Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research

Embedded within Deakin University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Institute for Health Transformation’s Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research has pioneered academic-industry partnerships.

The centre embeds researchers within six major Victorian health services – Alfred Health, Barwon Health, Eastern Health, Epworth HealthCare, Monash Health and Western Health.

The Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) focuses on quality of care and patient safety.

Established in 2009 as a leading strategic research centre, QPS integrates public and private health services with one of Australia’s largest Schools of Nursing and Midwifery. Our partners govern 37 acute and subacute care hospitals and 12 residential aged care facilities, employ approximately 33,000 nurses and midwives, and provide care for in excess of 3 million Victorians annually. Our research pillars of patient safety, patient experience, and health workforce span the whole patient journey, and encompass residential, community, subacute and acute care settings.

Annual reports

A founding member of the Institute for Health Transformation and based in Deakin University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Faculty of Health, QPS is a pioneering academic-industry partnership, embedding Chairs in Nursing and Midwifery within six major Victorian health services.

The first partnership collaboration between Deakin’s School of Nursing and Epworth Hospital, Richmond was established in 1996 with the appointment of a Clinical Chair in Nursing. Since then 5 other health services have joined the partnership collaboration, forming an innovative academic-industry partnership network.

Directors

Co-Director and Chair in Nursing, Barwon Health
Alfred Deakin Professor Alison Hutchinson

Co-Director and Chair in Nursing, Alfred Health
Alfred Deakin Professor Tracey Bucknall

Members

Chairs in Nursing and Midwifery
Chair in Nursing, Eastern Health
Professor Julie Considine AO

Chair in Nursing, Epworth HealthCare
Professor Ana Hutchinson

Chair in Nursing, Western Health
Professor Rochelle Wynne

Chair in Midwifery, Western Health
Professor Linda Sweet

Chair in Nursing, Monash Health
Professor Andrea Driscoll

Professors
Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery
Professor Nikki Phillips

Professor Judy Currey
Professor Trish Livingston
Professor Lauren McTier
Professor Bodil Rasmussen

Associate Professors
Associate Professor Stephane Bouchoucha
Associate Professor Debra Kerr
Associate Professor Jo McDonall
Associate Professor Pat Nicholson
Associate Professor Monica Peddle
Associate Professor Anna Ugalde

Senior Lecturers
Dr Gabrielle Burdeu
Dr Virginia Hagger 
Dr Emily Tomlinson

Lecturers 
Dr Kaara Ray Calma
Dr Lucy Kerr
Dr Adam Searby

Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Dr Anna Chapman

Senior Research Fellows
Dr Sara Holton

Honorary Research Fellow
Dr Maryann Street
Dr Robin Digby

Research Fellows
Dr Ayele Bali
Ms Penny Casey
Tanya Druce
Dr Renee Fiolet
Dr Damien Khaw
Dr Olumuyiwa (Muyiwa) Omonaiye
Dr Guncag Ozavci (Associate)
Dr Susan Perlen
Dr Nantanit (Rainie) van Gulik
Dr Vidanka Vasilevski
Dr Natalie Winter 
Dr Eva Yuen
Dr Vanessa Watkins

Associate members
Associate Professor Louise Alexander
Sara Aryal
Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi
Associate Professor Lemai Nguyen
Dr Amie O’Shea
Professor Pubudu Pathirana
Dr Kinga Pemo
Associate Professor Sandeep Reddy
Associate Professor Bernice Redley
Dr Monica Schoch
Dr Rebecca Thornton
Dr Heather Wallace

Associate members (HDR students)
Beyene Adhena
Rami Aldwikat
Afizu Alhassan
Mohammed Amin
Tarryn Armour
Jennifer Barr
Pataporn Bawornthip
Melissa Blake
Laura Brooks
Kathryn Brundell
Deana Copley
Tendayi Dziruni
Abdul-Ganiyu Fuseini
Luis Meave Gutierrez Mendoza
Madeline Hawke
Monina Hernandez
Hannah Jongebloed
Mataya Kilpatrick
Sabine Kleissl-Muir
Natalie Kondos
Apinya Koontalay
Elyse Ladbrook
Michael Le Grande
Lysha Zhi Yan Lee
Jessica Lees
Michele McGrath
Karen McKenna
Rachel McKittrick
Paula Medway
Atefeh Mehrabifar
Birye Mekonnen
Sharyn Milnes
Samira Mokhlesi
Israel Molla
Britt O’Keefe
Amanda Pereira-Salgado
Margaret Pollock
Kerry Rigby
Andrea Russell
Annie Tan
Olivia Tierney
Monique Vermeulen
Catherine Williams
Vicky Yuan

The QPS partnership network is the first fully coordinated collaboration of its kind in Australia. The goal of this innovative network is to facilitate applied multidisciplinary and multi-site research.

