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

  • AVERT-DOSE (Determining Optimal early rehabilitation after StrokE): A multi-arm covariate-adjusted, response-adaptive randomised controlled trial
  • Code Stroke 2.0
  • STROKE123: A national collaborative to monitor, promote, and improve the quality of stroke care in hospitals and patient outcomes
  • Qualitative study of purchasing and disinvestment processes in acute care hospitals
  • The Clinical Quality Registry – St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
  • Reintegration into the Community to Address patient-centered recovery goals and improve Participation after Stroke (ReCAPS)
  • Centre for Research Excellence in Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM)
  • Peritoneal Dialysis Patients’ Health and Well Being and Satisfaction with Care
  • International survey of patient preferences for self-care strategies for complex surgical wounds (led by Griffith University)
  • Improving patient safety by reducing hospital acquired urinary tract infections
  • Use of Fascia Iliac Blocks in elderly patients with a fractured neck of femur
  • Altering the Rehabilitation Environment to Improve Stroke Survivor Activity (AREISSA)
  • Cochrane Review: Interventions for uptake of evidence-based recommendations in acute stroke settings
  • Cochrane Review: Screening for aspiration risk associated with dysphagia in acute stroke
  • Centre for Research Excellence for Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery
  • Centre for Research Excellence in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation
  • Degree head positioning In Acute IschemiC stroke (ZODIAC)
  • Improving the capacity to deliver evidence-based care for acute stroke using educational workshops in developing countries
  • Improving arm function after stroke using task specific training
  • NIHR Global Health Research Group on Improving Stroke Care in India - Advancing The Instruct Operations and Network (IMPROVISATION)
  • Oral health care practices for stroke patients in acute care: An international survey
  • Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Europe Project
  • Thrombolysis and Endovascular Workflow Network (TEFLON) Trial
  • Post-stroke hyperglycaemia: Treatment with EXenatide in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (TEXAIS)
  • Very Early Rehabilitation in SpEech (VERSE): Development of an Australian randomised controlled trial of aphasia therapy after stroke
  • An evidence-based approach to improve outcomes and reducing hospital-acquired complications in patients with rib fractures: Chest Injury Pathway (ChIP)
  • DecubICUs pressure ulcers in intensive care units: The global point-prevalence study
  • Effective communication in clinical handover: research and intervention to improve patient safety and satisfaction at St Vincent’s Sydney, St Joseph’s Hospital and SVHM
  • Translation of best practice osteoporosis refracture prevention: stopping fragility fractures to keep Australians out of hospital
  • Creating a culture of safety and respect: A controlled, mixed methods study of effectiveness of a behavioural accountability intervention to reduce unprofessional behaviours (ETHOS)
  • ACCELERATE Trial – St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
  • ACCELERATE Trial – St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
  • St Vincent’s Health Melbourne Clinician Project: Development of a tool to identify mental health deterioration in a generalist setting
  • Reporting research translation and impact study
  • Optimising Scope of Practice of the nursing Workforce to increase access to care of people experiencing or at high risk of vulnerability
  • i-Gen project
  • End of Life Care in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Cochrane support surfaces review split with network meta-analysis

Featured projects


Quality in Acute Stroke Care Trial

This project developed, implemented and rigorously evaluated, using a clustered randomised controlled trial design, an intervention to improve evidence-based management of fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing management in the first 72 hours following acute stroke.

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T3 Trial

The T3 Trial intervention aimed to change behaviour at both the individual clinician level and the organisational level.

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