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CQUniversity Nursing research has been ranked at 'well above world standard' in the latest Excellence for Research in Australia exercise. This is a significant achievement for a regional university and with ongoing recruitment and promotion of research active staff the School aspires to become one of the best research schools in Australia. The School of Nursing and Midwifery research activities involved researchers from a range of disciplines creating a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach. The research areas have a strong focus on applied research with direct benefit to regional and rural Australia but of national and international significance.

CQUniversity Nursing research aligns under three primary research strengths:

  • Nursing workforce, education and health-service delivery
  • Mental health
  • Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence

Research and research higher degree student supervision is focused on the following areas:

Nursing Workforce, Education and Health-Service Delivery

This focus draws on the current health agenda and priorities that will inform health care policy, health care practices, quality, and safety. Believing in the nexus of teaching and learning, research and practice; these researchers value working with others from education, industry partners, governments and the non-government organisations. The key focus areas include:

  • Health workforce development,
  • Quality and safety of health and aged care and Simulation and innovative education.

Key researchers in Health Workforce Development include:

Associate Professor, Dr Jennieffer (Jennie) Barr (Deputy Dean Research)

Professor Kerry Reid-Searl

Professor Leone Hinton

Associate Professor Trudy Dwyer

Dr Dolene Rossi

Dr Wendy Hillman

Mental Health Nursing

The mental health nursing team continues to be sought after for research higher degree supervision and community engagement. Strong research links have lead to important research output.

CQUniversity Australia is proud to have the first known full-time position in the world of an academic providing lived experience perspective of mental health challenge and recovery. This had led to a course called Recovery Approach in Mental Health. This course has been designed to introduce students to recovery approach to mental health care. Students will develop a comprehensive knowledge base of the principles and components of recovery, the significance of collaborative relationships with consumers of mental health services in order to promote individual recovery and the role of the nurse working within a recovery framework. Research continues to grow in this nationally significant area.

The two key focus areas in mental health are:

  • Mental health nursing, and
  • Lived experienced led mental health.

Key researchers in Mental Health Nursing include:

Professor Margaret McAllister

Associate Professor Anthony (Tony) Welch

Dr Louise Byrne

Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research is committed to undertaking applied research that supports the development of policy and practice in the field of domestic and family violence prevention with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and rural and regional communities.

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