Professor Carol Grech - Chair
Dr David Evans
Dr Andrew Gardner
Dr Terri Gibson
Dr Anna Gregory
Dr Cath Hall
Dr Jo Harmon
Dr Kathy Hill
Dr Angela Kucia
Dr Julie Reis
Dr Luisa Toffoli
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:
Sherryl Gaston is a lecturer at the School of Nursing Midwifery (SONM), University of South Australia since 2009, and is located at the Whyalla Campus. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Dementia in Prisoners and Nurses resources to support screening and assessment. Her research interests include Dementia in the correctional setting; nursing in the correctional setting and isolation issues; nursing in rural areas; venous thromboembolism risk assessment and prophylaxis; renal nursing and Quality and Safety in health care and health education. She has aligned herself with the Safety and Quality Research Group within the SONM. She has published a systematic review and several articles as well as presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. Her most recent published article titled “Vulnerable prisoners: Dementia and the impact on prisoners, staff and the correctional setting” has been published in the Collegian, 2017. She has recently had a book chapter accepted for publication in an online book titled “Cognitive Disorders” with the chapter title ‘Re-framing & Re-thinking Dementia in the Correctional Setting’, which is expected to be published in 2018. Upon completing her study, she hopes to further extend her research from nursing in the correctional environment to the correctional setting and officers..
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.
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.
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All other enquiries:Professor Carol GrechSchool of Nursing and MidwiferyUniversity of South Australia - City East Campus T: +61 8 830 22514E: Carol.Grech@unisa.edu.au