Sydney Nursing School turns knowledge to action

19 July 2011

The focus of this year's Research Week is on turning knowledge into better health care.
The focus of this year's Research Week is on turning knowledge into better health care.

'Knowledge to Action' is Sydney Nursing School's theme for this year's Research Week, 18 to 22 July 2011.

Nursing and midwifery research students will hear from internationally recognised keynote speakers on knowledge development, implementation and translation in better health outcomes and health care.

Associate Professor Donna Waters, Associate Dean Research says: "Research Week gives our research students a great opportunity to enjoy the experience of belonging to a research community.

"As many of our students are engaged in full or part-time employment within the health sector, occasions for engaging in the student experience and hearing from leaders in research can be limited.

"The breadth and depth of research undertaken by research students at Sydney Nursing School reflects their extensive knowledge and skills as health practitioners.

"Research topics span Sydney Nursing School's five core research themes including midwifery and women's health, cancer and palliative care, chronic disease and ageing, acute, critical and trauma care and mental health," Associate Professor Waters said.

Nursing and midwifery colleagues, members of the university academic community and research students are welcome to attend keynote presentations from three excellent speakers.

Dr Inger Mewburn from the School of Graduate Research at RMIT University is an active researcher with expertise in the research student experience. She runs professional development courses for graduate students and supervisors. Inger's presentations and masterclass will be an inspiration to students at any stage of their postgraduate research degree journey.

Professor Sandy Middleton is Director of ACU's National Centre for Clinical Outcomes Research (NaCCOR). Sandy's strong commitment to health services research, including both clinical and practice research, will provide key insights into the way in which a strong program of research can influence health care and patient outcomes.

Professor Alison Kitson, Professor of Nursing and Head of Discipline of Nursing, University of Adelaide, is internationally recognised for her work in knowledge translation (KT) and for demystifying the way in which new knowledge is introduced into clinical practice. Alison is part of a team of researchers responsible for developing one of the most influential KT frameworks in nursing, the Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services (PARIHS) Framework.

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