Infant, Child and Adolescent Health

Research Overview

The University of Melbourne’s Infant Child and Adolescent Health research program is based within the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and lead by the RCH Nursing Research team. This team leads a significant program of research engagement that contributes to improved clinical outcomes for RCH patients and families. The Nursing Research team has successfully developed and implemented a research strategy founded upon a clinical governance framework (J Nsg Care Qual. 2012). As per this framework, the RCH nursing workforce is enabled to engage effectively in evidence based practice, critical thinking and clinical research, demonstrating a contribution to improved clinical outcomes, consumer engagement and improved quality and safety outcomes. The Nursing Research team has effective engagements with every RCH clinical area where nursing care is delivered. This engagement was secured through various strategies including a highly successful nursing journal club competition, the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee, workshops, research training programs, higher degree supervision and individual research projects lead by clinical nurses. The dissemination of these outcomes furthermore grows the national and international reputation of the RCH as a Clinical Academic centre generating novel and significant improvements in patient care. The ongoing vision of the Nursing Research team is to support the development of nursing at RCH through the integration of academically sound research into clinical practice and collaboration with broader Health Services Research initiatives across the campus.

Research projects

The Infant Child and Adolescent Health nursing research program at the University of Melbourne was established in 2011. Current studies are underway and reflect critical partnerships at an institution, state, national and international level.

Current Research Higher Degree Work

  • Sophie Jones. Asymptomatic thrombosis following the use of Central Venous Catheters in children (PhD)
  • Karin Plummer. Experience of Pain in children undergoing Haemopoetic Stem Cell Transplantation (PhD)
  • Sacha Petersen. Bed time stories: An exploratory study of sleep disturbance for children with cerebral palsy and their parents (PhD).
  • Naomi Brockenshire. Ethnographic study of Clown Doctors in a Paediatric Tertiary hospital (PhD).
  • Jenny O’Neill. School-based Immunisation uptake in children with a developmental disability (PhD).
  • Mary Tallon. Nursing psychosocial assessment of children with complex needs (PhD)
  • Chris Williams. Gaining a consensus approach to nurse-led paediatric oncology telephone triage using a Delphi technique (Minor Thesis)
  • Brenda Savill. Escalation of care in a paediatric Hospital in the Home unit (Minor Thesis)
  • Sam Murphy. Paediatric Intensive Care Unit nurses' experiences of caring for potential organ donors: an explorative study (Minor thesis)
  • Sam Gronow. How does a young person who self- harms feel about their inpatient care? The lived experience of the young mental health consumer (Minor thesis)




  • Multidisciplinary clinicians at the Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne
  • Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network and the Victorian Maternity and Newborn Clinical Network, Department of Health and Human Services.


  • Prof Wendy Chaboyer and Prof Claire Rickard, Griffith University
  • Dr Garth Kendall, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Curtin University
  • Mr David Symons, The Humor Foundation


  • Professor Patti Massicotte, Dr. Aisha Bruce, Ms. Mary Bauman. Stollery Children’s Hospital Thrombosis Program, Canada (Quality of Life in children on warfarin therapy).
  • Professor Christoph Male. Medical University of Vienna, Austria. (Unfractionated heparin therapy in children undergoing cardiac angiography).
  • Dr. Leonardo Brandao. Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. (Bone Mineral Density in children requiring warfarin therapy).
  • Professor Anthony Chan. McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. (Monitoring of anticoagulant therapies in children).
  • Professor Stephen Duffull, School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ
  • Assistant Professor Chris Bonafide, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr Riitta Meretoja, The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Finland.
  • Dr Ita Indah K Murni Department of Pediatrics, DR. Sardjito Hospital/Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis – Pediatric and Neonatal Scientific Subcommittee
  • Global Haemostasis Nursing Alliance
  • International Society of Rapid Response Systems (Pediatric SubCommittee)


  • ARC
  • Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network and the Victorian Maternity and Newborn Clinical Network, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Murdoch Childrens Research Institute