Sydney, 12 February 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) and St. Vincent’s and Mater Health Sydney (SV&MHS) have appointed Professor Sandy Middleton to the newly created Chair of Nursing Research (NSW ).
“I congratulate Professor Middleton on her appointment,” said ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven. ”She is a highly regarded researcher in the nursing field, with a particularly strong record of publication, teaching, service and leadership.”
“I strongly believe Professor Middleton will build on the existing productive working relationships between clinicians and academics, with regard to nursing practice, policy and education.”
SV&MHS CEO Mary Foley added: “We look forward to Professor Middleton’s insights, and utilising her strong commitment to further evolve clinical practice throughout our facilities.”
In the new position, Professor Middleton will share her time between driving academic research in nursing at ACU, while fostering high quality clinical research at SV&MHS.
Professor Middleton hails from a background in clinical and practice research, where she has led significant projects in areas such as cardiovascular health and critical care. Professor Middleton has previously served as a director of the College of Nursing Board, and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Nursing, Contemporary Nurse and Australian Health Review. In 2005, she was awarded a prestigious National Health & Medical Research Council project grant to conduct a trial of an intervention to improve patient outcomes following stroke in 19 NSW stroke units. Professor Middleton is also the Director of the newly established National Centre for Clinical Outcomes Research, Nursing and Midwifery, Australia (NaCCOR) based at ACU.
“I am excited about this opportunity,” said Professor Middleton. “I believe strongly in the ethos of service and the commitment to nursing research represented by both ACU and St. Vincent’s and Mater Health Sydney. I am eager to make original and innovative contributions to the advancement of nursing scholarship with both organisations.”
SV&MHS forms part of the Sisters of Charity Health Service which is the largest diversified health care organisation within Australia’s not for profit and Catholic health care sectors. SV&MHS comprises St Vincent’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospice, Mater Hospital, St Joseph’s Hospital and St Joseph’s Village.
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.