Staff profile - Alison Hutchinson

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Prof Alison Hutchinson

Position: Chair in Nursing (Monash Health)
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Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446446 +61 3 92446446
Email: alison.hutchinson@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Professor Alison Hutchinson is Chair in Nursing and Director of the Centre for Nursing Research – Deakin University and Monash Health Partnership, and Professor of Nursing at Deakin University, School of Nursing and Midwifery. Prior to this, and following her return from Canada in January, 2010, she was appointed Associate Professor at Deakin University and the Cabrini-Deakin Centre for Nursing Research at Cabrini Health. Between July 2007 and December 2009, Dr Hutchinson trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Knowledge Utilization Studies Program at the University of Alberta, Canada; supported by a national fellowship award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and a provincial fellowship award from Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR). Professor Hutchinson is Deputy Director of the Quality and Patient Safety Strategic Research Centre at Deakin University. She is also Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation and Education in Aged Care. Professor Hutchinson is a member of the international editorial boards for journals Implementation Science and Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing. Professor Hutchinson has attracted competitive research funding from AHFMR and CIHR in Canada, the Australian Research Council, and the Department of Health and Aging, Australia. She has authored several book chapters and has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Master of Bioethics, Monash University, 1997
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Advanced Nursing), La Trobe University, 1991


Affiliations

Dr Hutchinson has been a member of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia since 1990 and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (an International Honour Society of Nurses) since 2006.


Academic

Teaching Interests

Dr Hutchinson supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students who are working in the field of decision making and/or knowledge translation/research utilisation to promote safety and quality in healthcare. She also teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.


Knowledge areas

Knowledge translation / implementation science  (specifically, translation of research evidence into clinical practice), with a particular interest in the influences of interprofessional interaction and organizational context on knowledge translation.

Experience in the use of qualitative and quantitative methods.


Conferences and seminars

Mallidou, A.A., Hutchinson, A.M., Toth, F., Cummings, G.G., Schalm, C., Estabrooks, C.A. (2011) A systematic review examining organizational characteristics that influence knowledge translation in healthcare. Cochrane Canada 9th Annual Symposium (16-17 February 2011), Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. February17, 2011.

Hutchinson, A. M., Mallidou, A. A., Toth, F., Cummings, G. G., Schalm, C., Estabrooks, C. A. (2010). Do characteristics of organizations influence knowledge translation? A systematic review. Margaret Scott Wright Research Day, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, October 22, 2010.

Hutchinson, A. M., Mallidou, A. A., Toth, F., Cummings, G. G., Schalm, C., Estabrooks, C. A. (2010). Do characteristics of organizations influence knowledge translation? A systematic review. Cabrini Health Research Symposium, Melbourne, Australia, August 31, 2010. *AWARDED BEST POSTER PRIZE 2010.

Hutchinson, A. M. DeCorby, K., McCormack, B., Rycroft-Malone, J., Bucknall, T., Kent, B., Schultz, A. A., Snelgrove-Clarke, E. Stetler, C., Titler, M., Wallin, L., Wilson, V. A realist synthesis of evidence underpinning strategies and interventions enabling evidence-informed healthcare. Cabrini Health Research Symposium, Melbourne, Australia, August 31, 2010.

Hutchinson, A. M., Mallidou, A. A., Toth, F., Cummings, G. G., Schalm, C., Estabrooks, C. A. (2010). Do characteristics of organizations influence knowledge translation? A systematic review. KU10 Knowledge Utilisation Colloquium. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 10-11, 2010.

Hutchinson, A. M. DeCorby, K., McCormack, B., Rycroft-Malone, J., Bucknall, T., Kent, B., Schultz, A. A., Snelgrove-Clarke, E. Stetler, C., Titler, M., Wallin, L., Wilson, V. A realist synthesis of evidence underpinning strategies and interventions enabling evidence-informed healthcare. KU10 Knowledge Utilisation Colloquium. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 10-11, 2010.

Hutchinson, A. M., Estabrooks, C. A., Adachi, A-M., Kang, S., Scott, S., Cummings, G., Stevens, B. (2009). Context and research use in the management of pain in children. Margaret Scott Wright Nursing Research Symposium. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. October 23, 2009.

Hutchinson, A. M., Squires, J. E., Cummings, G., Norton, P. G., & Estabrooks, C. A. (2009). Do organizational context and interprofessional interaction influence research use? KU09 Knowledge Utilisation Colloquium. Llandudno, Wales, UK, June 24-26, 2009.

Harrison, D., Hutchinson, A. M., Scott, S., Latimer, M., Yamada, J., Cummings, G., Kang, S., & Estabrooks, C. A., Stevens, B. Is there a relationship between nurses use of evidence-based paediatric pain assessment tools and characteristics of organisational context? KU09 Knowledge Utilisation Colloquium. Llandudno, Wales, UK, June 24-26, 2009.

Hutchinson, A., Squires, J. E., Estabrooks, C. A., Norton, P., Cummings, G., Birdsell, J. & Newton, M. (2008). Examining the relationship between organizational context and health professionals research use. Margaret Scott Wright Nursing Research Symposium. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. October 22, 2008.

Awards

Awards and prizes

Dr Hutchinson has received a number of awards during the course of her research career:

2007-2009 Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada, Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Incentive Award

2007-2009 Knowledge Translation Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada

2007-2009 Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), Canada - Incentive Award

2007-2009 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Childrens Pain Grant PI Dr. Bonnie Stevens, University of Toronto, Canada - Incentive Award

2000-2003 Australian Research Council Strategic Partnership with Industry Research Training (SPIRT) Award


Research

Research projects

Dr Hutchinson has been a member of the Deakin University, Faculty of Health, Human Ethics Research Advisory Group since 2010.



She has been a member of the editorial board for Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, published by Wiley-Blackwell/Sigma Theta Tau since 2009, and as a section editor for this journal she authors a regular education column. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing is ERA rank A and was the top-ranked nursing journal in 2010.



Dr Hutchinson is regularly invited to review for a range of international journals including Implementation Science, BMC Health Services Research, Qualitative Health Research, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing and the Journal of Clinical Nursing.


Research interests

Dr Hutchinsons research interests centre on knowledge translation (research utilisation) in the healthcare setting and she has a particular interest in the influence of organisational context and interdisciplinary interaction on the uptake of research evidence by health professionals. Dr Hutchinson has experience in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including the use of naturalistic observation, in-depth and focus group interviews, and surveys.


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/21953/Prof-Alison-Hutchinson


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