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.

Leading the way in research

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.

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. Our honours, masters and PhD students have access to a diverse range of hospitals and healthcare agencies due to our well-established partnership network.

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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

The Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS)

Our vision at QPS, which is embedded in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, is to be a world-leader in applied health service research, with a focus on knowledge translation in relation to clinical care, quality and patient safety.

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.

Find out more about QPS

Find a research supervisor

Search for the topic that you're interested in researching and discover all the possible supervisors within the Faculty of Health that could help you further your research career goals.

Research in partnership with Victorian health services

At the School of Nursing and Midwifery we've created the first fully-coordinated partnership of its kind in the world: the Clinical Partnership Network. It connects us with six major Victorian health services to facilitate and apply multidisciplinary, multi-site research:

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

No other research cluster has the immediacy of access to a clinical point of care in health services that QPS researchers enjoy. The relationships demonstrate a deep commitment by industry to nursing and midwifery research.

This commitment translates to the co-funding of multiple ‘research only’ positions. Our partners could not provide this level of funding support if they did not receive considerable benefit in terms of workforce development, capacity building and improvement in the quality and safety of the care delivered to patients through research, research training and translation of evidence to practice.

Learn more about our health service partnerships on the QPS website


^ Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Contact us

Get in touch if you have any queries regarding School of Nursing and Midwifery research.

Email the Faculty of Health Research team