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


News & Events

12 October 2016

Safety and Quality Symposium

The Safety and Quality Symposium will be held on 12 October. More details to follow.

23 September 2015

Safety and Quality Symposium

The Safety and Quality Symposium was held on 23 September (during Research Week) with Professor Julienne Meyer as the Keynote speaker.

2015 Publications

  • Gill, F. Leslie, G. Grech, C. Latour, J (2015) An analysis of Australian graduate critical care nurse education, Collegian: Volume 22, Issue 1, Pages 71–81.
  • Grimmer, K; Kennedy, K, Milanese, S, Price, K, Kay, D (2015) The Australian 75+ Health Assessment: could it detect early functional decline better?  Australian Health Review http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH15011.
  • Reis, J. Nagy, J. (2015) Food, Nutrition and Older People Living in Rural Communities, Odysseys of Plates and Palates: Food, Society and Sociality.

16 April 2014

Safety and Quality in Health: Methods Matter

A Symposium to engage in discussions about why it is important, and how to consider, the diversity of methods and ways of thinking that can be used to address safety and quality issues in health was held on 16 April 2014.

Visiting Scholar, Associate Professor Nicolette Sheridan, University of Auckland brought a wealth of experience from her work in hospitals and health services within New Zealand, England and Scotland. 

29 & 30 January 2013

Safety and Quality in Health: Controversies and Conundrums

The Safety and Quality in Health: Controversies and Conundrums Symposium was held on 29 and 30 January 2013. The content of the Symposium was underpinned by the Australian Commision on Safety and Quality in Health Care National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. The full details of the event are attached below.

Safety and Quality in Health: Controversies and Conundrums


Featured Researcher

October 2017

Angela Kucia

Dr Angela Kucia

Dr. Angela Kucia is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and works 0.2 FTE as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Chest Pain Assessment in a metropolitan Emergency Department. Angela has been a researcher in the area of cardiovascular nursing for many years and her published research encompasses a range of issues in the management of acute coronary syndromes.   She has also co-edited a book Acute Cardiac Care: A practical guide for Nurses, and is currently working on the second edition.  Angela has received a number of awards and scholarships, the most recent being the 2014 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award for Research Registered Nurse/Midwife SA Health and the prestigious invitation to deliver the Cardiovascular Nursing Lecture at the 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. 
Angela has a long-standing research interest in the condition of Takotsubo Syndrome (TS) and works with cardiology researchers at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital.  She supervises Honours and PhD students (past and present) and is particularly interested in supervising students with an interest in TS.

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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