Deakin University’s School of Nursing & Midwifery and Alfred Health Nursing Services have a long established research and education partnership.
Under the leadership of Professor Tracey Bucknall, Foundation Chair in Nursing at Alfred Health, staff at the Deakin Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research / Alfred Health Partnership conduct high quality research that makes a substantive contribution to scientific knowledge, clinical nursing practice and the quality of patient care.
Strategic objectives include:
- Conducting high quality research that improves patient and organisational outcomes
- Strengthening research training and support for nursing staff within Alfred Health
- Facilitating the integration of research evidence into clinical practice
- Developing partnerships between consumers, staff and researchers to strengthen research, education and health service delivery.
Deakin University also has undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students completing clinical placements in their nursing, allied health and health science degrees across numerous departments at Alfred Health.
Research strengths include Patient Safety focusing on high-risk areas for the health service, and Knowledge Translation, which uses an integrated approach to ensure that clinicians use the best available evidence in their practice.
Research programs are linked closely with the national Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. Centre staff include research fellows and assistants, research students and interdisciplinary research associate. Active international and national research collaborations are a strength of the program.