NRI directors


Professor Sandy Middleton
Director, NRI SVHA (Syd) ACU

Sandy Middleton is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Research Institute. Professor Middleton has a particular interest in stroke and implementation research, and has been successful in obtaining grants totalling over $39 million. She was the lead investigator on the landmark NHMRC-funded QASC cluster trial demonstrating decreased death and dependency following implementation of nurse-initiated protocols to manage fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing post-stroke, winning multiple national and international awards. These protocols are currently being translated into hospitals in 14 European countries. She has published in high impact journals including the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine. Professor Middleton is a Ministerial appointment to the NHMRC Health Translation Advisory Committee (HTAC), and sits on the board of directors for the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Clinical Excellence Commission.


Associate Professor Elizabeth McInnes RN PhD
Deputy Director, SVHA (Syd) ACU NRI

Deputy Director of the NRI, Professor Elizabeth McInnes has worked at the Nursing Research Institute (NRI) since 2009 and was involved in establishing the NRI as a centre of nursing research excellence. She has led a number of research collaborations between University researchers and hospital clinicians that is highly clinically relevant and has the potential to improve processes of care.

Professor McInnes has extensive experience in conducting trials, qualitative and mixed-methods research designs, quantitative and qualitative systematic reviews. Her main research foci are improving evidence uptake and practice change mainly in the areas of pressure injury prevention and stroke care. Her research has generated high quality evidence that has been incorporated into clinical decision-making. Her widely cited Cochrane reviews on support surfaces − pressure injury prevention (McInnes et al 2015) and pressure injury management (2017) − have informed national and international guidelines. Recent examples include: the UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence Clinical Guideline on The prevention and management of pressure ulcers in primary and secondary care (2014); UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Quality Standards and Indicators (2014) and the Pan Pacific guideline for the prevention and management of pressure injury (2012).

Professor McInnes has been successful in obtaining funding as an investigator on Category 1 research project grants to the total of $3,367,663 and other external grants totalling over $1,565,000.