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 Research Group

Convenor: Dr Amanda Wilson

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.

Visit our website: Centre for Health Professional Education

Chronic Disease and Older Person's Care Research Group

Convenor: Prof Vanessa McDonald

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: Dr Graeme Browne

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 Mental Health Hub within the Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health, University of Newcastle, the Mental Health Nursing Research and Practice Development Unit with Hunter New England Mental Health and the BRICs Network within the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

Health Services Research Group

Convenor: 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.

Health services research (HSR) involves multidisciplinary applied research designed to evaluate and improve provision of health services that patients receive. HSR measures effectiveness, timeliness, appropriateness, access, safety, efficiency and social impact of service delivery and associated outcomes. HSR is focused on evaluation of health services and associated systems to improve health outcomes for patients, and to inform policy and clinical practice.

Maternal, Child and Families Research Group

Convenor: Professor Alison Hutton

The Maternal, Child and Families Research Group collaborates on research to improve the health and wellbeing of childbearing women, their infants and the family unit.  Research areas include:

  • Improving maternity care services for women and their families across the childbirth continuum
  • Improving the delivery of tertiary midwifery education programs
  • Enhancing the profile of midwives as lead maternity care providers
  • Improving perinatal, infant and child mental health
  • Increasing the midwifery support for partners of pregnant women through mindfulness based stress reduction
  • Interventions that improve maternal, infant and child health
  • Working with young people to develop safe, supportive environments

The midwifery Maternal, Child and Families Research Group is aligned with the Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science and the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour.

Other Research Groups

University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Group: a JBI Collaborating Centre

The JBI: University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Collaborating Centre is a member of the Joanna Briggs Institute, an International collaboration of nursing and allied health systematic review centres.

The University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Collaborating Centre 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.

Visit our website: joannabriggs.org/jbc.html