The Nursing Research Institute (NRI) was created in 2009 and is a collaboration between ACU and St Vincent's Health Australia (Sydney) (SVHA Syd).

About the Institute

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 with a focus on:
  • acute and chronic care
  • stroke care
  • pressure injury prevention
  • models of care.

With 17 full time and part time research staff, the NRI offers both postgraduate students and SVHAS clinicians opportunities to participate in our research program. NRI researchers have been awarded approximately $22 million in grants and awards and have published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Our projects

Find out more about projects within the NRI stroke care research concentration:

Information about the Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Europe project is coming soon.

Our mission and 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 team

Professor Sandy Middleton – Director

Professor Elizabeth McInnes – Deputy Director

Dr Verena Schadewaldt – Post Doctorate Research Fellow

Ms Simeon Dale – Clinical Research Fellow & T3 Trial Manager

Research Officers

Dr Cintia Martinez

Dr Anoja Gunaratne

Ms Rosemary Phillips

Mrs Helen Hamilton

Mrs Kelly Coughlan

Ms Toni Sheridan

Ms Natanya Hunt

Ms Heilok Cheng

Mr Benjamin McElduff

Mrs Oyebola Masugba

Executive Officer

Ms Patty Zenonos

Executive Assistants

Mrs Tara Doyle

Mrs Joylynn Israel

Contact us

St Vincent’s Hospital, Level 5 deLacy Building, Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 8382 3790


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