Western Health Partnership

The Western Health Partnership provides academic and professional leadership to clinical and academic health staff.

The Western Health - Deakin University Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research is a joint initiative between Deakin University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and Western Health.  The Centre was established in 2014 with the appointment of the Western Health – Deakin University Chair in Translation Nursing.

The purpose of the Centre is to conduct collaborative clinical research and provide staff and students the opportunity to engage in clinically focussed, multidisciplinary research and training across acute, chronic, rehabilitation, primary and community healthcare settings.

The Centre is committed to support Western Health’s staff in these activities and support the role of nurses and midwives in multidisciplinary research team. This commitment is underpinned and aligns with the Western Health Research Roadmap 2015 – 2020, Western Health Strategic Plan 2015-2020 as well as Best Care and Right Care plans and Deakin University’s Quality and Patient Safety Strategic Research Centre.

The Centre provides academic and professional leadership to staff and students and recognises the importance of combining expertise from industry, community and academia to inform the quality, best, right and safe healthcare delivery.  A defining feature of the Centre is that it fosters a rich diversity of activities in health services research with the aim to build capacity and enhance the research culture at Western Health with benefits for patients and their families, staff, students and academics.

Current research projects

Physical, social, psychological and cultural factors influencing breastfeeding intention, initiation and duration among women with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes living in Victoria

The study will establish fundamental and new data to inform a program that aims to develop best practice interventions and health policies for women with T1DM and T2DM to optimise breastfeeding uptake and continuation up to 6 months.

Further, this study will identify facilitators and barriers for new mothers to balancing competing commitments from caring for a baby, work, family and leisure that result in neglecting their health and unstable diabetes, which in-turn can result in short and long term complications and unnecessary use of healthcare resources and costs.

Examining nurses’ and midwives’ attitudes, perceptions, acceptance and use of an Electronic Medical Record System

This study aims to examine nurses' and midwives’ attitudes, perceptions, acceptance, and use of a new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system at Western Health. The system will be introduced to nurses and midwives at Western Health in June 2018.

An in-depth understanding of nurses' and midwives’ attitudes, perceptions, acceptance and use of EMR is critical to inform the implementation of EMR as well as to facilitate the evaluation of its success and subsequent use. A mixed­ methods approach including surveys and focus groups will be used to examine nurses' and midwives’ attitudes, perceptions, acceptance, and use of the system and how they interact with it at the pre- and post-implementation stages.

Guided Self-Determination online to improve diabetes type 1 self-management

The study aims to educationally prepare diabetes educators to guide young people with type 1 diabetes through Guided Self-Determination (GSD) program delivered online.

The GSD method is an educational intervention to improve personal, social, cognitive and physical skills of young people with diabetes. Participants are prompted to systematically explore and express their experiences with diabetes through worksheets shared with diabetes educators to empower them to better manage diabetes.

Meet our Researchers

Our team

The centre is led by Professor Bodil Rasmussen with the support of research fellows, nurse researchers, research assistants and higher degree by research students (honours, master's and PhD).

Position Name
Chair in Nursing Prof. Bodil Rasmussen
Chair in MidwiferyProf. Linda Sweet
Research FellowDr Sara Holton
Research Fellow Dr Karen Wynter
Research FellowDr Vidanka Vasilevski

Contact us

Deakin QPS
+61 3 9244 6600
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Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS)
Faculty of Health
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, VIC 3125

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