Health Sciences

Nursing Research Institute

Nursing Research Institute

The Nursing Research Institute (NRI) was created in 2008 and is collaboration between the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and St Vincent's Health Australia (Sydney) (SVHA Syd).

We undertake multidisciplinary clinical and health services research that is focused on improving patient outcomes and health systems with a particular emphasis on implementation science research, that is the study of how to implement evidence based care. This research spans systematic reviews, trials, surveys, mixed-methods and qualitative research which a focus on:

  • Acute & Chronic Care
  • Stroke Care
  • Pressure Injury Prevention
  • Models of care

With 25 full time and part time research staff working across three States (NSW, VIC and QLD) the NRI offers both postgraduate students and SVHA (Syd) clinicians opportunities to participate in our research program. NRI researchers have been awarded approximately $19 million in grants and awards and have published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Our mission & purpose

To improve patient outcomes and health service effectiveness and efficiency by:

  • Bringing clinical and research expertise together to conduct rigorous multidisciplinary research that reflects national health care priorities. 
  • Building research capacity through training and mentoring of research students, clinicians and career researchers.
  • Advising, collaborating and consulting with our academic, research, government and health industry partners.
  • Providing a collegiate, supportive and high performance research culture that is attractive to the best researchers and research students.

Our research and collaborators 

  • Centre Director: Professor Sandy Middleton
  • Deputy Director: A/Prof Elizabeth McInnes
  • Senior Post Doctorate Research Fellow: Dr Louise Craig
  • Post Doctorate Research Fellow: Dr Verena Schadewaldt
  • Clinical Research Fellow & T3 Trial Manager: Ms Simeon Dale
  • T3 State Coordinator NSW: Ms Dianne Ambler-Morris
  • T3 State Coordinator VIC: Ms Janne Piktin
  • T3 State Coordinator QLD: Ms Enna Salana
  • Research Assistant: Ms Rosemary Phillips
  • Research Assistant: Dr Cintia Martinez

Contact us

Phone: (02) 8382 3790
Email: NRIadmin@acu.edu.au  
Address: St Vincent’s Hospital, Level 5 deLacy Building, Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Website: www.nursingresearch.com.au