Austin Health

The partnership between Austin Health and La Trobe University produces research and education that is innovative, collaborative and fosters evidence-based practice.

It is creating a vibrant research, education and learning precinct in Melbourne's northeast.

Led by Professor David Edvardsson, the Austin Health ARCH promotes a research culture through local and national industry partnerships and international collaborations. Nursing and allied health leaders, in partnership with consumers, also provide workforce training to build knowledge and capability in evidence-based practice. It is a hub for information, coordination and advocacy for clinical and health services research at Austin Health and beyond.

The partnership embodies Austin Health’s vision: to shape the future through exceptional care, discovery and learning. Through this partnership we’re openly working with staff and the community to achieve great outcomes. Through research, education and learning, we are exploring new opportunities that will change healthcare for the better.

About Austin Health

Austin Health is a leading specialist tertiary and quaternary health service. It is recognised for its high quality, safe, person-centred care, leading teaching and research, and as a place where staff and volunteers are proud to work.

Austin Health is renowned for its specialist work in cancer, infectious diseases, obesity, sleep medicine, intensive care medicine, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation, and is an internationally-recognised Centre of Excellence in Hospital-based Research.

It is the largest Victorian provider of training for specialist physicians and surgeons.

Austin Health’s state-wide services include the Victorian Spinal Cord Service; Victorian Respiratory Support Services; Victorian Liver Transplant Unit; Acquired Brain Injury Unit; Austin Toxicology Service; Victorian Poisons Information Centre; and Psychological Trauma and Recovery Service.

In collaboration with its affiliated research centres, independent medical research institutes and partnerships, Austin Health delivers ground-breaking discoveries that benefit patients worldwide.

Austin LifeSciences brings together almost 1,000 researchers and several research institutes to achieve better health outcomes for our local, national and international communities. This includes the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.

Research

The ARCH partnership between Austin Health and La Trobe University aims to strengthen the evidence base of nursing, allied health, psychology, public health and life sciences research, education and practice.

There is a focus on person-centred care, health outcomes for older people and people with dementia, cancer, stroke, cardiology, and those in ICU and rehabilitation. Health workforce education and training also feature strongly.

The ARCH encourages and facilitates clinicians and researchers to translate findings into policies and practice. Activities are consumer-oriented and co-produced with stakeholders.

Current areas of priority include aging and aged care; managing dementia and cognitive impairment; rehabilitation in people with chronic diseases, such as stroke; understanding cancer; and optimising cancer management.

Some examples of research at Austin Health include:

Education

The partnership between Austin Health and La Trobe University provides clinical education placements to undergraduate and postgraduate allied health and nursing students, and research students in the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Allied Health, Human Services and Sport, Psychology and Public Health, Cancer Medicine and Life Sciences.

This bridges the gap between theory, research and practice at all levels of tertiary education, from entry to practice degrees, through to postgraduate training and doctoral research supervision.

  • McGilton KS, Escrig-Pinol A, Gordon A, Chu CH, Zúñiga F… Edvardsson D, et al. (2020) Uncovering the Devaluation of Nursing Home Staff During COVID-19: Are We Fuelling the Next Health Care Crisis? Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA): Long-term Care: Management, Applied Research and Clinical Issues, 21: 962-965. Read the paper
  • Rushton C and Edvardsson D (2020) Reconciling Economic Concepts and Person‐centred Care of the Older Person with Cognitive Impairment in the Acute Care Setting, Nursing Philosophy, doi: 10.1111/nup.12298. Read the paper
  • Simpson M, Churilov L, Bardsley B, Dimovitis J, Heriot E, Carey L and Macdonell R (2020) Effects of Modified-release Fampridine on Upper Limb Impairment in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 40: 01971. Read the paper
  • Sewell K, Tse T, Harris E, Matyas T, Churilov L, Ma H, Davis SM, Donnan GA and Carey L (2020) Pre-existing Comorbidity Burden and Patient Perceived Stroke Impact, International Journal of Stroke, doi: 10.1177/1747493020920838. Read the paper
  • Martin LK, Lewis VJ, Clark D, Murphy MC, Edvardsson D, Stub D and Farouque O (2020) Frontline Barriers to Effective Paramedic and Emergency Nursing STEMI Management: Clinician Perspectives, Australasian Emergency Care, 23(2): 126-136. Read the paper
  • Le C, Ma K, Tang P, Edvardsson D, Behm L, et al. (2020) Psychometric Evaluation of the Chinese Version of the Person-Centred Care Assessment Tool, BMJ Open, doi: 10:e031580-e031580. Read the paper
  • Scanlon A, Murphy M, Smolowitz J and Lewis V (2019) Low- and Lower Middle-income Countries Advanced Practice Nurses: An Integrative Review, International Nursing Review, 67: 19-34. Read the paper
  • Chao M, Bolton D, Lim Joon D, Chan Y, Lawrentschuk N, Ho H, Spencer S, Wasiak J, Guerrieri M, Ow D, Troy A, Pham T, Sengupta S, Tan A, McMillan K, Koufogiannis G, Foroudi F, Ng M and Khoo V (2019) High Dose Rate Brachytherapy Boost for Prostate Cancer: Biochemical Control and the Impact of Transurethral Resection of the Prostate and Hydrogel Spacer Insertion on Toxicity Outcomes, Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 63: 415-421. Read the paper
  • Chao M, Ho H, Joon DL, Chan Y, Spencer S et al. (2019) The Use of Tissue Fiducial Markers in Improving the Accuracy of Post-prostatectomy Radiotherapy, Radiation Oncology Journal, 37:43-50. Read the paper
  • Haslam BS, Butler D and Carey L (2019) Novel insights into Stroke Pain Beliefs and Perceptions, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 27(5): 344-353. Read the paper