Current Research

Nursing Research Institute - Research Projects

The Nursing Research Institute undertakes multidisciplinary outcomes-focused healthcare research of high clinical relevance. Our current multi-disciplinary research projects are listed below by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

Standard 1: Clinical Governance Standard

  • AVERT-DOSE (Determining Optimal early rehabilitation after StrokE): A multi-arm covariate-adjusted, response-adaptive randomised controlled trial
  • STROKE123: A national collaborative to monitor, promote, and improve the quality of stroke care in hospitals and patient outcomes
  • Code Stroke 2.0
  • Implementing the Osteoporosis Re-Fracture Prevention Model of Care: A hybrid type 3 non-randomised stepped-wedge effectiveness-implementation trial
  • Qualitative study of purchasing and disinvestment processes in acute care hospitals

Standard 4: Medication Safety Standard

  • Use of Fascia Iliac Blocks in elderly patients with a fractured neck of femur

Standard 5: Comprehensive Care Standard

  • Cochrane Review: Interventions for uptake of evidence-based recommendations in acute stroke settings
  • Cochrane Review: Screening for aspiration risk associated with dysphagia in acute stroke
  • Altering the Rehabilitation Environment to Improve Stroke Survivor Activity (AREISSA)
  • An evidence-based approach to improve outcomes and reducing hospital-acquired complications in patients with rib fractures: Chest Injury Pathway (ChIP)
  • International variation in patient thrombolysis selection criteria
  • Centre for Research Excellence for Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery
  • Centre for Research Excellence in Asphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation
  • National Institute for Health Research: Global Health Research Programme - Global stroke research group in India
  • Oral health care practices for stroke patients in acute care: An international survey
  • Trial of Exanatide in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (TEXAIS)
  • Reducing disability from stroke by improving access to best practice stroke care in Victoria (STELAR)Transforming nursing assessment in acute hospitals: A cluster randomised controlled trial of an EvideNce-based CORE assessment protocol (the ENCORE study)
  • Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in emergency departments (T3 Trial)
  •  Improving arm function after stroke using task specific training
  • Very Early Rehabilitation in SpEech (VERSE): Development of an Australian randomised controlled trial of aphasia therapy after stroke
  • Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Europe Project
  • Thrombolysis and Endovascular Workflow Network (TEFLON) Trial

Standard 6: Communicating for Safety Standard

  • Creating a culture of safety and respect: A controlled, mixed methods study of effectiveness of a behavioural accountability intervention to reduce unprofessional behaviours (ETHOS)


Completed Research 

The Out-and-About Trial: Improving quality of life by increasing outdoor journeys after stroke                                                                                       

McCluskey A, Ada L, Middleton S, Goodall S, Grimshaw J, Kelly P

Improving hand hygiene practice: identifying behavioural, attitudinal and organisational factors 
McInnes E, Jammali-Blasi A, Gould D, Middleton S

Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Implementation Project
Anna Lydtin

Emergency Department Nurse Practitioner Project
Larissa Collins

Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of a Multidisciplinary, Team Building Intervention to Manage Fever, Sugar & Swallowing in Acute Stroke: The Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Project 
Middleton S, Levi C, Drury P, Grimshaw J, Ward J, D'Este C, McElduff P, Dale S, Griffiths R, Evans M, Quinn C, Cadilhac D, Cheung W

Setting Stroke Research Priorities: The Consumer Perspective
Sangvatanakul P, Hillege S, Lalor E, Levi C, Hill K, Middleton S

90-day Outcomes in a Cohort of Patients Admitted to a Stroke Unit
Jammali-Blasi A, McInnes E, Markus R, O'Loughlin G, Dale S, Middleton S

Improving Nurses’ Compliance with VTE Prevention Using Educational Outreach
Li F, Walker K, McInnes E, Duff J, Middleton S, Omari A, Aguilera J

Improving the Uptake of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention Guidelines: A Multidisciplinary Practice Improvement Project
Walker K, Duff J, Omari A, Aguilera J, Middleton S, Kelleher K, Dewsnap K, Devenish H

Pressure Ulcer Preventative Program in Perioperative Care: Evaluation of a Nursing Education Intervention
Sutherland-Fraser S, Elmes T, Burke V, McInnes E, Maher L, Middleton S

Coordinated Multidisciplinary Circuit Therapy Class: An Evaluation
Brunner M, Markus R, McInnes E, English C, Trudinger C, Van Vliet P, Middleton S

The Status of Australian Nurse Practitioners: The Second National Census
Middleton S, Gardner G, Gardner A, Della P

GMCT Scoping Study: What Makes Successful Clinical Networks?
Middleton S, McInnes E, Gardner G, Haines M, Haertsch M, Paul C, Castaldi P

Improving Clinical Practice in Intensive Care: Implementation of an Evidenced Based Practice Guideline
Knowels S, Middleton S, Hardy J, Elliott D, Wright B

Examining the Management of Reported Medication Incidents in an Acute Care Hospital
Bailey F, Middleton S, McInnes E, Elliott D

Evaluating Nurse Behaviour Change in NSW Acute Stroke Units Following Implementation of an Intervention to Promote the Uptake of Evidence Based Practice
Drury P, Middleton S, Hardy J, McInnes E

What are the reasons for clinical network success - A qualitative study
McInnes E, Haines M, Dominello A, Karucy D, Jammali-Blasi A, Middleton S, Kleinberg E

Exploring the Nurse Practitioner (NP) Service in New South Wales
Allnutt J, Hawley R, Gardner G, Gardner A, Della P, Middleton S