Our researchers have skills in systematic reviews (qualitative and quantitative), randomised controlled trials, process evaluations, and qualitative research. The NRI is one of Australia’s largest and most productive nursing research collaboratives with a national and international reputation for conducting rigorous stroke research. There are opportunities for collaboration and research opportunities for clinicians, higher degree research students, and early career researchers through the NRI programs of research.

Director and Deputy Director

Sandy Middleton

Sandy Middleton

Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Research Institute.

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Professor Elizabeth McInnes

Elizabeth McInnes

Professor Elizabeth McInnes is Deputy Director of the Nursing Research Institute.

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Research team

Simeon-150pxMs Simeon Dale
Clinical Research Fellow and Trial Manager
Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in emergency departments (T3 Trial)
Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Europe Project
Trial of Exanatide in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (TEXAIS) 

Oyebola FasugbaDr Oyebola Fasugba
Senior Research Officer
All projects

John Rihari ThomasDr John Rihari-Thomas
Senior Project Manager
Transforming nursing assessment in acute hospitals: a cluster randomised controlled trial of an EvideNce-based CORE assessment protocol (the ENCORE study)

Kelly CoughlanMrs Kelly Coughlan
Research Officer
QASC Stroke Survivorship Project
Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Europe Project
Trial of Exanatide in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (TEXAIS)
Code Stroke 2.1
Various research projects – St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Alysia CoventryMs Alysia Coventry
Research Officer
Various research projects – St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Cintia MartinezDr Cintia Martinez-Garduno
Research Officer (part-time)
Code Stroke 2.1
Other projects

Tanya PritchardMs Tanya Pritchard
Research Officer (part-time)
All projects

Joylynn Israel Mrs Joylynn Israel
Research Officer (part-time)
All projects

Benjamin McElduffMr Benjamin McElduff
Research Officer/Statistician
Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Europe Project
Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in emergency departments (T3 Trial)

Heilok ChengMs Heilok Cheng
Research Officer
Trial of Exanatide in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (TEXAIS) 
A systematic review of the effect of increased fluid intake in the prevention of urinary traction infection

Clinician researchers

Julie GawthorneMrs Julie Gawthorne
Implementation Research – Clinical Nurse Consultant
Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) - Implementation Science Platform
Use of Fascia Iliaca Blocks in elderly patients with a fractured neck of femur

Kirsty PageMs Kirsty Page
Clinical Nurse Consultant, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney 
Trial of Exanatide in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (TEXAIS)

Susan WhittamMs Susan Whittam
Clinical Nurse Educator, Cardiothoracic ICU, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
Transforming nursing assessment in acute hospitals: a cluster randomised controlled trial of an EvideNce-based CORE assessment protocol (the ENCORE study)

Kelly JonesMs Kelly Jones
Registered Nurse, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
Trial of Exanatide in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (TEXAIS)

Early Career Researchers

Mahnaz FanaianDr Mahnaz Fanaian
Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine NSW/ACT
Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Nursing Research Institute

Executive officer

Patty ZenonosMs Patty Zenonos

Personal assistants

Tara DoyleMrs Tara Doyle (part-time)

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