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:
Dr Kathy Hill is a renal nurse with a research interest in social inequalities in relation to the development of chronic kidney disease, specifically populations burdened by low socioeconomic environments and the striking disadvantage seen in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. She holds a teaching and research position within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Unisa and also continues to practice regularly in the clinical environment. Kathy completed her PhD in 2017 and published the results of her research in BMC Public Health ‘Hill, K, Ward, P, Grace, BS & Gleadle, J 2017, 'Social disparities in the prevalence of diabetes in Australia and in the development of end stage renal disease due to diabetes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia and Maori and Pacific Islanders in New Zealand', BMC public health, vol. 17, article no. 802, pp. 1-8. She has presented many times at the Renal Society of Australasia annual Conference and plans to continue to combine her clinical practice with her research program to identify contemporary issues in the health care environment and conducting relevant research that will translate into improved outcomes. She is responsible for supervision and support of Master in Nursing students undertaking their studies with a research component and also teaching research methods in the undergraduate program, both of which offer the opportunity to mentor future nursing researchers.
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