Safety and Quality in Health

Safety and Quality in Health

The Safety and Quality in Health research group is based at University of South Australia’s School of Nursing and Midwifery situated in the Sansom Institute for Health Research.  We contribute to the Institute’s Population Health, Practice and Policy theme specifically addressing the key priority of improving health systems and services.

Keeping safety and quality in health as a priority is important to everyone.  Group members are committed to enabling better outcomes for patients/consumers/residents ensuring they receive safer and better care each day, across all parts of our health, community and aged care sectors.  The importance of the group’s practice, outcomes and evaluation projects are in their relevance to people receiving services, clinicians, educators and decision makers. 

We represent diverse perspectives and have demonstrated capacity and success in all research methodologies.  Within our theme of safety and quality, some examples of the group’s research areas include:

  • Acute and critical care
  • Professional practice and workforce development
  • Younger onset dementia
  • Prevention and management of chronic conditions
  • Quality use of medicines
  • Residential and community aged care services

Sub groups:

Acute and Critical Care

Healthy Ageing

Practice Development


Featured Researcher

November 2017

Angela Kucia

Vicky Visvanathan

Vicky Visvanathan is a lecturer at the School of Nursing Midwifery (SONM), University of South Australia since 2010.  Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Takotsubo Syndrome (TS) in the intensive care unit (ICU) under the supervision of Dr Angela Kucia. Her research interests include TS, issues surrounding haemodynamic instability in the critically ill patients; early recognition of TS in the critically ill patients; and the role of critical care nurses in early detection of TS. She has aligned herself with the Safety and Quality Research Group within the SONM. She is an active member of the Cochrane Nursing Care Network (CNCN) and has published numerous systematic review summaries. Her most recent published article titled “Antihypertensive pharmacotherapy for prevention of sudden cardiac death in hypertensive individuals” has been published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2017. She has submitted an abstract for a conference for American College of Cardiology, 10-12 March 2018. Upon completing her study, she intends to supervise research students.

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Research Students

The Safety and Quality in Health research group has several research students working on projects as a part of their studies with the University of South Australia.

Students interested in undertaking research with the Safety and Quality in Health research group should check the Division of Health Sciences research section for information on how to apply.

Our Research

The Safety and Quality in Health research group contributes to the Sansom Institute’s Population Health, Practice and Policy theme specifically addressing the key priority of improving health systems and services.

Read more about our research

Contact Details

Media enquiries:
Please visit the Media Centre 

All other enquiries:
Professor Carol Grech
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of South Australia - City East Campus
T: +61 8 830 22514
E: Carol.Grech@unisa.edu.au

Areas of study and research

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