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Eastern Health - Deakin University Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre

Eastern health logoThe Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre is a partnership between Deakin University and Eastern Health. It is located on Level 2, 5 Arnold St, Box Hill.

The Eastern Health-Deakin University Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre is a collaborative partnership that drives research to improve patient outcomes within the disciplines of nursing and midwifery. The partnership between Eastern Health and Deakin University commenced in 1999 and now incorporates all Eastern Health sites.

The Centre is led by Professor Julie Considine and supported by a highly skilled team of researchers from a range of backgrounds who are committed to excellence in healthcare through translating research findings into clinical practice

Vision Statement
The Eastern Health-Deakin University Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre will be recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of research excellence.

The goals of the Centre are to conduct high quality research that informs clinical practice, education, and policy development and improves health outcomes of patients through effective risk management and workforce development by:

  • leading high quality research at Eastern Health through programs of research excellence that are of strategic importance to both Eastern Health and Deakin University
  • leading world class nursing and multidisciplinary research programs that support effective models of evidence-based healthcare, a positive experience for patients and carers, and development of a highly skilled health workforce.
  • strengthening the integration of research findings into clinical practice, education programs and heath care policy by effective knowledge implementation strategies
  • increasing research capacity by offering expert research supervision at Honours, Masters, doctoral (PhD) and postdoctoral levels, mentoring clinicians as part of research teams, and identifying and supporting emerging research leaders
  • expanding collaborations with National and International partners from academic, industry, consumer and government sectors

Staff include:

Core services provided:
Eastern Health deliver clinical services through seven clinical programs which include:

  • Emergency and General Medicine
  • Women and Children's Services
  • Speciality Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Continuing Care
  • Mental Health, Turning Point, Alcohol & Drugs
  • Community Health

Number of patients treated each year:
2011-2012: Total admitted patients: 147,371 ED presentations: 141,288

Demographic served (e.g. populations):

Eastern Health treats the greatest number of public admitted patients of any other public health service. Eighty two per cent of Eastern Health's admissions to hospital relate to patients who live within our primary catchment area and a further ten per cent relate to patients who live within our secondary catchment area supporting the notion that Eastern Health is a health service which predominantly serves our communities in Melbourne's east.

Most areas within Eastern Health's primary catchment experience a higher median age than the national average. The outer eastern catchment, which includes Maroondah, Yarra Ranges and Knox, is expected to experience a higher growth in older persons than metropolitan Melbourne and Victoria. There is a large community of Indigenous people living in Yarra Ranges (North) so Eastern Health must consider the particular needs of people of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and tailor services to meet their needs.

There is wide variation in levels of socio-economic disadvantage across Eastern Health’s wide geographical catchment area that presents challenges and requires Eastern Health to ensure access to health services for the most disadvantaged within our community. Overall, people living in the eastern metropolitan region enjoy a life expectancy slightly higher than that of Victoria. The inner areas of the eastern metropolitan region have more people with a disability and a higher percentage of total population with a disability that the outer areas of the eastern metropolitan region.

Catchment area (e.g. geographic zones):
Eastern metropolitan area of Melbourne. Main sites include:

  • Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully
  • Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully
  • Box Hill Hospital in Box Hill
  • Healesville & District Hospital in Healesville
  • Maroondah Hospital in Ringwood East
  • Peter James Centre in Burwood East
  • Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre
  • Wantirna Health in Wantirna
  • Yarra Range Health in Lilydale
  • Yarra Valley Community Health Service

Annual research reports:

Current Research Activities
The research activities of the Eastern Health-Deakin University Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre span acute, subacute, community and residential care and inform strategic directions for clinical practice, education, research and healthcare policy development. We also recognise that a multi-disciplinary approach is vital to patient care so we work with multi-disciplinary teams that include nurses, medical officers, allied health personnel, policy makers, health information technologists, patients and families.

Our research is strongly focused on quality and safety in healthcare and comprises three major programs of research:

  • clinical risk management: current projects include recognition and response to deteriorating patients, inter-professional communication, clinical decision making, increasing use of research evidence to improve clinical care, use of technology to increase quality and safety of patient care
  • symptom management: current projects include improving physical and psychological wellbeing of patients with cancer and their carers, testing evidence-based approaches to pain management, evaluation of an educational resource for cardiac surgical patients
  • healthcare workforce and service delivery models: current projects include investigation of models of care for older persons, evaluation of nurse practitioner and advanced practice nursing roles, evaluation of alternative approaches to healthcare delivery including hospital, community and home based programs


Areas of research interest to date include (but are not limited to) clinical decision making and evidence-based practice in general medical and surgical care, oncology, palliative and end-of-life care, emergency care, critical care, peri-operative and post-anaesthesia care, residential aged care, subacute care, and maternity and women's health.

Contact details
Deakin University - Eastern Health Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
Level 2, 5 Arnold Street,
Box Hill, VIC 3128
Telephone: + 61 03 9895 3177
Email: Prof Julie Considine