Knowledge to Action

Research Week at Sydney Nursing School

‘Knowledge to Action’ was Sydney Nursing School’s theme for Research Week, 18–22 July 2011. This year, nursing and midwifery research students heard from internationally recognised keynote speakers on knowledge development, implementation and translation in health and health care.

According to Associate Professor Donna Waters, Associate Dean Research, “Research Week presents the best opportunity for our research students 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 attended 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 Middelton 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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Research Student Profile, Scott Brunero, PhD Candidate

Scott Brunero

Scott Brunero is a Mental Health Liaison Clinical Nurse Consultant at Prince of Wales Hospital. His role aims to facilitate and coordinate services for people with a mental illness who present to general hospital wards (for example to emergency departments), or who are admitted to general wards. Scott also works with clients who develop a mental illness (such as anxiety and depression) due to their medical condition. With the high prevalence of mental illness in medically ill patients in general hospitals, Scott is concerned that many health care professionals don’t have the training, hence the knowledge, skills and confidence, to appropriately care for this client group. His research will include interviewing general health care professionals to determine how to better motivate and educate them about mental illness. Scott will also look at how to engage general health professionals in learning about mental illness, with the aim of developing learning materials that will help non-specialist professionals deliver higher quality care to mental health patients in general hospital wards.