Eastern Health

Eastern Health - Deakin University
Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre


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, led by Professor Julie Considine, is committed to excellence in healthcare through translating research findings into clinical practice.


Our vision is to be nationally and internationally recognised as a centre of research excellence.


Our aim is 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.


  • To lead high quality research at Eastern Health through programs of research excellence that are of strategic importance to both Eastern Health and Deakin University.
  • To lead 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.
  • To strengthen the integration of research findings into clinical practice, education programs and heath care policy by effective knowledge implementation strategies.
  • To increase 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.
  • To expand collaborations with National and International partners from academic, industry, consumer and government sectors.

Current research foci

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.


Chair in Nursing

Professor Julie Considine

Research Fellows

Dr Maryann Street

Dr Lisa Kuhn

Contact details

Deakin University - Eastern Health Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
Level 2, 5 Arnold Street,
Box Hill, VIC 3128
P: (03) 9895 3177

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