Improving patient care

Our research is based on improving patient care and meeting the needs of healthcare organisations. We do this through our rigorous programs of research and clinical education relationships.

Our partnerships are committed to developing a strong interface between research, education and practice. They have a direct impact on the quality of patient care, as well as building capacity in the health workforce.

Partnering with six major health services

The partnership network is a unique and fully integrated model. It connects QPS and Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery to six major health services in the public and private sector in metropolitan and regional areas of Victoria.

Each partner organisation has joint appointments with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, all with a Professor in Nursing and other joint appointments, including associate professors, senior research fellows, research fellows, and research assistants. Our Western Health partnership also has a jointly appointed Chair in Midwifery and researchers. These joint positions ensure curricula are evidence-based and the research is specific to the health care needs of the community.

Our students and their topics

Our current students

  • Beyene Meressa Adhena Preconception folic acid supplementation model development for reproductive age women.
  • Mohammed Amin Effectiveness of a physical activity intervention program to modify cardiovascular risk factors in Ghanian adults with T2 DM.
  • Tarryn Armour Nurse preparedness for postgraduate study in perioperative nursing.
  • Jennifer Barr Empowerment and shared decision making in patient experience in health care when living with multimorbidities.
  • Pataporn Bawornthip Improving health literacy and reducing the risk of hypertension in Chiang Mai province, Thailand: A mixed method study.
  • Melissa Blake Breastfeeding a late preterm infant within a Special Care Nursery.
  • Laura Brooks Culturally sensitive communication at the end of life in the intensive care unit.
  • Kathryn Brundell Rural safety in Victorian maternity care.
  • Deana Copley Communication processes when commencing a new medication in patients with a chronic illness.
  • Tendayi Bruce Dziruni Recognition and response to behaviours of concern in medical wards at The Alfred Hospital.
  • Abdul-Ganiyu Fuseini Development and psychometric validation of a patient reported outcome measurement tool for dignified care during acute hospitalisation of older adults in Ghana.
  • Madeline Hawke Shared decision-making with pregnant women with high body mass index.
  • Monina Hernandez Impact of UTI and ARI bundle on the infection rate, health workers’ knowledge and practices, and older adults’ quality of care.
  • Hannah Jongebloed Increasing consumer knowledge of the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening.
  • Sabine Kleissl-Muir Effects of a low carbohydrate diet on heart failure symptoms and quality of life in patients with diabetic cardiomyopathy.
  • Mataya Kilpatrick Antimicrobial stewardship activities in an acute paediatric setting.
  • Nat Kondos What influence does stand down decision making at the end of a medical emergency team call have on patient outcomes?
  • Apinya Koontalay Codesign of Thai-based heart failure program to improve patient outcomes.
  • Elyse Ladbrook Impact of acute intercurrent illness on patients admitted to subacute care.
  • Lysha Lee An exploration of intergenerational programs in residential aged care facilities in Australia.
  • Jess Lees Exploring how health professional students learn technology mediated physical examination.
  • Michael Le Grande Screening for obstructive sleep apnoea in cardiac rehabilitation patients.
  • Michele McGrath The intersection between nursing students’ clinical assessment and workforce readiness.
  • Karen McKenna Evaluation of the organisational response to COVID-19 pandemic. An organisational case study.
  • Rachel McKittrick Improving care for older people through innovative nurse-led, patient-centred workforce models.
  • Paula Medway Policy to practice: Exploring the implementation and impact of maternity policy in Australia.
  • Dr Atefeh Mehrabifar Examination of medication errors in the perioperative setting.
  • Birye Dessalegn Mekonnen Effect of pregnancy intention on completing the continuum of care for maternal, neonatal, and infant health in Ethiopia.
  • Dr Luis Meave Mendoza Identifying adverse events using the Global Trigger Tool method in central-north Mexico.
  • Sharyn Milnes How do doctors construct and operationalise patient-centred care?
  • Samira Mokhlesi Breastfeeding experience of mothers who have undergone bariatric surgery: A qualitative study.
  • Israel Bekele Molla Improving Diabetic social support through chronic care model in Ethiopia: Cluster randomized controlled trials.
  • Britt O’Keefe The cost of doing nothing. Building resilience in Australia’s personal care workforce employed within a residential aged care setting.
  • Amanda Pereira-Salgado Quantifying the clinical and economic implications of acute heart failure.
  • Meg Pollock How to fix a broken heart: A guide for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation patients.
  • Kerry Rigby Introducing a digital enhanced living technology into the home: The impact on older people and their direct partners-in-care.
  • Andrea Russell How can consumers and aged care staff contribute to falls prevention in residential aged care?
  • Annie Tan A mixed methods study of the impact of COVID-19 to the maternity care services in Australia.
  • Olivia Tierney Continuity of Care Experience models in midwifery degrees: identifying the learning outcomes and understanding its impact on professional behaviours.
  • Monique Vermeulen Transition of registered nurses to postgraduate student midwives- A mixed method study.
  • Catherine Williams Education and training needs of allied health professionals in clinical trials.
  • Vicky Yuan Engaging with electronic medical records.

