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Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery is one of Australia’s most active schools of nursing for research. 

Our supervisors for higher degrees by research are leaders in their chosen fields, both nationally and internationally.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Alfred Deakin Professor Mari Botti (AM)

Coronary care nursing and pain management, patient participation in health care, patient safety and quality care, pain management, clinical handover and professional communication, clinical decision making.

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Alfred Deakin Professor Maxine Duke

Hospital in the home, care delivery models, home care, teaching and learning, clinical learning.

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Alfred Deakin Professor Tracey Bucknall

Clinical decision making, evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, patient safety and risk management, pain management, acute and critical care nursing.

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Professor Nikki Phillips

Evidence-based practice, quality and safety in acute care nursing, evidence-based risk management strategies to prepare graduates to deliver quality and safe patient care, best practice approaches to learning and teaching, and clinical education.

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Professor Julie Considine

Evidence-based practice, clinical decision making, patient safety, clinical risk management, health workforce, health service delivery systems, health services research, nursing education, emergency nursing and triage.

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Professor Andrea Driscoll

Cardiovascular disease, cardiac nursing, workforce issues, coronary care nursing, quality of care and patient safety, chronic disease management, health service delivery and cost-effectiveness of nursing interventions.

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Professor Judy Currey

Critical care including heart and lung transplantation, nursing practices and health technologies that impact patient outcomes, medication quality and risk management.

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Professor Alison Hutchinson

Translation of evidence into practice (knowledge translation/research utilisation), quality of care and patient safety, organisational context and interprofessional interaction/collaboration, use of qualitative and quantitative methods.

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Professor Trish Livingston

Cancer, palliative care and psychosocial outcomes, evidence-based practice and chronic disease, public health, physical activity, chronic disease and psychosocial outcomes.

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Professor Elizabeth Manias

Medication management, medication adherence, medication safety, consumer participation in health care, communication processes in health care and the ways in which communication relates to adverse events.

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Professor Bodil Rasmussen

Diabetes, self-management in chronic conditions, psychosocial outcomes, patient participation and empowerment in health care, nursing practices and health technologies in healthcare delivery.

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Associate Professor Helen Forbes

Nursing education, teamwork, quality and risk management, translation of evidence into practice.

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Associate Professor Anastasia Hutchinson

Chronic disease management (respiratory and cardiac disease), infection prevention and management, antimicrobial stewardship, ambulatory and critical care management of respiratory disease, respiratory and infectious diseases epidemiology, sepsis, pharmacology and advanced practice roles for nurses. 

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Associate Professor Bernice Redley

Safety and quality in healthcare delivery; inter-professional clinical communication for safe transitions in care, within and between teams, in complex settings; teamwork to prevent avoidable harms during hospitalisation; patient and family experiences, engagement and participation to ensure safe high-quality healthcare in acute settings; information technology solutions to support nurses in acute care delivery.

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Dr Stephane Bouchoucha

Infection prevention and control, adherence to guidelines, occupational risk taking and patient safety, scale development and psychometric testing, path analysis, public health.

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Dr Rhonda Brown

Health disparities among marginalised populations, mental health, health outcomes for people of diverse gender and sexuality.

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Dr Grainne Lowe

Evidence-based practice, health workforce/service delivery planning, nursing policy, nurse practitioner, advanced practice nursing, clinical decision making, nursing scope of practice, knowledge translation, patient safety, nursing education, emergency nursing.

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Geelong Waterfront Campus

Professor Trisha Dunning (AM)

Nursing management of people with diabetes in all settings especially end-of-life care and care for older people, quality use of medicines, complementary therapies using quantitative and qualitative approaches.

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Associate Professor Debra Kerr

Quality and safety of patient care in acute care settings; including interprofessional clinical communication and handover, care of older persons, patient participation, and models of care.

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Associate Professor Pat Nicholson

Nursing education, nursing competencies, postoperative adverse events and medications, pressure injuries in surgical patients and Indigenous health education.

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Associate Professor Rochelle Wynne

Risk factors that influence recovery in cardiac patient care, pulmonary dysfunction, haemodynamic monitoring, surgical pain and thoracostomy tube management.

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