Practice and service improvement

The quality and safety of health care is paramount to reducing the burden of disease and disability in our community and to the delivery of value based health care.

Our programs of research are aimed at improving effectiveness, safety and quality across a range of health and human services and disciplinary practices. Areas of practice and service improvement research include, but are not limited to, the prevention, identification and management of mental illness, hospital acquired and disease specific wounds, clinical aggression, chronic diseases, medication errors and domestic violence; and, enhancing the experiences of individuals and families as they traverse the complex web of primary, secondary and tertiary health and human services.

Groups / Projects Research Lead Dept / Centre
A history of psychiatric nursing in Victoria, Australia Nursing
Advancing eye care for people with AMD through integrating clinical research and its translation Dr Laura Downie Optometry and Vision Sciences
Alliance to End Violence toward Women and Children Cathy Humphreys
Social Work
An integrated approach to improving the primary clinical care of patients with early stages of AMD Dr Laura Downie Optometry and Vision Sciences
Anterior Eye, Clinical Trials and Research Translation Unit Dr Laura Downie
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Assessing novel compounds for diagnostic retinal imaging
Auditory Neuroscience Unit Bryony Nayagam
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Benefits of home-based rehabilitation in lung cancer Professor Linda Denehy Nursing
Cancer Nursing Research Professor Mei Krishnasamay
Nursing
Centre for Applied Research in Effective Services (CARES) Aron Shlonsky
Social Work
Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Associate Professor Stephen Elsom
Nursing
Clinical Psychophysics Unit Professor Allison McKendrick
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Communication skills: Consumer led training modules for cancer health care workers Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Defining unmet needs of haematology survivors: An exploratory study to inform intervention development Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Developing clinical practice guidelines for violence risk assessment at triage Nursing
Developing iPad home-monitoring platforms for multiple sclerosis assessment
Developing novel ocular biomarkers for drug testing and neurodegenerative disease of the CNS Optometry and Vision Sciences
Development of a tailored supportive care intervention for women living with advanced breast cancer Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Development of an online education resource to improve nursing care of older people with cancer Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Development of open source tools for vision research
Domestic and family violence and parenting: mixed method insights into impact and support needs Professor Cathy Humphreys Social Work
Emergency and Critical Care Nursing Marie Gerdtz
Nursing
Evaluating the effect of an evidence-based protocol on the safety of emergency department discharge processes Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz Optometry and Vision Sciences
Family Links: Kinship care and family contact Ms Meredith Kiraly, MBSc PhD Social Work
Fathering Challenges: Responsible, Responsive and Reparative Fathering Professor Cathy Humphreys Social Work
Having the conversation: Embedding advanced care planning (ACP) into the care of older patients having major cancer surgery Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Identification and Management of Vestibular Disorders Jessica Vitkovic
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Identifying the right patient: Nurse and patient perspectives on how to verify patient identity during medication administration Nursing
Improving clinical tests for diagnosis and management of vision loss (imaging and perimetry)
Improving contact between children in out-of-home care and their birth parents Professor Cathy Humphreys Social Work
An evaluation of a new intervention for improving the continuity and quality of care for people who frequently attend the emergency department Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz Nursing
Improving the Safety of Psychiatric Consumers Associate Professor Stephen Elsom Nursing
Independent Agency Network (IAN): Model of efficiency Professor Aron Shlonsky Social Work
Investigating the role of intracranial pressure in glaucoma Optometry and Vision Sciences
Invisible Practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence Social Work
It takes a village: The support needs of non-familial kinship carers Ms Meredith Kiraly, MBSc PhD Social Work
Learning and Teaching Laboratory Optometry and Vision Sciences
M-Health: Efficacy and Cost-effectiveness of a smartphone App to reduce unmet needs and distress in people with cancer (ACE): a randomized controlled trial Professor Meiner Krishnasamy Nursing
Maligant wounds: Establishing a platform of knowledge for future practice oriented research Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Measuring the therapeutic optimism of mental health nurses Associate Professor Stephen Elsom Nursing
Multidisciplinary care for women with metastatic breast cancer Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
National Vision Research Institute Professor Michael Ibbotson
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Ocular Biomarker Laboratory Dr Christine Nguyen
Ocular Physiology Laboratory Associate Professor Bang Bui
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Optimising the Capability of the Allied Health Workforce within Cancer Prehabilitation Professor Lynette Joubert Social Work
Out of Home Care (OOHC) Transition Outcomes Professor Aron Shlonsky Social Work
Out of Home Care Quality Assurance Framework Professor Aron Shlonsky Social Work
PanSupport - development of an experience based co-design, supportive care app with and for people affected by pancreatic cancer
Partnership for Innovation in Out-of-home Care Marie Connolly
Social Work
Practice and service improvement
Practice Research Program in Health and Mental Health Professor Lynette Joubert
Social Work
Predicting unscheduled return to the emergency department resulting in subsequent hospitalization: Informing strategies for prevention Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz Nursing
Promoting an improved patient experience in gynaecological cancer care Professor Lynette Joubert Social Work
Promoting excellent cancer pain management at a comprehensive cancer centre in Victoria, Australia. Introduction and evaluation of a pain nurse consultant Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
RCT of RT for low risk luminal A breast cancer Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Retinal Structure and Function Laboratory Dr Michael Pianta
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Screening for Prevalence of Illicit Toxins in the emergency department: Mapping pathways to care Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz Nursing
Services Connect Professor Aron Shlonsky Social Work
Stepping Up Study Professor Elizabeth Patterson Nursing
Streamlining antenatal – four pilot demonstration Professor Aron Shlonsky Social Work
The development of a nurse-sensitive, cancer care complexity index Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
The PATRICIA Project: PAthways And Research In Collaborative Inter-Agency working Professor Cathy Humphreys Social Work
The Women's Wellness after Cancer Program: A National Multisite Randomised Clinical Trial of an E-Health Enabled Lifestyle Modification Intervention to Improve the Health and Wellness of Women after Cancer Treatment Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Translation of research into practice
Undergraduate Nursing Students' experience of the psychiatric/mental health nursing placement Nursing
Understanding the role of blood pressure, vascular autoregulation in ageing and glaucoma Optometry and Vision Sciences
Understanding visual processing in aging and development
Using our novel model of glaucoma to understand if ganglion cells can recover from injury Optometry and Vision Sciences
Using the eye as a window into Alzheimer’s disease
Vision in migraine
Visual Functions Laboratory Professor Algis J Vingrys
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Wireless electroretinography and visual evoked potentials for central nervous system drug testing
Young and ‘care-full': The support needs of young kinship carers Ms Meredith Kiraly, MBSc PhD Social Work