Health services

Overview

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

Infrastructure

  • 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

Performance

Evidence of research quality

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2012 scores:

  • 4 (above world standard) -
    • Nursing (FOR 1110)
  • 3 (at world standard) -
    • Public Health and Health Services (FOR 1117).

ERA (Excellence in Research Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

Developing new researchers

Research students
49
Early career researchers
13

Publication output

2011

Unique count
Total
104
High quality
23%
Author weighting
Total
22
High quality
22%

Research income

2011 total
$918,048 (funding split)
2007-2011
$2,811,954 (funding split)

Key grants

  • Evaluation of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative - National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnerships
  • Centre for Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Acquired Infections - National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  • Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation - Queensland Government
  • Emergency Department Impact and Patient Profile of Influenza A(H1N1) 'Swine Flu' Outbreak in Australia 2009: A National Survey - National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Strategic Award
  • A prospective evaluation of the impact of the nurse practitioner role on emergency department service and outcomes - Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage

Partnerships

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

Impact

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

Health Research Services