Research

Staff and students in the School of Nursing and Midwifery undertake research in a wide range of fields relevant to nursing, midwifery and health more broadly.

We collaborate nationally and internationally with researchers from different disciplines, and seek to do research that will have positive impacts on health policy, systems, practice and outcomes.  Ultimately, we seek to contribute to the optimal health and wellbeing of all Australians.

We encourage a collegiate and collaborative approach to research, and we recognise a number of thematic research clusters in the School to support this.  Other research is undertaken and can be explored through our Staff Profiles. The School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe has achieved an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) of 5; "well above world standard" in the 2015 evaluation. The School's Research Focus Areas are outlined below.

Healthy Families

Research areas within this theme include:

  • Mother and infant health,
  • Transition to contemporary parenthood,
  • Maternity care and family services in the early years,
  • Sexual and reproductive health,
  • Breastfeeding,
  • Reducing violence against women and children.

Much of the research in this Theme is conducted within the Judith Lumley Centre.

For more information about this theme, please contact Professor Angela Taft.

Healthy Ageing

Research areas within this theme include:

  • Person-centred, evidence-based care of older people,
  • Aged care service evaluation and development,
  • Delivery of appropriate health and aged care services in rural contexts,
  • Evaluation of innovative health and wellbeing programs targeting older people,
  • Activity participation in residential aged care,
  • Housing & employment for older people,
  • Healthy ageing in the community, including a focus on rural communities.

The Healthy Ageing cluster links to the Healthy Ageing Research Group operating within the Building Health Communities Research Focus Area.

For more information about this theme, please contact Professor Yvonne Wells.

Healthy Systems

Research in this theme is particularly focused on how systems work at multiple levels. This includes the health system at a broad (or macro) level (e.g., national and state policies and models for promoting health and providing healthcare across primary and acute sectors), systems at the organisational level (e.g., how health services manage their resources and work together to provide integrated care) and systems at the individual (micro) level, where individual providers, patients and community are considered.

Research areas within this theme include:

  • Use of technologies in the health system (e-Health),
  • Models for integration of health care,
  • Meaning and benefit finding in cancer,
  • Wound care and management,
  • Impact of hospital environments on patient experience,
  • Primary health care system reform, including improving access to care for vulnerable populations,
  • Models of care for people with dementia,
  • End-of-Life care across the health system: including advance care planning, organ and tissue donation,
  • Simulation in health professional training.

For more information about this theme, please contact Associate Professor Virginia Lewis.