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Prof Tracey Bucknall



Alfred Deakin Professor & Chair In Nursing (Alfred Health)


Faculty of Health


School of Nursing & Midwifery


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 1997
Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing, La Trobe University, 1991
Bachelor of Nursing, La Trobe University, 1990


Research interests

Her primary research interest is in improving clinical decision making. With over 100 publications in the field she has concentrated on understanding how individuals make decisions routinely and in uncertainty, understanding the environmental and social influences in health care. Based in a hospital, Professor Bucknall has three programs of research. One program focuses on issues concerning patient safety, particularly identifying and managing deteriorating patients, improving inter-professional communication and preventing medical error. The second program focuses on symptom management across clinical settings, predominantly in pain management. The third program concentrates on the implementation of research evidence into practice or the science of knowledge translation, studying different approaches to increase the uptake of research by clinicians to improve patient outcomes.

Teaching interests

Professor Bucknall teaches clinical decision making in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing education programs. She supervises masters and PhD students with a focus on clinical decision making and evidence-based practice.