Nursing Research Institute awarded for research excellence

Published: Wednesday 30th July 2014

Poetry Launh

Congratulations to the team of researchers from the Nursing Research Institute (NRI) - a joint collaboration between ACU and St Vincent's Health Australia (Sydney) - and the Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Implementation project team for their success at the recent National Lead Clinicians Group (NLCG) 2014 Awards for Excellence. The QASC Implementation Project was a finalist in the National Lead Clinicians Group 2014 Awards for Excellence in Innovative Implementation of Clinical Practice from a strong field of applicants across Australia in the general division.

The NRI partnered with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, 15 NSW Local Health Districts (LHD), academics, clinicians and the National Stroke Foundation to establish a translational quality improvement project to improve management of fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing processes of care across the state. The aim of the project was to implement evidence from the original QASC trial (also led by this team) into all 36 NSW stroke services and to rigorously evaluate the process. The project involved over 2000 patients from 36 stroke services. Professor Middleton and her team successfully changed clinician behaviour for fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing management in only 14 months. This outcome is remarkable as research shows that translation of evidence based practice into routine clinical practice can take up to 17 years to become part of routine care.

The Awards for Excellence initiative, now in its second year, is designed to promote innovative approaches in clinical care; and to share high quality, innovative models of care across the country.

Pictured are Professor Sandy Middleton, Dr Anna Lydtin (Project Coordinator) and Ms Simeon Dale (Research Fellow) all from the NRI.