Barwon Health Partnership

Our partnership with Barwon Health allows academic staff to collaborate with their clinical colleagues. Multidisciplinary research teams work together to plan and implement research relevant to the current healthcare environment. 

Barwon Health's regional and rural location also provides the opportunity for collaborative research to be conducted with other School of Nursing and Midwifery partners in metropolitan and rural locations.


About Barwon Health

Barwon Health is Victoria's largest regional integrated healthcare provider. The organisation was formed from five independent health organisations to provide continuity of care for individuals by integrating acute, continuing, and community care services. This includes paediatric and birthing services, acute and rehabilitation services, and aged and palliative care services. These are delivered through three programs: Acute Health, Community and Mental Health, and Rehabilitation and Aged Care.

Our mission

With our consumers at the forefront, we excel in delivering efficient integrated care, education and research to advance health and wellbeing for all.

Our vision

Together with our community we build healthier lives, inspired by world-class standards. The partnership's vision is to be locally, nationally and internationally recognised as a regional centre of research excellence through multidisciplinary research teams, professional collaborations and industry partnerships.

Our aim

To facilitate, support and implement multidisciplinary research across the health care continuum in collaboration with local, national and international partners and industry.

Our objectives

  • To conduct a program of research that encompasses quality, safety and risk management to enhance holistic care and optimise outcomes for patients of Barwon Health.
  • To mentor and support nurses, allied health and other health professionals to participate in research activities.
  • To integrate relevant research findings into education programs, healthcare policy and clinical practice.
  • To establish multidisciplinary research collaborations, including within Barwon Health, Deakin University, the Western Alliance and industry.

Current programs of research

We're working on the following programs:

  • Diabetes
    • Management issues across the care continuum – in particular, older people with diabetes, family carers and palliative/end of life care
    • Self care, which encompasses medication management, beliefs and attitudes, and their effects on health, safety and wellbeing
  • Medication management 
  • Healthcare delivery models encompassing evaluation and data utilisation studies, i.e. residential aged care

Current research projects

  • Quality use of glucose lowering medicines: the Q-Med study.
  • Personalised diabetes – specific discharge care planning for older people with diabetes.
  • Pain in older people with diabetes - the POP-D study.
  • Revision of the guidelines for managing diabetes at the end of life.

Our team

Position Name
Chair in Nursing
(Barwon Health)
Prof. Trisha Dunning
Research Fellow Dr Sally Savage
Research Assistant Susan Streat
Research Assistant Nicole Duggan

Contact us

General enquiries
+61 3 4215 3288
+61 3 4215 3489 (fax)

Barwon Health Partnership
Kitchener House
C/- The University Hospital Geelong 
Ryrie Street
PO Box 281
Geelong VIC 3220

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