Professor Carol Grech - Chair
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. We contribute to the University’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
Carolyn Field is the Manager of the Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia. Carolyn has a strong nursing clinical and leadership background with a focus on paediatrics. She previously led the medication safety program within SA Pharmacy and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and has a keen interest in Safety and Quality. She has previously completed the Practitioner in Residence program from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in the USA. She has led the adoption of medication safety practices into the authentic clinician led HHHS with the introduction of specific safe enteral feeding and medication administration equipment, improved accessibility to on line medication resources, developed the Horizon Hospital and Health Service High Risk Medicine list along with integrated the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition) into the authentic clinician lead simulated HHHS.
Carolyn has recently led the review of the University of South Australia Medicines Guideline – Medication Administration Scope of Practice guide for clinical facilitator and clinical placement venues supervising nursing and midwifery students in safe medication administration. The guideline includes current best practice and legislative requirements for safe medication management.
Tsourtos,G., Ward, P.R., Miller, E.R., Hill, K., Barton, C., Wilson, C.J., Woodman, R. Does resilience moderate the relationship between stress and smoking status? An Australian quantitative study. Accepted for publication Substance Use and Misuse July 12 2018
Coveney, J., Herbert, D., Hill, K., Mow, K., Graves, N., Barnett, A. Are you siding with a personality or the grant proposal – observations on how the peer review panels function. Research Integrity and Peer Review 2017, 2:19 DOI 10.1186/s41073-017-0043-x
Hill K, Ward P, Grace BS, Gleadle J. 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. 2017 Oct 11;17(1):802. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4807-5.
Al-Naji, A, Gibson, K & Chahl, J 2017, 'Remote sensing of physiological signs using a machine vision system', Journal of medical engineering and technology, vol. 41, no. 5, pp. 396-405.
Al-Naji, A, Gibson, K, Lee, S-H & Chahl, J 2017, 'Real time apnoea monitoring of children using the Microsoft Kinect sensor: a pilot study', Sensors, vol. 17, no. 2, article number 286, pp. 1-15.
Al-Naji, A, Gibson, K, Lee, SH & Chahl, J 2017, 'Monitoring of cardiorespiratory signal: principles of remote measurements and review of methods', IEEE Access, vol. 5, pp. 15776-15790
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 Univeristy of South Australia's Population Health, Practice and Policy theme specifically addressing the key priority of improving health systems and services.
Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College