Dr. Louise Horstmanshof, a registered psychologist and higher education teaching and learning specialist, has extensive experience delivering teaching and training materials tailored to a range of learning needs. She has assessed and reported on curricula, programs and interventions. Louise has served as Director of Postgraduate Education for the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University (SCU). She has led two Australian Department of Health (previously HWA) simulation grant projects for SCU. These projects aimed to provide workforce development for professional entry students from Nursing and Allied Health and for staff members at partner facilities. With her team, she won a community engagement award for her work with older adults in independent living arrangements. Louise is passionate about preparing the future health workforce.
Louise has been researching and publishing for the over 20 years. Her research interests and publications cover a range of topics that include the management of loneliness in Aged Care Residents, Deaf people communicating via SMS, wellbeing among final year school students, homesickness, the transfer of training for workplace health and safety officers, adjustment and transition among sojourners, peer support for postgraduate students and their supervisors, and internationalisation of the curriculum. She has presented peer reviewed conference papers both nationally and internationally in the areas of Psychology and Higher Education and also supported colleagues in their attempts to publish and present at conferences. She is a regular reviewer for several national and international peer reviewed journals.