Improving the quality of patient care
Up to 90% of hospital patients will require some sort of vascular access device during their admission, to facilitate delivery of essential drugs or fluids, blood sampling or vital monitoring. Despite their ubiquity and essential nature, significant complications persist. Professor Samantha Keogh’s research is addressing these issues by focusing on quality and safety of patient care in acute and critical care, in particular management of vascular access devices.
Implementing shared-care between GPs and Cancer Specialists for cancer follow-up
There are now 1.1 million people living with cancer in Australia. To ensure the health system can provide high-quality, sustainable, patient-centred care for these cancer survivors, Professor Ray Chan and his research team are trialling and implementing a novel model of shared, follow-up care involving General Practitioners (GPs) and Cancer Specialists for breast cancer and lymphoma survivors.
Preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals
More than half of the Australian health workforce (56%, 2018) comprise nurses and midwives educated through higher education courses. All Australians, at one time or another, receive care from a tertiary-educated practitioner and benefit from the high quality education that they receive. Associate Professor Karen Theobald and the Workforce Preparation group are guiding the development of curricula that cultivate graduates who can provide safe, evidence-based health care that draws on clinical reasoning to deliver positive person-centred care.