ACU welcomes new Chair in Nursing Research

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Melbourne, 1 August 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU), in partnership with St Vincent’s Health Melbourne, has appointed Dr Linda Worrall-Carter to the newly created role of Chair in Nursing Research.

Dr Worrall-Carter will take up the position in September 2007 and divide her time between the School of Nursing and Midwifery (Victoria) at ACU’s Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s) and St Vincent’s Hospital, where she will establish a Clinical Nursing Research Unit.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO said the role of the Chair in Nursing Research would include the development of clinical outcomes research and contributions to innovation in nursing practice.

“The Chair in Nursing Research will not only provide academic leadership to those engaged in nursing-related research and scholarship at ACU, but also make significant contributions to professional knowledge in the field of nursing,” Professor Sheehan said.

“Importantly, the Chair will work with ACU and St Vincent’s Health to help build on the existing productive working relationships between clinicians and academics, with regard to nursing practice, policy and education.

“I congratulate Dr Worrall-Carter on her appointment and look forward to the ongoing development of nursing research at ACU.”

Dr Worrall-Carter joins ACU from Deakin University, where she held the positions of Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Eastern Health/Deakin University Research Unit. Her major areas of expertise include research into cardiovascular and cardiac acute care, chronic illness, heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation, models of care and health care evaluation.

In addition to several UK nursing qualifications, Dr Worrall-Carter has a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master of Education Prelim and a Bachelor of Education from La Trobe University. She has also authored a number of book chapters and academic journal articles.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.