Research at Sydney Nursing School

Our research approach is based on the principle that people, families and communities are at the heart of everything nurses and midwives do therefore at Sydney Nursing School we are committed to the pursuit of research that leads to improved patient experiences and influences health policy. Our multidisciplinary approach allows our researchers to conduct high-impact, translatable research in a variety of areas using a broad range of methods.

Our reputation in research is internationally recognised. In both 2012 and 2015, we achieved the highest possible Excellence in Research for Australia ranking for research: “well above world standard”, and we were ranked first in Australia for nursing by the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

We strive to:

  • Become known nationally and internationally for innovative, collaborative research that engages all health professionals who practice within the broader context of healthcare.
  • Attract research leaders and high-performing research students to work within our identified areas of research strength.
  • Encourage students who have an interest in research to pursue further study in our higher degree research programs: the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy.

The research we conduct at Sydney Nursing School is closely aligned with the research activities of the University’s health faculties and schools, and with the broader strategic research directions of the University. Three of our professors lead clinical research centres within major Sydney hospitals, focusing on the co-designed care of cancer, mental illness and midwifery. Another professorial-led research team is located within the Charles Perkins Centre and focuses on cardiac and chronic disease.

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Research priority areas

Featured Publication

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Written by Associate Professor Julie Leask and Samantha Carlson (Sydney Nursing School and the School of Public Health), this article was originally published in the Conversation, and has recently been included in the latest edition of Radius, Sydney Medical School's alumni magazine. Read the article at the University of Sydney news.