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Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research

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The Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research-Barwon Health Partnership was established in 2007 and is uniquely positioned to tackle some of the most salient and complex challenges related to quality and patient safety issues in healthcare. Our focus areas are:

  • Patient experience,
  • Patient safety
  • The health workforce

Our researchers have expertise in evaluation, developing and implementing clinical guidelines, generating knowledge for evidence, supporting knowledge translation efforts, and utilising a range of research methods.

Research Areas

Collaborating Organisations

Deakin University

National Ageing Research Institute

Dementia Australia

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Research Team

  • Alfred Deakin Professor Alison Hutchinson, Chair in Nursing
  • Dr Susan Perlen, Research Fellow
  • Dr Renee Fiolet, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Knowledge Translation
  • Dr Vanessa Watkins, Research Fellow


Featured Publications

Hutchinson, A.M., Chalmers, C., Nankervis, K., Phillips, N.M. (2022). Managing academic- health service partnerships, in Graham, I.D., Rycroft-Malone, J., Kothrai, A., McCutcheon, C. (Eds.), Research Co-Production in Healthcare, (pp. 155-166). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781119757269.  ch9.

Bloomer, M.J., Poon, P., Runacres, F., Hutchinson, A.M. (2022) Facilitating family needs and support at the end of life in hospital: A descriptive study. Palliative Medicine, Mar;36(3):549-554. doi: 10.1177/02692163211066431.
Bucknall, T.K., Considine, J., Harvey, G., Graham, I.D., Rycroft- Malone, J., Mitchell, I., Saultry, B., Watts, J.J., Mohebbi, M., Bohingamu Mudiyanselage, S., Lotfaliany, M., Hutchinson, A.M. (2022). Prioritising Responses Of Nurses To deteriorating patient Observations (PRONTO): a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of a facilitation intervention on recognition and response to clinical deterioration. BMJ Quality and Safety, Apr 21;31(11):818–30. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2021-013785.
Schoch, M., Bennett, P.N., Currey, J., Smith, V., Orellana, L., Hutchinson, A.M. (2022). Point-of-care ultrasound-guided cannulation versus standard cannulation in hemodialysis vascular access: A controlled random order crossover pilot feasibility study. Journal of Vascular Access, Jan 27:11297298211069821. doi: 10.1177/11297298211069821.Epub ahead of print.
Squires, J.E., Hutchinson, A.M., Coughlin, M., Bashir, K., Curran, J., Grimshaw, J.M., Dorrance, K., Aloisio, L., Brehaut, J., Francis, J.J., Ivers, N., Lavis, J., Michie, S., Hillmer, M., Noseworthy, T., Vine, J., Graham, I.D. (2022). Stakeholder Perspectives of Attributes and Features of Context Relevant to Knowledge Translation in Health Settings: A Multi-Country Analysis. International Journal of Health Policy Management. 2021 May 1, 11(8):1373–90. doi: 10.34172/ijhpm.2021.32.
Watkins, V., Nagle, C., Kent, B., Street, M., Hutchinson, A.M. (2022). Labouring Together: Women’s experiences of “Getting the care that I want and need” in maternity care. Midwifery, Oct, 113:103420. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2022.103420.
Williams, R., Ockerby, C., Redley, B., Rawson, H., Hutchinson, A.M. (2022). Enablers and barriers to engaging in dementia-specific education: A cross-sectional survey. Collegian, 29(5): 581-589. doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2022.01.007.
Fiolet, R., Tarzia, L., Owen, R., Eccles, C., McGough, K., Owen, M., Fry, S., Knox, J., & Hegarty. K. (2021). Indigenous perspectives on help-seeking for family violence: voices from an Australian community. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Fiolet R, Tarzia L, Hameed M, Hegarty K. (2021). Indigenous Peoples’ Help-Seeking Behaviors for Family Violence: A Scoping Review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 22(2):370-380. doi:10.1177/1524838019852638 

Chamberlain, C., O'Mara-Eves, A., Porter, J., Coleman, T., Perlen, S. M., Thomas, J., & McKenzie, J. E. (2017). Psychosocial interventions for supporting women to stop smoking in pregnancy. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews2(2), CD001055.


Support Our Research

Participate in a Clinical Trial

To find out about clinical trials currently underway at Barwon Health, click here.


Clinical trials require ongoing investment and there are several ways to support this amazing work.

You can make a donation today and contribute to an item on our research wish list, consider a bequest in your will, or establish a lasting legacy fund in your name. No matter what size, your philanthropic support with deliver an immediate impact.

To donate now or for more information and further discuss your support, please contact the Barwon Health Foundation.

Wish List

  1. $1000 - $5000- A coding framework for research concerning dignity and quality of life.
  2. $5000 -$20000 - A project that explores the perspectives and values systems of older people with diabetes about what safe and personalised care is.
  3. $5000 -$20000 - An impact evaluation of the End of Life Guidelines and accompanying resources.          

Last Modified: Tuesday, 25 June 2024

Research Leads

Alison Hutchinson

Alfred Deakin Professor Alison Hutchinson
Chair in Nursing, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research – Barwon Health Partnership

Susan Perlen

Dr Susan Perlen
Research Fellow
Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research – Barwon Health Partnership

  Renee Fiolet

Dr Renee Fiolet
Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Knowledge Translation
Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research, Deakin University

 Vanessa Watkins

Dr Vanessa Watkins
Research Fellow
Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research, Deakin University


Contact QPS

Ground floor, Kitchener House and
Level 2, Health Education & Research Building (HERB)
299 Ryrie Street Geelong Vic 3220
PO Box 281,Geelong Vic 3220

(03) 4215 3288
[email protected]


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