Mercy Health

The partnership between Mercy Health and La Trobe University develops world-class, evidence-based services to improve health and safety, the patient experience and patient wellbeing.

The partnership is supported by experts that translate research findings at the clinical interface, education that connects clinical professionals with tertiary students and academics, and an overarching commitment to provide compassionate healthcare.

The vision and values of the partnership are to provide leadership in clinical nursing and midwifery; to lead in person-centred, evidence-based clinical care; and to be an attractive workplace with supportive, compassionate, educated and skilled staff.

About Mercy Health

Mercy Health offers acute and subacute hospital care, aged care, mental health programs, specialist women’s healthcare, early parenting services, palliative care, home and community care, and staff training and development. World-class research is undertaken across a range of clinical areas to improve the way we deliver care and support for people in need.

Mercy Health hospitals are fully accredited by National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, a mandatory set of standards established by the Australian Government for all public and private hospitals. Hospitals are measured against criteria including patient-centred care, medication management, clinical handover, infection prevention and staff education.

It also contributes to the following state and national healthcare initiatives:

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. The Commission coordinates national improvements in healthcare safety and quality.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Established by the Australian Government, this major national agency provides information and statistics on Australia's health status.

Safer Care Victoria. Victoria’s healthcare quality and safety improvement specialist body advises all levels of government on healthcare safety, improvement and innovation.

Women's Healthcare Australasia. Mercy Health is part of this non-profit community of more than 120 women's hospitals and maternity units throughout Australia. It supports maternity hospitals and healthcare services to achieve excellence in clinical care of women and newborns.


The partnership between Mercy Health and La Trobe University aims to create an evidence base for health service provision.

By incorporating consumers and healthcare professionals into research programs, the partnership is relevant and responsive, improving the patient experience and patient outcomes.

The research program encompasses:


Clinical education prepares students to become work-ready graduates. Mercy Health works closely with La Trobe University to ensure that students receive quality professional learning experiences that complement critical teaching content, integrate theory with application, and ensure students gain essential working knowledge of current industry practice.

Professor Christine East coordinates the Master of Midwifery and the Professional Doctorate of Midwifery.

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