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Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research
Faculty of Health
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood Vic 3125

Deakin & Alfred Health Nursing Centre for Research (DAHNCR)

Alfred HealthThe Nursing Research Centre is a partnership between Deakin University and The Alfred.  It is located at The Alfred campus of Bayside Health, Commercial Road, Prahran.

The Centre is led by Professor Tracey Bucknall and supported by Research Fellows, multidisciplinary clinicians, nurse researchers, and higher degree research students (Honours, Masters, PhD). 

Deakin University’s partnership with Alfred Health provides clinical research opportunities for nurses across a variety of acute and specialty health care settings.  This collaborative partnership provides a unique opportunity for nurses seeking clinically focussed research training or clinicians seeking experience in multidisciplinary research projects in critical care, acute care, and specialty health care contexts. 

The Centre has a research agenda that specialises in developing and implementing evidence for nursing practice to enhance quality and safety in the delivery of health care. In particular, the research program is currently evaluating the impact of models of nursing care delivery on health outcomes, medication quality and safety issues, and the impact of emerging technologies on patients and carers.

To improve health outcomes for the community through the development, conduct and dissemination of high quality, relevant research.

Strategic Intent
Deakin & Alfred Health Nursing Centre for Research aims to conduct high quality research that makes a substantive contribution to scientific knowledge, clinical nursing practice and quality patient care.


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

Current Programs of Research

  1. Patient safety and quality of care
  2. Symptom management
  3. Integrated Knowledge Translation


Prof Tracey Bucknall
Dr Mariann Fossum
Dr Danielle Hitch
Ms Nicky Hewitt
Ms Jessica Guinane

Core services provided:
Provide more than 250 uniquely integrated community and hospital based services focusing on:

  • Prevention
  • Early intervention
  • Community-based treatment and rehabilitation
  • Highly specialised surgical and medical diagnosis, treatment and monitoring services
  • Hospital and community based mental health services
  • Comprehensive aged care programs
  • Aged residential services
  • Palliative care

Number of patients treated each year:
Total episodes of care: 96,372
Elective Surgeries Performed: 11,124
Trauma Patients Treated: 6,568 people
Emergency Department Presentations: 92,197

Demographic served (e.g. populations):
Serving more than 680,000 people living in Melbourne's bayside and inner southeast area.

Catchment area (e.g. geographic zones):
Primary Catchment (380,000+)
Secondary Catchment (297,000+)


Contact details

Deakin University - The Alfred
Commercial Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004
Telephone: + 61 03 9076 2000

Partnership Website
Alfred Hospital



Research Programs