Department of Nursing - Research
Research led by the Department of Nursing has a strong focus on Implementation Science. Our research activities in the area of implementation science include studying the best ways of reducing knowledge to action gaps in care, across the age spectrum. A second cross-cutting theme of our research programs is Informatics and Digital Health. Here our work includes developing approaches to enhance digital health literacy in order to optimise safety and quality of patient care and build capacity in informatics and digital health in the healthcare workforce.
View the 2020 Nursing Research Report
Our researchers in the Healthy Start to Life hub work in partnership with paediatric and perinatal care centres and their associated research institutes. In the Disability and Inclusion hub researchers collaborate with the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, focusing their work on evidence-based strategies that support people experiencing long-term mental health challenges. Work in the Optimising Health and Wellbeing hub focuses on the sub-specialties of acute and emergency care, cancer, chronic disease and palliative care.
The Department of Nursing offers graduate research training (Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy) to high achieving candidates who demonstrate compassion, dedication, and perseverance, with tailored pathways.
Explore our programs of research
Cancer and palliative care nursing
This program of work focuses on generating new evidence and resources to support people affected by less common cancers and in the development and evaluation of nurse-led models of cancer care. The palliative care research program focuses on developing evidence based multidisciplinary strategies to improve the quality of life of people diagnosed with a serious illness and their family caregivers. In this program palliative care is conceptualised as being from the point of diagnosis of advanced disease (cancer or non-cancer) through to bereavement. Accordingly, the research targets improving the wellbeing of people who may still be receiving curative treatment as well as those where death may be possible or probable.
Emergency and critical care nursing
This program of work investigates ways in which emergency and critical care environments impact patient safety outcomes. The research focuses on access and resource allocation, and clinical risk management. The major area of emphasis of this program of work relates to the development of interventions for optimising the safety and quality of care provided to patients in emergency and critical care environments. Utilisation of this work is enhanced by the strong partnerships within the health care industry and with government. These linkages have enabled rapid implementation of research findings into practice and support the integration of research outcomes in policy.
Infant, child and adolescent health
Infant and children’s early experiences have significant impacts on their learning, development, health and future prospects. We recognise that the nursing care and support that infants, children and young people, and their families receive early in life is critical for their long-term health and wellbeing, educational, social and economic outcomes as adults. Our research focuses on optimising and improve outcomes for hospitalised and sick infants, children, young people and their families. Our world-leading interdisciplinary research includes the assessment and treatment of pain; optimising neonatal outcomes; family centred/integrated care; improving the safety and quality of care; evidence-based practice and knowledge translation.
Informatics and digital health
This program of work focusses on the critical intersection between people, technology, and data with the aim of improving the safety and quality of patient care where ever this occurs. Rapid evolution of digital health technologies demands, co-production and end-user evaluations, innovations in care design and delivery, health economic and organisational evaluations and a skilled and sustainable health workforce. We undertake evaluations of care using both clinical and administrative data and digital health technology. Evidence-based approaches to learning and teaching in informatics and digital health and to enhance the capability of the health workforce is a further focus of our work.
Mental health nursing
This program of work aims to develop and evaluate strategies that support people accessing mental health services, experiencing mental distress, recovering from mental illness and living with long term mental health challenges. We work collaboratively with mental health consumers, clinicians, health services and government to support evidence-based practice in the design, delivery and evaluation of new models of mental health care.
The Department of Nursing is home to the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing (CPN). The CPN is a Victorian Government supported academic centre. Key priorities for the CPN include identifying and acting on mental health nursing practice priorities, research translation and the development and evaluation of co-produced practices and outcomes.
The School educates graduate entry and post-graduate students through accredited programs tailored to workforce needs nationally and internationally, enabling them to be competent and effective health professionals who are work ready and eligible for registration.
Our graduate entry and post-graduate degrees are tailored to workforce needs nationally and internationally.View
Melbourne University Nursing Students Society
The Melbourne Univerity Nursing Students Society is made up of and represents the students of the Nursing associated post graduate qualifications. We run social events, assist new students with setting into the course and provide a link between students and academic staff.View
Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences offer an extensive range of scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.View
The newly built clinical skills laboratories, commissioned for use in early 2012, have been designed to simulate a modern hospital and are well equipped to accommodate topic requirements/outcomes to meet the learning needs of students.View
Work-integrated learning, including placement, provides career-defining experiences for students and is integral to many programs within
the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
Leading the development of practice knowledge through strong collaborations with alumni, local and international strategic partners, and the community
Graduates of the Department of Nursing make a difference in a wide variety of healthcare settings.View
We are grateful for the many ways in which our alumni and donors support the work of the Faculty.View
We have strong links with hospitals, community and professional bodies.View
Nursing Event Series 2023
The Department of Nursing is delighted to announce the continuation of their Seminar Series. This year, the Department will co-host a public event series with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre that will explore the concept of equitable health care and the critical role that nurses play in closing the equity gap.
Nursing Event Series 2022
In 2022, the Department of Nursing hosted four events featuring eminent nurse colleagues whose research is making a positive contribution to health outcomes.
25 Years of Nursing at the University of Melbourne
To celebrate 25 years of Nursing in 2021, the Department of Nursing celebrated the central role nurses play as leaders and members of multidisciplinary teams in designing and delivering healthcare. This event series featured nurse leaders who have made positive contributions to knowledge generation, patient and family outcomes and health system.
Centre for Mental Health Nursing
A resource for Victoria’s mental health nurses.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery History Project
The ANMHP aims to:
- increase the profile of nursing and midwifery history in the community
- ensure that historically important nursing and midwifery resources are identified, conserved, and accessible.
Welcome to the Department of Nursing
Professor Marie Gerdtz, Head
The Department of Nursing was established in 1996 with a focus on postgraduate and specialist research focused clinical education.
Our values guide us in our pursuit of excellence to:
Improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we work with and care for
Invest in developing the careers and wellbeing of staff and students
Foster a culture that supports us all to do this work.