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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 involve 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 include:
Current RHD students include:

Recent RHD graduates include:
Dr Martin Christensen - Doctor of Philosophy 2018"Men are from Mars": The lived experience of male nursing students at a Regional UniversityAssociate Professor Anthony Welch (Principal), Associate Professor Jennie Barr (Associate)
Dr Tracy Flenady - Doctor of Philosophy 2018Understanding transgression in respiratory rate observation collection methods in the Emergency Department: A classic grounded theory analysisProfessor Trudy Dwyer (Principal), Dr Judith Applegarth (Associate)
Dr Naresh Rimal - Doctor of Philosophy 2018A Grounded Theory of Food Security in Nepal: Surviving Market FundamentalismDr Wendy Hillman (Principal), Professor David Midmore (Associate)
Dr Loretto Quinney - Doctor of Philosophy 2018The Lived Experience of Nurses who care for family members during acute exacerbations of chronic illness: A phenomenological approachProfessor Trudy Dwyer (Principal), Professor Ysanne Chapman (Associate)
Dr Hanan Al-Shamaly - Doctor of Philosophy 2018The Nature of Caring by Nurses in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU): A Focused EthnographyAssociate Professor Anthony Welch (Principal), Associate Professor Jennie Barr (Associate)
Dr Annie Banbury - Doctor of Philosophy 2018Digital Futures: E-health, health literacy and chronic disease self-management skills for older peopleProfessor Lynne Parkinson (Principal), Professor Susan Nancarrow, Dr Jared Dart, Professor Len Gray (Associates)
Dr Ann Framp – Doctor of Philosophy 2017A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of One Family’s Predisposition to Hereditary Diffuse Gastric CancerProfessor Margaret McAllister (Principal), Professor Trudy Dwyer (Associate)
Dr Lisa Wirihana – Doctor of Philosophy 2017The Lived Experience of Nurse Academics at Satellite Campuses of Australian Universities: A Phenomenological StudyAssociate Professor Anthony Welch (Principal), Professor Moira Williamson, Associate Professor Martin Christensen (Associates)
Dr Helen Donovan – Doctor of Philosophy 2017The Experience of the Double-degree Nurse Midwife in their Transition to Clinical PracticeAssociate Professor Anthony Welch (Principal), Professor Moira Williamson (Associate)
Dr Barbara O’Neill – Doctor of Philosophy 2017Aged care nursing staff management of the deteriorating resident and hospital avoidance: A Theory of Planned Behaviour StudyAssociate Professor Trudy Dwyer (Principal), Professor Kerry Reid-Searl, Professor Lynne Parkinson (Associates)
Dr Irene Rogers – Doctor of Philosophy 2017Breaking Bread with the Dead: the Australian “Bluebird” Nurses of World War One seen through the Lens of MicrohistoryProfessor Margaret McAllister (Principal),
Dr Wendy Madsen, Professor Donna Brien (Associates)
Dr Julie Shaw – Doctor of Philosophy 2017Constructing a Grounded Theory of Young Adult Health LiteracyAssociate Professor Anthony Welch (Principal), Professor Moira Williamson (Associate)
Dr Lorraine Thompson – Doctor of Philosophy 2017Coaching for Clinical Nurse Leaders: A Mixed Methods Study

Associate Professor Anthony Welch (Principal), Associate Professor Jennie Barr (Associate)

Emu Park Lions Club Donates Second Silicone Puppet to Pup-Ed Program

CQUniversity has welcomed a second silicone puppet to its Pup-Ed (KRS Simulation) program, thanks again to the generosity of Emu Park Lions Club. Leo the silicone puppet will be used by Nursing students and health service organisations based in the Rockhampton region.

CQUni Partnership to Help Support the Growth of Wide Bay Research Culture

CQUniversity Nursing academics will soon provide research support to Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) staff as part of a new collaborative partnership.

Helping Nepalese Boost Capacity for Qualitative Research

CQUniversity senior lecturers Dr Wendy Hillman and Dr Kylie Radel are recognised specialists in qualitative research methods who have been focusing on tourism potential in Nepal.

