Leading the way in nursing research

We have a strong research culture and a proud history of applying findings to clinical practice, education programs and healthcare policy. Our research students benefit from access to a range of hospitals and healthcare agencies through our well-established partnership network.

Study a research degree with us

Whatever your research focus, we have an expert supervisor for you. Academics within the School of Nursing and Midwifery and clinical experts within our hospital partnerships are available to support your research project.

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Master of Nursing

Further your nursing or midwifery degree by undertaking research grounded in clinical practice and develop skills in symptom and risk management.

Doctor of Philosophy

Make a significant contribution to your chosen field by undertaking research grounded in clinical practice and examining symptoms and risk management.

Nurse-led research is vital for helping to minimise the large gaps in time between when research is conducted and how it is used or applied in healthcare settings.

Rebecca Jedwab

Doctor of Philosophy - Nursing

Discover our research strengths 

Our nursing and midwifery research is rated as well above world standard* and is conducted through our Centre for Quality and Patient Safety (QPS). With strong partnerships with major Victorian healthcare providers, QPS is uniquely positioned within academic and healthcare environments to identify and rapidly respond to emerging complex care and patient safety issues.

National and international collaborations

QPS enjoys productive and extensive collaborations with researchers around the world, including nursing, medicine, pharmacy psychology, epidemiology, health economics and biostatistics.

Our research spans public and private healthcare sectors in urban, regional and rural areas. Researchers lead a range of interrelated programs, which are organised into three main areas:

  • patient experience
  • patient safety
  • health workforce.

Projects within these areas interface with the eight National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards aimed at driving implementation of safety and quality systems and improving the quality of health care.

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Deakin is ranked #16 nursing school in the world

The School of Nursing and Midwifery was established in 1987 and has grown to be one of the largest nursing schools in Australia. We are ranked #16 in the world for nursing* and our school’s research is recognised as well above world standard^ with a focus on improving health care quality and patient safety, through the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety.

At the heart of my research is working in partnership and undertaking work that is of value at a community level. This also resonates with my background as a registered nurse in being an advocate for community needs.

Hannah Beks

Research fellow with Deakin Rural Health (Warrnambool)

Strengthening the link between research, education and practice

Our clinical partnership network is the first fully coordinated partnership collaboration of its kind in Australia. The network connects the School of Nursing and Midwifery and QPS to six major Victorian health services. Through this network, we conduct multidisciplinary, multi-site research, which feeds directly into our course content, education for the health services and clinical practice. Our partners include:

  • Alfred Health
  • Barwon Health
  • Eastern Health
  • Epworth Health
  • Monash Health
  • Western Health.

Each partner healthcare organisation has a joint appointment with the school in the form of a professor of clinical nursing, associate professors and senior research fellows. These joint appointments ensure our curriculum is evidence based and the research of the school is specific to the health care needs of the community.


*Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018
^2023 ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

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If you have any questions about nursing or midwifery research, please contact us.

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