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.

  • 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
  • Butler AE, Copnell B and Hall H (2019) When a Child Dies in the PICU, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 20: e447-e451. Read the paper
  • Abdulghani N, Amir LH and Edvardsson K (2020) Observational Study Found That Skin-to-skin Contact was Not Common After Vaginal Birth in Saudi Arabia, Acta Paediatrica: Promoting Child Health, doi: 10.1111/apa.15232. Read the paper
  • Abdulghani N, Edvardsson K and Amir LH (2020) Health Care Providers’ Perceptions of Facilitators and Barriers for the Practice of Skin-to-skin Contact in Saudi Aradia: A Qualitative Study, Midwifery, 81: 102577. Read the paper
  • Wilson M, Nickels M, Wadsworth B, Kruger P and Semciw A (2020) Acute Cervical Spinal Cord Injury and Extubation Failure: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, Australian Critical Care, 33: 97-105. Read the paper
  • Moore D, Semciw AI, Wisbey-Roth T and Pizzari T (2020) Adding Hip Rotation to Therapeutic Exercises can Enhance Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus Segmental Activity Levels: An Electromyography Study, Physical Therapy in Sport, 43: 157-165. Read the paper
  • Hislop AC, Collins NJ, Tucker K, Deasy M and Semciw AI (2020) Does Adding Hip Exercises to Quadriceps Exercises Result in Superior Outcomes in Pain, Function and Quality of Life for People with Knee Osteoarthritis? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 54(5): 263-271. Read the paper
  • Jessup RL, Buchbinder R, Osborne RH and Beauchamp A (2018) Using Co-design to Develop Interventions to Address Health Literacy Needs in a Hospitalised Population, BMC Health Services Research, 18(1): 989. Read the paper
  • Jessup RL, Beauchamp A, Osborne RH and Buchbinder R (2018) Differences in Health Literacy Profiles of Patients Admitted to a Public and a Private Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, BMC Health Services Research, (18): 1-13. Read the paper