Study with us

Join us at QPS and be part of a team that’s striving to enhance patient health and wellbeing. Our projects focus on improving patient safety and healthcare outcomes by marrying research, education and practice to innovations in research and teaching.


Research opportunities you can work on

A number of PhD, master's and honours students enrolled in the School of Nursing and Midwifery are currently being supervised across the following areas:

  • Patient experience
  • Patient safety
  • Health workforce

Partners for successful research outcomes

We have a unique network that connects Deakin University's School of Nursing and Midwifery and its Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) to seven major health services in Victoria.

The partnerships are committed to developing a strong interface between research, education and practice. Our partnerships have a direct impact on the quality of patient care and building capacity in the health workforce.

Honours projects

Quality and Patient Safety Research

  • Are we meeting the Comprehensive Care Standard?:
  • Impact of environmental design on falls during hospitalisation:
  • Prognostic profile of older people with diabetes in residential aged care facilities:
  • Safe and appropriate medication management of older patients with delirium
  • Trends in the characteristics of patients presenting for cardiac surgery
  • Practices in postoperative management of anticoagulation after cardiac surgery
  • Australian survey of practices for postoperative management of cardiac surgical patients
  • Practice patterns in the acute postoperative management of pain after cardiac surgery
  • Evaluation of the ‘Reduction in Medication Errors Strategy’:
  • Secondary preventative discharge medications in adult patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Safe and appropriate medication management of older patients aged 90 years and over

Patient experience & participation

  • Impact of interventions designed to promote patient participation in care on patient recovery and outcomes (medical and surgical admissions):
  • Cultural influences on family participation in care of the older person in hospital:
  • Patient reported outcome measures in heart failure:
  • Family carers’ perspectives of caring for older people with diabetes:
  • A Heart Failure Patient’s journey at a major health service:
  • Patient experience of participation in ward rounds:
  • ‘Sensemaking’: evaluating a novel tool to understand patient experience:

Workforce development & Teaching and learning research

  • Factors influencing best practice approaches to facilitate student learning in the clinical setting: nurse academic consensus
  • Nurse experiences of accountable care unit in General Medicine:
  • Nurse awareness of nurse sensitive factors contribution to preventable harm
  • Student perceptions of the impact of an International nursing study tour on their nursing practice
  • Ten year follow up of student outcomes of Honours in Nursing
  • Factors influencing best practice approaches to facilitate student learning in the clinical setting: student consensus

For further information contact Dr Bernice Redley

PhD scholarship opportunities

The Guided Self-determination: an intervention targeting the psychosocial needs of gynecological cancer survivors

A Joint PhD scholarship is available in Deakin University's School of Nursing & Midwifery, Faculty of Health and the University of Copenhagen’s Graduate School of Health & Medical Sciences in collaboration with Western Health. The PhD student will initiate and conduct research as part of a joint doctoral research project on the topic 'Interventions targeting psychosocial needs of gynecological cancer survivors' led by Prof Bodil Rasmussen & Prof Trish Livingston (Deakin) and A/Prof Vibeke Zoffmann (the University of Copenhagen). The successful applicant will be based at the Deakin's Melbourne Burwood Campus and at University of Copenhagen.

Implementation of a digital platform to develop smartphone applications for carers of people with chronic conditions. Test case: carers of cancer patients in Denmark.

A Joint PhD scholarship is available in Deakin University's School of Nursing & Midwifery, Faculty of Health and the University of Copenhagen’s Graduate School of Health & Medical Sciences. The PhD student will initiate and
conduct research as part of a joint doctoral research project on the topic 'Implementing digital platform applications for carers of people with chronic diseases' led by Prof Trish Livingston & Prof John Grundy (Deakin) and Prof Finn Kensing (the University of Copenhagen). The successful applicant
will be based at the Deakin's Melbourne Burwood Campus and at University of Copenhagen.

Become a research degree student

We welcome new opportunities to collaborate with research leaders who share our vision of innovative health service research, with a focus on clinical care, quality and risk management.

Learn more about how to become a research degree student

Contact us

General enquiries
+61 3 9244 6578
Email QPS

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

Research opportunities
QPS Director
Professor Maxine Duke
Email Professor Duke