Our recent Graduates

  • Dr Rami Aldwikat Delirium in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit: Prevalence, incidence, determinants and outcomes.
  • Dr Afizu Alhassan Influence of a preceptorship training programme on the perceived competence of nurse preceptors and the quality of clinical placement of nursing students.
  • Dr Josh Allen Anticipating clinical deterioration: Patient characteristics and system factors.
  • Dr Theodora Dedo Azu Maternal and neonatal birth outcomes associated with anaemia in pregnancy in Ghana
  • Dr Gabrielle Burdeu Acute care nurses’ decision making in recognising and responding to changes in patients’ clinical states.
  • Dr Tigestu Alemu Desse Development of a complex intervention for effective management of type 2 diabetes in a developing country.
  • Dr Stephanie Hunter Vasoactive medications and nurse decision making.
  • Dr Rebecca Jedwab Nurses’ experiences of an electronic medical record implementation: A mixed-methods study.
  • Dr Guncag Ozavci Communicating about managing medications by older patients across transitions of care.
  • Dr Monica Schoch Point of care ultrasound in haemodialysis vascular access.
  • Dr Stephanie Sprogis Evaluating the pre-Medical Emergency Team tier of Rapid Response Systems.
  • About

    The Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) focuses on quality of care and patient safety.

    Established in 2009 as a leading strategic research centre, QPS integrates public and private health services with one of Australia’s largest Schools of Nursing and Midwifery. Our partners govern 37 acute and subacute care hospitals and 12 residential aged care facilities, employ approximately 33,000 nurses and midwives, and provide care for in excess of 3 million Victorians annually. Our research pillars of patient safety, patient experience, and health workforce span the whole patient journey, and encompass residential, community, subacute and acute care settings.

    Annual reports

  • Our story

    A founding member of the Institute for Health Transformation and based in Deakin University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Faculty of Health, QPS is a pioneering academic-industry partnership, embedding Chairs in Nursing and Midwifery within six major Victorian health services.

    The first partnership collaboration between Deakin’s School of Nursing and Epworth Hospital, Richmond was established in 1996 with the appointment of a Clinical Chair in Nursing. Since then 5 other health services have joined the partnership collaboration, forming an innovative academic-industry partnership network.

  • Our team

    Directors

    Co-Director and Chair in Nursing, Barwon Health
    Alfred Deakin Professor Alison Hutchinson

    Co-Director and Chair in Nursing, Alfred Health
    Alfred Deakin Professor Tracey Bucknall

    Members

    Chairs in Nursing and Midwifery
    Chair in Nursing, Eastern Health
    Professor Julie Considine AO

    Chair in Nursing, Epworth HealthCare
    Professor Ana Hutchinson

    Chair in Nursing, Western Health
    Professor Rochelle Wynne

    Chair in Midwifery, Western Health
    Professor Linda Sweet

    Chair in Nursing, Monash Health
    Professor Andrea Driscoll

    Professors
    Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery
    Professor Nikki Phillips

    Professor Judy Currey
    Professor Trish Livingston
    Professor Lauren McTier
    Professor Bodil Rasmussen

    Associate Professors
    Associate Professor Stephane Bouchoucha
    Associate Professor Debra Kerr
    Associate Professor Jo McDonall
    Associate Professor Pat Nicholson
    Associate Professor Monica Peddle
    Associate Professor Anna Ugalde

    Senior Lecturers
    Dr Gabrielle Burdeu
    Dr Virginia Hagger 
    Dr Emily Tomlinson

