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:
- Evidence-based, person-centred care
- Exploring the impacts of the rising rates of induction of labour
- The prevention of stillbirth
- Caring for women and families following stillbirth.
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.
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- East C, Biro M, Fredericks S and Lau R (2019) Support During Pregnancy for Women at Increased Risk of Low Birthweight Babies, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD000198.pub3.
- Flenady V, Gardener G, Boyle FM, Callander E, Coory M, East C, Ellwood D, Gordon A, Groom KM, Middleton PF, Norman JE, Warrilow KA, Weller M, Wojcieszek AM, Crowther C and on behalf of the IMPACT Clinical Trials Network for Mother’s and Babies’ Health (2019) My Baby’s Movements: A Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial to Raise Maternal Awareness of Fetal Movements During Pregnancy Study Protocol, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18: 430.
- Forster DA, McLardie-Hore FE, McLachlan HL, Davey M-A, Grimes HA, Dennis C-L, Mortensen K, Moorhead AM, Tawia S, Gold L, Shafiei T, Small R, East CE and Amir LH (2019) Proactive Peer (Mother-to-Mother) Breastfeeding Support by Telephone (Ringing Up about Breastfeeding earlY [RUBY]): A Multicentre, Unblinded, Randomised Controlled Trial, EClinicalMedicine, 8: 20-28.
- Flood M, McDonald SJ, Pollock W, Cullinane F and Davey MA (2019) Incidence, Trends and Severity of Primary Postpartum Haemorrhage in Australia: A Population-based Study Using Victorian Perinatal Data Collection Data for 764 244 Births, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 59(2): 228-234.
- Pollock W, Peek MJ, Wang A, Li Z, Ellwood D, Homer CSE, Jackson Pulver L, McLintock C, Vaughan G, Knight M and Sullivan EA (2019) Eclampsia in Australia and New Zealand: A Prospective Population-based Study, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, doi: 10.1111/ajo.13100
- Selvaratnam RJ, Davey MA, Anil S, McDonald SJ, Farrell T and Wallace EM (2019) Does Public Reporting of the Detection of Fetal Growth Restriction Improve Clinical Outcomes: A Retrospective Cohort Study, BJOG, doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.16038.
- Ayala Quintanilla BP, Pollock WE, McDonald SJ and Taft AJ (2019) Intimate Partner Violence and Severe Acute Maternal Morbidity in the Intensive Care Unit: A Case-control Study in Peru, Birth, doi: 10.1111/birt.12461.