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John Hurley

B(Counselling)(UNE), PGDip(MentalHlthNurs)(JCU), MSc(Nursing)(USQ), PhD(USQ)


Faculty of Health

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Coffs Harbour
John Hurley


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Professor John Hurley is a credentialed mental health and general nurse with qualifications in gestalt psychotherapy, counselling, emotional intelligence and adult education. John is the School Director for Higher Degree Research in the School of Health and Human Sciences and is an internationally recognised academic in his field.

He has accumulated over 30 years’ experience as a mental health practitioner in acute community psychiatric services and maintains his clinical capabilities and applied research through working with young people at Headspace Coffs Harbour.


John’s work has attracted has over 1000 citations, a h index of 17 and an i10 index of 32 and has over 100 international peer reviewed publications. His research is often situated within the real world contexts of mental health clinical work or translations to it. His teaching and research activities are predominantly focused on mental health, emotional intelligence, health education and health workforce issues. Methodologies include qualitative approaches such as critical realism, phenomenology and social constructionism, as well as realistic evaluation.

Community engagement

John has strong ties to the local community through links with both non-government and government led health and social services.


John is an experienced principle supervisor and offers supervision guided by adult learning principles.


John is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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