Dr Muhammad Alqudah

Dr Muhammad Alqudah


School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary


Dr. Muhammad Alqudah (RN, MSN, Ph.D.) is a lecturer in nursing at the University of  Newcastle (UON) - School of Nursing and Midwifery. Dr. Alqudah is also a registered nurse with more than 15 years of experience in clinical practice in Australia and overseas, he completed his Bachelor degree in Nursing in 1998 from Jordan, his Masters degree from Wollongong University-Australia October/2008, and was awarded his Ph.D. from Western Sydney University - School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2015. 

Muhammad is a former academic staff member in the School of Nursing and Midwifery - Western Sydney University for the period 02/2012 to 07/2016 where he was teaching undergraduate nursing courses. He currently teaches in undergraduate nursing programmes as well as supervising and supporting Ph.D. students at the University of  Newcastle. Dr. Alqudah has considerable experience in teaching different subjects including- Evidence-Based Nursing, Research Methodology, Foundation for clinical practice, and Bioscience for nursing students.

My Philosophy: I believe that education is the best tool to improve people's knowledge, change their attitude, believes, and increase their confidence. Having said that, presentation of any educational program is crucial, any educational material should be managed and demonstrated carefully for easy delivery, good understanding, and benefit to our population. As an academic staff and a lecture, I have the responsibility in recognizing our clients' intellectual levels, levels of health literacy, their interests and needs, and possible ways to attract their attention. Education can make changes if it is delivered in the right way.

Objectives: With my academic and clinical experience in Australia and Overseas; I will be aiming at developing health education programmes in different fields to suit most peopole with different educational and literacy levels. 

Area of interest

  1. Health education
  2. Education program development
  3. Emergency Department Management
  4. Literacy and Health Literacy
  5. Health promotions 


Faculty of Health and Medicine

School of Nursing and Midwifery T: +61 2 49854455

E: muhammad.alqudah@newcastle.edu.au

The University of Newcastle (UON)

University Drive-Callaghan NSW 2308Australia


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Sydney
  • Master of Nursing, University of Wollongong


  • Emergency Department management, Health Education,
  • literacy and health literacy


  • Arabic (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2012 - 20/06/2016 Casual Academic University of Western Sydney


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Alqudah M, Qudah B, Cowin L, George A, Johnson J, 'Understanding presentations of children with fever to a Sydney emergency department', Journal of Nursing Research and Practice, 3 (2019)
2018 Alqudah M, Cowin L, George A, Johnson M, 'Child fever management: A comparative study of Australian parents with limited and functional health literacy.', Nurs Health Sci, (2018)
DOI 10.1111/nhs.12574
2014 Alqudah M, Johnson M, Cowin L, George A, 'An Innovative Fever Management Education Program for Parents, Caregivers, and Emergency Nurses', Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 36 52-61 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/TME.0000000000000004
2013 Alqudah M, Johnson M, Cowin L, George A, 'Measuring health literacy in emergency departments', Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 4 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.5430/jnep.v4n2p1
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Alqudah MAA, 'Development of a fever management education program for parents with limited health literacy', Australian Resource Centre for Healthcare Innovation (ARCHI) (2014)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 2
Total funding $13,000

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

20181 grants / $3,000

Developing a low health literacy program for parents and carers on fever management in children$3,000

This Grant was given to support my travel to an international conference in Dubai between 13 and 14 /Sept 2018. I have participated as a speaker in this conference and shared my experience on Fever management in children: Developing a low health literacy program for parents and carers.


Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant
Project Team

Alqudah, M., Johnson, M., Cowin, L., & George, A.

Scheme Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20111 grants / $10,000

The effectiveness of fever management education for parents with low health literacy$10,000

Funding body: Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Limited-

Funding body Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Limited-
Project Team

Alqudah, M, Johnson, M, Cowin, L& George, A.

Scheme Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Limited-
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2014
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 Masters AWARENESS ON IMMUNIZATION AMONG MOTHERS IN SAUDI ARABIA Nursing, The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Burdens, Challenges, Coping and Resilience in Caring for a Child with Disability Among Immigrant Parents: A Mixed Methods Study PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Research Projects

An innovative fever management education program for parents, caregivers, and emergency nurses 2012 - 2014


Parents frequently present to the emergency department (ED) concerned about their child's fever. Fever management education programs have been found to improve parents' knowledge of managing fever, although no education program was identified that specifically considered parents with lower functional health literacy. This article describes the development of an easily understood children's fever management education program for parents with varying levels of health literacy. A review of existing literature and guidelines was conducted. Pictorial images and written material constrained to fifth-grade level of readability were used. Academics and ED experts confirmed the content of this evidence-based program. The education program, a combination of Digital Video Disc (DVD) and a brochure in relation to child fever management, is currently being trailed at an ED in Sydney and is appropriate for EDs or primary care settings. Tailoring education programs with plain and simple language is potentially beneficial to all parents (or caregivers) presenting to the ED with children experiencing fever. This program will provide nurses with a simple and clear fever management brochure or DVD to give to parents or caregivers with varying levels of health literacy. We envisage that this program will be continuously televised within local EDs and available for parents or caregivers to view online.

Paediatric Fever Management Education Program 2012 - 2015

An audio-visual presentation of modified fever management education program designed with consideration of parents and carers with varying levels of health literacy has been developed.  The program describes the best ways to assess fever in infants and children, how to manage fever dependent on the level of fever, and also when parents/carers should seek primary care or emergency services. 
The brochure and DVD are readily accessible online for parents, carers and health professionals through theCentre for Applied Nursing Research  > Links page.


Dr Muhammad Alqudah


School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email muhammad.alqudah@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 49854455