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Helen Rawson is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Nursing Research – Deakin University Monash Health Partnership. In line with the centre’s objectives, Helen has a keen interest in safe and quality care for older people and her research is focused in this area. She supports collaboration between Monash Health, Deakin University and other industry partners. Helen is also involved in encouraging and supporting Monash Health nurse clinicians to participate in research activities. Helen has experience working on qualitative and quantitative research projects and in managing large scale multi-site research projects with multi-disciplinary teams.
As a result of her passion for ensuring that nurses understand the important aspects of quality nursing care for older people, Helen is involved in the school’s undergraduate teaching programme and teaches in the 3rd year undergraduate subject ‘Nursing Management of the Older Person’. Helen has co-supervised a Doctor of Nursing student to completion and currently co-supervises a Masters student and a PhD student. She is currently undertaking the Deakin University fast track training program for Higher Degree Research supervision.
Australian College of Nursing
Australian Association of Gerontology
Ageing and Society Journal
Sexuality and Culture Journal
Helen contributes to Deakin University and Monash Health through service in the following ways:
• Member of the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) which is a Deakin University Strategic Research Centre.
• Research advice to clinicians on the Monash Health’s Oncology Supportive Care research group, especially in the design of research projects and preparation of documents for submission for ethics review.
• Participation in Monash Health’s Emergency Department research Masterclass for emergency nurses.
Helen’s current research focus is around the health and wellbeing outcomes for older people in acute, sub-acute and residential aged care settings. She was recently awarded a seeding grant from the school’s Centre for Quality and Patient Safety and she will be undertaking research to explore how nurses manage the care of older patients in the emergency department. Helen’s other areas of interest are the health of individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse population groups and women’s health issues.