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Ms Helen Myers

Senior Research Assistant

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5583, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.461
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5583
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.461  


Helen is a Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.


  • Clinical Nurse Consultant – Research, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital – Centre for Nursing Research
  • Sessional Tutor – Research Methods & Statistics, School of Nursing and Public Health, Edith Cowan University
  • Project Officer – Scope of Nursing Practice Project, Nurses Board of Western Australia
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse, Graylands Hospital

Awards and Recognition


  • Police and Nurses Credit Society Award (for academic achievement), Curtin University of Technology.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Mental health services
  • Health of vulnerable populations
  • Mental health promotion
  • Data linkage
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Health economics


  • Master of Nursing (Research), Edith Cowan University, 2003.
  • Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Curtin University of Technology, 1996.


Recent Research Grants

  • Master Research Program,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013 - 2021,  $280,000.
  • The accuracy and clinical utility of violence risk assessment tools for the acute care setting_Subproject for Institution # G1001207,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013 - 2021,  $35,628.
  • Evaluation of initiatives relating to Magnet Hospital designation / Subproject for G1001207,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013 - 2021,  $30,000.
  • Service innovation to improve outcomes and quality of care for patients receiving chemotherapy for breast and colorectal cancer at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network,  Grant,  2018 - 2019,  $273,620.
  • Core WA Data Set and Conceptual Framework,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $5,000.
  • Evaluation of Fiona Stanley Hospital Ward Practice Environments from the Perspective of Nurses and Midwives.,  South Metropolitan Health Service,  Grant,  2013 - 2017,  $87,798.
  • Measuring the Effect of Nurse Staffing and Care Delivery Models upon Patient Outcomes (Nursing Sensitive Outcomes) in the Western Australian Acute Care Context,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2016,  $165,000.
  • Falls in hospital: Analysis of 1996-2001 data,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2003 - 2007,  $4,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Myers, H., Pugh, J., Twigg, D., (2017), Identifying nurse-sensitive indicators for stand-alone high acuity areas: A systematic review. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, in press(in press), in press, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2017.10.004.
  • Myers, H., Segal, L., Lopez, D., Li, IW., Preen, DB., (2017), Impact of family-friendly prison policies on health, justice and child protection outcomes for incarcerated mothers and their dependent children: a cohort study protocol. BMJ Open, 7(8), 1-7, London, United Kingdom, BMJ Journals, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016302.
  • Twigg, D., Myers, H., Duffield, C., Pugh, J., Gelder, L., Roche, M., (2016), The impact of adding assistants in nursing to acute care hospital ward nurse staffing on adverse patient outcomes: An analysis of administrative health data. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 63(November), 189-200, United Kingdom, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.09.008.
  • Whitehead, L., Myers, H., (2016), The effect of hospital nurse staffing models on patient and staff-related outcomes. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 22(4), 330-332, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/ijn.12463.
  • Twigg, D., Pugh, J., Gelder, L., Myers, H., (2016), Foundations of a nursing-sensitive outcome indicator suite for monitoring public patient safety in Western Australia. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 23(2), 167-181, Australia, Elsevier Science BV, DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2015.03.007.
  • Twigg, D., Gelder, L., Myers, H., (2015), The impact of understaffed shifts on nurse-sensitive outcomes. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(7), 1564-1572, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1111/jan.12616.
  • Twigg, D., Myers, H., Duffield, C., Giles, M., Evans, G., (2015), Is there an economic case for investing in nursing care - what does the literature tell us?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(5), 975-990, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12577.
  • Pugh, J., Twigg, D., Giles, M., Myers, H., Gelder, L., Davis, S., King, M., (2015), Impact and costs of home-based trial of void compared with the day care setting. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(3), 559-569, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12525.


  • Twigg, D., Pugh, J., Gelder, L., Myers, H., (2013), Effect of Nurse Staffing and Care Delivery Models on Patient Outcomes in the Western Australian Acute Care Context: Phase 1 Baseline Nurse Sensitive Indicators - Interim Report for Comment., Perth, W.A., Edith Cowan University.
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