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

Centre for Nursing Research - Deakin University and Monash Health Partnership

Barwon health logoThe Centre for Nursing Research is a partnership between Deakin University and Monash (formerly Southern) Health.  It is located at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton Campus, Clayton Road.

The Centre is led by Professor Alison Hutchinson and supported by Research Fellows, multidisciplinary clinicians and nurse researchers.

Deakin University’s partnership with Monash 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.

Vision Statement
The Monash Health/ Deakin Nursing Research Centre will be recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in nursing research in the areas of Quality, Safety and Risk Management.

The Centre will lead research to conduct high quality research that informs clinical practice, policy development and education

The goals of the Centre are to grow expertise in clinical research by:

  • conducting 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 fostering development opportunities for nursing research students
  • encouraging and supporting nurse clinicians to participate in research activities
  • promoting the integration of research findings into educational programs, health care policy and clinical practice
  • developing and supporting research collaboration between Monash Health, Deakin University and other industry partners

Staff include:

Research Fellows:

Research Assistants:

Senior Project Officer:

Education Staff:

  • Ms Cheryl Turner RN BN GradDip CritCareNurs MEd Cert IV TAE
  • David McMillan RN RPN GradDipNursPractice(Mental Health) Cert IV TAE

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: 2.44 million
Hospital admission: 193,000 people
Emergency presentations: 180,000 people
Ambulance arrivals: 46,000
Surgical operations: 39,000 operations
Outpatient services: 986,000 occasions
Births: 9,000
Children: more than 29,000 admissions of children under age 19 to the children’s wards and neonatal units
Mental health: more than 235,000 client contacts
Community health services: more than 185,000 hours of direct primary care and home and community care services provided in our community

Demographic served (e.g. populations):

Catchment area (e.g. geographic zones):
Core catchment: 23% of metropolitan Melbourne from Caulfield to Cranbourne, and Pakenham to Moorabbin, covering the cities of Monash, Greater Dandenong, Casey, Cardinia, Kingston and Glen Eira and the Shire of Cardinia.


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

Contact details
Centre for Nursing Research - Deakin University and Monash Health Partnership
I Block
246 Clayton Road
Clayton VIC 3168
Telephone: + 61 03 9594 4240

Partnership Website
Monash Health