Established in 2009, we are at the forefront of nurse-led implementation research and have been successful in obtaining multiple Category 1 research grants (National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council), as well as other national and international funding.

In partnership with clinical, policy, and academic partners, we specialise in implementation science research examining ways to promote evidence translation in the areas of stroke management, hospital-acquired complications, and de-implementation of low value nursing care. We collaborate with world-class national and international researchers and policy makers including: Agency for Clinical Innovation, Clinical Excellence Commission, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and the Stroke Foundation.

Current NRI projects listed by National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

  • The Nursing Implementation Science Laboratory*

  • ACCELERATE Plus Trial: Assessment and CommuniCation ExcelLEnce foR sAfe paTient outcomEs

(Also Standard 5, 6 and 8)

  • Centre of Research Excellence in Wiser Wound Care: Improving evidence-based pressure injury prevention^

(Also Standard 5)

  • Clinical guidelines for nutritional and support surface interventions to prevent and treat pressure injuries: a qualitative study of clinician views and priorities;
  • Identifying priority barriers for an intervention to improve evidence-based pressure injury care from the perspective of clinical and consumer end-users: a qualitative study;
  • Mixed-methods systematic review on clinicians’ and patients’ views on the prevention and management of hospital-acquired wounds in acute care;
  • Cochrane systematic review update on nutritional interventions for preventing and treating pressure injuries;
  • The Stroke Golden Hour: delivering urgent stroke care to Australians

(Also Standard 5)

  • AVERT-DOSE (Determining Optimal early rehabilitation after StrokE): A multi-arm covariate-adjusted, response adaptive randomised controlled trial
  • Centre for Research Excellence to Accelerate Stroke Trial Innovation and Translation
  • Centre for Research Excellence in Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Sustaining improvements in the management of infants with bronchiolitis: a PREDICT study
  • Centre for Research Excellence in aphasia recovery and rehabilitation
  • Code stroke 2.0 Project: Examining the role of the acute stroke nurse during a code stroke call in the Emergency Department
  • Digital solutions for heart failure best practice care
  • Improving arm function after stroke using task specific training
  • Improving life after stroke with tailored support: Innovation in use of national registry data 14 (A-LISTS AuSCR)
  • Improving the health system’s response when patients are harmed: a mixed-methods study
  • P-OMICS-flow grant [Precision Medicine Clinic]
  • Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Australia Project
  • Translation of best practice osteoporosis refracture prevention: Stopping fragility fractures to keep Australians out of hospital
  • Transforming acute hospital care to improve outcomes for stroke
  • Determining the optimal facilitation intensity to improve evidence uptake in healthcare settings: a systematic review;
  • Evaluation of an implementation intervention to enhance national translation of nurse-initiated protocols for fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing management following stroke: A cluster RCT;
  • Fever, Hyperglycaemia (Sugar), Swallow (FeSS) clinical guidelines adherence: Analysis of national audit data and stroke registry data;
  • ZODIAC: ZerO Degree head positioning In Acute ischemiC stroke
  • Effective communication in clinical handover: Research and intervention to improve patient safety and satisfaction at St Vincent’s and St Joseph’s Hospitals
  • Identification of mental health deterioration in generalist settings
  • The PREPARE Study: Improving the PREPAREdness of family members for end-of-life care in the intensive care unit
  • Optimising the Scope of Practice of Nurses Providing Healthcare to People Experiencing Homelessness
  • ReCITE (Remote Constraint Induced Therapy of the upper Extremity): An implementation study
  • SUppoRting PAtient-centred SurvivorShip (SURPASS) at St Vincent’s Health Network: adaptation and adoption of the ‘My Personal Plan’ Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care Plan for generic use
  • Understanding the short and longer-term impacts of a Registered Undergraduate Student Of Nursing (RUSON) workforce

Featured projects

Quality in Acute Stroke Care Research Program

The Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) research program comprises the research projects outlining the effectiveness and supported implementation of the Fever, Sugar, Swallow (FeSS) Protocols following stroke.

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The Assessment and CommuniCation ExcelLEnce foR sAfe paTient outcomEs Trial to assess the effect of improving patient assessment and clinical handover on patient adverse events.

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The Assessment and CommuniCation ExcelLEnce foR sAfe paTient outcomEs Plus (ACCELERATE Plus) randomised control trial builds upon our previous ACCELERATE feasibility Trial.

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Wound Care Research Projects

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Wiser Wound Care aims to improve the delivery of wound care in hospitals by generating high-quality research evidence in collaboration with consumers and clinicians.

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