Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences

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 priority areas:

This priority area focuses on applied approaches that address real-world healthcare problems, recognising the multi-disciplinary nature of healthcare and strives to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach when conducting research, acknowledging the strengths to different disciplinary and methodological backgrounds.

Trauma informed research complements a growing world-wide movement known as trauma informed practice, which acknowledges that trauma from neglect, violence and abuse is common in society and can lead to physical and mental health problems and psychosocial disability and disempowerment. Trauma can occur across the lifespan - and may be associated with child mistreatment, sexual violence, bullying, violent crime, marginalization, war and displacement. Research in this area is aiming to find structural solutions to prevent and resolve the consequences of trauma on individuals and communities.

Health workforce priority research area encompasses all aspects of workforce including, but not limited to, occupational health and safety for health workers, preparation for practice, continuing education and evidence-based clinical and managerial models of care.

Research clusters (recent, current or future projects) that sit beneath these priority areas include:

  • Aged Care
  • Child Protection
  • Chronic Disorders
  • Differing Pedagogies
  • Disability
  • Domestic Violence
  • Domestic/Gender Violence
  • Gendered Violence
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Lived Experience
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Models of Care
  • Nurse Led
  • Prevention
  • Quality and Safety
  • Research Capacity Building
  • Resilience
  • Rural and Remote
  • Simulation
  • Wellbeing of the Older Person
  • Workforce
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