The Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research

At The Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) we strive to enhance patient health and wellbeing. We're constantly improving patient safety and healthcare outcomes by marrying research, education and practice and innovations in research and teaching.

Our mission

Our key defining goal is to produce world-leading research that has a positive impact on the communities we serve and directly impacts the quality, safety and experience of patient care through effective industry partnerships that facilitate knowledge translation.

World-leading research in applied health service

QPS, nested within the Deakin Partners in Nursing and Midwifery research network, aims to be a world leader in applied health services research. 

We focus on knowledge translation, particularly in relation to clinical care, quality and patient safety.


Study prioritises nurses' responses to critically ill patients
02 August 2016
A new study is looking at ways to improve the recognition of critically ill hospital patients, and ultimately save lives.
Nurturing new times for midwives
13 June 2016
A Deakin researcher will lead a revision of the National Standards for Australian midwives.
Grant supports researchers to improve dementia care
23 May 2016
A Deakin research team has received a grant of almost $200,000 for novel dementia research.

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Featured researchers

Meet just a few of our leading researchers producing world-class outcomes.

Professor Elizabeth Manias

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Professor Tracey Bucknall

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Professor Alison Hutchinson

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Our objectives

We aim to have a positive impact on patient care through the translation of knowledge into the real world, and a sustainable, collaborative research capacity. 

Our objectives are to:

  • produce world-leading research that has a positive impact on communities 
  • directly impact the quality, safety and experience of patient care 
  • build on strategic local, national and international collaborations
  • build sustainable research capacity
  • facilitate the knowledge translation of high-quality research into improved clinical care and patient safety outcomes.

Collaborating with the community

QPS is part of the Deakin Partners in Nursing and Midwifery research network, which is a unique, distinctive and internationally-renowned integrated health services partnership. Our researchers collaborate with other organisations in medicine, psychology, health economics and biostatistics, both nationally and internationally.

Diabetes research

Professor Trisha Dunning, Chair in Nursing at Deakin-Barwon Health, collaborated with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association to develop and publish The McKellar Guidelines for Managing Older People with Diabetes in Residential and Other Care Facilities in 2014.

These guidelines translate existing evidence into care recommendations so health professionals can deliver best-practice care.

Join our research team

To become a QPS research student, you need to be familiar with our research focus and three key research pillars: 

  • Patient experience 
  • Patient safety 
  • Workforce development

In just a few steps you could be find new and better ways for hospitals to relate to patients, keep them safe and help improve the effectiveness of current models of care.

Find out how to become a research student

Find a supervisor

Once you know what you want to do, you'll need to find a suitable supervisor. Browse our staff profiles and find out who specialises in the area you'd like to focus on. Then send them an email or call to discuss your proposal.

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Contact us

Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS)
General enquiries
+61 3 9244 6578
Email QPS

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125