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Our research

Our researchers are experts in their field and seek to conduct meaningful research through projects with national and international industry partners and research colleagues.

  • Our Purpose is to inspire excellence in nursing and midwifery practice through innovative education, research and collaboration.
  • Our Vision is to generate evidence through excellence in research that will inform clinical practice and improve outcomes.
  • Our Goal is to advance research and knowledge translation.

Strategic Research Institutes and Centres

Centre for Research in Aged Care

The Centre's unique strength is to facilitate and translate inter-disciplinary and co-designed research and innovation for 'living, dying and caring well' for older adults in need of care or support.

The Centre is led by Professor Davina Porock, and brings together researchers from Australia and internationally who share a passion for improving the experience of older people receiving care and the systems that support aged and end-of-life care access and provision.

School-based research

Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research (CNMHSR)

The CNMHSR is located within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and is led by the Associate Dean Research, Professor Lisa Whitehead.

With an expanding research team, we have the capacity to undertake research across three key areas:

Performance snapshot

In 2020, we focused on improving our outputs and reach by increasing our research capacity, expanding our networks and increasing the quality of our publications.


Research publications

Publications include our quarterly newsletter and our annual report, which showcases projects that have demonstrated impact and engagement to improve health outcomes.

News & events

Cultural challenges for migrants in their end of life

Tuesday, 01 June 2021

PhD student Gertrude Phiri shares preliminary findings of her PhDstudy in an article with Aged Care Institute, highlighting the need for more culturally appropriate care in the Australian Aged Care system. Gertrude is looking to expand this research into a larger study in the context of better care for African Australians.

International Congress on Innovations in Nursing

Tuesday, 01 June 2021

The International Congress on Innovations in Nursing was a great success. ECU was once again a platinum sponsor of the conference, which showcased innovations led by nurses and midwives.

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