Faculty of Health

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Cabrini logo

Deakin Centre for Nursing Research


In April 1997 Deakin University formed a partnership with Cabrini Health, Malvern to establish a research unit in nursing: The Cabrini - Deakin Centre for Nursing Research, based at Cabrini Health.


The Cabrini - Deakin Centre for Nursing Research aims to conduct high quality research that makes a substantive contribution to scientific knowledge, clinical nursing practice and quality patient care.


The objectives of the Cabrini - Deakin Centre for Nursing Research are to:

  • Conduct high quality research that provides evidence for clinicians and consumers in determining the most effective treatments to improve patient outcomes.
  • Develop and promote strategies that encourage patient-centred, evidenced based practice.
  • Provide research training and support for new researchers.
  • Foster interdisciplinary, national and international research collaborations.
  • Build a program of research in clinical decision making and evidence based practice that is nationally and internationally recognized.
  • Provide advice, leadership and expertise for nursing practice, education and professional organisations.

Current Research Activities

Current research within the Centre concentrates on the generation and use of research evidence to improve patient outcomes. The research focuses on the decision making of clinicians to improve the quality of care and minimise the risk of adverse events to patients receiving treatment. Other research specifically focuses on patients and their involvement in treatment decisions such as pain and symptom management and health care maintenance.

Research funding has been received from local, national and international bodies to support this work.

Further information about projects

Cabrini Staff

Head: Professor Tracey Bucknall
Associate Professor: Alison Hutchinson
Research Associates: Helen Forbes, Vanessa Brotto
Research Assistants: Jessica Guinane, Claire Weeden

Contact Details

Cabrini - Deakin Centre for Nursing Research
Cabrini Institute
183 Wattletree Road
Malvern 3144
Victoria, Australia
Phone: +61 3 95081375
Fax: &+61 3 95081908
Email: tracey.bucknall@deakin.edu.au

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

21st October 2013