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Maternal and Child Health

Led by Professor Jeanine Young, USC has a well-established theme in maternal and child health research which has continued to grow in recent years with several projects involving international partners.

Current projects include infant and toddler breastfeeding support and promotion, maternal and family transition, strategies to reduce infant mortality, including the first Australian safe sleep enabler for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, paediatric nurse decision making, and studies which address optimal outcomes for labour and birth.

Acute and Complex Care of Adults

Associate Professor Jo Wu has strong links with clinical and academic collaborators and holds the following positions: Honorary Research Fellow with Mater Research Institute, University of Queensland (MMRI-UQ) and Honorary Research Fellow with Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH); Chair of Expert Reference Group, JBI Cardiovascular Node (Southern Hemisphere).

Jo has established strong multidisciplinary teams, making significant contributions to promoting and advancing knowledge in field of self-management for patients with coronary heart disease and diabetes, as evidenced from successful awards including winning a Bronze Medal from the European Society for Person Centred Healthcare (the only Australian to receive this award in 2015) and publications including systematic reviews (quantitative and qualitative) in refereed journals. Planned projects include refinement of intervention programs, incorporating telehealth and peer supporters in the program and testing these delivery modes for transitional care.

Health Professional Education

Led by Associate Professor Patrea Andersen, this strand of research relates to health professional educational research.

The theme of simulation and health professional education is an emerging research strength of the NURTURE Cluster. It fits with the considerable investment made by USC into providing state of the art simulation facilities for health professional education.

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