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.

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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Simeon Dale

Simeon Dale

Simeon Dale is a Clinical Research Fellow for the Nursing Research Institute.

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Research team

Ms 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

Mrs 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

Dr Oyebola Fasugba
Research Officer
All projects

Mrs 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

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

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

Mr 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)

Dr 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)

Clinician researchers

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

Ms Rachael McKinnon
Clinical Nurse Educator, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
Trial of Exanatide in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (TEXAIS)

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

Executive officer

Ms Patty Zenonos

Personal assistants

Mrs Tara Doyle (part-time)

Mrs Joylynn Israel (part-time)

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