2017 Research Seminar

Getting clinically-focused research happening in a busy clinical world

Part of the 2017 Monash Health Translational Precinct (MHTP) Research Week 10-17 November MHTP Research Week Program.

Monash University Collaborative Research Day  

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Monash Nursing and Midwifery offers this 3.5-hour program* that will motivate, inform, challenge and entertain while highlighting the value of collaborative clinical research. National and International research experts will provide content-rich knowledge and do-able strategies showing how to move clinical research from ‘good idea’ to ‘making a difference’.

DATE: Friday 10 November 2017 (Event repeated morning and afternoon)
TIME/PROGRAM: 9am – 12:30pm
VENUE: Monash Health Translational Precinct, Transnational Research Centre, Level 2, Seminar Room 1
COST: Free
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Critical context:

Opting out of research is no longer an option for any nurse or midwife.  The research and evidence imperatives that face our hospitals and health services are no passing fads.  Whether it be the need for evidence-based practice, improving care, treatment and safety, translating research findings, satisfying national accreditation standards, seeking Magnet hospital recognition or understanding the link between staff retention and a thriving research and ‘learning organisation’ culture – the centrality of research and inquiry is clear.

There is a clear expectation in our National Competency Standards that the registered nurse (and registered midwife) will:

Contribute to quality healthcare through lifelong learning and professional development of herself/himself and others, research data generation, clinical supervision and development of policy and clinical practice guidelines.” (National competency standards for the registered nurse p.2)        

Monash Nursing & Midwifery has a major research commitment to furthering clinically-focused and collaborative research that will benefit our faculty, health professionals, patients and clients.  Key elements of our Research Strategy focus on the generation, translation and use of research approaches and findings - all of which make this event so important for clinicians, managers and faculty alike.

The imperative for nurses, midwives and health staff at every level, from CEO to bedside nurse, to engage with research and inquiry in ways that produce tangible results and improve the quality of service and care could not be more pressing. Research is no longer some optional extra or ‘icing on the cake’.

The only realistic question facing our staff and services is not ‘Are you involved in promoting, undertaking or developing research?’ but ‘HOW are you involved, right here, right now?’

*This research event will help nurses and midwives meet the stated NMBA Registration Standard for Continuing Professional Development.  All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation detailing the 3.5 hours of CPD.  The content and activities of the event will also mesh with the NMBA suggested evidence record for self-directed learning for nurses and midwives.

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If you have any questions about this seminar, please contact:
Monash Nursing & Midwifery Research Office
t: +61 3 9904 4378
e: med-nursing-research.degrees@monash.edu

Presenter Biographies

 Professor Christine East Professor Carolina Weller


Influence and integrity in perinatal research to improve the health of mothers and babies

Professor Christine East’s appointment to Monash University and Monash Health represents a unique model linking university and hospital midwifery. Her career encompasses clinical midwifery, research and higher degree supervision. Some of her current projects involve fetal movements, prevention of stillbirth, the prevention of perineal trauma during childbirth, refugee healthcare and the development to core outcomes for breastfeeding research.



Professor Carolina Weller is Research Director and NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellow at Monash Nursing & Midwifery. She is one of Australia’s leading researchers with a focus on cardiovascular disease, wound management, quality and safety and translation of research into clinical practice. She is recognised internationally for her epidemiological and health service research approaches.  She is Chief Investigator of the NHMRC funded ASPirin in Venous Leg Ulcer (ASPiVLU) randomised double-blind multicentre placebo-controlled clinical trial to determine whether 300mg daily aspirin improves time to healing in adults.

Phillip Darbyshire  professor Ruth Endacott


For 13 years Professor Philip Darbyshire led the successful practice-based research department at Women’s & Children’s Hospital Adelaide - described by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards as an “example of excellence in research leadership”.  The department's credo then was that ALL research undertaken would be done WITH clinicians, parents and children, not ON them.

The Australian College of Health Service Management called Philip “the ‘go-to’ person for hospitals and health care organizations who want research and evidence-based practice demystified and moved out of the ‘too-hard basket’ and into the hearts and minds of clinicians who will use it make a real difference”.

Philip’s current consulting work helps create research and evidence-based cultures in organisations, reviews services, and helps organisations “change how they change”



Ruth is a Professor of Clinical Nursing at Monash University and at Plymouth University in the UK, where she is Director of the Clinical School at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. She is passionate about developing the research skills of clinicians across a range of research designs, as evidenced by the number of clinical nurses involved in her grants and publications. Ruth has received a number of research grants. These have focused on patient safety and quality of care, in particular recognising deterioration and managing end-of-life care in intensive care units. She has experience in international studies and is currently leading an EU funded project on competency-based education for advanced critical care nurses.