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Maternal and Child Health

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.

Professor Jeanine Young as strand leader is supported by a strong academic and clinical team including Professor Margaret Barnes, Associate Professor Jennifer Rowe, Dr Lauren Kearney, Dr Kendall George, Dr Rachel Reed, and Dr Michelle Gray.

Partnerships with health services across acute and community sectors, in rural-remote, regional and metropolitan settings of Queensland, and research collaborations with interstate and international research colleagues, have positioned USC to make a significant contribution in translating evidence into practice that promotes maternal, infant and child health outcomes.

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

Led by Professor Marianne Wallis, Acute and Complex Care of Adults (ACCR) has developed strong links with hospital, community health and residential aged care facilities to develop a suite of projects that cross these sectors. The initial focus will be on areas such as vascular access, wound management, emergency care, in-hospital acute care, hospital avoidance and palliative care.

Since 2000, Marianne and her colleagues have attracted over $8m in research funds for projects that involved collaboration with a range of industry partners. She collaborates with a range of USC researchers including Dr Marc Broadbent and Dr Amanda Henderson.

Current research in the ACCR involves care of patients in acute care settings and clients with mental health issues (partnered with Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service); and residents of aged care facilities (in partnership with Sundale).

Health Professional Education

Associate Professor Patrea Andersen heads up the strand of research related to health professional educational research.

The theme of simulation and health professional education will be the NURTURE Cluster‘s emerging research strength.

It fits with the considerable investment made by USC into providing state of the art simulation facilities for health professional education and is already receiving much interest from industry partners keen not only to collaborate in the use of facilities but in multi-disciplinary research.

Associate Professor Patrea Andersen has had a lot of recent interest from Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service clinical staff about extending their current use of simulation in Intensive Care Unit health professional education.

She works with Associate Professor Bill Lord who represents Paramedics Australasia on the Australian Resuscitation Council, and is Secretary of the Network of Australasian Paramedic Academics.

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