Monash Health Partnership

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

Our vision

Our vision is to be recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in nursing research in the areas of quality, safety and risk management.

Our aim is to conduct high-quality research that informs clinical practice, policy development and education.

Our objectives

  • To lead high-quality research in the areas of quality and patient safety, with the aim of enhancing the independence and wellbeing of individuals in clinical and aged-care settings
  • Provide high-quality research training and support in order to build capability among the nursing workforce at Monash Health
  • Build capacity for quality and patient safety research at Monash Health
  • Promote the translation of research findings into educational programs, healthcare policy and clinical practice
  • Develop and support research collaboration between Monash Health, Deakin University and other industry partners

Our research activities

In promoting the nexus between research, education and practice, the themes of knowledge translation, person-centred care, decision making, and patient safety and risk management underpin the research conducted by the centre. 

Read the Nursing and Midwifery Research Report 2015

Our research focuses on four interconnected areas of nursing practice and development.

Care of the older person

  • Nursing management of behaviours of concern in residential aged care facilities.
  • The Tri-focal Model of Care: Teaching and Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) implementation and evaluation.
  • Managing care of older patients in the emergency department.

Service improvement models

  • Development and adaptation of the Tri-focal Model of Care.
  • Structured interdisciplinary bedside rounding.
  • Evaluation of service improvement in general medicine.
  • Quantifying the risk of unplanned transfers for subacute to acute care.

Symptom management

  • Nursing knowledge and management of intradialytic hypotension.
  • Patient initiated MET calls.
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) point prevalence.
  • Dialysis patients' perceived benefits and barriers to exercise.

Workforce development

  • Associate Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM) leadership development program evaluation.
  • Evaluation of the extended scope of practice Nurse Endoscopist project.
  • The Tri-focal Model of Care: Teaching and Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) implementation and evaluation.

Our team

The centre is led by Director Professor Alison Hutchinson with the support of an associate professor, research fellows, nurse researchers, research assistants and higher degree by research students (honours, master's and PhD).

Position Name
RN BAppSc (Adv Nsg) Cert of Midwifery MBioeth PhD
Prof. Alison Hutchinson
Associate Professor
RN BN(Hons) Crit Care Cert (Emerg) PhD
A/Prof. Bernice Redley
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Helen Rawson
Research Assistant
Cherene Ockerby
PA to Prof. Alison Hutchinson Rose Lewis

Contact us

General enquiries
+61 3 9594 4240
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Monash Health Partnership
Monash Medical Centre
Clayton Campus
I Block
246 Clayton Road
Clayton VIC 3168

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