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.  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

Featured Researcher

July 2018

Kathy Hill

 Kim Gibson

Kim Gibson is a Lecturer in Nursing (Complex Care) and a Neonatal Critical Care Nurse within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia. Kim has collaborated with researchers from the School of Engineering and is investigating the accuracy of a non-contact method to monitor heart and respiratory rates in infants, children and adults. In 2017 she co-authored 3 publications in peer reviewed engineering journals. She is currently investigating the application of this technology for monitoring premature infants as the current method (ECG) can result in epidermal stripping when adhesive electrodes are removed from their fragile skin. Her Master of Nursing thesis is titled; ‘Non-contact heart and respiratory rate monitoring in preterm infants: a method comparison study’. Additionally, Kim has recently published a literature review of Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses’ experiences in providing end-of-life care; Gibson, K, Hofmeyer, A & Warland, J 2018, ‘Nurses providing end-of-life care for infants and their families in the NICU: A review of the literature’, Advances in Neonatal Care, doi:10.1097/ANC.0000000000000533 


Recent Publications

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

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 Univeristy of South Australia's Population Health, Practice and Policy theme specifically addressing the key priority of improving health systems and services.

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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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