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.

NRI projects listed by National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Standard 1: Clinical Governance Standard

  • AVERT-DOSE (Determining Optimal early rehabilitation after StrokE): A multi-arm covariate-adjusted, response-adaptive randomised controlled trial
  • STROKE123: A national collaborative to monitor, promote, and improve the quality of stroke care in hospitals and patient outcomes
  • Code Stroke 2.0
  • Qualitative study of purchasing and disinvestment processes in acute care hospitals

Standard 4: Medication Safety Standard

  • Use of Fascia Iliac Blocks in elderly patients with a fractured neck of femur

Standard 5: Comprehensive Care Standard

  • 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
  • Altering the Rehabilitation Environment to Improve Stroke Survivor Activity (AREISSA)
  • An evidence-based approach to improve outcomes and reducing hospital-acquired complications in patients with rib fractures: Chest Injury Pathway (ChIP)
  • International variation in patient thrombolysis selection criteria
  • Centre for Research Excellence for Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery
  • Centre for Research Excellence in Asphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation
  • National Institute for Health Research: Global Health Research Programme - Global stroke research group in India
  • Oral health care practices for stroke patients in acute care: An international survey
  • Trial of Exanatide in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (TEXAIS)
  • Reducing disability from stroke by improving access to best practice stroke care in Victoria (STELAR)
  • Transforming nursing assessment in acute hospitals: A cluster randomised controlled trial of an EvideNce-based CORE assessment protocol (the ENCORE study)
  • Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in emergency departments (T3 Trial)
  • Improving arm function after stroke using task specific training
  • Very Early Rehabilitation in SpEech (VERSE): Development of an Australian randomised controlled trial of aphasia therapy after stroke
  • Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Europe Project
  • Thrombolysis and Endovascular Workflow Network (TEFLON) Trial

Standard 6: Communicating for Safety Standard

  • Creating a culture of safety and respect: A controlled, mixed methods study of effectiveness of a behavioural accountability intervention to reduce unprofessional behaviours (ETHOS)

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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