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

Barwon Health /Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research

Barwon health logoThe Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research is a partnership between Deakin University and Barwon Health.  It is located at The Geelong Hospital, Ryrie Street.

The Centre is led by Professor Trisha Dunning and supported by a Research Fellow, Research Assistant, multidisciplinary clinicians and nurse researchers. 

Deakin University’s partnership with Barwon Health provides the opportunity for academic staff to collaborate with their clinical colleagues in multidisciplinary research teams to plan and implement research relevant to the current health care environment.  In addition, Barwon Health’s regional and rural location provides the opportunity for collaborative research to be conducted with other School of Nursing partners in metropolitan and rural locations.

Vision Statement
The Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research will be recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a regional centre of research excellence through its multidisciplinary research collaborations, professional collaborations, and industry partnerships.

Barwon Health’s Mission Statement
To provide accessible, high quality health care services to the community of Geelong and the Barwon South Western Region.  Barwon Health is committed to achieving excellence in clinical care, research, teaching, and health education.

The goals of the Centre are to facilitate, support, and implement multidisciplinary research across the health care continuum by:

  • conducting a program of research that encompasses quality, safety, and risk management to enhance holistic care and optimise outcomes
  • mentoring and supporting nurses, allied health, and other health professionals to participate in research activities
  • integrating relevant research findings into education programs, heath care policy and clinical practice
  • establishing multidisciplinary research collaborations including within Barwon Health, with Deakin University, other organisations and industry.

Staff include:

Research Assistants:

Core services provided:
Health services available through Barwon Health cover the full spectrum from primary care, community services, aged care, rehabilitation, mental health, emergency and acute care. With the exception of neurosurgery and transplantation, virtually all other specialties are available through the Geelong Hospital.

Number of patients treated each year:
Total separations: 59,859
ED presentations: 70,939
Inpatient separations: 70,939
Total operations: 19,606
Births: 2167
Outpatients: 116,924

Demographic served (e.g. populations):
Barwon Health’s primary catchment comprises a population of close to 300,000. In addition, Barwon Health provides care to a large number of visitors to the region who, in peak seasons, significantly swell the population numbers. The demographic characteristics of residents of the City of Greater Geelong are similar to that of greater Melbourne, however Greater Geelong has a lower proportion of people from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Catchment area (e.g. geographic zones):
Geelong and the South Western Victoria region. Barwon Health’s primary catchment area includes Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Queenscliff, Golden Plains and Colac-Otway. Specialist services are provided to a larger catchment extending to the South Australian border, covering nearly 400,000 people in total.


Current Research Activities
Current research activities focus on:
1. Diabetes

  • General prevention and management issues across the care continuum.
  • Self-care, which encompasses medicines management, beliefs and attitudes and their effects on health, safety and well-being.

2. Medicines management, particularly quality use of medicines project.
3. Complementary and alternative medicine and other therapies.
4. Health care delivery models encompassing evaluation and data utilisation studies for example in palliative and residential aged care.

Contact details
Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research
Kitchener House
C/- The Geelong Hospital
Ryrie Street PO Box 281
Geelong VIC 3220
Telephone: + 61 03 4215 3288
Facsimile: + 61 03 4215 3489
Email: Prof Trisha Dunning (Deakin) OR Prof Trisha Dunning (Barwon)

Partnership Website
Barwon Health