Nursing and midwifery research at Ballarat

In collaboration with the Australian Catholic University, St John of God Ballarat Hospital is are undertaking an extensive nursing and midwifery clinical research, led by St John of God Health Care Eastern Region Professor of Nursing Karen Francis.

Our commitment led to the launch of the Ballarat Collaborative Health Research Centre in November 2016, a joint initiative between St John of God Ballarat Hospital, Ballarat Health Services, Australian Catholic University and Federation University

  • Nursing is a complex and changing profession and it is imperative that nursing practice and developments are based on high quality research information.  
  • Having a solid base of nursing research allows us to measure patient care improvements as a result of nursing practice changes. Improved patient care leads to better outcomes.
  • Promoting innovative nursing practice through clinical research.
  • Nurse-led nursing and midwifery research that focuses on improving current processes to improve patient care.
  • Involving our caregivers and fostering links between clinicians and academics. 
Professor of Nursing, St John of God Health Care Eastern Region
Professor Karen Francis

Assistant Director of Nursing
Michael Ryan

Research Assistant
Dr Carolyn Staines

Monterosso L, Ross-Adjie G, Feeney S. (2015). Developing a research agenda for nursing and midwifery in an Australian tertiary hospital: a modified Delphi study. Contemporary Nurse. doi: 10.1080/10376178.2015.1116372

Williams AM, Allen J, Zeps N, Bulsara C, Monterosso L, Pienaar C. (2015). Consent to donate surgical biospecimens for research: perceptions of people with colorectal cancer. Cancer Nursing, Jun 3. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000274

Reilly N, Yin C, Monterosso L, Bradshaw S, Neale K, Harrison B, Austin MP. (2015). Identifying psychosocial risk among mothers in an Australian private maternity setting: a pilot study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 55(5):453-458. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12370

Rogers I, Shearer F, Rogers J, Ross-Adjie G, Monterosso L, Finn, J. (2015). Paramedics’ perceptions and educational needs with respect to palliative care. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 12(5):1-8.

Russ A, Mountain D, Rogers I, Shearer F, Monterosso L, Ross-Adjie G, Rogers J. (2015). Staff perceptions of palliative care in a public metropolitan emergency department. Emergency Medicine Australia, 27(4):287-94. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.12428.

Condon M, Ross-Adjie G, Monterosso L. (2015). Management of toxicities related to intravenous administration of epidermal growth factor inhibitors. Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, 16(1): 29-35.

Taylor K, Chan R, Monterosso L. (2015). Models of survivorship care provision in adult patients with haematological cancer: an integrative literature review. Supportive Care in Cancer, 23(5): 1447-1458. doi: 10.1007/s00520-015-2652-6

Monterosso L; Ross-Adjie G; Rogers I R; Shearer F; Rogers J. ‘How Well Do We Understand Health Care Professionals’ Perceptions and Needs in the Provision of Palliative Care? A Mixed Methods Study’ Journal of Palliative Medicine 2016; 19(7). doi: 10.1089/jpm.2015.0421

Hill A-M, Ross-Adjie G, McPhail S, Monterosso L, Bulsara M, Etherton-Beer C, Powell SJ, Hardisty G. (2016). Incidence, risk factors and the healthcare cost of falls post discharge after elective total hip and total knee replacement surgery: Protocol for a prospective observational cohort study. BMJ Open. 6: doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011139.

Ashton J, Madden D, Monterosso L. (2016). How Patients Experience Pastoral Care in a Tertiary Health Care Setting. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling. (In press). doi: 10.1177/1542305016667954