Staff profile - Elizabeth Manias

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Prof Elizabeth Manias

Position: Research Professor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Nursing and Midwif.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46958 +61 3 924 46958


Teaching Interests

Medication safety

Medication adherence

Communication processes in health care

Research methods in health care


Awards and prizes

2014  International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International, for outstanding contribution to nursing research internationally

2012  Distinguished Life Fellow Award, Australian College of Nursing, for outstanding contribution to research, teaching and service in the discipline of nursing

2007  The Australian 2007 Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing. Highly commended award given to: Fundamentals of Pharmacology (5th ed.)

2005-2007 Nurses Board of Victoria, Mona Menzies Postdoctoral Award. Pain assessment and management in older people: testing of an innovative intervention. Amount: $49,974.

2005 June Allen Practice Enhancement Fellowship from Nurses Board of Victoria to support scholar visits to University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh ($2,588)

2004 Fundamentals of Pharmacology (4th ed.) won in the Category of Tertiary Education (wholly Australian) title for The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing. Also textbook was overall winner of all textbook categories

1995-1996 Centaur Nurses Memorial Trust PhD Scholarship – one national award given annually ($14,000); Nurses Memorial Centre Grant for PhD studies ($1800)

1995-1996 Australian Postgraduate Award to support PhD studies (total $29,922)

1990, 1997 ACCCN International Travel Grant and Research Grant (total $4,652)

1982-1983 Cyril Tonkin Scholarship to support Master of Pharmacy studies. Given to an outstanding final year pharmacy student to undertake research (total $20,000)


Research interests

Areas of research
My areas of research involve medication management, medication adherence, and medication safety. I am also interested in consumer participation in health care, as well as communication processes in health care and the ways in which communication relates to adverse events.

Research methodologies
My work has encompassed interventional approaches including pre-post evaluations and randomised controlled trials. I have also completed ethnographic studies incorporating observation of clinical practice, focus groups and interviews. My work has also utilised epidemiological designs, incorporating prospective and retrospective observational approaches.

Research grants

Selected Current Research Grants:

2013-2016 McNamara, T., Knoch, U., Woodward-Kron, R., Elder, CA., Manias, E., Flynn, EM., Zhang, Y. Towards improved quality of written patient records: language proficiency standards for non-native speaking health professionals. Australian Research Council Linkage Project. Amount: $168,000 from the ARC.

2013-2015 Williams, A., Manias, E. & Walker, R., Toussaint, N., Dooley, M. Improving medicine adherence in kidney transplantation. NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Project Grant (Second Call, 2012). Amount: $256,656 from the NHMRC.

2013-2015  Manias, E, Williams, AF, Kinney, SB, Drew, SE, Cranswick, NE; Newall, F, Liew, D,  Wong, CKI. Towards improved communication for medication safety: addressing the complexities of managing medications in hospitalised children. Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant Scheme. Amount: $319,611.00.

2013-2015 Walton, M, Iedema, R, Manias, E, Kelly P, Merry-Smith J. An investigation of the patient  experience of adverse events. National Health and Medical Research Council, Project Grant Scheme. Amount: $587,542.80

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