Western Health Partnership

The Western Health Partnership provides academic and professional leadership to clinical and academic health staff.

The Western Health - Deakin University Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research is a joint initiative between Deakin University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and Western Health. The Centre was established in 2014 with the appointment of the Western Health – Deakin University Chair in Translation Nursing.

The purpose of the Centre is to conduct collaborative clinical research and provide staff and students the opportunity to engage in clinically focussed, multidisciplinary research and training across acute, chronic, rehabilitation, primary and community healthcare settings.

The Centre is committed to support Western Health’s staff in these activities and support the role of nurses and midwives in multidisciplinary research team. This commitment is underpinned and aligns with the Western Health Research Roadmap 2015 – 2020, Western Health Strategic Plan 2015-2020 as well as Best Care and Right Care plans and Deakin University’s Quality and Patient Safety Strategic Research Centre.

The Centre provides academic and professional leadership to staff and students and recognises the importance of combining expertise from industry, community and academia to inform the quality, best, right and safe healthcare delivery. A defining feature of the Centre is that it fosters a rich diversity of activities in health services research with the aim to build capacity and enhance the research culture at Western Health with benefits for patients and their families, staff, students and academics.


To be nationally and internationally recognised as a centre of nursing and midwifery research excellence 


The Centre has five key objectives:

  1. Pursue a program of research that supports the core clinical activities of Western Health and is situated within the Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) research cluster of the Faculty of Health, Deakin University.  Our three overarching research priorities are

    • Safety and risk management in support of best and safe care
    • Patient and carer engagement and experiences
    • Healthcare workforce and service delivery.
  2. Support Quality and Patient Safety activities at Western Health through research translation.    
  3. Provide leadership and mentorship for the professional development of clinical and academic staff through research training and education by building staff capabilities from clinical skills through to leadership. 
  4. Establish a public profile of the Centre that promotes its activities and research outcomes and highlights the expertise of its researchers as leaders in their field.
  5. Build collaborative partnerships with professional organisations, consumer organisations, national and international tertiary institutions and community groups associated with Western Health.

Our team

In 2014 Deakin University and Western Health partnered to establish the Western Health Partnership.

Position Name
Chair Prof. Bodil Rasmussen
Research FellowDr. Sara Holton
Research Fellow Dr Karen Wynter

Contact us

General enquiries
+61 3 9244 6600
Email QPS

Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS)
Faculty of Health
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, VIC 3125

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