Alfred Health Partnership

Our partnership with Alfred Health provides clinical research opportunities for nurses across a variety of acute and specialty health care settings. The collaboration provides a unique opportunity for nurses seeking clinically focused research training. It also supports clinicians seeking experience in multidisciplinary research projects in critical care, acute care and specialty health care contexts.


Research agenda

The centre specialises in developing and implementing evidence for nursing practice to enhance the quality and safety in the delivery of health care. It focuses on evaluating the impact of care delivery on health outcomes in areas such as the identification and management of deteriorating patients, medication safety, pressure injury prevention and clinical communication.


Our vision and strategic intent

Our vision is to improve health outcomes for the community through the development, conduct and dissemination of high-quality, relevant research. We aim to conduct research that makes a substantive contribution to scientific knowledge, clinical nursing practice and quality patient care.

Our objectives

Our goal is to conduct research that provides evidence in determining the most effective treatments to improve patient outcomes. We aim to:

  • develop and promote strategies that encourage patient-centred, evidenced-based practice
  • provide research training and support for new researchers
  • foster interdisciplinary, national and international research collaborations
  • build a program of research that's nationally and internationally recognised
  • provide advice, leadership and expertise for nursing practice, education and professional organisations.

Current programs of research

We're working on the following programs:

  • Patient safety and quality of care
  • Symptom management
  • Integrated knowledge translation

Our team

The centre is led by Professor Tracey Bucknall and supported by research fellows, clinicians, nurse researchers and higher degrees by research students (honours, master's, PhD).

Position Name
Chair in Nursing (Alfred Health) Prof. Tracey Bucknall
Research Fellow Dr Mariann Fossum
Research Fellow Dr Nicole Austin
Research Assistant Leanne Hughes
Administrative Assistant Ellie Duckworth

Contact us

General enquiries
+61 3 9076 2000

Alfred Health Partnership
Commercial Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004

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