Nursing Research Institute

The Nursing Research Institute (NRI) is a collaboration between Australian Catholic University and St Vincent's Health Australia Sydney and St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. The NRI is one of Australia's largest and most productive nursing research collaboratives with a national and international reputation for conducting rigorous multidisciplinary clinical and health services research focused on improving patient outcomes and health systems.

Since 2009, the NRI has conducted multidisciplinary outcomes-focused health care research of high clinical relevance. The NRI is focused on improving patient outcomes and health systems with a particular emphasis on implementation science research, that is, the scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practice.

Our mission

  • Conduct high-quality, multidisciplinary health research focused on improving patient outcomes and research translation.
  • Build research capacity through training and mentoring of research students, clinicians and career researchers.
  • Advise, collaborate and consult on health services and translational research with clinicians, the health industry, government and consumers.
  • Create and sustain a collegiate, supportive and high-performance research culture attractive to the best researchers and research students.

The institute’s research spans systematic reviews, trials, surveys, mixed-methods and qualitative research with a focus on:

  • acute and chronic care
  • stroke care
  • pressure injury prevention
  • models of care.

The NRI offers both postgraduate students and clinicians opportunities to participate in our research program. NRI researchers have been awarded approximately $40 million in grants and awards and have published over 160 peer-reviewed journal articles.


Our researchers have skills in systematic reviews (qualitative and quantitative), randomised controlled trials, process evaluations and qualitative research.... Read More


The Nursing Research Institute is governed by a Steering Committee comprised of the following members..... Read More

Current Research

The current research being conducted by the Nursing Research Institute includes... Read More

Current Research Seminars

More information regarding the current research seminars can be found here... Read More

Grants Awarded

This page lists the grants awarded to the Nursing Research Institute... Read More

Peer-reviewed Publications

This page lists the peer-reviewed publications that the Nursing Research Institute has been involved with over the last three years... Read More

Annual Reports

The Nursing Research Institute's annual reports are available here ... Read More


Professor Sandy Middleton
Professor Elizabeth McInnes
Deputy Director

Contact Us

Level 5, DeLacy Building 
St Vincent's Hospital 
390 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 
Phone: 02 8382 3790