    Lecturers 
    Dr Kaara Ray Calma
    Dr Lucy Kerr
    Dr Adam Searby

    Postdoctoral Research Fellows
    Dr Anna Chapman

    Senior Research Fellows
    Dr Sara Holton

    Honorary Research Fellow
    Dr Maryann Street
    Dr Robin Digby

    Research Fellows
    Dr Ayele Bali
    Ms Penny Casey
    Tanya Druce
    Dr Renee Fiolet
    Dr Damien Khaw
    Dr Olumuyiwa (Muyiwa) Omonaiye
    Dr Guncag Ozavci (Associate)
    Dr Susan Perlen
    Dr Nantanit (Rainie) van Gulik
    Dr Vidanka Vasilevski
    Dr Natalie Winter 
    Dr Eva Yuen
    Dr Vanessa Watkins

    Associate members
    Associate Professor Louise Alexander
    Sara Aryal
    Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi
    Associate Professor Lemai Nguyen
    Dr Amie O’Shea
    Professor Pubudu Pathirana
    Dr Kinga Pemo
    Associate Professor Sandeep Reddy
    Associate Professor Bernice Redley
    Dr Monica Schoch
    Dr Rebecca Thornton
    Dr Heather Wallace

    Associate members (HDR students)
    Beyene Adhena
    Rami Aldwikat
    Afizu Alhassan
    Mohammed Amin
    Tarryn Armour
    Jennifer Barr
    Pataporn Bawornthip
    Melissa Blake
    Laura Brooks
    Kathryn Brundell
    Deana Copley
    Tendayi Dziruni
    Abdul-Ganiyu Fuseini
    Luis Meave Gutierrez Mendoza
    Madeline Hawke
    Monina Hernandez
    Hannah Jongebloed
    Mataya Kilpatrick
    Sabine Kleissl-Muir
    Natalie Kondos
    Apinya Koontalay
    Elyse Ladbrook
    Michael Le Grande
    Lysha Zhi Yan Lee
    Jessica Lees
    Michele McGrath
    Karen McKenna
    Rachel McKittrick
    Paula Medway
    Atefeh Mehrabifar
    Birye Mekonnen
    Sharyn Milnes
    Samira Mokhlesi
    Israel Molla
    Britt O’Keefe
    Amanda Pereira-Salgado
    Margaret Pollock
    Kerry Rigby
    Andrea Russell
    Annie Tan
    Olivia Tierney
    Monique Vermeulen
    Catherine Williams
    Vicky Yuan

  • Our partnerships

    The QPS partnership network is the first fully coordinated collaboration of its kind in Australia. The goal of this innovative network is to facilitate applied multidisciplinary and multi-site research.

    Improving patient care

    Our research is based on improving patient care and meeting the needs of healthcare organisations. We do this through our rigorous programs of research and clinical education relationships.

    Our partnerships are committed to developing a strong interface between research, education and practice. They have a direct impact on the quality of patient care, as well as building capacity in the health workforce.

    Partnering with six major health services

    The partnership network is a unique and fully integrated model. It connects QPS and Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery to six major health services in the public and private sector in metropolitan and regional areas of Victoria.

    Each partner organisation has joint appointments with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, all with a Professor in Nursing and other joint appointments, including associate professors, senior research fellows, research fellows, and research assistants. Our Western Health partnership also has a jointly appointed Chair in Midwifery and researchers. These joint positions ensure curricula are evidence-based and the research is specific to the health care needs of the community.

