Alfred Health Partnership

Our partnership with Alfred Health provides clinical research opportunities for nurses across a variety of acute and specialty health care settings. The collaboration provides a unique opportunity for nurses seeking clinically focused research training. The centre conducts research that focuses improving clinical decision making and patient safety, alleviating patient symptoms and increasing the uptake of research evidence in practice. In addition, it supports clinicians seeking experience in multidisciplinary research projects in critical care, acute care and specialty health care contexts.

Research agenda

The researchers specialise in understanding how clinical decisions are being made and the impact of those decisions on patients, families and health services. We focus on developing and implementing evidence for nursing practice to enhance the quality of care received and the safety of patients. Major programs of research are: Patient safety and quality of care, Decision support; and Knowledge translation.

Research projects

Identification and management of deteriorating patients

  • Prioritising Responses Of Nurses To deteriorating patient Observations (PRONTO) National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project Grant.
  • Listen to me, I really am sick! Understanding patient and family perspectives in triggering responses to medical emergencies. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant.
  • Rapid review of the literature and draft revision of the National consensus statement: Essential elements for recognising and responding to clinical deterioration. Funded by Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Preventing hospital acquired infections

  • Establishing the prevalence and burden of health care associated infections in Australian hospitals. Funded by a private philanthropic donor.
  • Improved detection of infections following surgery for meaningful public reporting. National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship Grant.

Preventing hospital acquired infections

Patient and family participation in decision making

  • INTroducing A Care bundle To prevent pressure injury (the INTACT trial) NHMRC Project Grant.
  • Patients' preference for participation in patient safety activities. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant.

Decision Support

  • Predicting medical emergency team calls, cardiac arrest calls and re-admission after intensive care discharge: creation of a tool to identify at-risk patients.

Knowledge Translation

  • De-implementation in health and care services: what works, for whom, why, and under which contexts? A Realist Synthesis. National Institute of Health Research, UK.
  • Using an audit with feedback knowledge translation intervention to promote safety and quality in health care. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant

Meet our Researchers

Our team

The centre is led by Alfred Deakin Professor Tracey Bucknall and supported by research fellows, clinicians, honorary nurse researchers and research students (honours, master's, PhD).

Chair in Nursing (Alfred Health) Prof. Tracey Bucknall
Honorary Professor Prof Elizabeth Manias
Research Fellow Dr Robin Digby
Research Fellow Dr Sharon Kramer
Research Manager Bridey Saultry
Research Assistant Kathryn Joseph
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral FellowDr Berhe Shale

Contact us

Deakin QPS

Alfred Health

Alfred Deakin Professor Tracey Bucknall
Ph: +61 3 9076 5779

Alfred Health Partnership
Commercial Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004

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