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The QPS Newsroom is the place to find out more about:

  • the latest news from the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety (QPS)
  • QPS research projects
  • QPS events
  • our researchers and research students

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New QPS members

Deakin QPS welcomed five new members to the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research - Dr Elizabeth Oldland, Dr Virginia Hagger, Dr Robin DigbyDr Anna Chapman and Ms Natalie Heynsbergh.

What's happened in 2019?

A proud moment for QPS

The Deakin School of Nursing & Midwifery, QPS and our key health service partnerships were awarded the Business Higher Education Round Table (BEHRT) award for outstanding collaboration in higher education and training for 2019 for developing best practice in contemporary patient care and safety at a presentation in Brisbane.

The partnership network established in 1996 with Epworth Health has since expanded to include five more Victorian health services working alongside the teaching and research teams working alongside the research teams at QPS and School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Read more about it here.

What's happened in 2018?

The Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) was established in 2009 to conduct high-quality health services research, with a focus on knowledge translation in relation to clinical care, quality and patient safety. 2018 has been an exceptional year for the Centre with 3 nationally competitive and prestigious grants being awarded to members. Congratulations to the following researchers:

Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz
Translating Research in Practice (TRIP) Fellowship funded by the Medical Research Future Fund

Translating dignity principles into practice in aged care homes

Associate Professor Bernice Redley
Translating Research in Practice (TRIP) Fellowship funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council

Implementing best evidence for nurse led strategies to prevent harms common to older people in acute hospitals

Dr Philip Russo
Early Career Fellowship funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council

Improved detection of infections following surgery for meaningful reporting

Fellowship awarded to Dr Phillip Russo

Dr Phillip Russo, an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Deakin University Centre for Quality and Patient Safety and Alfred Health partnership, has been awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship titled: Improved detection of infections following surgery for meaningful public reporting.

During the fellowship, Dr Russo aims to i) establish an efficient and simplified method to identify infections in patients following surgery and ii) develop a process for this information to be reported publicly. It is expected that this method will require fewer resources and result in more robust, accurate and meaningful data. By doing so, stakeholders, including consumers will have more meaningful infection data, and hospitals can target valuable resources on preventing infections rather than collecting data. This study will inform the planning of national healthcare-associated infection (HAI) surveillance activities and large scale public reporting of HAI data.


The Centre for Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) & the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONM) Combined Research Forum.

Centennial Professor Pat Stone

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Philip Russo

Healthcare Associated Infections was the theme of the first QPS School Combined Research Forum held at Deakin University in Burwood on the 23rd of February, 2018. Centennial Professor Pat Stone from Columbia University discussed the results of a national survey on Infection Prevention in USA Aged Care Facilities.

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Philip Russo followed by speaking on an upcoming research project on ‘Improved Detection of Infections Following Surgery for Meaningful Public Reporting’.

Dr Philip Russo was awarded an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Deakin University in 2017. In 2016, he completed his PhD titled 'Evidence based recommendations for national healthcare associated infection surveillance'. His postdoctoral work is in the field of exploring efficient methods to identify Healthcare Associated Infections.


Melissa Bloomer

Dr Melissa Bloomer, recently appointed Deputy Chair for the Australian College of Nursing Inaugural End of Life Policy Chapter, began her Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship last year.

Her primary research interests relate to End-of-Life Care in acute and critical care environments; in terms of management, communication between clinicians and with family, decision making, and the preparedness of nurses to deal with dying and death. This will enable Melissa to influence policy and health care delivery at a national level. Read more about Melissa's work with the Australian College of Nursing here: https://www.acn.edu.au/policy/policy-chapters


Dr Maryann Street reflects – “My Academic Study Program in T2 of 2017 was a wonderful opportunity to visit Universities and Health Services in England and Norway and to meet with leading academics, researchers and clinicians over a period of 13 weeks.

The primary focus of my study program was to learn more about Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Research. In particular, I was seeking to study the way this is implemented in NHS funded projects and within Norwegian Health Research. A secondary aim was to identify appropriate research methods and tools to measure patient experience of acute health care and patient-centred co-ordinated care.”

Read more: Maryann’s blog My Academic Study Program 2017 (https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/my-asp-2017/)

Congratulations to our students who have recently completed their PhD’s

Elijah Marangu – Mental health care in Kenya: Investigating strategies for capacity building in primary health care settings.

Ashley Ng – Supporting diabetes management in young adults during life transitions using mHealth.

Elizabeth Oldland – Measurement of nurses’ perceived responsibilities and skills for healthcare quality.

Lahiru Russell – Delivering an online mindfulness-based program for people diagnosed with melanoma.

Nantanit Sutthiruk – Antimicrobial stewardship: A Thai case study of nursing roles.

Cynthia Wensley – A multidimensional framework of comfort for practice and quality improvement.