Ruth Wei  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Dr Ruth Wei


    About me

    Dr Ruth Wei has 30 years of experience in nursing practice, education and research in Australia and China and has expertise in cross-cultural care and quality improvement in nursing.

    I have worked as a registered nurse in China and a scheduled medicines registered nurse (rural and isolated practice) in Australia, with a broad range of experience to provide care to patients in a range of settings from intensive care units, emergency departments, surgical wards to community settings. Currently, I teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students with a variety of topics at Murdoch University.

    One of my special areas of interest is palliative care and end-of-life care, and death education. I am the principal investigator on an ongoing research project to explore the expectation, experience, and perceptions of palliative care in Chinese migrants living in Australia and a chief investigator in a work-life integration and well-being research project.

    Teaching area

    NUR123 Professional Nursing Practice2

    BNR359 Clinical Nursing Practice

    Research areas

    I am an active and passionate researcher and committed myself to three primary research areas: firstly, palliative care and end-life-care, with a particular focus on the provision of equitable palliative care to people of all cultures and contributing to the development of multidisciplinary based programs capable of delivering that care and death education. Secondly, due to my early clinical practice and clinical research experience, how to improve the quality of care has always been one of my research interests. Thirdly, my current experience in tertiary teaching has raised my research interests in curriculum development in nursing education, particularly in developing and evaluating innovative teaching methodologies to enhance nursing students’ learning experience and better understanding about nursing and caring. Other recent areas of research include occupational wellbeing, alternative and complementary medicine, clinical audit and peer-assisted learning.

    Current projects


    2019   The expectations, experiences and perceptions of palliative care amongst Chinese migrants living in Australia

    2017  Work-life balance, work-life merge and wellbeing in higher education employees

    Awards and grants

    2019     SHP Small Grant Award  $12,000

    2019    Awarded The Best Mini-Oral by a first-time presenter at The 19th Oceanic Palliative Care Conference, Australia

    2014   Rural and Isolated Practice Endorsed Registered Nurse (RIPERN) course  Scholarship (Queensland Health)                                                       $2300

    2011   Conference Travel Award (Murdoch University)                         $1200

    2007    Outstanding Clinic Educator Award  (Zhuhai People’s Hospital)                 ¥500

    2006    The 2nd Prize in Zhuhua’ Speech Contest  (Zhuhai Government)               ¥1000

    2006     Outstanding Clinic Educator Award ( Zhuhai People’s Hospital)                ¥500

    2000    Awarded Research Grants (Health Department, Zhuhai)                              ¥3000


    Professional and community service

    • Death cafe Murdoch founder (2019 – current)
    • Australian Chinese Health Professional Association committee (2019 – current)
    • Palliative care WA member (2017 – current)
    • Sigma  (2018 – 2019)
    • WA Simulation in Healthcare Alliance (WASHA) (2017 – Present)
    • WA Palliative Care Research Collaboration (2017 – 2018)                

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    Masters candidate: Holly Clegg: Required wound content for entry to practice registered nurse curricula (Associate supervisor)

    Masters candidate: Jing Ning: ‘What do they want to know and how?’- A qualitative study to understand the information needs of family members of Intensive Care Unit patients (Associate supervisor)

    PhD candidate: Ruixue Bi: The Needs and Experience of Family Caregivers of People[RW1]  with Dementia in Nanchang, China (Associate supervisor)



    • Li. W. (2019). Trauma. In: Critical care and Emergency Nursing. (Bilingual, 2ed). People’s Medical Publishing House Co., LTD. ISBN: 978-7-117-27469

    Clinical Nursing standards Guidelines

    • Zhen, FM,. Li, B., Peng, SF., Lu.WL., Wei,L., Hu, YN., et al,. Palliative care standards in GuangXi Province. (2018). Standard for Hospice Care in Aging Facilities (Chinese version). Guangxi, China. 广西壮族自治区地方标准(Codes: DB45T/1606-2017)


