Eastern Health Partnership

The Eastern Health Partnership is a collaborative partnership that drives research to improve patient outcomes in nursing and midwifery. The partnership between Eastern Health and Deakin University commenced in 1999 and now incorporates all Eastern Health sites.


Our vision

Our vision is that the Eastern Health Partnership is a nationally and internationally recognised centre of research excellence.


Our goals

To conduct high-quality research for clinical practice, education and policy development.

Our aim is to improve the health outcomes of patients through effective risk management and workforce development by:

  • leading research through programs of excellence that are strategically important to both Eastern Health and Deakin University
  • leading nursing and multidisciplinary research programs supporting models of evidence-based health care, a positive experience for patients and carers, and development of a highly skilled health workforce
  • strengthening the use of research findings in clinical practice, education programs and health care policy by effective knowledge implementation strategies
  • increasing research capacity by offering expert supervision at honours, masters, doctoral and postdoctoral levels, mentoring clinicians as part of research teams, and identifying and supporting emerging research leaders
  • expanding collaborations with national and international partners from academic, industry, consumer and government sectors.

Our research activity

Our activities span acute, subacute, community and residential care. They inform strategic directions for clinical practice, education, research and healthcare policy development.

We recognise that a multidisciplinary approach is vital to patient care so we work with teams that include nurses, medical officers, allied health personnel, policy makers, health information technologists, patients and families.

Some of our areas of research interest include:

  • Clinical decision making and evidence-based practice in general medical and surgical care
  • Oncology, palliative and end-of-life care
  • Emergency care
  • Critical care
  • Perioperative and post-anaesthesia care
  • Residential aged care
  • Subacute care
  • Maternity and women's health

Our research programs

Our research is strongly focused on quality and safety in health care and comprises three major programs of research.

Clinical risk management

Projects include: 

  • Recognition and response to deteriorating patients
  • Interprofessional communication
  • Clinical decision making
  • Increasing use of research evidence to improve clinical care
  • Use of technology to increase quality and safety of patient care

Symptom management

Projects include:

  • Improving physical and psychological wellbeing of patients with cancer and their carers
  • Testing evidence-based approaches to pain management
  • Evaluation of an educational resource for cardiac surgical patients

Healthcare workforce and service delivery models

Projects include:

  • Investigation of models of care for older persons
  • Evaluation of nurse practitioner and advanced practice nursing roles
  • Evaluation of alternative approaches to health care delivery including hospital and community and home-based programs

Our team

The centre is led by Professor Julie Considine and supported by a highly-skilled team of researchers. Our researchers come from a range of backgrounds and are committed to excellence in health care through translating research findings into clinical practice.

Position Name
Director Prof. Julie Considine
Senior Research Fellow Dr Maryann Street
Senior Research Fellow Dr Lisa Kuhn
Research Fellow Debra Berry

Contact us

Director
Professor Julie Considine
+61 3 9895 3177
Email Professor Considine

Eastern Health Partnership
Level 2, 5 Arnold Street
Box Hill, VIC 3128

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