Faculty of Health

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Centre for Nursing Research -
Deakin University and Monash Health Partnership


The Partnership between Deakin University and Monash (formerly Southern) Health was established in May 2006. This partnership has resulted in the development of the Centre for Nursing Research - Deakin University and Monash Health Partnership, which is based at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton Campus. The Centre for Nursing Research conducts research activities across all Monash Health sites.


To be nationally and internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in nursing research in the areas of Quality, Safety and Risk Management.


To conduct high quality research that informs clinical practice, policy development and education.


  • To conduct a research program in the areas of quality, safety and risk management with the aim of enhancing the independence and wellbeing of individuals in clinical and aged care settings.
  • To encourage and support nurse clinicians to participate in research activities.
  • To promote the integration of research findings into educational programs, health care policy and clinical practice.
  • To develop and support research collaboration between Monash Health, Deakin University and other industry partners.

Current Research Activities

2012 Deakin-Monash Health Nursing Research Centre Report (pdf 1.1Mb)

In promoting the nexus between research, education and practice, the themes of knowledge translation, person-centred care, decision making, and patient safety and risk management underpin the research conducted by the Centre. The program of research centres on four interconnected areas of nursing practice and development: symptom management, care of the older person, chronic disease and workforce development.


Care of the older person

  • Nursing management of behaviours of concern in residential aged care facilities
  • The Tri-focal Model of Care: Teaching and Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) implementation and evaluation
  • Managing care of older patients in the emergency department

Chronic Disease

  • Exercise physiologists improving the physical function of people on dialysis
  • Home dialysis therapies e-learning project
  • Kalgoorlie Goldfields chronic kidney disease evaluation

Symptom management

  • Nursing knowledge and management of intradialytic hypotension
  • Patient initiated MET calls
  • Do not resuscitate (DNR) point prevalence

Workforce Development

  • Associate Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM) leadership development program evaluation
  • Evaluation of the extended scope of practice Nurse Endoscopist project
  • Structured interdisciplinary bedside rounding




Professor Alison Hutchinson
Chair in Nursing

Personal Assistant to Director:

Rose Lewis

Associate Professor

Assoc. Prof Paul Bennett RN (Renal) MHSM PhD

Research Fellows:

Dr Mary Hawkins BA(Hons) PhD

Tania Cossich BN MPH

Dr Helen Rawson BSc (Hons) PhD

Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz RN MNurs

Research Assistants:

Cherene Ockerby BA(Hons)

Catherine Au RN BN(Hons) GradCertNIC

Amanda Springer BSc, MGenCouns

Senior Project Officer:

Sadie Jaeschke RN (Renal, Peri-op), BN

Education Staff:

Cheryl Turner RN BN GradDip CritCareNurs MEd Cert IV TAE

David McMillan RN RPN GradDipNursPractice(Mental Health) Cert IV TAE

Contact Details:

Centre for Nursing Research - Deakin University and Monash Health Partnership
I Block
246 Clayton Road
VIC 3168
Telephone: (03) 9594 4240
Email: Deakin_SHNRC_PA@southernhealth.org.au

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

21st October 2013