School research

Vanessa McDonaldThe School of Nursing and Midwifery is engaged in a range of research and research training activities. It continues to contribute to nursing knowledge and related fields of research by consistently publishing and presenting research nationally and internationally. Many research activities are multidisciplinary in nature and produce clinically relevant outcomes as well as contributing to the evidence in scientific literature.

The researchers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery are actively engaged in conducting research in five areas of research:

  1. Health Professional Education Research Group
  2. Chronic Disease and Older Person's Care Research Group
  3. Mental Health Research Group
  4. Health Services Research Group
  5. Maternal, Child and Families Research Group

More information about these groups is available on the 'Centres and Groups' page.

In addition, our researchers are involved in the supervision of PhD and research masters students.

In 2017, the ERA assessment placed the University of Newcastle equal 7th for research and found 90 per cent of our research to be world standard or above. Nursing was one of 9 research areas in the University of Newcastle to receive an ERA rating of 4 or above world standard. The 4-digit FoR Code for Nursing, 1110, includes Midwifery. The University of Newcastle was one of only five Australian Universities to receive a rating of 4 for Nursing, placing us in the top twelve Australian Universities for Nursing.

Research activities

Our researchers contribute to key healthcare research. Our researchers are aligned with Priority Research Centres, Research Centres and Research Groups affiliated with the University.


The research activities and profile of the School are enhanced by well developed partnerships and collaborative initiatives with other Schools, Faculties and Universities and industry partners including Hunter New England Health.

Strategic objectives

Research directions for the School are strongly influenced by the following strategic objectives:

  • To develop research activities within the context and aims of priority research centres and strategic directions of the University.
  • To support researchers by developing a vibrant and stimulating research culture in the School, mentoring of early career researchers and providing appropriate resources.
  • To support Research Higher Degree students to achieve research skills and excellence.
  • To develop national and international research collaborations.
  • To produce research of high quality and impact, clinical relevance and consistent with achieving health priorities for our communities.
  • To maintain research collaboration and partnerships within the university and externally with industry partners and other universities.