  • Our students

    Our students and their topics

    Our current students

    • Beyene Meressa Adhena Preconception folic acid supplementation model development for reproductive age women.
    • Mohammed Amin Effectiveness of a physical activity intervention program to modify cardiovascular risk factors in Ghanian adults with T2 DM.
    • Tarryn Armour Nurse preparedness for postgraduate study in perioperative nursing.
    • Jennifer Barr Empowerment and shared decision making in patient experience in health care when living with multimorbidities.
    • Pataporn Bawornthip Improving health literacy and reducing the risk of hypertension in Chiang Mai province, Thailand: A mixed method study.
    • Melissa Blake Breastfeeding a late preterm infant within a Special Care Nursery.
    • Laura Brooks Culturally sensitive communication at the end of life in the intensive care unit.
    • Kathryn Brundell Rural safety in Victorian maternity care.
    • Deana Copley Communication processes when commencing a new medication in patients with a chronic illness.
    • Tendayi Bruce Dziruni Recognition and response to behaviours of concern in medical wards at The Alfred Hospital.
    • Abdul-Ganiyu Fuseini Development and psychometric validation of a patient reported outcome measurement tool for dignified care during acute hospitalisation of older adults in Ghana.
    • Madeline Hawke Shared decision-making with pregnant women with high body mass index.
    • Monina Hernandez Impact of UTI and ARI bundle on the infection rate, health workers’ knowledge and practices, and older adults’ quality of care.
    • Hannah Jongebloed Increasing consumer knowledge of the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening.
    • Sabine Kleissl-Muir Effects of a low carbohydrate diet on heart failure symptoms and quality of life in patients with diabetic cardiomyopathy.
    • Mataya Kilpatrick Antimicrobial stewardship activities in an acute paediatric setting.
    • Nat Kondos What influence does stand down decision making at the end of a medical emergency team call have on patient outcomes?
    • Apinya Koontalay Codesign of Thai-based heart failure program to improve patient outcomes.
    • Elyse Ladbrook Impact of acute intercurrent illness on patients admitted to subacute care.
    • Lysha Lee An exploration of intergenerational programs in residential aged care facilities in Australia.
    • Jess Lees Exploring how health professional students learn technology mediated physical examination.
    • Michael Le Grande Screening for obstructive sleep apnoea in cardiac rehabilitation patients.
    • Michele McGrath The intersection between nursing students’ clinical assessment and workforce readiness.
    • Karen McKenna Evaluation of the organisational response to COVID-19 pandemic. An organisational case study.
    • Rachel McKittrick Improving care for older people through innovative nurse-led, patient-centred workforce models.
    • Paula Medway Policy to practice: Exploring the implementation and impact of maternity policy in Australia.
    • Dr Atefeh Mehrabifar Examination of medication errors in the perioperative setting.
    • Birye Dessalegn Mekonnen Effect of pregnancy intention on completing the continuum of care for maternal, neonatal, and infant health in Ethiopia.
    • Dr Luis Meave Mendoza Identifying adverse events using the Global Trigger Tool method in central-north Mexico.
    • Sharyn Milnes How do doctors construct and operationalise patient-centred care?
    • Samira Mokhlesi Breastfeeding experience of mothers who have undergone bariatric surgery: A qualitative study.
    • Israel Bekele Molla Improving Diabetic social support through chronic care model in Ethiopia: Cluster randomized controlled trials.
    • Britt O’Keefe The cost of doing nothing. Building resilience in Australia’s personal care workforce employed within a residential aged care setting.
    • Amanda Pereira-Salgado Quantifying the clinical and economic implications of acute heart failure.
    • Meg Pollock How to fix a broken heart: A guide for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation patients.
    • Kerry Rigby Introducing a digital enhanced living technology into the home: The impact on older people and their direct partners-in-care.
    • Andrea Russell How can consumers and aged care staff contribute to falls prevention in residential aged care?
    • Annie Tan A mixed methods study of the impact of COVID-19 to the maternity care services in Australia.
    • Olivia Tierney Continuity of Care Experience models in midwifery degrees: identifying the learning outcomes and understanding its impact on professional behaviours.
    • Monique Vermeulen Transition of registered nurses to postgraduate student midwives- A mixed method study.
    • Catherine Williams Education and training needs of allied health professionals in clinical trials.
    • Vicky Yuan Engaging with electronic medical records.

    Our recent Graduates

    • Dr Rami Aldwikat Delirium in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit: Prevalence, incidence, determinants and outcomes.
    • Dr Afizu Alhassan Influence of a preceptorship training programme on the perceived competence of nurse preceptors and the quality of clinical placement of nursing students.
    • Dr Josh Allen Anticipating clinical deterioration: Patient characteristics and system factors.
    • Dr Theodora Dedo Azu Maternal and neonatal birth outcomes associated with anaemia in pregnancy in Ghana
    • Dr Gabrielle Burdeu Acute care nurses’ decision making in recognising and responding to changes in patients’ clinical states.
    • Dr Tigestu Alemu Desse Development of a complex intervention for effective management of type 2 diabetes in a developing country.
    • Dr Stephanie Hunter Vasoactive medications and nurse decision making.
    • Dr Rebecca Jedwab Nurses’ experiences of an electronic medical record implementation: A mixed-methods study.
    • Dr Guncag Ozavci Communicating about managing medications by older patients across transitions of care.
    • Dr Monica Schoch Point of care ultrasound in haemodialysis vascular access.
    • Dr Stephanie Sprogis Evaluating the pre-Medical Emergency Team tier of Rapid Response Systems.