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.

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.

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Preventing excessive gestational weight gain

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 'Preventing excessive gestational weight gain' led by Prof Bodil Rasmussen (Deakin) and Prof Bente Stallknecht & 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.

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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.

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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute & Deakin University Joint Scholarships

Six PhD scholarships are available in Deakin's Faculty of Health. The PhD students will initiate and conduct research on a range of research topics outlined below. The successful applicants will be based at either the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Deakin's Melbourne Burwood Campus or Deakin's Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

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PhDs on the go at QPS

There are a number of exciting opportunities for new honours, PhD and postdoctoral researchers to join our team.

PhDs that are currently in progress include:

Feasibility, useability and acceptability of a smart phone application to support carers of people with cancer.

Natalie Heynsbergh is studying a Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Using an audit with feedback knowledge translation intervention to promote medication error reporting in health care

Vanessa Brotto is studying a Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Functional decline of hospitalised older people: Quality of 24-hour care

Lenore Beddoes is studying a Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Patient Participation In Postoperative Care: Improving the Patient Experience

Jo McDonallis studying a Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Featured researcher

Professor Tracey Bucknall – Associate Head of School (Research) – is the Foundational Chair in Nursing at Alfred Health. She has an international reputation as a decision scientist and specialises in knowledge translation. Prof. Bucknall's research focuses on understanding how clinicians make decisions and the influences on those decisions. Her work involves international collaborations in nursing, critical care medicine, pain management and knowledge translation.

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
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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
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