The School contributes to nursing knowledge and related fields of research by consistently publishing and presenting research nationally and internationally.

Centres and Groups

The School of Nursing and Midwifery specialises in a number of research areas and have an extensive list of researchers. Find a researcher.

School Research Groups

Health Professional Education

Convenor: Professor Tracy Levett-Jones

The Centre for Health Professional Education is committed to engaging in a systematic and rigorous program of research that will examine the effectiveness of curricula interventions as well as the impact of health professional education on patient outcomes.

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Older Person's Care Research Group

Convenor: Professor Isabel Higgins

The COPC team collaborate on research and scholarly activity relating to the provision of optimal care for older people in a range of settings.  

We respond to issues and concerns in pursuit of Person Centred Care for older people. We seek to understand the experience of older adults and their families or significant others in a range of contexts in which they deal with and manage their health concerns. Under-pinning our research collaborations is the need to build research capacity and evidence within a multidisciplinary framework and give nursing input and direction to policy and practice. 

Mental Health Research Group

Convenor: Professor Michael Hazelton

The focus of the Mental Health Research Group is on the development and evaluation of nursing led psychosocial intervention strategies and techniques for therapeutic engagement with and for the users of mental health services. Researchers within the group have particular interests in areas such as the development of effective interventions for high vulnerability populations such as persons with borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia and immigrants and asylum seekers with mental health problems; the improvement of communication between mental health practitioners and practitioners and service users; the development of strategies for reducing stigma and safeguarding the human rights of persons with mental illness; and approaches to improving the mental health literacy of students and practitioners in the fields of nursing and midwifery.

Members of the Mental Health Research Group are affiliated with the Translational Mental Health in Communities and Services research sub-group of the Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Newcastle, the Mental Health Nursing Research and Practice Development Unit with Hunter New England Mental Health and the BRICS group within the Hunter Medical Research Institute

Health Services Research Group

Convenor: Associate Professor Ashley Kable

The Health Service Research Group is focused on conducting research in the clinical context that addresses clinical problems and measures the delivery of health services and associated outcomes and impact on patients and their carers.

Other Research Groups

University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Group: a JBI Evidence Synthesis Group

The JBI Evidence Synthesis Group: University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Group is affiliated with the NSW Centre for Evidence Based Health Care, University of Western Sydney and the Joanna Briggs Institute, an International collaboration of nursing and allied health systematic review centres.

The University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Group has members from the School of Nursing & Midwifery, School of Medicine and Public Health and the School of Health Sciences.
These Schools in the Faculty of Health and Medicine are committed to growth in research outputs and impact. Much of this research is multi-disciplinary and is highly relevant to clinical practice and professional contemporary health service delivery in a range of settings and communities.

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Youth Outreach for DiabetesYouth Outreach for Diabetes

Young people with type 1 diabetes are transferred from comprehensive outreach paediatric services to adult services at around 18 years of age. Many rural adult services have few resources to specifically support them, and the culture is more focused on compliance and long term complications. Young people are expected to have competent self management skills, which is often not the case as there are limited transition programs within Hunter New England Health. This issue is important as they are life longer users of the health care system.