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Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research

The Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research-Barwon Health Partnership is uniquely positioned to tackle some of the most salient and complex challenges related to quality and patient safety in healthcare.

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.

Our innovative and collaborative research focuses on quality of care and patient safety and spans four overlapping domains:

  1. Supporting older people with chronic conditions.
  2. Translating evidence about dignity, privacy and choice into care.
  3. Enhancing communication in care.
  4. Identifying and addressing the risk of avoidable harm in hospital.

Research Areas

Collaborating Organisations

Deakin University

Diabetes Victoria Australian Diabetes Educators Association 

National Association of Diabetes Centres 

National Ageing Research Institute  Continence Foundation of Australia


Research Team

  • Sara Campolonghi, PhD: Healthy Food Choices: Perceptions of Australian Fathers.
  • Sharyn Milnes, PhD: How do Health Professionals consider and Practice Patient-Centred Care?
  • Giuliana Murfett, PhD: A Competency-based approach to expanding the Diabetes Care Workforce.
  • Amanda Frier, PhD: Incorporating Social Determinants of Health into the Clinical Management of Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Michelle Manning, PhD: Towards best practice case management in compensable injury: qualitative research
  • Trish Mant, PhD: Developing and evaluating a decisions aid to minimize falls risks in an acute care setting

Research News

Featured Publications

Challenges for nurses when communicating with people who have life‐limiting illness and their families: A focus group study. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Kerr D, Milnes S, Ammentorp J, McKie C, Dunning T, Ostaszkiewicz J, Wolderslund M, Martin P. J Clin Nurs. 2019;29:416-28.
Cited By

iValidate: A communication-based clinical intervention in life-limiting illness. Simpson N, Milnes S, Martin P, Phillips A, Silverman J, Keely G, Forrester M, Dunning T, Corke C, Orford N. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. 2019 Ahead of Print
Cited By 

Clinical guidelines for type 1 diabetes mellitus with an emphasis on older adults: An executive summary. Sinclair AJ, Dunning T, Dhatariya K, Sheu WH‐, Lin S, Hafiz A, Meneilly G, Munshi M, Paolisso G, Marfella R, et al. Diabetic Med. 2019;37:53-70.
Cited By   Citations in Context

Characteristics and outcomes of emergency interhospital transfers from subacute to acute care for clinical deterioration. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Considine J, Street M, Bucknall T, Rawson H, Hutchison AF, Dunning T, Botti M, Duke MM, Mohebbi M, Hutchinson AM. International Journal for Quality in Health Care 2018;31:117-24.
Cited By   Citation in Context

Nurses’ decision‐making, practices and perceptions of patient involvement in medication administration in an acute hospital setting. Bucknall T, Fossum M, Hutchinson AM, Botti M, Considine J, Dunning T, Hughes L, Weir‐Phyland J, Digby R, Manias E. J Adv Nurs. 2019;75:1316-27.
Cited By   Citation in Context 

Diabetes and Palliative Care: A Framework to Help Clinicians Proactively Plan for Personalized care Dunning T, Martin P. In: Palliative Care; 2019 [Book Chapter]

Care of people with diabetes : a manual for healthcare practice. [NOTE – Full text for Barwon Health staff; link is to the previous 2014 edition) Dunning, T, Sinclair, A. 5th edition, 2020 [Book]

Guidelines for Deciding Palliative and End of Life Care with People with Diabetes. Dunning T, Martin, P. 2019 [Guideline]


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.          

All Publications

Last Modified: Friday, 18 February 2022

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University Hospital Geelong
Ryrie Street, PO Box 281
Geelong Vic 3220
Phone (03) 4215 3288