CQUni's Leading Role in Research Program to Transform Regional Healthcare

CQUniversity is leading a new research program designed to transform healthcare in the Central Queensland region. The Research Ready Grant Program features multi-disciplinary teams, mentorship, and collaboration between CQ Health and Hospital Services (CQHHS), CQUniversity and the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School.

EDDIE and Mask-Ed - A Perfect Match for Training in Aged Care

The EDDIE program, which stands for Early Detection of Deterioration in the Elderly, supports staff with resources and training in early detection and response to deteriorating health to help prevent hospitalisation. A team from CQUniversity is evaluating the implementation of the program.

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 include:
Current RHD students include:

Recent RHD graduates include:
Dr Brian Mayahle - Doctor of Philosophy 2018The implementation of Lean thinking in reducing waste, streamlining clinical processes, improving clinical access, efficiency and consumer outcomes in Queensland regional, rural and remote mental health servicesAssociate Professor Anthony Welch (Principal), Associate Professor Jennie Bar (Associate)
Dr June Alexander – Doctor of Philosophy 2017Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer and the process of using personal diary excerpts to write a book to assist people with eating disordersProfessor Margaret McAllister (Principal), Professor Donna Brien (Associate)
Ms Kerri Jackson – Master of Health Science 2016Words of wisdom from those who lived to tell the tale: A descriptive phenomenological study of re-engaging with life after attempted suicideAssociate Professor Anthony Welch (Principal), Dr Shane Hopkinson (Associate)
Dr Julie Bradshaw – Doctor of Philosophy 2016Façade of Success: Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum 1865-1869Associate Professor Jennie Barr (Principal), Dr Wendy Madsen (Associate)
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.

Key researchers in Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence include:
Current RHD students include:
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So EDDIE is Early Detection of Deterioration In the Elderly and it's about identifying when someone becomes unwell in an aged care facility, intervening early and keeping them at home.  So specifically what we're trying to solve is how do we upskill the staff in aged care facilities so that they’re best skilled to keep people in the aged care facility and how do we save healthcare dollars as well, by treating people in the aged care facility and stopping them from presenting to the emergency department at hospital.  PresCare, which is a residential aged care facility here in Queensland, have developed up what they’ve called as a subacute program, and what subacute is, is they've identified that their residents in their facilities, when they become unwell, they wanted to keep them at home so to speak in the facility rather than transferring them up to the hospital, because when someone who’s elderly gets transferred to the hospital, we find that their length of stay is long in hospital and quite often they may return back to the facility in a worse condition than they presented with in the first instance.  And so PresCare have developed up the subacute program which supports staff by providing more equipment, providing extra training, so that they can keep the residents at home so can they identify when they’re unwell

Our relationship began back in 2013 and we've actually been looking at how we can improve the outcomes for residents in looking at alternatives to transfer to hospital.  For PresCare, success actually means that we were able to meet the choices and preferences of our care recipients and for a lot of them they don't want to go to hospital, and if we are able to meet that need, that provides a very positive outcome for the care recipient and for PresCare.  Out of the results that we’ve actually found, could actually be a benefit across the aged care industry as a whole.  Working with CQUni actually gives us validated evidence of the practical applications that we’re putting in place.

We have reduced hospital length stays, on an average they’ll stay in hospital three days shorter and we also found that we can prevent ninety-five admissions for every thousand residents that we have identified, and over time we're finding that we can actually save millions of dollars as a result of doing that.  We’ve also found from an industry perspective, it saves healthcare dollars.  It saves the Q care dollar because we’re not transferring residents and it’s taking longer in hospital.  The program, the subacute program in the aged care facility only costs $4,500 to implement and we can save millions of dollars over time with this.  We’re starting to translate the knowledge that we've learned with implementing within the PresCare sector over into the acute care sector with aged care.  So we're now working with Queensland Health with early detection of deterioration and implementing some of the strategies that we've identified in the past.  So I think that the big difference with what the EDDIE project is – is to a lot of other studies that are around, is it’s about empowering the staff within the aged care facilities to care for residents in that area.  They’ve identified it’s important to keep people at home and they’ve implemented a strategy to do that.  And working in collaboration with us at CQU, we’ve helped to identify that yes it does actually work, we’ve got the evidence that it does work, and yes we’ve got the evidence now that it will save the healthcare dollar.