The University of Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle ranked in the world's top 50 for Nursing

The University of Newcastle Australia’s nursing discipline has improved its global standing this year, ranking in the top 50 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

This wonderful achievement is not only a result of our international research successes and the extensive experience of our clinical educators, but also a testament to the favourable global connections facilitated by our world-class academics in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Renowned nursing academic Professor Sally Chan has played an integral role in promoting the University’s nursing research globally through developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with research partners in universities, hospitals and health providers in countries all over the world including Singapore, Thailand, China, Europe and the United Kingdom. Having featured in more than 300 international publications, Professor Chan’s passion for combining research, education and practice has significantly impacted nursing education, mental healthcare policy and service delivery across the globe.

Similarly, Head of School Professor Alison Hutton is well connected with international organisations that align with her specialty research area – promoting community safety by applying effective strategies that deliver safe and supportive environments for young people during youth events such as outdoor music festivals. For example, Professor Hutton’s membership of the World Health Organisation (WHO) High Risk/High Visibility Collaborative Centre has enabled collaboration with like-minded mass gathering experts around the world to initiate positive change which, subsequently, has raised Professor Hutton’s profile as a global leader in mass gathering health and research.

Associate Professor Jed Duff is a longstanding registered nurse and esteemed academic whose multidisciplinary health service research is also improving patient care internationally. Associate Professor Duff’s studies have a particular emphasis on implementation science, a field of research which focuses on the translation of evidence into routine practice. In addition to being elected to join the International Council of Nursing’s Global Nursing Leadership Institute, Associate Professor Duff continues to work closely with collaborators from the University of Iowa’s College of Nursing to optimise the Iowa Model for Evidence Based Nursing Practice before it can be introduced into nursing practice throughout Australia. This successful alliance evolved as a result of a prestigious Australian-American Fulbright Scholarship which was awarded to Associate Professor Duff last year.

Professor Vanessa McDonald

Professor Vanessa McDonald, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Another key contributor to nursing’s success is clinical academic nurse consultant and co-director of the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma, Professor Vanessa McDonald (pictured far right above). Professor McDonald has launched an online ‘toolkit’ designed to improve the management of severe asthma by providing clinicians with the latest treatment information to optimise care for patients with severe asthma. The Severe Asthma Toolkit was designed, developed and reviewed in collaboration with national and international experts, patients and advocate groups to ensure clinicians in both primary and specialist care settings have access to the latest evidence-based resources.

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