    • Wei, L., Walters, J., Guo, Q., Fetherston, C., & O’Connor, M. (2019). Meaningful and culturally appropriate palliative care for Chinese immigrants with a terminal condition: A qualitative systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 1. doi:10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003867
    • Lin,F., Wei, R., SONG, B., & WU. ZJ. (2019), An introduction to doctorate in nursing and its training model in Australia[J]. Chinese Journal of Nursing Education, 16(6): 417-420.
    • Carr, S. E., Brand, G., Wei, L., Wright, H., Nicol, P., Metcalfe, H., . . . Foley, L. (2016). “Helping someone with a skill sharpens it in your own mind”: a mixed method study exploring health professions students experiences of Peer Assisted Learning (PAL). BMC Medical Education, 16, 48.
    • Wei, L., Li, B. (2015). Developing information literacy in contemporary youth nurses. Nursing Practice and Research, 12(1), 13-14.
    • Li, B., Wei, L. (2015). Multidisciplinary team cooperation to enhance patient experience in health care delivery. Nursing Practice and Research, 12(2), 12-14.
    • Wei,L., Fetherston, C. & Medigovich, K. (2015). Taoist Tai Chi for health: The characteristics and patterns of practice of Western Australian practitioners. Health Behaviour & Public Health, 5 (1). pp. 1-7.
    • Li, B & Wei, L. (2014). The development and tendency in international nursing research. Journal of Nursing Practice and Research, 11(12), 21-23.
    • Fetherston, C.M., & Wei, L. (2011). The benefits of tai chi as a self management strategy to improve health in people with chronic conditions. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 3(3), 155. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-9824.2011.01089.x
    • Wei, L. (2011). Tai Chi–health benefits. Australian Nursing Journal, 19(3), 43
    • Wei, L.,& Li, W.J. (2006). Nursing care for 15 patients with ciguatevatoxin poison. Modern Clinical Nursing Journal, 5(2), 37
    • Wei, L.,& Hu, Z.Y. (2004). Health demands and health education for in-hospital patients. Modern Nursing Journal, 10(3), 250
    • Wei, L., Xiao, X.Y., Hon, J.H., Pan, L.Z. Yang, L., & Li, Y.Y. (2002). Redesign and application of new multiply-function treatment trolley. Journal of Nurses Training, 17(6), 434
    • Wei, L., Xiao, X.Y., Yang, L., & Luo, R.N. (2001). Application of Quality Control in patient health education amongst in-hospital patients. Modern Nursing, 7(11), 54
    • Wei, L. (1996). Post-operative observation on four hematological dynamic indicators and nursing care amongst the patient underwent cardiac-surgery. ZHUHAI MEDICNE, 1(7), 50
    • Xiao, X.Y., Wei. L., Deng, S.F., Yang, L., & Lin. S.J. (2004).  Introduce a multifunctional bath chair. Chinese Journal of Nursing, 39(6), 426
    • Deng, S.F., Deng, G.F.,Wei, L., & Xiao, X.Y. (2002). Application of Quality Control circle in health education. Nanfang Journal of Nursing, 9(1), 59
    • Xiao, X.Y., Wei, L., & Cheng, M. (2002). Clinic characteristics and nursing care among the patient with tetanus caused by drug abuse. Modern Nursing, 11(8), 898
    • Xiao, X.Y., Hon, J.H., & Wei, L. (2001). The relationship between patient’s demands and the cognition of nursing staff. Journal of Qiqihar Medical University, 22(8), 931
    • Xiao, X.Y., Hon, J.H., Wei, L., & Luo, R.N. (2001). Investigation and analysis of the demand and related rights in hospitalized patients. Today Nurse, 5, 57


    • Chan, B., Wei, L., & Daicopoulos, M. (2019). Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: A Marriage of Innovation in Nursing EBP and Digital Literacy Education. The 40th IATUL conference, 23-27 June 2019. Perth, Australia.
    • Wei, L., Brand, G., & Carr, S. (2014). Peer assisted learning what health professional students expect across clinical setting and classroom. Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Eductors (ANZAHPE) 2014. Gold Coast, Australa
    • Wei, L., & Fetherston, C. (2011). Attributes of self-esteem experienced by Taoist Tai Chi practitioners. Proceedings of the 9th Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (concurrent session). Melbourne, Australia


    • Wei, L & Walters, J. (2019). The meaningful and cultural appropriate end-of-life care to Chinese immigrants with terminal illness.  The 19th Oceanic Palliative Care Conference, Perth, Australia
    • Chen, B. Wei, L &  Daicopoulos, M. (2019). Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: A Marriage of Innovation in Nursing EBP and Digital Literacy Education. 40th IATUL conference, 23-27 June 2019. Perth, Australia.
    • Fetherston, C. Wei, R., Batt, S., Sully, M. & Fetherston, A. (2019). Work-life merge and wellbeing in Australian and UK academics. Fifth International Conference on Wellbeing at Work: Wellbeing at Work in a changing work: Challenges and opportunities, Paris, France.
    • Wei, L. (2019). To improve quality through evidence-based clinical audit. 5th International Nursing Forum, 16-19 April 2019. Yunan, China
    • Wei, L., Brand, G., & Carr, S. (2014). What health professional students expect across clinical and classroom settings? Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Eductors (ANZAHPE) 2014. Gold Coast, Australa
    • Wei, L., & Fetherston, C. (2012). The patterns of use of TC in WA and its effect on self-esteem. Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia, WA
    • Wei, L. (2011).  Attributes of self-esteem experienced by Taoist Tai Chi practitioners.  9th Asia / Oceania Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Australia
    • Wei, L.  (2005). The investigation of effective endotracheal suctioning among the patients with volume controlled mode mechanical ventilation. The Critical and Intensive Care Annual Conference, China
    • Wei, L.(2001).  The application of quality control in patients health education amongst in-hospital patients,  2001 Asian Nursing Conference, China
    • Wei, L. (1999).  observation and nursing care on the patients with  patient-controlled analgesia (PCV) after abdominal surgery. National Surgical Pre-operative and rehabilitative care, China
    • Wei, L. (1999). nursing experience and health instructions of stoma after colostomy. New Technique Development in Cancer, Acute & Critical diseases
    • Wei, L. (1999). Nursing the replantation of a broken wrist after vein-arterialization. Surgical Nursing Conference, China
    • Wei, L. (1996). Post-operative observation on four hematological dynamic indicators and nursing amongst the patients with cardiac surgery. National Modern Basic Nursing and New Nursing Skills and Techniques of clinical nursing, China