Institute of Health and
Biomedical Innovation
a university for the real world

Health services


Health services research is not one scientific discipline, but uses a range of methods including biostatistics, economics, sociology, mathematics, epidemiology and psychology. It also requires input from clinical disciplines such as medicine, nursing, and allied health disciplines.

QUT has strength in all these areas, and there are key researchers who act as catalysts for the collaboration necessary to do good health services research. Researchers collaborate to encourage Queensland-based health services professionals to conduct research in partnership with academics, and to disseminate to policy makers and politicians. The research drives knowledge translation to improve decision making.

Research programs

  • Healthcare acquired infection
  • Health services innovation
  • Health promotion
  • Emergency medicine and disaster management


  • Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation
  • National Centre for Health Information Research and Training
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Acquired Infection
  • Extensive links to major Brisbane Hospitals


International linkages

  • USA
  • UK
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • Germany
  • Thailand
  • Nepal
  • Philippines

Cross-disciplinary engagement

  • Nursing
  • Health economics
  • Emergency medicine
  • Infrastructure planning
  • Law
  • Information systems
  • Disease classification and surveillance
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics


Evidence of impact

  • Adoption of the National Triage Scale in Australasia
  • Development of the Queensland Emergency Service Plan and Queensland Trauma Plan
  • Evaluation of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative
  • Establishment of the Centre of Research Excellence in End of Life Care
  • Improving health service efficiency and safety
  • Novel models of care
  • Addressing issues of importance to the health sector

Research enquiries