Centre for Nursing Research - Deakin University and Monash Health Partnership

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The 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 with the support of an Associate Professor, Research Fellows, nurse researchers, research assistants and higher degree students (Honours, Masters and PhD).

Deakin University's partnership with Monash 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.

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To be recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in nursing research in the areas of quality, safety and risk management.


To conduct high quality research that informs clinical practice, policy development and education.


  • To conduct research 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.
  • To encourage and support nurse clinicians to participate in research activities.
  • To promote the integration of research findings into educational programs, health care policy and clinical practice.
  • To develop and support research collaboration between Monash Health, Deakin University and other industry partners.

Current Research Activities

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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

Our Team

Professor Alison Hutchinson Prof Alison Hutchinson
RN BAppSc (Adv Nsg) Cert of Midwifery MBioeth PhD
Rose Lewis PA to Director

A/Prof Bernice Redley

Dr Helen Rawson Dr Helen Rawson
Research Fellow
BSc(Hons) PhD
an image of Cherene Ockerby Cherene Ockerby
Research Assistant

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
Email: Deakin_SHNRC_PA@southernhealth.org.au

Partnership website - Monash Health

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