Hostel, Traralgon, a 54 bed residential aged care facility. As a registered nurse at Latrobe Regional Hospital, Libby gained medical, palliative, surgical and hospital in the home clinical experience.
Before returning to study, Libby worked as a first aid officer and administrator for 10 years in a large regional private school in Gippsland.