Northern Health

The partnership between Northern Health and La Trobe University fosters interprofessional learning and advances collaborative, translational research outcomes for Melbourne’s northern community.

The partnership supports Northern Health’s vision for a healthier community, making a difference to every person, every day. It also embraces Northern Health’s values – Safe, Kind and Together, which describe not only how we do our work, but how we treat each other.

About Northern Health

Northern Health is the major provider of acute, sub-acute, maternity and specialist services in the rapidly expanding outer northern area of Melbourne. The catchment includes three of the state’s six growth areas and the population is predicted to increase by more than 58% by 2031.

Northern Health cares for a diverse community which is home to people born in more than 185 countries, who speak over 106 different languages and follow over 90 different religions or beliefs.

Northern Health cares for over 94,000 patients admitted to hospital, treats over 107,000 patients each year in its Emergency Department, and assists with the delivery of over 4,000 babies each year. Northern Health employs over 5,300 professional staff.


The research partnership between Northern Health and La Trobe University seeks to produce translatable research outcomes that make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the community.

Understanding social and cultural influences on health and healthcare underpins our research approach. The program encompasses maternal health, child- and family-centred care, end-of-life care, education of the health workforce, evidence-based practice and evaluation of alternative models of care.

Some of the Northern Health ARCH team's key projects include:


The partnership between Northern Health and La Trobe University provides clinical education placements for undergraduate nursing and allied health students in acute, sub-acute, extended care and maternity services.

Up to 350 nursing and midwifery students and 50 allied health students are embedded in the Northern Clinical School, attending classes in the dedicated teaching facility and state-of-the-art Simulation Centre. In addition, Northern Health staff enrol in a range of postgraduate courses at La Trobe.

  • Jessup RL, Bramston C, Beauchamp A, Gust A, Cvetanovska N, Cao Y, Haywood C, Conilione P, Tacey M, Copnell B, Medhi H, Alnasralah D, Kirk M, Zucchi E, Campbell D, Trezona A, Haregu T, Oldenberg B, Stockman K, Semciw AI. Impact of COVID-19 on emergency department attendance in an Australian hospital: a parallel convergent mixed methods study. BMJ Open, 2021; 11:e049222. Read the paper
  • McKenna L, Shimoinaba K, Copnell B. Family-centered care and pediatric death in the emergency department: A qualitative study using framework analysis. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 2022; 64: 18-23. Read the paper
  • Edvardsson K, Hughes E, Copnell B, Mogren I, Vicendese D, Gray R. Severe mental illness and pregnancy outcomes in Australia. A population-based study of 595 792 singleton births 2009-2016. PLoS One,2022; 17(2): e0264512. Read the paper
  • Shimoinaba K, McKenna L, Copnell B. Nurses’ experiences, coping and support in the death of a child in the Emergency Department: a qualitative descriptive study. International Emergency Nursing, 2021; 59. Read the paper
  • Zhai J, Weller-Newton JM, Shimoinaba K, Chen H and Copnell B (2020) Emerging From the “Ku:” Fluctuating in Adjusting with Breast Cancer: A Post-traumatic Growth Theory Situated Within Chinese Culture, Qualitative Health Research, 30: 1674-1683. Read the paper
  • Frescos N and Copnell B (2020) Podiatrists' Views of Assessment and Management of Pain in Diabetes-related Foot Ulcers: A Focus Group Study, Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 13: 29. Read the paper
  • Clarke AC, Hull S, Semciw AI, Jessup RL, Campbell D, Fabri AM, Tully N, Bramston C, Hayes J.2021 Descriptive Analysis of a Telephone Based Community Monitoring Service for COVID-19. J Community Health, 46(6):1124-1131. Read the paper
  • Brack P, Bramley A, Downie S, Gardner M, Leo J, Sturt R, Markham D.2021 Riding the waves: Lessons learnt from Victoria's COVID-19 pandemic response for maintaining effective allied health student education and clinical placements. Australian Health Review, 45(6):683-689. Read the paper
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  • Jessup R, Hanna S, Kaur J, Bayat I, Bramston C.2021 Early supported hospital discharge for foot disease: a co-design study. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1). Read the paper
  • Nasser AM, Pizzari T, Grimaldi A, Vicenzino B, Rio E, Semciw AI.2021 Proximal hamstring tendinopathy; expert physiotherapists' perspectives on diagnosis, management and prevention. Phys Ther Sport, 48:67-75. Read the paper
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