Barwon Health Partnership

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

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

About Barwon Health

Barwon Health is Victoria's largest regional integrated healthcare provider. It addresses the health needs of individuals at all stages of life and circumstances through a comprehensive range of services. These services include: outpatients, emergency, acute medicine, surgery, mental health, primary care, community services, aged care and sub-acute care and rehabilitation across 21 sites.

Our mission

Our mission is to lead innovative collaborative clinical and translational research that makes a difference to the lives of a diverse range of people living in the Barwon Region. The mission will be accomplished by:

  • Strengthening academic and clinical engagement to enable both organisations to have a strong local presence.
  • Identifying and addressing research gaps in academic, population health, clinical care and teaching and education.
  • Undertaking multidisciplinary research within and outside the two organisations to address knowledge gaps and translate research.
  • Developing the workforce to enhance research engagement, research capacity and research translation to support evidence-based practice.
  • Engaging consumers in the design, conduct and translation of research findings in clinical care and relevant curricula.
  • Developing, evaluating and implementing resources, policies and models of care.
    Framing our research to encompass the National Safety and Quality in Healthcare Standards (edition 2) (NSQHS 2017)
  • Advocating for our organisations and the people we care for and educate.

Our vision

Inclusion, enquiry, collaboration, respect, leadership

Our aim

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

Our objectives

  • To conduct programs of research that encompass quality, safety and risk management to enhance personalised care and optimise outcomes for people who use Barwon Health services.
  • To mentor and support nurses, allied health and other health professionals to participate in research activities.
  • To translate relevant research findings into education programs, healthcare policy and clinical practice.
  • To establish multidisciplinary local, national and international research collaborations, including within Barwon Health, Deakin University, the Western Alliance and industry.

Current programs of research

Our research addresses national priority areas such as:

  • Diabetes and its related complications/consequences i.e. cardiovascular disease, incontinence, frailty, polypharmacy, falls, dementia and hypoglycaemia, which are associated with high service use and health care costs and reduced life expectancy. Increasing age is a risk factor for diabetes and its complications: 280 Australians with diabetes die every day: one person with diabetes in the world dies every six seconds. Type 2 diabetes is the most significant cause of disease, treatment, medicine and self-care burdens.
  • Embedding evidence into service delivery to address the fundamental care needs of older people with complex care needs, with a specific focus on the care of older people with continence issues and those with a diagnosis of dementia.
  • Consumer engagement and communication.

Our research is organised into three main research programs that focus on helping people live positively, proactively identify and manage risk, and maintain dignity and quality of life and achieve a ‘good death’. The program areas are inter-related and encompass a range of specific research projects. The three programs are:

  1. Diabetes, ageing and palliative and end of life care
  2. Continence care and ageing
  3. Communication for quality and safety in health care

Current research projects

  • Developing information to enable older persons with diabetes, their families and healthcare professionals to discuss palliative and end of life care
  • Communication and language concerning palliative and end of life care
  • Enhancing personal and continence care to promote physiological autonomy and manage risk for people who are care-dependent

Our team

Chair in Nursing
(Barwon Health)
Prof. Trisha Dunning
Research Fellow Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz
Research Assistant Susan Streat

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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