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Dr Alison Craswell

PhD W'gong., BA(InfMgt)Qld., GradDipMid Griff., BNurs Qld.UT

  • Senior Research Fellow
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Dr Alison Craswell is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Health at UniSC, working in collaboration with the Research Development Unit at Caboolture hospital, Metro North Health, to build capacity in clinical staff, their research skills and outputs.

With a focus on research with older adults, Alison’s streams of research include: Digital Health and Informatics - improving the ways nurses work technology evaluating technology workflows and iEMR; Health Services - acute care of older adults, emergency department models of care for older people; and Vascular Access – peripheral and central intravenous catheters in older adults. Alison represents UniSC in the AVATAR group, Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research.

Alison supervises higher degree research students in the areas of Digital Health and Informatics, Older Adults and Qualitative methodologies. Alison has more than 20 years clinical experience in nursing with a clinical background in paediatrics, midwifery and neonatal nursing. Project manager of the successful CEDRiC project (Care coordination through Emergency Department, Residential Aged Care and Primary Health Collaboration), Alison’s research has impact. The resultant Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention (GEDI) is recognised as improving acute care of older adults and translated into Emergency Departments across Queensland by the State Government.


Potential Research Projects for HDR and Honours Students
  • Caregivers of the Infirm elderly with end-stage kidney disease; the Co-Timely study. Funded by Wishlist in collaboration with SCHHS and The George Institute.
  • An increasing number of elderly patients are reaching end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). Some of these patients will choose to be managed conservatively and others by dialysis. Co-TIMELY will identify caregivers of elderly patients with ESKD being managed with conservative care and will examine caregiver experience. The study will involve qualitative interviews with up to 20 caregivers and be analysed as part of this project. This project has ethics approval and is recruiting at SCUH.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH)
  • Health Services Research Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ)
  • State-wide Digital Health Research Committee (DHRC) – Queensland Health
  • State-wide Nursing and Midwifery Research Forum (Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer OCMNO)



  • 2023 – Best research presentation - Caboolture Kilcoy Hospitals and Woodford Corrections Health 2023 Research Symposium
  • 2023 – Excellence in collaboration - AVATAR (alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research)
  • 2023 – Cultivating productive research partnerships - School of Health Research Excellence award, UniSc
  • 2016 - Award for Customer Focus: Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention (GEDI): Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Premier’s Excellenc Awards
  • 2014 - HDR Career Launch Scholarship – University of Wollongong
  • 2013 - Branko Cesnik Award for Best scientific paper by a student - 21st Australian National Health Informatics Conference HIC2013, 15-18 July, Adelaide South Australia
  • 2012 – APA PhD scholarship

Research Grants

Grant/project name


Funding body and AUD$ value


Focus of research grant

Vasopressor Infusion via Peripheral vs Central Access in emergency department patients with shock – The VIPCA RCT

Holland T, Ramanan M, Apte Y, Watts S, Ware R, Byrnes J, Craswell A, Lin F, Anstey C. Keijzers G, Tabah A.

Emergency Medicine Foundation Jumpstart



To test the feasibility of conducting a Phase 3 RCT using pre-defined feasibility criteria for recruitment, retention, and protocol fidelity, inform sample size estimates for a and test the data analysis plan,

Conduct a sub-study aims to understand PIVC device selection, decision making on insertion and site management.

Post-operative functional recovery in older adults who have undergone emergency non- cardiac surgery – a multisite prospective longitudinal cohort study

Taylor A, Craswell A, Mudge A, Lisec C, Andersen J, Harvey M, Woollett K, Daly N.

Metro North Health UniSC Collaborative



Multi-site prospective longditudinal cohort study to describe the characteristics and functional outcomes of older patients who undergo emergency surgery, and their subsequent healthcare utilisation.


Improving access to primary care for older adults in rural aged care homes: implementation of a nurse practitioner role

Craswell A, Coates K, Wallis M, Mudge A, Chapman J, Kaur D, Merollini K (

Queensland Health Nursing and Midwifery Fellowships, Round 7



To evaluate the implementation of the NP model of care across five residential aged care homes in rural and remote Queensland: Map organisational and site readiness; Describe the barriers and facilitators (conditions) associated with providing care health care for residents of SCCCQLD sites in rural and remote communities; and

Evaluate the impact of the NP model of care including costs.

Advancing Relational Care with Older Adults in Long-Term Care and Assisted Living: an online education intervention for healthcare workers

Compton R, Parmar J, Craswell A, Hubbard-Murdoch N, Sattar S, Hunter P, Anderson S, Ottley K, Lowe M, Krahn D, Moorman M, Kross R, Robeiro M, Gao N, Emard S, Nkemtendong G, Tendulkar Y

Saskatchewan Health Research Fund (SHRF) CABHI Spark & Call for Scale-up Innovation Projects



This research aims to join two research teams from western Canada and Australia to implement and evaluate education modules for healthcare workers regarding inclusiveness of family caregivers.

Research areas

  • Digital Health and informatics
  • Older Adults and proactive ageing
  • Health Services and models of care for older adults

Teaching areas

Dr Alison Craswell's specialist areas of knowledge include: health informatics, health service evaluation and advanced practice nursing.

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